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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…

UNICEF Launches New Initiative To Address Violence Against Children

“Violence against children often goes unseen, unheard and unreported, [UNICEF] said [Wednesday], launching a new initiative urging the international community to speak out more forcefully against the scourge, which leaves millions of girls and boys physically and emotionally scarred every year,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The End Violence Against…

FAO Urges Developing Countries To Stop Distribution, Use Of Toxic Pesticides

“The tragic incident in India in which nearly two dozen children died after eating a contaminated school meal is a stark reminder that highly hazardous pesticides should be phased out in developing countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said” Tuesday, the U.N. News Centre reports. “In a…

The Guardian Profiles New Head Of U.N. Women

The Guardian profiles Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, formerly the deputy president of South Africa, who “takes the helm next month at U.N. Women, a three-year-old agency still striving for enough funds, recognition and a chance to make its mark.” Mlambo-Ngcuka “replaces Michelle Bachelet, who resigned in March to run for another term…

India Continues To Use Dangerous Pesticides Banned In Most Countries

“Nearly a decade ago, the Indian government ruled out a ban on the production and use of monocrotophos, the highly toxic pesticide that killed 23 children this month in a village school providing free lunches under a government-sponsored program,” Reuters reports. “Although the government argues the benefits of strong pesticides…

President Carter Congratulates Colombia On Eradicating River Blindness

“Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today congratulated President Juan Manuel Santos and the people of Colombia for becoming … the first country in the Americas to eliminate river blindness and … the first country in the world to apply for and be granted verification of elimination of river blindness by…