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 7 April 2021

  • COVID-19 cases rise globally for sixth consecutive week 
  • Greater action needed on refugee vaccination, urges UNHCR’s Grandi 
  • Hate speech still rising against Roma despite recognition gains 
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News in Brief 6 April 2021

  • Clarity still needed on effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine passports: WHO 
  • Scale of acute hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ‘staggering’ 
  • Refugee agency supports health care for 120,000 refugees in Iran  
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News in Brief 22 March 2021

  • 1.4 million TB sufferers lost out on treatment during first year of COVID-19 
  • DR Congo abuses against civilians continue unabated: Bachelet 
  • Oceans under threat like never before, warns World Meteorological Organization 
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News in Brief 18 March 2021

  • Warmer weather is not a reason to relax COVID-19 control measures, UN agency urges
  • Natural disasters occurring three times more often than 50 years ago: FAO report 
  • No winners but fewer losers in global economy from COVID than expected  
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News in Brief 5 March 2021

  • 1,600 vaccinated in Guinea Ebola virus outbreak but more jabs needed: WHO 
  • COVID-19 cases surge in West Bank in February but fall in Gaza  
  • Iran: condemnation for killing of Baloch minority protesters 
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News in Brief 3 March 2021

  • COVID-19 crisis forced more than 168 million children to miss class in 2020 
  • Condemnation over targeted killing of three women journalists in Afghanistan 
  • Nigeria: Children traumatised by abduction need urgent rehabilitation, say UN experts 
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News in Brief 23 February 2021

  • First wave of COVID-19 vaccine syringes start journey to Maldives
  • Oxygen shortage hits 500,000 virus sufferers in developing countries 
  • ‘Disturbing spike’ in Afghan civilian casualties linked to peace talks  
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News in Brief 17 February 2021

  • UNICEF chief calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for most vulnerable 
  • COVID infections register 16 % fall worldwide in a week, variants spreading: WHO 
  • ‘Extreme food insecurity’ threatens Somalia, warns FAO 
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