UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, malaria and albinism

UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan, malaria and albinism


Scene set for “Rwanda-like” genocide in South Sudan 

In South Sudan, the risk of genocide today is as real as it was in Rwanda in the 1990s. That was the message from independent experts at the UN Human Rights Council, which held a special session on the plight of the world's youngest country in Geneva. Here's Daniel Johnson's report from Geneva:

Malaria prevention. Photo: UNICEF/Jan Grarup

Poor access to treatment and lack of funds make malaria a threat

Lack of funds and access to “life saving” interventions continue to make malaria a threat, according to a representative from the World Health Organisation’s Global Malaria Programme. Richard Cibulskis says that some households do not have access to resources to treat the disease, which is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. This year’s World Malaria Report reports 212 million new cases of malaria worldwide in 2015. Priyanka Shankar has been speaking to Dr Cibulskis.

Caregiver attends to abandoned albino toddler in Goma, DRC. UN Photo/Marie Frechon

Representation of people with albinism a “game changer” in protecting their rights

The representation of people with albinism in political positions across governments is a “game changer” in terms of protecting their rights. That’s according to Ikponwosa Ero, the UN’s first independent expert on albinism. UN figures show that albinism, affects roughly 10,000 people in Africa. Andita Listyarini has more.

Presenter: Daniel Dickinson

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

Duration: 10'00″

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