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Margaret Chan Gives Final Keynote Address As WHO Director General, Defends Agency’s Relevancy

Agence France-Presse: Outgoing WHO chief says world ‘better prepared’ for health crises “The World Health Organization’s outgoing chief Margaret Chan defended her legacy Monday, insisting the world had become better prepared to face health emergencies like Ebola on her watch…” (Larson, 5/22). Associated Press: AP Exclusive: Outgoing WHO head practiced…

New WFP Executive Director David Beasley Calls South Sudan’s Famine ‘Deplorable,’ Expects ‘Dog Fight’ Over U.S. FY18 Funding For Agency

Associated Press: AP Interview: WFP chief says 600,000 kids risk famine death “A tough-talking former Republican governor with friends in the Trump administration has become the unexpected booster of one of the United Nations agencies facing potentially deep U.S. funding cuts. David Beasley, the new executive director of the World…

Myanmar’s Ongoing Reforms Not Yet Benefiting Children, UNICEF Alert Says

The Guardian: Up to 150 children under five die each day in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar “As many as 150 children die every day in Myanmar before they reach their fifth birthday, the U.N. children’s agency said on Tuesday, in a report calling for the government to end blocks…

WHO Releases Statement On Travel Costs

WHO: WHO travel to support program work “Travel is an essential aspect of WHO’s global health work — convening experts for collective decision-making on health interventions or traveling experts anywhere in the world that requires technical assistance for global health. … WHO has clear travel policies, recently strengthened by Director-General…

Associated Press Examines WHO’s Travel Expenses

Associated Press: AP Exclusive: Health agency spends more on travel than AIDS “…According to internal documents obtained by the Associated Press, the United Nations health agency routinely has spent about $200 million a year on travel expenses, more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems…

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