Monday’s Daily Brief: numbers of hungry people rising, millions of children need vaccines, Mali children need more protection

In today’s Daily Brief: achieving zero hunger an “immense challenge”, with numbers of hungry rising; 20 million children are missing out on potentially life-saving vaccines, the killing of health workers in DR Congo shows the need for a stronger Ebola response; a UN expert calls for an end to violations against children in Mali; and better training is needed to cut global youth unemployment.

Wednesday’s Daily Brief: Diplomacy for Peace Day, #VaccinesWork, the cost of war on Afghans, tech and well-being

Top news for Wednesday includes: the first-ever International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace, the launch of World Immunization Week, civilians continuing to bear the brunt of ongoing violence in Afghanistan, the need for more regulation in the tech industry, a call for more exercise and less screen time for children, and a plea by the UN refugees High Commissioner not to let extremism divide us. 

UN-backed conference calls for increase in drug research and access to help Africans

Governments need to increase their support for drug research that will lead to new accessible drugs and vaccines in Africa, a United Nations-backed conference in Ethiopia heard this week.

Old diseases, new infections may re-emerge without better vaccine funding, UN warns

Old diseases and new infections will re-emerge unless urgent action is taken to close the gaps in funding, research and global immunization coverage, according to a new report jointly produced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank.

UN-supported initiative helps vaccinate 10.5 million children against hepatitis

About 10.5 million children in developing countries have been vaccinated against hepatitis B, which causes liver diseases and cancer, as part of a United Nations-supported initiative that has helped 55 nations to improve their immunization services.

Africa receives first vaccines under global immunization campaign: UNICEF

In a major step towards saving the lives of millions of children, a global immunization campaign supported by several United Nations agencies began today the first round of its worldwide schedule of vaccine deliveries.