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U.N. Officials Call On Warring Parties In Syria To Allow Unfettered Humanitarian Aid Access

Media outlets report on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria. Foreign Policy: Syria’s War on Medicine “…Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, the Syrian government has conducted a multi-pronged assault on the country’s medical system, targeting doctors suspected of treating its opponents, bombing hospitals, clinics and blood banks in…

Researchers Test New Ways To Contain Malaria

On World Malaria Day, which takes place each year on April 25, media outlets discuss efforts to control the disease. VOA News: Trial: Malaria Chemoprevention Protects Children “The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, has launched a new malaria prevention campaign in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa…

U.N.-Backed Initiative Expands Efforts To Drive Medical Innovations For NTDs

U.N. News Centre: U.N.-backed initiative boosts knowledge-sharing to combat neglected tropical diseases “Announcing that more than 50 partners are now on board its partnership initiative to fight against neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis, and malaria, the United Nations intellectual property agency today hailed the watershed achievement as a significant step towards…

U.N. Report Finds Humanitarian Aid To Syria Still Blocked

New York Times: U.N. Finds Humanitarian Aid Still Blocked in Syria, Despite Resolution “Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have no access to medical supplies because the warring sides in the country’s civil war are blocking humanitarian relief, according to an advance copy of a report from the United Nations secretary…

WHO Observes World Vaccination Week

Media outlets discuss World Immunization Week, which takes place from April 24-30 this year. U.N. News Centre: Kicking off annual global immunization campaign, U.N. asks: ‘Are you up to date?’ “While some 80 percent of children around the world, or 110 million infants, are receiving life-saving vaccinations each year, ‘one…

Stronger Surveillance Needed To Maintain Progress Against Malaria, U.N. Says

In light of World Malaria Day, observed on April 25 each year, news outlets report on progress made and challenges around efforts to eliminate the disease. Huffington Post: Malaria Is The ‘Greatest Success Story In Global Health': Nonprofit “A decade ago, up to 45 percent of all hospital admissions in…

U.N. Report Urges Greater Action To Combat Sexual Violence In Conflict Countries

News outlets report on a new U.N. report urging greater action to combat sexual violence in conflict countries. Associated Press: U.N. names 21 countries with rape in conflict “A new U.N. report names 21 countries where rape and other sexual violence has been committed in current and recent conflicts, from…

MSF Says Keeping Vaccines Cold Is Unnecessary ‘Nightmare’

BBC News: Call to end vaccine ‘nightmare’ “Getting vaccines to children in remote parts of developing countries can be a logistical nightmare, not least because of the requirement to keep them cold. But the charity Médecins Sans Frontières says this is an unnecessary ‘nightmare’ and is calling on pharmaceutical companies and…

More Children Threatened By Malnutrition Than Violence In CAR, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: In Central African Republic, ‘more children will die from malnutrition than bullets’ — U.N. agency “The number of children being treated for severe acute malnutrition in the Central African Republic’s war-torn capital, Bangui, has tripled since the beginning of 2014, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed…

U.N.-Backed Summit Commits To Improving World’s Oceans, Food Security

U.N. News Centre: Participants at U.N.-backed summit commit to improve ocean health, secure food security “A United Nations-backed summit wrapped up in the Netherlands today with a set of concrete actions to turn around the health of the world’s oceans and food security for millions by tackling key threats such…