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News in Brief 13 July 2022

  • UN food agency chief warns against trade barriers ahead of talks on Ukraine Black Sea cereals crisis
  • Sri Lanka: appeal for calm from UN rights office
  • Russia: Top rights experts condemn civil society shutdown
  • Multi-country hepatitis outbreak in children widens: WHO

News in Brief 29 April 2022

  • UN migration agency appeals for $514 million to support Ukraine response

  • Investigations continue into cause of liver failure outbreak in kids

  • Mali Press shutdowns reflect growing regional intolerance: OHCHR

UNHCR Chief of Mission for Libya, Jean-Paul Cavalieri, with officials, refugees and migrants after arriving at Tajoura detention centre. (3 July 2019)
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Friday’s Daily Brief: Libya mass drownings response: Syria ‘carnage’ denounced, food aid doubled for Ebola-affected in DR Congo

Our main stories today: UN leaders call for a return to sea rescues in the Mediterranean, following Libya shipwreck; UN human rights chief denounces indifference to victims of Syrian airstrikes; World Food Programme doubles supplies to those affected by Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, and WHO urges more investment to eradicate hepatitis.

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“Invest in eliminating hepatitis”, UN health agency urges ahead of World Hepatitis Day

Recent reductions in the costs of diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis should be an incentive for countries to scale up investments in disease elimination.

That’s the view of the World Health Organization which is calling on all countries to take advantage of the lower costs and match investments to eliminate the disease.

Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, marked this Sunday, WHO’s hepatitis team leader, Dr. Marc Bulterys spoke spoke to UN News’s Samuel Mungai, and explained prevention measures that some countries are taking to protect against hepatitis related diseases.

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Push to eliminate viral hepatitis in Africa by 2030

Efforts are being made by African countries to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

The first-ever WHO global health strategy aimed at preventing and treating the disease is being implemented on the continent.

Hepatitis B, a viral infection that attacks the liver and is spread through contact with blood and bodily fluids, is highly endemic in Africa and affects an estimated 100 million people.