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Food Insecurity Could Hinder Zimbabwe’s Development, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Malnutrition could jeopardize Zimbabwe’s development, U.N. official warns during visit “The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that high levels of malnutrition could hold Zimbabwe back from reaching its full potential, during a visit to the country at the peak of its…

Yaws Can Be Eradicated With Donations From Drug Companies, WHO Says

The Guardian: Yaws eradication will need millions of donated antibiotics, says WHO “The World Health Organization has stepped up efforts to eradicate yaws, described as the ‘forgotten disease’, after the discovery of a single-dose oral antibiotic that can cure it. Wiping out the bacterial skin disease that causes weeping ulcers…

UNICEF Launches $2.2B Appeal To Aid Children In Crisis Situations

U.N. News Centre: UNICEF launches record $2.2 billion aid appeal to help children in emergencies “The United Nations today launched a $2.2 billion appeal to help nearly 60 million children in crisis situations, the majority of whom are in and around war-torn Syria. The U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ‘Humanitarian Action…

WHO Launches Cholera Vaccination Campaign In South Sudan

Media sources report on the WHO’s launch of a cholera vaccination program in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: WHO launches anti-cholera drive in conflict-torn S. Sudan “The World Health Organization began a campaign on Saturday to prevent outbreaks of cholera in temporary camps in South Sudan housing thousands of people who…

U.N. Orders Syrian Government To Allow Delivery Of Humanitarian Aid

New York Times: U.N. Orders Both Sides in Syria to Allow Humanitarian Aid “In a rare show of unity among world powers, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday ordering the warring parties in Syria to stop blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid, though without the…

FAO Outlines Critical Food Security Issues In Near East, North Africa

U.N. News Centre: Water scarcity among critical food security issues in Near East and North Africa — U.N. “The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [Thursday] warned that water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing countries of the Near East and North Africa, with…

UNAIDS Executive Director Expresses Concern Over Crisis In CAR

Business Day: UNAIDS boss alarmed at looming CAR humanitarian tragedy “Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director, on Wednesday night expressed concern at the looming humanitarian tragedy in the Central African Republic (CAR), characterized by the unprecedented political, social, and security crisis. Sidibé, who was visiting CAR to participate in a joint…

U.N. Releases Results From MyWorld2015 Survey

Washington Post: The illuminating — and perhaps alarming — results of a huge survey answered by 1.4 million people around the world “Thursday, the United Nations is releasing some of the results of what is thought to be its largest global survey ever, part of a worldwide initiative called MyWorld2015.…

WHO Pilot Projects On Neglected Diseases ‘Should Be Stopped’

Nature: WHO plans for neglected diseases are wrong Mary Moran, executive director of Policy Cures in Sydney, Australia “After more than a decade of trying to find a way to fund research on diseases that affect the developing world, the World Health Organization (WHO) made a decisive move last month…

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