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Displaced Persons In Western Myanmar Face Disease Risks, U.N. Warns

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. warns of disease risk in western Myanmar displacement camps “Deteriorating living conditions and a looming rainy season are increasing the risk of waterborne diseases in the sprawling, squalid displacement camps in western Myanmar where tens of thousands of people live, the United Nations warned on Tuesday…”…

U.N. Launches Guidance On Attacks Against Schools, Hospitals

U.N. News Centre: ‘Act to Protect’: U.N. launches guide on attacks against schools, hospitals “Every child has a right to education and health, the United Nations [Wednesday] said launching a guidance note to assist the people monitoring, reporting, and working to prevent attacks against schools and hospitals…” (5/21).

Better Records, Quality Of Care Could Improve Newborn Health

Media outlets continue to report on The Lancet’s maternal and newborn health series. New York Times: Lancet Study Calls for Action to Prevent Millions of Newborn Deaths “…Around the world, nearly three million newborns die each year and an additional 2.6 million are stillborn. The Lancet report finds that progress…

U.N. Official Pleas For $60M In Aid To Somalia As Country Faces Starvation

Associated Press/Detroit Free Press: With Somalia on brink of mass starvation, United Nations pleads for aid “…The United Nation’s top humanitarian official for Somalia is pleading for more money. Philippe Lazzarini appealed for international donors to find $60 million so aid groups can continue feeding the malnourished children, and so…

Melinda Gates Endorses Global Action To End Newborn Deaths At World Health Assembly

News outlets report on Melinda Gates’ keynote address on newborn health to the World Health Assembly on Tuesday. Devex: Melinda Gates to WHA: We need your support on newborn health “…‘The world is saving newborns at a much slower rate than older children,’ Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill &…

Disaster Relief Begins After Balkans Flooding

Media outlets report on the response to recent flooding in the Balkans. Associated Press: Recovery from Balkans floods will take billions “Floodwaters receded Wednesday in Bosnia and Serbia, just enough to reveal the next shock: recovery from the historic flood will cost billions of euros that neither of the countries…

World Donors Must Unite Behind S. Sudan, Provide Support As Country Rebuilds

Huffington Post: South Sudan: We Must Not Miss This Opportunity to Save Lives Toby Lanzer, U.N. assistant secretary-general in Juba, South Sudan as deputy special representative and development and humanitarian coordinator “…An end to the conflict [in South Sudan] would allow people to move around in greater safety, to sow…

U.N. Discusses Levy On Oil From Africa To Fund Health Efforts

News outlets report on the U.N.’s proposed funding mechanism to use a levy on oil to fight disease in developing countries. Agence France-Presse: U.N. eyes Africa oil levy to fight disease “The United Nations has begun talks with African leaders over a levy on oil that could rake in huge…

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