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Conflict-Affected Areas Risk Spread Of Polio, WHO Warns

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency notes possible threat of polio spread in conflict-affected countries “An emergency meeting convened by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) noted today that Pakistan had become the 10th country to be ‘infected’ by polio and that ‘the possibility of international spread still remains…

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Indoor Air Pollution Continues To Plague India, Other Nations

Inter Press Service: In India, an Indoor Health Crisis “…According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around three billion people cook and heat their homes using open fires and mud stoves burning biomass (wood, animal dung, and crop waste), as well as coal. … The WHO estimates that around 4.3…

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Beijing Declaration Principles At Core Of UNAIDS’ Efforts To End AIDS

UNAIDS: Empowering women is critical to ending the AIDS epidemic In a statement, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé says, “As we celebrate International Women’s Day, world leaders and civil society are gathering in New York to take part in the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.…

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Ebola-Affected West African Nations Call For Marshall Plan-Type Recovery Program At Brussels Meeting

Agence France-Presse: African leaders urge Ebola ‘Marshall Plan’ “Leaders of the West African countries worst hit by Ebola urged the world on Tuesday to back a ‘Marshall Plan’ to help them stamp out the disease and rebuild their shattered economies. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai…

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About 5.5B People Worldwide Lack Sufficient Access To Narcotic Painkillers, U.N. Report Says

U.N. News Centre: Over 5 billion people worldwide lacking access to essential medicines, says U.N. Report “…Around 5.5 billion people still have limited or no access to medicines containing narcotic drugs such as codeine or morphine the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) says in its Annual Report for 2014,…

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On International Ear Care Day, WHO Brings Attention To ‘Making Listening Safe’ Initiative

U.N. News Centre: On Ear Care Day, U.N. health agency spotlights risks of noise-induced hearing loss “More than one billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices such as smartphones and exposure to damaging levels of sound, prompting…

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FAO Emergency Funding Appeal Focuses On Somalia, Syria, African Sahel Nations

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Somalia top priority in U.N. agriculture organization funding appeal “The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an emergency appeal for $697 million to help 30 million people in 31 crisis-hit countries, a senior official with the U.N. agency said on Tuesday. Somalia, Syria, and countries in…

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World Leaders, Women Can Work Together To Reach Gender Equality By 2030

Inter Press Service: It’s Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women “…When [world leaders] meet at the United Nations in New York in September, they will have the opportunity to revisit and re-commit to the goals of [the Fourth World Conference on…

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U.N. Officials Warn Governments, Donors To Avoid Complacency In Ebola Efforts

Associated Press: U.N. warns against complacency as Ebola fight enters new phase “The United Nations is urging donors, organizations, and countries fighting Ebola in West Africa not to give in to complacency as the death toll from the virus climbs toward 10,000…” (Cook, 3/2).

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UNAIDS Commends Nigeria For Establishing HIV/AIDS Anti-Discrimination Law

The Guardian Nigeria: U.N. commends Nigeria’s assent to zero discrimination law “The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has commended Nigeria, and President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the Anti-Discrimination Law which protects persons living with HIV and AIDS against discrimination and stigmatization…” (Musari, 3/2).

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