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New Automated Mapping System Will Help Speed Earthquake Disaster Response

Reuters: New digital maps speed up aid response after earthquakes “…The Automatic Disaster Analysis and Mapping system (ADAM) pulls information from the U.S. Geological Survey, World Bank, and World Food Programme databases, getting aid workers vital facts from earthquake zones within minutes of a quake, as opposed to the old,…

Despite Rising Measles Vaccination Rates Worldwide, Eradication Goal Remains Elusive

Nature: Measles by the numbers: A race to eradication “…Measles debate has reached fever pitch in the United States after an outbreak that began in December at Disneyland in southern California. … However, the bigger problem lies elsewhere. The United States was declared free of measles in 2000, and all…

Aid Agencies Urge Donors To Step Up Humanitarian Response In Yemen

The Guardian: Yemen facing ‘forgotten crisis’ as humanitarian disaster looms “As Yemen teeters towards political collapse and foreign embassies close their doors and evacuate staff, aid agencies are warning that more than half the country’s nearly 26 million people risk a humanitarian disaster. Describing Yemen’s humanitarian situation as a ‘forgotten…

Madagascar Plague Outbreak Slows; 71 Dead From Disease, WHO Says

Reuters: Spread of plague slows in Madagascar, death toll at 71: WHO “An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has slowed but 71 people among the 263 known to have caught the disease since last September have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday…” (Miles, 2/11).

Indonesia Makes MDG Progress But Problems Of Inequality Pose Challenges

Wall Street Journal: Indonesia Gets Mixed Grade on Millennium Development Goals “Indonesia has met many of its Millennium Development Goals in the nearly 15 years since they were adopted by United Nations members, but efforts have been uneven, a new report says…” (Otto, 2/11).

U.N. Urges Cooperative Action From Member States To Achieve Post-2015 Development Goals

U.N. News Centre: At thematic debate, U.N. calls on Member States to boost funding for post-2015 development “The world has embarked on a ‘crucial last stretch’ to the post-2015 development agenda and towards securing a sustainable future for all, United Nations Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared [Monday], adding that the international…

Despite Being Illegal, FGM Continues In Egypt Because Of Social Pressures

The Guardian: In Egypt, social pressure means FGM is still the norm “…FGM has been illegal in Egypt since 2008. … [But] in 2008, UNICEF estimated that 91 percent of married Egyptian women aged between 15 and 49 had been mutilated — 72 percent of them by doctors. In fact,…

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