Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Record number of women on the ballot in Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections since 2009

In its highly anticipated parliamentary election in almost ten years, Lebanon saw a record number of women on the ballot. An unprecedented 113 women registered as candidates, and 86 of them made it to candidate lists. This was a whopping increase from 2009, when only 12 women candidates had registered.

South Korea leads developed nations in household debt, UN expert warn

“I met with residents who are living in completely substandard housing and yet paying exorbitant rents,” said Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, at the end of a 10-day visit to the Republic of Korea.

Tackling corruption ‘from the top down’ essential, declares UN chief, marking key global treaty

“It all begins with setting an example. By tackling corruption, Governments can show they mean business,” said Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking at a high-level event marking the 15th anniversary of the UN Convention Against Corruption.

WHO supports Ebola vaccination of high risk populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the support of WHO and partners, is preparing to vaccinate high risk populations against Ebola virus disease (EVD) in affected health zones.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

“I didn't know if he was alive”: Former child soldier reunited with family in South Sudan

The boy* felt almost safe. His uniform of the last three years had been replaced by jeans and a bright orange football shirt. He stepped off the helicopter and took in the commotion at the airstrip, overwhelmed.

UNICEF mobilizing hundreds of community workers to fight Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Scaling up in response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF, with the DRC Government and partners, is mobilizing hundreds of community workers to raise awareness among children and families of how to protect themselves against the disease. The community workers will also play a crucial role in providing communities with information on the Ebola vaccination campaign, planned to start next week.

Director-General brings ambitious agenda for change to World Health Assembly

After one year in office, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will open the Seventy-first World Health Assembly next week in Geneva with an ambitious agenda for change that aims to save 29 million lives by 2023.

Yemen launches its first large-scale treatment campaign against trachoma

Despite ongoing civil unrest and instability, Yemen’s Trachoma Elimination Programme launched its first large-scale treatment campaign, targeting approximately 450 000 people in areas at high risk for the disease. Trachoma is the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness and Yemen has one of the highest prevalence levels in the Middle East.

Afghanistan: UN condemns blasts that leave 8 dead at cricket stadium

UN Secretary-General António Guterres “condemns yesterday’s attack,” his Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said in a statement issued on Saturday, which also stated “attacks targeting civilians are grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law and can never be justified.”

UN chief welcomes start of Church-mediated national dialogue in Nicaragua

“The Secretary-General welcomes the start of a national dialogue led by the Catholic Church in Nicaragua,” said UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq, in a statement issued on Friday. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Investing in noncommunicable disease control generates major financial and health gains

A new WHO report launched today shows that the world’s poorest countries can gain US$350 billion by 2030 by scaling up investments in preventing and treating chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer, that cost an additional US$1.27 per person annually. Such actions would save more than 8 million lives over the same period.

‘Enough is enough; stop attacks on children’ underscores UNICEF

In the first four months of 2018 alone, hundreds of children lost their lives and many more wounded in countries ranging from the Central African Republic to South Sudan, and from Syria to Afghanistan.

Gaza medics ‘struggling to cope with influx of wounded’: UN agencies

Speaking after 58 Palestinians lost their lives and more than 1,300 were injured by Israeli security forces on Monday, the World Health Organization’s Tarik Jasarevic said that life-saving drugs were “urgently needed”.