Development Health Advice 

‘Greater urgency’ needed in fight against HIV/AIDS, warns UN agency, amidst $1 billion investment cuts

Ending AIDS is possible if we focus on people, not diseases Gunilla Carlsson, acting Executive Director of UNAIDS The news comes in a new UNAIDS report, Communities at the centre, launched on Tuesday at a community event in Eshowe, South Africa, which also shows that the global resources available for the AIDS response have declined “significantly”, by nearly $1 billion. The gap between the resources needed and those available is widening, as donors provide less funding, and domestic investments grow too slowly to compensate for inflation. UNAIDS estimates that some…

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Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection

Number of hungry people rising globally [embedded content] More people are going hungry around the world, a new UN report, the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019, revealed on Monday. The news means that achieving the Zero Hunger target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, will be an “immense challenge”. This year’s report, which was launched during the (HLPF) – the main UN platform monitoring follow-up on States’ actions on the SDGs – takes a broader look at the impact of food insecurity, and…

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Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marketed in Europe, reveal two UN studies

The studies from WHO Europe show that a high proportion of baby foods are incorrectly marketed as suitable for infants under the age of six months, when in fact much of it contains inappropriately high levels of sugar. WHO’s long-standing recommendation spells out that children should be breastfed, exclusively, for the first six months. Moreover, its 2016 global Guidance on Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children explicitly states that commercial complementary foods should not be advertised for infants under six months of age. “Good nutrition…

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‘Complacency’ a factor in stagnating global vaccination rates, warn UN health chiefs

According to a joint study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 10 countries accounted for 11.7 of the 19.4 million under and non-vaccinated youngsters in the world, in particular Nigeria (three million), India (2.6 million) and Pakistan (1.4 million).  At the same time, global protection against four diseases that are regarded as a gauge of overall coverage – diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis  and measles – has “stalled” at around 86 per cent since 2010, the study found.   95 per cent coverage rate still eludes many countries  A far higher level of coverage is needed to protect against vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, UN health experts insist, noting that 118 countries achieved a 90 per cent coverage threshold last…

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Thursday’s Daily Brief: Poverty report reveals ‘vast inequalities’, measles compounds DRC Ebola woes, Guterres visits Mozambique, Bangladesh update, freedom of expression online

New UN poverty report reveals ‘vast inequalities’ between countries There are vast inequalities across countries, and among the poorer segments of societies, says a new UN report published on Thursday. The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), shows that, in the 101 countries studied – 31 low income, 68 middle income and 2 high income – 1.3 billion people are “multidimensionally poor”(which means that poverty is defined not simply by income, but by a number of indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work…

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Groundbreaking cancer-fighting drugs now included in updated UN list of essential medicines

More than 150 countries use the UN’s Essential Medicines List, which contains around 460 drugs deemed critical to treat public health needs. This latest update adds 28 products for adults and 23 for children, and specifies new uses for 26 already-listed products, based on value for money, evidence and health impact. WHO added 12 tests to the WHO Essential Diagnostics List🔬 to detect a wide range of solid tumours such as colorectal, liver, lymphoma, cervical, prostate, breast and germ cell cancers, as well as leukemia and lymphoma https://t.co/WdB3yKXFI2 pic.twitter.com/VjtprHCIf4 —…

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Hunger crisis in DR Congo, Swine Fever in Asia, Venezuela death investigation call, updates on Eritrea and Syria

DR Congo: UN food agency triples aid in strife-hit Ituri province Food aid is being tripled for troubled Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to respond to what the World Food Programme (WFP) has described as the world’s second largest hunger crisis in the world, after Yemen. In addition to worsening hunger, communities in north-east DRC face a deadly Ebola outbreak and inter-ethnic clashes that claimed at least 117 lives between 10 and 13 June, according to a recent report by the UN human rights office, OHCHR.…

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AMBAZONIA: Swiss Mediated Talks Must Include All Options

Geneva: The United Nations has announced the Government of Switzerland will facilitate negotiations regarding the crisis in Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons).  The Ambazonia-Cameroun peace process was immediately endorsed by the United States and the European Union. While the agenda and exact details of the negotiations remain unknown; OEAS unequivocally supports the independence and/or separation of Ambazonia from Cameroun. The talks must deal with the self determination of the Ambazonian people and their future.  Ambazonia is a founding member of the Organization of Emerging African States. The successful future of Ambazonia will…

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Misinformation and growing distrust on vaccines, ‘dangerous as a disease’ says UNICEF chief 

“Misinformation about vaccines is as dangerous as a disease”, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “It spreads fast and poses an imminent threat to public health”.  Over the last three decades, the world has seen significant improvements in the health and well-being of children, with vaccinations having contributed to a dramatic decrease in under-five deaths, according to UNICEF.    And now, on the brink of eradicating deadly diseases that affect millions of children, serious challenges are emerging.   60 years ago, it was all too common to see children suffer…

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Friday’s Daily Brief: More climate action says Guterres, migrant children dangers, Ebola fight, record-setting weather

Amidst ‘high political tension’, UN chief appeals to G20 leaders for stronger commitment to climate action, economic cooperation  The annual G20 summit of leaders from the largest and fastest-growing economies, got underway on Friday in Osaka, Japan, against a backdrop of what UN Secretary-General António Guterres described as “a moment of high political tension”.  “We have global warming, but we have also global political warming, and this can be seen in relation to trade and technology conflicts, it can be seen in relation to situations in several parts of the…

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