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U.K. Parliamentary Committee Report Says U.N. Response To Pakistan Floods Was ‘Patchy’

The U.N.’s response to severe flooding in Pakistan was “patchy,” according to a report from the U.K.’s International Development Committee, which also said leadership and humanitarian coordination since the flooding started has been poor, AlertNet reports (Nguyen, 5/10). As of February, about $1.2 billion of the U.N.’s $1.9 billion appeal had been received, according to the report, Reuters writes. Of the money received, only $720 million in aid has been delivered, the report said (5/9).

Also In Global Health News: WHO’s Classification Of Taiwan; Midwife Training Study; Indian Vaccine Makers; WHO Plan For Traffic Accidents

Taiwan To Lodge Protest With WHO Over Classification As Chinese Territory Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday “accused China of pressuring the World Health Organization into recognizing Taiwan as a Chinese territory and says Beijing’s move is ‘very negative’ for bilateral ties,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. Taiwan gained observer…

Also In Global Health News: WHO Highlights Health Care-Associated Infections; Niger Food Shortages, Health Care Workers; Latin American Food Security

WHO Highlights Health Care-Associated Infection Prevention The WHO on Thursday highlighted the importance of hand washing and other efforts to prevent health care-associated infections (HAIs), which affect millions of people annually, with developing countries carrying the greatest burden of such infections, CIDRAP News reports (Roos, 5/5). As part of its…

U.N. Officials Recognize International Day Of The Midwife

U.N. officials, recognizing the International Day of the Midwife on Thursday, lauded the efforts of midwives worldwide and “called for greater investment to ensure their life-saving services are available to all who need them around the world,” the U.N. News Centre reports.

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USAID’s Work In Asia: “In 25 countries across Asia, from Kazakhstan to Papua New Guinea, we work to support the success of emerging economies and help address the challenges of hunger and poverty. We do this not just by extending a helping hand, but sharing the hope of the American…

‘Confluence Of Circumstances’ Resulted In Haitian Cholera Outbreak, U.N.-Appointed Panel Says

Haiti’s cholera outbreak, which started last October, “was caused by a South Asian strain that contaminated a river where tens of thousands of people wash, bath, drink and play,” a report (.pdf) from an independent U.N.-appointed panel said on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. “Although many have blamed the epidemic on U.N. peacekeepers from South Asia working in Haiti, the report issued by the panel declined to point the finger at any single group for the outbreak, saying it was the result of a ‘confluence of circumstances'” (5/4).

U.N. Report Forecasts Global Population Increases Through 2100

The world’s population “is expected to grow from nearly 6.9 billion currently to 9.3 billion by 2050 and 10.1 billion by 2100,” the U.N. said in a report on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports, noting that the U.N. uses the projections “to devise and fund programs for problems ranging from climate change to maternal mortality” (5/3).