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Rwanda Marks 20 Years Since Genocide; Progress In Public Health System Noted

News outlets describe how Rwanda and the global community is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the country’s 1994 genocide, as well as the economic and public health progress Rwanda has made since. Associated Press/The Guardian: Rwanda genocide: 20th anniversary brings a nation together to mourn “…President Paul Kagame and Ban…

U.N. Commission On Population And Development Begins Meeting To Assess 20-Year Progress

News outlets report on the start of a week-long meeting of the U.N. Commission on Population and Development. The Guardian: U.N. to measure women’s rights progress over past 20 years “Progress towards 20-year-old targets that sought to put women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights at the center of development…

WHO Urges Countries To Prioritize Vector-Borne Diseases

News outlets discuss the WHO’s call on World Health Day, April 7, for better protection against vector-borne diseases. Deutsche Welle: Small bite, big danger: vector-borne disease “If things go the way the World Health Organization wants, no one will die from a mosquito or tick bite in the 21st century.…

Polio Spreads To Iraq From Syria

New York Times: Polio Spreads From Syria to Iraq, Causing Worries “Syria’s polio outbreak has now officially spread to Iraq, the first neighbor of the war-ravaged country to be hit by the crippling virus despite an ambitious Middle East inoculation effort, and global health officials warned Monday that dozens of…

U.N. Forced To Cut Food Rations In Syria Due To Donor Funds Shortage

Reuters: U.N. has to cut Syria food rations for lack of donor funds “The United Nations has been forced to cut the size of food parcels for those left hungry by Syria’s civil war by a fifth because of a shortage of funds from donors, a senior official said on…

CAR Crisis Destroying Economy, Civil Society, U.N. Warns

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. study warns crisis devastating economy, livelihoods “The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) is devastating the economy and people’s ability to secure basic necessities, says a new joint United Nations assessment, which warns that as the violence continues and the rains set…

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding World Health Day

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized annually on April 7. The Guardian: Improving disease control in emergencies Rich McEachran, a finalist in the Guardian International Development Journalism competition “…There are several areas where aid groups can focus their attention to help stop the spread of…

More Effort Needed To Guarantee Reproductive Rights For All

Huffington Post U.K.: More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All Lynne Featherstone, U.K. parliamentary under-secretary of state for international development “…[W]hy after 20 years since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and 58 years of the Commissions on the Status Women, are reproductive rights still being used…

USAID Highlights Programs On World Health Day

“…Preventing and controlling vector-borne diseases, diseases carried by insects, ticks and small animals, is central to achieving President Obama’s vision of ending extreme poverty. On World Health Day, commemorated each year on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights actions we can all take to protect ourselves from the…

New WHO Guidance Discusses Immunization Program Implementation, Evaluation

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the foundation, discusses a new document from the WHO discussing immunization program implementation and monitoring. “…[W]e now have solid, evidence-based advice on how to introduce new vaccines in a way that will…