UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva: Tigray, Afghanistan, and Palestinian economic decline

In this week’s show, the UN’s top humanitarian official says that famine is likely happening in Ethiopia’s Tigray, while food waste and poor diets continue to handicap millions of children worldwide, the Food and Agriculture Organization says.

We’ll also hear from an Afghan political activist who's speaking up for women's rights after the Taliban takeover, as well as bleak prospects for recovery in the Occupied Palestinian Territories from UN economists UNCTAD...and, a global initiative to tackle meningitis, with the help of the World Health Organization. 

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News in Brief 28 September 2021

  • Food waste: A global problem that undermines healthy diets - FAO 
  • New global meningitis strategy aims to save 200,000 lives a year  
  • COVID-19: Indigenous children and those with disabilities hit hard 
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New global meningitis strategy aims to save 200,000 lives a year

More than 200,000 lives could be saved annually if the goals of a new global strategy to defeat meningitis are achieved, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Afghanistan, DR Congo, Tigray and Yemen

In this week’s show, aid to Afghanistan in the international spotlight, a deadly bacterial meningitis alert in northeastern DR Congo, Yemen’s “unbearable” war drags on, and alarming developments in northern Ethiopia, where the “hungry season” has started, as conflict escalates across Tigray’s borders.

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News in Brief 8 September 2021

  • Afghanistan suffering, 'unimaginable' says UN chief
  • Yemen: climate of fear has worsened, all sides to blame - rights experts
  • DR Congo declares deadly meningitis outbreak in troubled northeast
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Meningitis outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of the Congo: WHO 

A deadly outbreak of meningitis has been declared in a northeastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the World Health Organization (WHO) have been supporting health authorities to deploy an initial emergency response team. 

WHO supports measles campaign targeting millions of children in northern Nigeria

More than 28 million children in northern Nigeria will be protected against measles and meningitis through an immunization campaign  carried out by the authorities alongside international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO).

Drug firms urged to help stem killer meningitis outbreak

A global shortage of vaccines against the killer meningitis disease could result in a large outbreak in Africa, the UN said Tuesday.

The warning comes amid a resurgence of meningitis C in Sub-Saharan Africa which has not been seen since the 1970s.

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Africa’s meningitis season less deadly so far than last year, UN reports

Africa’s “meningitis belt” is so far experiencing much lower levels of cases than at the same time during last year’s annual epidemic season, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.

UN-backed partnership says new vaccine could end meningitis misery in Africa

A new meningitis vaccine has proven effective in West African children, trumping any other vaccine currently on the market in the region and providing hope that the epidemic will eventually be eliminated, a United Nations-backed partnership announced today.