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How COVID-19 has forced cancer patients and medics to juggle deadly trade-off

Some cancer patients are at higher risk from COVID-related illness or even death, but the World Health Organization’s (WHO) advice is clear: do not stay away from going to see your doctor if you need treatment or a professional diagnosis.

In an interview with Daniel Johnson, the UN health agency’s Dr André Ilbawi from WHO’s Department of Noncommunicable Diseases, explains how the coronavirus has had a “profound” impact on cancer care everywhere.

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News in Brief 12 February 2021

  • Human Rights Council hears call for immediate release of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi 
  • Constellation’ of post-COVID symptoms will impact global healthcare, says WHO 
  • Starvation risk for Yemen’s children threatens 400,000 without urgent treatment: UN agencies 
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Podcast: UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva - COVID and cancer, Myanmar crisis latest 

In this week’s show, the week’s top stories from the UN covering new coronavirus developments and Myanmar at the Human Rights Council - we also hear how COVID-19 has had a “profound” impact on cancer care everywhere from a World Health Organization (WHO) expert, who explains what that has meant for sufferers - and doctors grappling with a “treatment trade-off” and questions over vaccination…

And, not forgetting piercing insight from regular guests Solange Behoteguy-Cortes and Alpha Diallo. Thanks for listening. 

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PODCAST UPDATE: ‘We Know That it is True. We've Been There’

At the time of this interview, Veronica Phillips revisited the question, why and how she survived the Holocaust whilst some six million other Jews did not.
Ms. Phillips passed away on 24 February, 2021 at the age of 94, shortly after we first published what will now stand for posterity as her final interview, in which she graciously shared her deeply personal account of survival.
As a teenager, Ms. Phillips endured appalling treatment, designed to kill Jews and other groups systematically targeted under the Nazi regime. After more than 70 years of silence, she began to share her testimony in hopes future generations would learn from her tragedy. 
For this podcast episode, she told Natalie Hutchison her moving story once more; from narrowly escaping death in the gas chambers of Ravensbrück, to rebuilding her life after the war. 

Music Credit: Ketsa

  • Life Illusions 
  • Soul Sale 
  • Day Before Tomorrow  
  • Somewhat Sad 
  • Lost One 
  • Hard Sell 
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News in Brief 11 February 2021

  • COVID: Using AstraZeneca vaccine is ‘right thing to do’ for everyone: WHO 
  • COVID numbers are still too high in Europe, warns WHO regional director 
  • Remove activists from ‘terrorist list’, urge UN-appointed independent experts 
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News in Brief 10 February 2021

  • Myanmar crisis: following orders is no defence for brutality, says rights expert  
  • East Asian countries led economic recovery in last quarter of 2020 
  • WHO and UNICEF chiefs urge vaccine solidarity to end COVID 
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News in Brief 9 February 2021

  • Latest LaNiña report suggests warmer, wetter months to come - WMO
  • 2.5 billion people in almost 130 countries lack access to COVID vaccine
  • Myanmar: UN country office expresses strong concern at use of force against protesters
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News in Brief 8 February 2021

  • UN stands ready to support relief, in aftermath of deadly India flash floods 
  • Refugee chief Filippo Grandi urges regularization of displaced Venezuelans 
  • Rights experts insist foreign nationals should be returned from Syria camps 
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Tackling people traffickers in Africa’s Sahel – what works (and what doesn’t)

The work of the UN and its partners never stops against human traffickers in West and Central Africa, who force people to risk their lives on dangerous journeys across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea. In this interview, UNHCR Special Envoy Vincent Cochetel tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson about the many ways the agency helps vulnerable people in the Sahel. 

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News in Brief 5 February 2021

  • UN agencies in plea for access to help stranded people in Ethiopia’s Tigray
  • COVID-19 ‘to contribute to two million additional cases’ of FGM over 10 years 
  • In Somalia, risks of Desert Locust crop damage remain ‘high and alarming’ 
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