health

News in Brief 24 May 2019

  • $7 million funding appeal to help most vulnerable children in Afghanistan
  • UN health agency applauds Brazilian compensation bid from tobacco giants
  • Myanmar refugees face even greater water shortages in Bangladesh camps
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News in Brief 23 May 2019

  • DR Congo: ‘No time to lose’ says newly appointed Ebola response coordinator 
  • Draft El Salvador bill could give amnesty to serious human rights violators, Bachelet warns
  • First ever UN conference on ending sexual and gender-based violence underway  
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3'7"

News in Brief 20 May 2019

  • Italy proposal to fine migrant rescue boats condemned by human rights experts
  • Ebola threat still ‘very high’ in DRC, warns WHO chief
  • On World Bee day, human activity blamed for falling pollinator populations
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News in Brief 16 May 2019

  • Fears over rising Ebola infections in DR Congo, lack of funding for safe burials 
  • More than 20 million babies born with a low birthweight, warns UN report 
  • Healthy diets vital for progress in Laos say UN food agencies 
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News in Brief 15 May 2019

  • Pacific Islands have ‘moral authority’ to demand climate action: UN chief
  • WHO launches online tool to tackle ‘urgent need’ to combat threats to global health
  • Nearly a fifth of Somalis at risk from ‘disastrous’ drought
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: hate speech, dementia, Libya and Yemen, human rights in Brazil and Lebanon

This Tuesday, we cover: the UN chief in New Zealand’s Christchurch calls for end to hate speech; how a healthy lifestyle can prevent dementia; updates on fighting in Libya and Yemen; the human rights of detainees in Lebanon and people affected by leprosy in Brazil.

News in Brief 9 May 2019

  • ‘Absolutely abhorrent’ attack on ambulance in Libya 
  • UN rights expert urges Cambodia to change ‘political culture’ 
  • Swine fever linked to food price spike: FAO 
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WHO leads bid to protect rural communities from neglected snakebite emergency

At least 80,000 people die from snakebites every year, but the UN health agency has a plan to help the rural communities who are worst affected. That’s according to Dr. Bernadette Abela-Ridder, head of the World Health Organization’s Neglected Zoonotic Diseases unit. 

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News in Brief 7 May 2019

  • Release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar welcomed 
  • Syria escalation being followed with “great concern” by UN Secretary-General
  • UN health agency targets 50 per cent reduction in snakebite deaths and disabilities
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News in Brief 6 May 2019

  • UN Forum works to safeguard world’s forests
  • Labour report shows half of workers frequently exposed to physical risks
  • Advocates, UN, speak up for road safety
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