The medical unit of a United Nations peacekeeping battalion in Sierra Leone provided more than 4,000 villagers with free medical assistance over the weekend, the UN mission announced today in Freetown.
The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Africa -- already in the millions -- will double over the next decade as HIV continues to spread across the continent, the United Nations warned today, calling for a concurrent effort to fight both infectious diseases.
At a mass in memory of the late Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the international community to carry on the legacy of the former Tanzanian President, who he called an "indefatigable fighter for freedom, justice and peace."
Calling it a "flame of peace," the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today that a recent weapons burning ceremony in the Republic of the Congo has lit the way to new lives for former militia fighters who had turned in their rifles.
Helping the developing world battle the AIDS crisis will require more than just drugs, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today, calling for an "additional infusion of money" to bolster the health infrastructure of countries in need.
Amid reports of ongoing violence in some parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), members of the United Nations Security Council today urged an end to assistance for armed rebel groups and appealed to all parties to a ceasefire accord to live up to their commitments.