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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 19 June 2018

  • Immigration and children’s rights on US border ‘not incompatible’, says UNICEF
  • Humanitarian supplies arrive at embattled Yemen port
  • UN rights expert urges action to end systemic abuse of leprosy sufferers
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“Neglected” tropical diseases targeted in Asia

Efforts are being stepped up by the UN to eliminate what it has called “neglected” tropical diseases in South-East Asia.

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Leprosy still affecting many people in India and Brazil

Eliminating leprosy and the stigma associated with the disease has been the mission of a Japanese philanthropist for many decades.

In 2001, Yôhei Sasakawa became the World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination.

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UN health agency extends partnership for the eradication of leprosy

Continuing their effort to eliminate the age-old stigma of leprosy, the United Nations health agency and a major pharmaceutical company signed an agreement today to extend, until 2010, their joint programme of free medicine that has led to the cure of about 4 million patients around the globe since the year 2000.

Ending stigma and isolation key to leprosy elimination, UN health agency says

Despite great progress towards the goal of eliminating leprosy as a public health problem, serious concerns remain in several countries, the United Nations lead health agency said today at a gathering of leprosy endemic countries and partners in Myanmar.

Key milestone reached in fight against leprosy, UN health agency reports

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the attainment of a major target in the global fight against leprosy thanks to early diagnosis and free treatment in communities at risk.