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U.N. Releases New Guidelines On Mental Health Care For Trauma, Loss

“The United Nations health and refugee agencies [on Tuesday] released new guidelines and clinical protocols on mental health care for adults and children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and bereavement,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The guidelines — released by the WHO, in conjunction with the U.N. High Commissioner for…

New Regulatory Agency In Africa Aims To Facilitate Approval Of CD4 Diagnostic Tests

Noting the WHO has called for 15 million people living with HIV to be receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) by 2015 and new WHO HIV treatment guidelines say ART should be prescribed when patients’ CD4 cell counts reach 500 cells/mm3, a higher threshold than previously recommended, The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals…

WFP Begins Distribution Of Maize To North Korea Flood Victims

“The U.N.’s World Food Programme [WFP] said on Tuesday it had begun distributing 460 tons of maize to victims of major floods in North Korea that have killed more than 30 people,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The aid is aimed at addressing the ‘immediate food needs’ of around 38,000 people living…

Japan, Britain Donate Funds To Help U.N. Provide Polio Vaccinations In Somalia, Kenya

“An emergency contribution from Japan will enable the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners to tackle a polio outbreak in Somalia that has already paralyzed nearly 100 children and threatens hundreds of thousands more who are not vaccinated,” the U.N. News Centre reports (8/5). “With a growing number…

UNFPA To Support Improved Access To Family Planning In 8 African Countries

“Eight African countries will get support to improve access to reproductive health education and services for millions of adolescent girls, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Friday” at the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Over the next three years,…

Saudi Arabia, WHO Report 3 Additional MERS Cases

“Saudi Arabia and the [WHO] reported three new MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases in that country today, all of them in women, two of whom are health care workers,” CIDRAP News reports. “One of the patients is a 67-year-old Saudi citizen in Riyadh who has various chronic diseases…

Ban Appoints New Special Envoy For HIV/AIDS In Africa

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed former Ugandan Vice President Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe as his special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, SAPA-AP/Sowetan Live reports (8/2). Wandira-Kasibwe, who was the first woman in Africa to hold a vice president position, “will replace Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania, who the secretary general thanked…

August 2013 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The August issue of the WHO Bulletin features an editorial on universal health coverage and universal access, a public health news roundup, a systematic review of interventions for common perinatal mental disorders in women in low- and middle-income countries, and a policy paper on health financing for universal coverage and…