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Malaria report shows rise in new cases
Targets to reduce global rates of infections and deaths from malaria are not being met, says the World Health Organization (WHO) in its 2018 World malaria report, released on Monday.
In response, WHO and its partners have launched a country-led response plan, with the aim of scaling up prevention, treatment and investment, and bringing reductions in malaria deaths and disease back on track.
The WHO Global technical strategy for malaria 2016–2030 aims to reduce malaria cases and death rates by at least 40 per cent by 2020 but, as Dr. Pedro Alonso, director of WHO’s global malaria program, explained, the numbers are on the rise:
“Last year, we estimate there were 219 million malaria cases globally: 2 and a half million extra cases. It confirms the findings of last year that progress has stalled. A significant number of countries have seen significant increases in malaria, and we are certainly concerned about some of our highest burden countries: Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Mali, Niger, Burkino Faso, Senegal have seen significant increases in malaria.”
If any side fails, every side fails – UN envoy for Middle East Peace Process
A senior United Nations official has urged the global community to establish an environment conducive to the return of negotiations to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Addressing the Security Council on Monday, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, underlined the necessity for Palestinian factions to urgently “engage in earnest” with regional efforts to bring the enclave under the full control of the Palestinian Government.
He also called upon Israel to “recognize that Gaza is about to explode” and prevent that from happening, by relaxing and ultimately lifting closures to help normalize the lives of people living there.
The Special Coordinator’s briefing comes against the backdrop of some of the fiercest fighting since the 2014 Gaza conflict.
UN chief marks violence against women campaign at UN HQ ceremony
“Violence against women is a global pandemic.”
The words of UN chief António Guterres, speaking at an official ceremony to kick off a global 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, in the lead-up to Sunday’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The event, which took place at UN Headquarters, was part of the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, which calls on governments, civil society and the UN system to join forces in addressing the problem.
The 16 days of activism, which run from the 25th of November to the 10th of December, aim to raise awareness on the urgent need to end violence against women, through high-profile events and rallies: iconic buildings worldwide will be lit up in orange, the official colour of the campaign.
You can find out more by searching on social media with the #HearMeToo hashtag.
Conor Lennon, UN News.