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Haiti Needs Additional WASH Funding, Stronger Institutions To Eliminate Cholera

Huffington Post: Clean Water and Strong Institutions for Haiti Pedro Medrano Rojas, U.N. assistant secretary general and senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti “The cholera epidemic in Haiti has highlighted the international community’s historic lack of attention to water and sanitation. … The U.N. has made eliminating cholera in…

India Setting Targets, Taking Actions To Reduce NCD Burden In Country

World Health Organization: India: first to adapt the Global Monitoring Framework on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) This feature discusses the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in India and the country’s response. According to the piece, “…[T]he Government of India is taking immediate action and targeting the greatest risk factors contributing to…

Asia-Pacific Region Can Improve Investments To Help End AIDS Epidemic

Jakarta Globe: Asia-Pacific Can Lead World to End AIDS Epidemic Shamshad Akhtar, executive secretary of the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director “…Ending the AIDS epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is possible, as long as countries have the courage…

Number Of New Ebola Cases Down Sharply, But WHO Running Out Of Funds To Maintain Efforts

Associated Press: Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons “…Ten months after it dawned on health officials that they were facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts and officials agree the tide is turning, although previous lulls have proved short-lived…” (Larson/Cheng, 1/24). The Hill: WHO running out…

U.N. Welcomes El Salvadorian Assembly’s Pardon Of Woman Previously Convicted Of ‘Aggravated Homicide’ For Miscarriage

U.N. News Centre: El Salvador: U.N. rights office welcomes ‘ground-breaking’ pardon of woman in abortion case “The United Nations human rights office [Friday] welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage…