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WHO Report Addresses Mental Health In Emergency Situations

“Humanitarian agencies work hard to help people with their mental health and psychosocial needs in the aftermath of emergencies, but too often opportunities are missed to strengthen mental health systems for the long-term, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report, ‘Building back better: Sustainable mental health care after…

WHO Releases Report Highlighting Link Between Health Research, Universal Coverage

“At the launch of the ‘World health report 2013: Research for universal health coverage’ [on Thursday, the WHO] called on countries to continue investing in local research in order to develop a system of universal health coverage tailored to each individual country’s situation,” the health agency reports in a news…

Progress Made On WASH Standards, But Additional Commitments Needed, Report Says

“Political leadership and concrete action have led to good progress on creating universal and sustainable access to decent sanitation and drinking water, but additional efforts are needed to fulfill commitments by the 2014 deadline, a United Nations-backed partnership reported” on Wednesday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “The 15 developing countries…

Global Community Must Help Haiti Recover From ‘Double Tragedy’ Of Earthquake, Cholera

The Washington Post’s August 12 editorial on Haiti “rightly drew attention to the heavy and tragic toll of the cholera epidemic and the continued need for more resources and support,” and the U.N. “shares The Post’s concern,” Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, writes in a Washington Post…

U.N. Agencies Voice Concern Over Humanitarian Situation In CAR

“United Nations humanitarian agencies [on Tuesday] voiced deep concern over the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), where hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by lawlessness and insecurity, and widespread fear is reported among residents,” the U.N. News Centre reports (8/13). “The U.N. refugee agency [UNHCR]…

High-Level Meeting Participants In Africa Call For New Commitments On HIV, Reproductive Health Efforts

“At a recent meeting in Botswana, a high-level group of education and sexual reproductive health experts from Eastern and Southern Africa highlighted the need for good quality, gender-sensitive sexuality education that prepares adolescents for puberty and relationships and prevents unintended pregnancy and HIV,” according to a UNAIDS update. “The participants also called…

Drought In Namibia Leaves Roughly One-Third Of Country’s Population Food Insecure

“Namibia’s worst drought in three decades has left roughly one-third of the country’s population moderately or severely food insecure,” according to UNICEF, Nature World News reports (Kemsley, 8/12). “According to the country’s Directorate for Disaster Risk Management, all 13 regions have been affected by the drought, with major shortages of…

U.N. Must Bear Responsibility For Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic

“It is now all but certain that Haiti’s cholera epidemic, which has killed more than 8,000 people and sickened more than 600,000, is directly traceable to a battalion of U.N. peacekeepers who arrived in the country after the 2010 earthquake,” a Washington Post editorial states, highlighting a report (.pdf) from…

Head Of Georgian Health Policy Group Discusses HIV/AIDS, Public Health Trends

In partnership with the Skoll World Forum, Forbes features an interview with George Gotsadze, who since 1996 has led Georgian think tank Curatio International Foundation, which focuses on health policy and health systems issues, primarily in the post-Soviet states. According to the interview transcript, Gotsadze reflects on public health in…