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Doctors, Officials In Philippines Brace For Potential Health Threats In Wake Of Typhoon

“The aftermath of the Philippines typhoon is now threatening the country with outbreaks of debilitating and potentially fatal diseases, including some thought to have been nearly eradicated, because of a collapse in sanitation, shortages of fresh water and the inability of emergency health teams to respond quickly in the week…

WHO, Partners Launch Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap

“The [WHO] and its partners Thursday announced a new goal to license vaccines by 2030 that would sharply reduce malaria cases and eventually eliminate the disease,” VOA News reports (DeCapua, 11/14). The updated 2013 Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap “comes in addition to the original 2006 roadmap’s goal of having a…

U.N.’s Ban Recognizes World Day Of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims

In a message for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, recognized on November 17, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “call[ed] for urgent action to make roads safer for all those who use them in an effort to save millions of lives worldwide,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Ban…

Technology, Innovation, Partnerships Critical For Sustainable Development, Ban Says

During a visit to Estonia on Saturday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “underscored the vital role of technology and innovation in finding solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges such as advancing the global sustainable development agenda,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Our sustainable development goals must be informed by…

IRIN Examines Humanitarian Situation In South Sudan

IRIN examines the ongoing humanitarian situation in South Sudan. “The 2014-2016 Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for South Sudan reflects an improving humanitarian situation amid a slowdown in the arrival of new refugees and returnees from Sudan and overall improvements in food security, says a senior U.N. official,” the news service…

Humanitarian Response Continues In Typhoon-Stricken Philippines

“The Philippines will divide up the typhoon-ravaged central Visayas between countries to maximize relief efforts, a senior officer said, as President Benigno Aquino won guarded praise for improving aid distribution 11 days after the storm hit,” Reuters reports. “But the country is still struggling to get aid to devastated areas…

International Community Observes World Toilet Day

“Some 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, the United Nations said, and more than one billion practice open defecation — a problem that contributes to countless deaths from preventable diseases,” the Associated Press reports, noting World Toilet Day is observed November 19. “Each year, more than…

IRIN Examines Efforts To Stop Polio’s Spread In Horn Of Africa

“Efforts to stop the spread of polio in the Horn of Africa region are being ramped up with major immunization campaigns underway, targeting millions of vulnerable children,” IRIN reports. “There have been outbreaks in Kenya and Ethiopia, and more seriously neighboring Somalia, with 183 cases confirmed this year up to…

Shah Says Philippines Will Not Have Aid Problems Similar To Haiti

“The Philippine government is strong enough to ensure long-term reconstruction in the wake of devastating Typhoon Haiyan is effective and avoid the aid problems seen after the Haiti earthquake three years ago, the [USAID administrator] said on Tuesday,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “One thousand U.S. marines were arriving on…

U.N. Officials Speak About Sanitation, Hygiene On World Toilet Day

“With its first official observance of World Toilet Day, the United Nations [on Tuesday] called on the international community to help break taboos around toilets, which are still out of reach to more than one-third of the global population, and make sanitation a global development priority,” the U.N. News Centre…

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