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S. Sudan Government Agrees To Address Sexual Violence During Conflict, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: South Sudan: U.N. envoy, Government agree on steps to tackle widespread sexual violence “Back from her first visit to South Sudan, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura warned [Monday] that sexual violence is a consistent characteristic of…

WFP Cuts Food Aid To Syria Because Of Funding Shortfall

Agence France-Presse: U.N. cuts Syria food aid over funding shortfall: official “The United Nations said on Monday that it has started cutting the food aid it provides to 4.2 million Syrians ravaged by war because of a shortfall in funding. … Around two million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey,…

U.N. Official Warns Of Worsening Humanitarian Situation In Somalia

U.N. News Centre: Somalia: amid unstable security, U.N. warns of growing humanitarian crisis “The top United Nations official in Somalia today condemned the car bombing which left an estimated 13 people dead and many more injured in Mogadishu, the capital, amid a precarious humanitarian situation in the rest of the…

Ebola Death Toll Surpasses 4,000, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement that the Ebola death toll has surpassed 4,000. Agence France-Presse: Ebola toll passes 4,000 as fears grow worldwide “The death toll from Ebola has passed 4,000, the World Health Organization said Friday, while a Madrid nurse was fighting for her life and authorities…

Nigeria Sets Tone For Successful Public Health Response To Ebola

The Atlantic: How Nigeria Beat Ebola “At least one African country has been able to fight back against Ebola: Nigeria, West Africa’s largest and most developed nation, has set the tone for a successful public health response to the frightening and often-misunderstood disease. Faisal Shuaib is a Nigerian physician and…

U.N., NGOs Recognize International Day Of The Girl Child

News outlets report on the International Day of the Girl Child, recognized annually on October 11. The Guardian: Day of girl child marked by clarion call to ‘walk the walk’ on gender equality “Despite new legislation and proactive policies such as quotas, the world is failing to deliver on equality…

Ban Calls For Improved Care For Schizophrenia On World Mental Health Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Mental Health Day, Ban calls for improved care for schizophrenia “Suffering from schizophrenia should not have to mean enduring ‘a life sentence of isolation and poor physical health,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Friday] as he urged the creation of better support networks and services for…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic. Bloomberg View: Africa’s Ebola and Asia’s Obligation Editorial Board “…With more than 8,000 documented [Ebola] cases and 4,000 reported deaths in West Africa, the epidemic is outstripping international efforts to contain it — and Asian countries in…

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