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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…

FGM Slowly Declining In Somaliland

Agence France-Presse: Extreme genital mutilation on retreat in Somaliland “It is a ritual supposed to keep women ‘pure,’ but an increased understanding of the severe health risks of extreme forms of female genital mutilation appears to be slowly rolling back its prevalence in Somalia’s northwest…” (Vesperini, 2/20).

Health Agencies Urge Nations To Implement Tobacco Control Measures

News outlets report on international health agencies’ efforts encouraging countries to implement tobacco control measures. Caribbean360: Caribbean must adopt laws to control tobacco epidemic — PAHO “The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to speed up the adaption of laws to control the tobacco ‘epidemic,’ saying that,…

Women Should Play Leading Role In South Sudan Peace Talks, U.N. Official Says

VOA News: Women Bear Brunt of South Sudan Conflict, U.N. Official Says “The head of the U.N. agency that fights for gender equality and the empowerment of women said Wednesday that women and children have borne the brunt of the conflict in South Sudan, and called for women to play…

Global Community Increasing Efforts To Stop Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria In SE Asia

IRIN: Stepping up the fight against drug-resistant malaria in SE Asia “Efforts are being scaled up to stem a further spread of drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. ‘The emergence of resistance … threatens worldwide malaria control and treatment since there is no alternative to [artemisinin] if its efficacy decreases further…

Food Insecurity Widespread In Somalia, U.N. Says

Huffington Post: Somalia Hunger Crisis ‘Very Ominous’ As More Than 850,000 People Face Starvation: U.N. “More than 850,000 people in Somalia are in desperate need of food and are grappling with ‘crisis and emergency conditions,’ the United Nations announced on Tuesday. Though Somalia doesn’t face the famine conditions that claimed…

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