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Thursday's Daily Brief: Syria latest, tech needs threaten life-saving weather forecasts, #UN75 birthday conversation begins, polio virus nears eradication

A recap of Thurday's main stories: Wireless technology could block life-saving weather forecasts; UN gears up for 75th birthday dialogue; polio close to eradication; UN steps up northeast Syria aid; "unique opportunity" for end to Sudan-South Sudan border disputes.

News in Brief 24 October 2019

  • "Historic" eradication of wild poliovirus strain
  • UN agencies and partners step up support to north-east Syria
  • Weather experts call for protection of life-saving radio frequencies

 

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Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson join the UN fight against polio and malaria

They were two of the 20th Century’s biggest stars of stage and screen, and when it came to the World Health Organization’s campaign to tackle two of the biggest killers of the post-war era, they answered the call.

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Eradication of polio 'once and for all' within reach – UN health agency

Despite progress towards global eradication of polio, sustained commitment is needed to overcome the final hurdle and stamp out the disease once and for all, the United Nations health agency said today, the World Polio Day.

Good news from Syria: vaccination centres re-open

Parents in north-west Syria now have access to more than 35 re-opened vaccination centres where they can bring their children for life-saving protection, the UN said on Friday.

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News in Brief 14 August (AM)

7.7 million in DRC face “acute hunger” UN agencies warn

Around 7.7 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) face acute hunger, a 30 per cent increase over the last year, two UN agencies warned on Monday.

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News in Brief 9 June 2017 – Geneva

40,000 Raqqa children in line of fire as Syria fighting intensifies – UNICEF

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News in brief 26 April (AM)

UNICEF reaches almost half of world’s children with life-saving vaccines

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UN agencies, partners to launch polio vaccination campaign across Africa

More than 116 million children are set to be immunized against polio starting tomorrow in one of the largest of its kind synchronized vaccination campaigns across west and central Africa, United Nations agencies today announced.

UN agency hails new polio vaccination regimen in South-East Asia that curbs impact on global supply

Amid a global shortage of injectable inactivated polio vaccines (IPV), a new inoculation regimen, employed by governments in the South-East Asian region, involving two fractional vaccine doses – each about a fifth of a full dose – provides the same level of protection against all polioviruses as does one full dose, the United Nations health agency said today.