News in Brief 14 November 2022

News in Brief 14 November 2022

This is the New in Brief, from the United Nations.

Aid delivered to Kherson for first time since Ukraine war began

Essential supplies have been delivered to thousands of people in the Ukrainian city of Kherson for the first time since the war began, UN humanitarians said on Monday.

Aid workers brought food, water, hygiene kits, shelter materials and critical household items, such as bedding, thermal blankets and solar lamps, to more than 6,000 people in the city, which returned to Ukrainian control last Friday after Russian troops withdrew.

Russian forces occupied Kherson during the first weeks of the war.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Denise Brown, said the people of Kherson “are struggling to meet their basic needs, only adding to the trauma of having endured months of constant bombardments, being forced to flee their homes, and seeing their loved ones being killed or injured.”

The city faces a shortage of water and electricity, while markets are running low on food, and health facilities lack medicines.

Human rights chief calls for greater protection for Somali civilians

A steep rise in civilian casualties in Somalia, due largely to attacks by the Al-Shabaab armed group, is exacerbating an already grim human rights and humanitarian situation there, said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday.

The latest figures from the UN show that at least 613 civilians have been killed and 948 injured so far this year – the highest number since 2017 and more than a 30 percent rise from last year.

Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, have been responsible for most of the casualties – more than 90 percent attributable to Al-Shabaab.

Volker Türk is calling on all parties to the conflict to uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and to ensure that civilians are protected.

African region tops world in undiagnosed diabetes, says WHO

A lack of testing facilities and poor access to healthcare (our house style, one word) are some of the reasons that less than half of people living with diabetes in the African region know that they have the condition.

Analysis released on Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that a lack of awareness about diabetes raises the risk of severe illness and death. This potentially worsens the situation in the region which already has the world’s highest mortality rates due to the disease.

Currently, 24 million adults are living with diabetes in Africa. The figure is projected to rise by 129 percent, to 55 million by 2045.

Premature deaths from diabetes in the region stands at 58 per cent, higher than the global average of 48 per cent. In addition, only one in two people living in Africa with type 1 diabetes has access to insulin treatment.

WHO says that the rising prevalence of the disease is a wakeup call to reinforce healthcare, improve diagnosis and access to life-saving diabetes medicines, and prioritize diabetes as a major health challenge.

Nicki Chadwick, UN News. 

 

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