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Experts Discuss Rwanda’s Success Reducing Child Mortality On BBC Program

BBC News: How has Rwanda saved the lives of 590,000 children? “…[O]ne of the biggest success stories [in reducing child mortality] is Rwanda. Between 2000 and 2015, it achieved the highest average annual reduction in both the under-five mortality rate and the maternal mortality ratio in the world. The U.N.…

Devex Examines WHO Reform Agenda After Ebola

Devex: Inside WHO’s reform agenda “The past few months has seen the embattled World Health Organization embark on a sea change…” (Ravelo, 4/27). Devex: Harsh criticism of its Ebola response pushes WHO to open up, do better “…[The WHO] has suffered intense scrutiny not just from the media, but also…

U.N. Report Reveals Health Care Disparities Between Rural, Urban Populations

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. report finds bulk of world’s rural populations excluded from health care access “The majority of the world’s rural populations continue to live and work without essential health care services, in stark contrast to their urban-dwelling counterparts, according to a new report released [Monday] by the…

Humanitarian Assistance Programs In Conflict-Torn CAR Remain Underfunded, U.N. Warns

Agence France-Presse: U.N. sounds alarm over ‘forgotten’ C. Africa crisis “The United Nations warned Monday it had received only a fraction of the funds needed to address strife-torn Central African Republic’s towering humanitarian crisis, forcing it to cut desperately needed aid…” (4/27). U.N. News Centre: U.N. warns Central African Republic…

Governments Can Make ‘Transformative Change’ For Women With Correct Economic, Social Policies

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: U.N. Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women “Our world is out of balance. … In our flagship report ‘Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights,’ we investigate what this failure means — and propose solutions. ……

International Community Begins Rescue, Humanitarian Efforts In Nepal After 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Kills More Than 3,800

Agence France-Presse: Death toll rises to 3,800 in Nepal earthquake “Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital on Monday after an earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and toppled entire streets, as the United Nations prepared a “massive” aid operation…” (Mathema/Bagga, 4/27). Associated Press/Huffington Post: Almost One Million Children In ‘Urgent…

U.N.’s Ban Calls For Continued Investment In Global Malaria Efforts

U.N. News Centre: Welcoming progress in fight against malaria, Ban calls for more work to continue momentum “In a message to mark World Malaria Day [on Saturday], the United Nations Secretary-General said that better access to insecticide-treated bed nets and greater availability of accurate diagnostics and effective treatment were the…

U.N.’s Ban Appoints New Head Of Ebola Mission Against Ebola

Associated Press: U.N. chief names new head of Ebola mission as outbreak calms “The U.N. chief on Saturday appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa’s Ebola crisis amid hopes that the world’s deadliest outbreak of the virus will soon come to an end…” (Paye-Layleh, 4/25).…

U.N. Resumes Childhood Immunization Campaigns In Ebola-Hit West Africa

U.N. News Centre: U.N. resumes vaccination drive for three million children in West Africa “For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thousands of health workers are fanning out across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in nationwide immunization campaigns with an aim to protect…

Immunizations Prevent 2-3M Deaths A Year, But Gaps In Coverage Still Remain

Huffington Post: Close the Immunization Gap! Get Vaccinated Flavia Bustreo, WHO assistant director-general for family, women’s and children’s health, and vice chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…At the World Health Organization (WHO), we estimate that immunization prevents between two and three million deaths every year from…

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