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UN calls for action to tackle ‘ubiquitous but invisible’ global road safety crisis

Noting that more than 1.3 million people die in road accidents every year, Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out that more young people between the ages of 15 and 29 die from road crashes annually than from HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis or homicide. World Health Organization (WHO) Facts on road traffic injuries “The World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims is an opportunity to reflect on how we can save millions of lives,” he said. And since 2015, his Special Envoy on Road Safety, Jean Todt, has worked to mobilize political commitment, raise…

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Over 1 million health consultations provided in Yemen in 2019: UN migration agency

Yemen’s public sector has been pushed to “a breaking point”, as the country enters its fifth year of conflict, prompting the closure of half of the country’s health facilities. As of 11 September, 1,095,072 health consultations were provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as part of its emergency lifesaving services and support to the health sector to ensure it continues to operate in the war-battered country. Over 19,000 people received psychosocial counselling, 113,000 others received reproductive health consultations, and more than 71,000 were part of health awareness-raising activities.…

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Thursday’s Daily Brief:  Envoy heads for Bolivia, ICC on Myanmar, dignity for sanitation workers, sterilizing mosquitoes

Bolivia crisis: UN chief sends envoy to support peace, amidst renewed clashes UN chief António Guterres announced on Thursday that he had appointed a Personal Envoy who would be travelling to Bolivia later in the day, to offer support to national leaders, following the departure of former president, Evo Morales.  “The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned about the developments in Bolivia”, his Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York. “He reiterates his appeal to all Bolivians to refrain from violence and exercise utmost restraint”, referring to the rising incidents of violence following weeks of protest which began over disputed presidential election results.  Read more here. UN’s highest court set…

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UN mosquito sterilization technology set for global testing, in battle against malaria, dengue

Using a process known as Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) – developed decades ago to target crop-eating insects in the United States – UN researchers have spent the last 10 years adapting it to mosquitoes. Working with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) tropical diseases programme,  they have now drawn up guidelines for nations wanting to tackle disease outbreaks transmitted by the winged insects. “Countries have already started like Italy, Greece and Mauritius, and others are on the point of doing it, for example the United States, France and Brazil”, said Jeremy…

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Zero new confirmed cholera cases in Haiti for nine months: UN envoy

That’s according to UN Special Envoy Josette Sheeran, writing in an op-ed published in The Miami Herald  last week, who reported that there have been no laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera in the entire country for the past nine months. She said the “momentous achievement” was the result of an innovative strategic partnership between the Government, the UN and key stakeholders. Furthermore, it took place during a time of multiple national crises, supply chain breakdowns, and while the UN presence there was in transition. UN should have responded ‘more effectively’ “When…

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Revealed: danger and squalor for cleaners who remove human waste by hand

Highlighting the dangers for the millions of people who clean toilets, sewers and septic tanks, ahead of World Toilet Day next Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) insisted that while the workforce performs an essential public service, their own health is compromised and they are often shunned. “Workers often come into direct contact with human waste, working with no equipment or protection to remove it by hand, which expose them to a long list of health hazards and diseases”, WHO said in a statement accompanying a new report. “It is…

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Wednesday’s Daily Brief: UN bid to aid diabetics, Israel-Gaza attacks, climate change in Nepal, Iraq envoy appeal to MPs

UN leads bid for cheaper insulin, expanding access for diabetics worldwide Overly expensive insulin could be a thing of the past – and life-changing news – for millions of diabetics under a plan launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday to diversify production globally, just ahead of World Diabetes Day. The two-year pilot programme, launched Wednesday, aims to boost access to quality-assured insulin products for the growing number of people living with the illness, which has nearly doubled since 1980. The agency highlighted that around 65 million people with type 2…

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UN leads bid for cheaper insulin, expanding access for diabetics worldwide

Announcing the initiative in Geneva, the UN agency said that it had already had informal expressions of interest from pharmaceutical companies looking to produce insulin and have WHO assess whether it is safe for people to use. “The simple fact is, that the prevalence of diabetes is growing, the amount of insulin available to treat diabetes is too low, the prices are too high, so we need to do something,” said Emer Cooke, Director of Regulation of Medicines and other Health Technologies at WHO. Coinciding with the project launch, which…

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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: ‘Forgotten’ pneumonia epidemic, experts urge vigilance over Australia wildfires, Ebola vaccine breakthrough 

‘Forgotten’ pneumonia epidemic kills more children than any other disease    Pneumonia, an entirely preventable disease, kills more children than any other illness in the world, one child every 39 seconds.  But although that statistic is well known, funding to improve survival rates continues to come up short, the UN and partners warned on Tuesday, World Pneumonia Day.    In 2018 alone, pneumonia killed 800,000 children, and while deaths from other infectious diseases, including malaria, and diarrhoea are falling, fatal pneumonia cases are declining at a much slower pace.    Here’s our full story.   Australia wildfires: ‘Get out’ if…

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UN spotlights ‘explosive’ obesity rates, hunger in Latin America and Caribbean

The Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2019, jointly published by a group of UN health agencies, urged countries to take swift action to address the malnutrition issue across the region.  “The explosive increase in obesity, which affects 24 percent of the regional population, about 105 million people – almost double the global level of 13.2 percent – not only has huge economic costs, but also threatens the lives of hundreds of thousands”, said Julio Berdegué, Regional Representative for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  Spotlighting the importance of promoting healthier food environments, the report suggested using taxation and other incentives that favor healthy…

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