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More Needs To Be Done To Eradicate Abuse Of Women In War Zones, U.N. Official Says

Bernama: More Work Needed To Fight Against Women Abuse In War Zones — U.N. Official “Former South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who is now executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women), says more needs to be done to eradicate abuse…

Palliative Care Reaches Only 1 In 10 Who Need It, Report Says

News outlets discuss the first-ever report assessing the state of palliative care worldwide. The Guardian: Palliative care unavailable for majority of patients in developing countries “Nine out of 10 people in need of palliative care to relieve the pain and symptoms of a life-threatening illness — the majority of whom…

Saudi Arabia, Jordan Report New MERS Cases

News outlets report on new cases of MERS recorded in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Agence France-Presse: New MERS death raises Saudi toll to 59 “Saudi health authorities announced Wednesday a new MERS death, bringing to 59 the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the country with…

U.N. Convoys Waiting To Enter Syrian City Of Homs

Reuters features two articles describing how U.N. convoys are waiting to enter the conflict-ridden Syrian city of Homs. Reuters: U.N. convoy awaiting green light to deliver food to Homs “The United Nations is ready to deliver a month of rations to the Old City of Homs in Syria for 2,500…

Sharp Divide In Support Of South Africa’s Intellectual Property Reforms

Times of India: Access to medicines issue splits the world, developing vs developed “The recently concluded meeting of the World Health Organization’s executive board saw a sharp divide between developing and developed countries on the issue of South Africa’s reforms of its intellectual property laws to enable affordable access to…

3M Displaced Persons In DRC In Need Of Humanitarian Aid, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: DR Congo still needs humanitarian aid despite advances towards peace in east — U.N. “Despite significant progress towards peace in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the international community must keep humanitarian aid flowing into a country where nearly three million people, half of them…

Conflict Contributing To Disease Outbreaks, Humanitarian Crisis In South Sudan

News outlets report on how ongoing conflict in South Sudan is contributing to the humanitarian crisis and disease outbreaks. IRIN: Growing disease burden in South Sudan conflict “Disease burden is growing among people who fled their homes following the outbreak of conflict in South Sudan. The mid-December eruption of fighting…

Food Aid Delivered To CAR Capital Bangui

News outlets report on the delivery of food aid in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui. Associated Press/USA Today: U.N. food aid arrives in Central African Republic capital “Dozens of vehicles carrying emergency aid from the U.N. World Food Programme are making their way under French military escort to…

U.N., Malawi Government Launch Initiative To Combat Childhood Stunting

Inter Press Service: U.N., Malawi Government Collaborate to Fight Against Childhood Malnutrition “The United Nations, working in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP), Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Malawi’s government in a series of relief operations, has launched another initiative to combat the effects of stunted child growth…

Importance Of Locally Driven And International Responses To TB ‘Cannot Be Overstressed’

The Lancet Global Health: Rebalancing the global battle against tuberculosis Mario Raviglione and Mukund Uplekar of the WHO Global TB Programme; Cheri Vincent and Ariel Pablos-Méndez of USAID “Meetings of health ministers from the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have produced two joint statements in…