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WHO’s Chan Urges Global Action To Drive Tobacco Industry ‘Out Of Business’

Agence France-Presse: WHO chief wants tobacco firms pushed ‘out of business’ “World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan urged global action Wednesday to drive tobacco companies ‘out of business’ and hailed progress in tackling smoking in many countries. Speaking at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, she…

Emails Show WHO Senior Staff Delayed Declaring Ebola As Global Emergency, AP Reports

Associated Press: Emails: U.N. health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency “In a delay that some say may have cost lives, the World Health Organization resisted calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency until last summer, two months after staff raised the possibility and long after a…

Threat Of Global Water Crisis Fuels Need To Better Manage Water Supply, U.N. Says

News outlets report on findings from the U.N. World Water Development Report 2015. Deutsche Welle: U.N. calls for action as global water crisis looms “The U.N. has warned that the world will soon face a crisis of huge dimensions if water management does not improve. Population growth and climate change…

Improving WASH Access For Women Would Benefit Global Productivity, Economy, Report Says

Forbes: Water Access Improvements Will Improve Global Productivity “The Water For Women report released [Friday] written by a private-public partnership for the United Nations World Water Day highlights how very much global productivity can rise if the access of the poorer half of the world’s population to water improves. ……

Cambodia Falls Short Of Maternal Mortality MDG Target

VOA News: Too Many Cambodian Women Dying During Childbirth “Cambodia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia. The number of women dying during pregnancy or childbirth has dropped in recent years. But it is still far short of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals…” (Kimseng, 4/9).

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