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U.N. Agencies To Continue Assistance To Syrian Refugees Despite Escalating Tension

“The United Nations children’s agency is scaling up its assistance to thousands of Syrian refugee children and their families in the Kurdistan region of Iraq where tens of thousands of families arrived in recent weeks,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “A plane carrying 100 tons of supplies — including water…

U.N. Calls For International Collaboration To Improve Sanitation For Billions

“The U.N. [on Monday] called for collaboration between governments, the private sector and scientists to improve [the] sanitation needs of billions of people around the world and to focus on the issue of open defecation,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “More than 2.5 billion people around the world — more than…

September 2013 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The September issue of the WHO Bulletin features an editorial on transforming health systems to address women’s health, a public health news roundup, several research papers on women’s health across the life course, and a policy paper on addressing breast and cervical cancers in low-resource settings, among other articles (September…

South Korean, U.N. Officials Meet To Discuss Post-2015 Development Agenda

“South Korea’s foreign ministry launched a local forum on Monday to discuss new international aid agendas to replace the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015,” Yonhap/GlobalPost reports. “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se attended the … Post-2015 Korea Forum, with about 200…

U.N.-Sponsored Meetings Address Food Security, Nutrition In Africa

“Strengthening ecosystems is key to helping local farmers in Africa adapt to climate change and ensuring that they produce enough food to meet people’s nutritional needs, participants decided at the end of an international United Nations-organized conference in Kenya,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The conference, convened [in Nairobi] by…

U.N. Secretary-General Calls For African Countries, Partners To Increase Efforts To Achieve MDGs

“Now is the time for African countries, development partners and the international community to boost action towards achieving the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to shape a shared vision for a universal sustainable development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared” on Friday in Seoul,…

USAID, UNFPA To Strengthen Collaboration On Reproductive Health

USAID and the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) “announced [Thursday] new efforts to strengthen their collaboration to advance reproductive health, including voluntary family planning, worldwide,” a UNFPA press release reports. “[T]he two agencies will build on their work and expertise, accumulated over 40 years, to ensure women who want contraceptives can…

Number Of Child Refugees Fleeing Syria Reaches 1M, U.N. Reports

“The number of children among refugees who have fled Syria’s civil war has reached one million, the United Nations said” Friday, Bloomberg Businessweek reports (Yoon, 8/23). “Roughly half of all the nearly two million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the age of…

WHO Health Care Hand Hygiene Strategy Works In Hospital Setting, Study Shows

“WHO’s strategy for improving hand hygiene is easy for health care workers to practice, according to a new study published today in Lancet Infectious Diseases,” a WHO press release states, noting, “Practicing good hand hygiene during health care reduces the risk of [health-care associated] infections and the spread of antimicrobial…