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New York Times Publishes Editorial, Commentary On Humanitarian Efforts In Syria

The New York Times features an editorial and a commentary on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in conflict-ridden Syria. New York Times: The Message From Homs “In the last four days, at least 800 people — mostly women, children and the elderly — have been evacuated from Homs, one of Syria’s…

Gender Equality Should Be Fully Integrated Into Post-2015 Agenda, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Gender equality must be enshrined in all post-2015 development goals — U.N. rights chief “The United Nations committee mandated to ensure compliance with the global treaty to end all forms of discrimination against women opened a new session today with a call for gender equality to be…

Aid Groups Face Challenges To Food Aid Delivery In South Sudan

VOA News: Aid Groups Tackle ‘Mammoth Challenge’ of Feeding South Sudan “Aid agencies are battling against time and danger to their staff on the ground in South Sudan to deliver emergency food aid to millions of people in need around the young country as it struggles to recover from weeks…

Number Of H7N9 Cases In China Will Continue To Rise, Officials Say

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza on mainland China, where officials say the number of cases will continue to grow. Global Dispatch: Chinese officials predict more human H7N9 avian flu cases “With a large spurt of new human H7N9 avian influenza cases reported so far…

U.N. Humanitarian Resolution On Syria Threatened After Russia, China Fail To Show Up

News outlets report on talks surrounding a U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria, which threaten to unravel after Russian and Chinese representatives failed to show up on Monday. Agence France-Presse: U.N. to press Russia on Syria humanitarian resolution “U.N. diplomats resumed the task of trying to persuade Russia to back a…

‘Every Newborn Action Plan’ Will Put Newborn Survival At Top Of Global Agenda

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jennifer James, founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good, discusses the “Every Newborn Action Plan [which is] led by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Now in draft form, the plan will be discussed during the 134th session of the…

Shaky Ceasefire In Syrian City Of Homs Highlights Difficulties Delivering Aid

The U.N. News Centre and New York Times report on the humanitarian situation and three-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs. U.N. News Centre: U.N. humanitarian chief urges safe passage for aid delivery to Syrians in need “A top United Nations official said she is deeply disappointed that a…

Reaching MDG Child Mortality Target Will Require Continued Investment, Innovation

Devex: Who’s winning the battle against child mortality? “Around the globe, child mortality rates are dropping … thanks to investments and partnerships among governments, investors, aid groups, and other stakeholders. … ‘The data show that tremendous progress has been made during the past few decades’ in improving the well-being of…

Global Measles Deaths Decline 78% Since 2000, WHO Data Show

News outlets report on new data from the WHO showing a significant decline in global deaths from measles since 2000. BBC News: Measles global deaths decline by 78%, WHO estimates “Global deaths from measles dropped 78 percent between 2000 and 2012, the World Health Organization estimates. New figures from the…

UNAIDS Praises Kenyan First Lady’s Maternal, Child Health Campaign

The Star: U.N. praises First Lady’s maternal health project “The United Nations has lauded the Beyond Zero Campaign launched by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. It said the initiative will improve maternal and child health in [Kenya]. ‘Fifteen women die every day due to pregnancy related complications in Kenya and 20…