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Former U.N. Official Criticizes NGO Efforts To Campaign For Aid To Sudanese

“The former head of the U.N. in Sudan has criticized [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] for failing to campaign for aid to flow to people trapped in a war zone on the border with South Sudan,” the Guardian reports. “Mukesh Kapila, who crossed into the war zone without government permission during a visit last…

WFP To Feed 1.6M People In Somalia This Year, Agency Reports

“The World Food Programme (WFP) reports it plans to feed 1.6 million people in Somalia this year, including more than one million people who are in a state of crisis” because of an ongoing insurgency by the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, VOA News writes. WFP “reports the situation in Somalia is somewhat…

Haiti Launches $2.2B, 10-Year Plan To Eradicate Cholera

“The Haitian government’s $2.2 billion, 10-year plan to eradicate cholera was launched on Wednesday against the backdrop of the U.N.’s rejection of a legal claim from more than 5,000 victims” that sought compensation for the cholera epidemic, which “has killed more than 8,000 people and infected nearly 648,000” and is thought to…

U.N. Secretary General Condemns Violence Against Health Workers In Nigeria

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday “strongly condemned the killing in north-eastern Nigeria of three doctors from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, calling the attack and other recent incidents of violence against health workers ‘unacceptable,'” the U.N. News Centre reports (2/11). “Those killings came quickly after gunmen shot dead at least nine female polio vaccinators…

U.N.’s Assertion Of Immunity In Cholera Outbreak Is Morally, Legally ‘Right’ Decision

“When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invoked diplomatic immunity last week for peacekeepers who unwittingly caused the cholera outbreak that killed nearly 8,000 Haitians, his decision looked cold-hearted,” but “sympathy for Haitians should not mask the necessity of the secretary-general’s decision,” Boston Globe correspondent Juliette Kayyem writes in an opinion piece in the newspaper. “It…

UNDP Administrator Calls For ‘Permanent’ Focus On NCDs

At the London launch of a Lancet series on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on Monday, U.N. Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark said if NCDs are placed “permanently on the global development agenda, people’s lives, opportunities, and future prospects will improve — thereby advancing sustainable human development overall,” Devex’s “Development Newswire” blog reports. “In…

Debating U.N. Resolution On Universal Health Coverage

Writing in the “UHC Forward” blog, Nkem Wellington, program officer at the Results for Development Institute (R4D), summarizes a debate that took place on the Performance-Based Financing Community of Practice online discussion forum following the December 12 U.N. General Assembly vote on the “Global health and foreign policy” draft resolution, which focused…

IOM Report Offers Recommendations To Combat Distribution Of Fake, Substandard Medicines

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies “is urging stronger regulation of pharmaceuticals around the world to combat the growing problem of fake and poor-quality medicines,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports (Knox, 2/13). “The risks of fake and flawed medicines have leapt from developing nations to Western supply chains, thanks…

Relief Efforts In Syria Trying To Keep Pace, U.N. Humanitarian Aid Chief Says

“Relief efforts are failing to keep pace with the scale of the emergency in Syria, where the death toll has risen to nearly 70,000, the U.N.’s head of humanitarian operations said on Wednesday,” the Guardian reports. “Baroness Valerie Amos said the U.N. and its partners were struggling to cope with the number…