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WFP Distributes Most Of Its Food Aid In Government-Controlled Areas Of Syria

Los Angeles Times: In Syria, U.N. agency distributes most food in government-held areas “The World Food Program gives out most of its food aid to Syria in government-held areas, with only a quarter of the distributions occurring in rebel-controlled territory, according to latest figures from the U.N. agency…” (Abdulrahim, 4/22).

UNICEF, Global Fund Coordinate Efforts To Improve Maternal, Child Health

In a press release, UNICEF and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced a new agreement “to better coordinate efforts aimed at reducing the burden of HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria and improving the health of mothers, newborns, and children. … Under the new agreement, the Global Fund and…

U.N., Gates Foundation Sign MoU On Family Planning

Leadership: U.N., Gates Partner To Boost Family Health In Developing Countries “The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding to help increase access to family planning information, contraceptives, and services in developing countries, particularly for young people…” (Oluwarotimi, 4/19).

News Outlets Examine UNICEF’s ‘Take The Poo To The Loo’ Campaign

News outlets highlight UNICEF’s “Take The Poo To The Loo” public education campaign in India. CNN: Can Mr. Poo stop public defecation in India? “India has an unlikely new public health hero: a giant, anthropomorphic stool that chases people to squat in toilets. Mr. Poo, who appears in commercials accompanied…

New York Times Examines U.N.’s Attempts To Stem Cholera Epidemic In Haiti

New York Times: U.N. Struggles to Stem Haiti Cholera Epidemic “For three years, the United Nations has refused to address whether its peacekeepers brought a deadly strain of cholera to Haiti, insisting instead that it was more important to help the country stanch the disease once and for all. But…

Humanosphere Examines Effects Of Migration On Health Worker ‘Brain Drain’

Writing in Humanosphere, Martin Drewry, director of Health Poverty Action, examines the effects of migration on the “brain drain” of health workers. Drewry writes, “The health worker brain drain is one topic within a myriad of issues when it comes to migration — and within the broader debate it will…

U.N. Documents Show Syrian President’s Efforts To Cut Off Food Supplies To Rebel-Held Areas

Foreign Policy: Exclusive: U.N. Docs Expose Assad’s Starvation Campaign in Syria “Internal United Nations documents show modest improvements in the delivery of desperately needed food inside rebel-controlled areas of Syria. But the documents also point to a mass exodus of Syrians into areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad in part…

Continued Violence In S. Sudan Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis, Food Insecurity

News sources report on continuing violence and the resulting humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen storm S. Sudan U.N. base, wound dozens of civilians “Gunmen stormed a U.N. base in South Sudan Thursday, wounding dozens of civilians from a rival tribe in an ‘unprovoked’ attack before peacekeepers fought…

Ebola Death Toll Rises In West Africa

News outlets report on the rising death toll from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Associated Press: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives “The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. The disease, typically found in Central or East Africa, has infected…