Podcast - UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Tackling ‘kissing bug’, Mosul’s Al-Nouri mosque rebirth

In this week’s UN Catch-Up, a chilling warning from the UN rights chief who’s likened the spiralling violence in Myanmar to Syria at the start of its decade-long war - and some welcome news about the rebuilding of Mosul’s great Al-Nouri Mosque, that suffered such terrible damage in the fight to clear ISIL extremists from the Iraqi city…

Also we’ll be finding out about a UN-partnered plan to tackle the “kissing bug” –  a neglected tropical disease which you definitely don’t want to embrace; it’s something that our regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes remembers all too well from her childhood growing up in Bolivia…tune in to hear her story.

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Hopes grow for an end to ‘kissing’ bug’s unhealthy impact on Latin America and beyond

 An intimate encounter with the “kissing bug” might sound cute, but Chagas disease – to give it its official name - is a nightmare for the millions who are infected every year, says UNITAID. 

For this year’s World Chagas Day on Wednesday 14 April, the UN agency has high hopes that a tracing and treatment initiative involving several Latin American countries, will help protect hundreds of thousands. With the details, here’s UNITAID’s Mauricio Cysne, director of external relations, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 12 April 2021

  • UK armed forces legislation sparks warning from rights chief
  • Chagas Disease initiative to protect millions in Latin America
  • Human space flight could help find solutions to global hunger, 60 years on from Russian first
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World Chagas Disease Day highlights ‘silent and silenced’ tropical illness

Cost-effective interventions such as blood screening, as well as improved hygiene and food safety, could save millions from what the World Health Organization (WHO) has described as a “silent and silenced disease” that mainly affects poor people.

UN expands fight against potentially fatal Chagas disease that affects millions

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is joining forces with Bayer HealthCare to expand global efforts aimed at eliminating Chagas, a parasitic disease that affects an estimated 9 million people, mostly children, and which causes the slow swelling of victims’ internal organs and is fatal to around a third of those infected.