News in Brief 28 September 2017 (AM)

28 September 2017

45% of all abortions are “unsafe”: WHO study

Approximately 25 million “unsafe” abortions are carried out every year, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Guttmacher Institute.

That represents 45 per cent of all abortions carried out annually, during the survey period of 2010, to 2014.

The vast majority of unsafe abortions – 97 per cent – occurred in developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Bela Ganatra, lead author of the study, from WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research, said that extra effort had to made in developing regions “to ensure access to contraception and safe abortion.”

“When women and girls cannot access effective contraception and safe abortion services, there are serious consequences for their own health and that of their families,” she added.

Biggest ever global anti-rabies initiative gets underway

The biggest ever global anti-rabies initiative has got underway, aiming to end human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

The announcement comes on World Rabies Day, marked on Thursday, and the ambitious plan is being led by WHO, the World Organization for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.

Known as Zero by 30: The Strategic Plan, it aims to address the deadly disease that can be transmitted by biting, in a “holistic and cross-sectoral manner” highlighting the important role of health, veterinary and educational services.

Rabies is 100 per cent preventable, said a statement from the four partners, and the world has the knowledge, technologies and vaccines necessary to eliminate the viral disease.

Rabies is a disease of poverty and neglect, affecting the poorest most of all, added the statement.

World Maritime Day highlights connection between ships, ports, people

A more efficient shipping industry, and government-supported partnerships with ports, can help to drive sustainable development.

That’s the message from the head of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, to mark World Maritime Day, observed this Thursday, 28 September.

He said this year’s theme “Connecting Ships, Ports and People,” highlights ongoing cooperation across the global industry, to ensure a safe and efficient maritime transportation system.

Here’s part of his video message to coincide with the day.

“Shipping and ports can play a significant role in helping to create conditions for increased employment, prosperity and stability through promoting maritime trade. The port and maritime sectors can be wealth creators, both on land and at sea.”

Matt Wells, United Nations.

Duration: 2'26"


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