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UNAIDS warns progress is slowing and time is running out to reach 2020 HIV targets

By |July 18th, 2018|

UNAIDS warns that progress is slowing and time is running out to reach the 2020 HIV targets
New HIV infections are rising in around 50 countries, AIDS-related deaths are not falling fast enough and flat resources are threatening success. Half of all new HIV infections are among key populations and their partners, who are still not […]

Asylum-seeking children deprived of school in Greece

By |July 18th, 2018|

Greece: Asylum-Seeking Children Deprived of School
Few Classes in Government Camps on the Aegean Islands
(Athens) – Greece is denying thousands of asylum-seeking children their right to an education because of an European Union-backed migration policy that traps them on the Aegean islands, Human Rights Watch said today.
The 51-page report, “‘Without Education They Lose Their Future’: Denial of Education […]

El uso de la fuerza letal en Nicaragua “es inaceptable”

By |July 17th, 2018|

António Guterres condena la violencia contra los civiles y pide al Gobierno que los proteja. Además, considera que esta violencia es un obstáculo para hallar una solución política. Por su parte, ONU Derechos Humanos, que tiene un equipo en el país, ha recibido informes sobre el “uso desproporcionado de la fuerza” por parte de agentes […]

Humanitarian coordinator warns of worsened crisis in Gaza following new import and export restrictions

By |July 17th, 2018|

Gaza city, 17 July 2018
Today, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, visited the Gaza Strip and called for urgent measures to prevent further deterioration in the humanitarian situation there, following intensified movement restrictions.
“As events over the weekend demonstrate, the situation in Gaza is extremely precarious,” said Mr. McGoldrick. “I am […]

Kinshasa devrait déclarer la semaine prochaine la fin de l’épidémie d’Ebola à l’Equateur

By |July 17th, 2018|

Les autorités congolaises se préparent à déclarer dans une semaine la fin de l’épidémie d’Ebola à l’Equateur. Depuis le 12 juin, aucun cas positif n’a été observé en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), a dit mardi devant la presse à Genève une porte-parole de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS). « Suivant les recommandations de […]

How early warning converts into early action against food crisis in the Sahel

By |July 17th, 2018|

Emergency preparedness saves lives, reduces the impact of crises on vulnerable people's livelihoods and is much more cost-effective than repeated humanitarian action. This story shows how WFP's early warning analysis led to early action in the Sahel.
Food crises often develop over a long period of time and are typically caused by conflict, drought or other […]

A record 123 million children were immunized globally in 2017

By |July 16th, 2018|

As over 19 million children miss out on vaccinations, UNICEF and WHO call for concerted efforts to reach all children.
New York, 16 July 2018: A record 123 million children were immunized globally in 2017, according to data released today by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
The data shows that:
9 out of every 10 children received […]

Worldwide, 844 million people still do not have access to clean water near home

By |July 16th, 2018|

Many millennia of missed opportunity and prosperity as nations around the world are collectively 5,000 years off track to bring clean water and 11,000 for decent toilets, reveals WaterAid
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One child dies every two minutes from diarrhoea caused by dirty water, poor sanitation and bad […]

Up to 2.4 million children missing out on schooling in South Sudan

By |July 16th, 2018|

• Humanitarian Coordinator call for urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance in Tambura, Western Equatoria.
• Humanitarians call for pause to enable them reach thousands of people as fighting continues in Unity.
• Renewed fighting in Wau’s Baggari area forces thousands of people to flee their homes.
• Partners scale up seed and tools distribution to communities hardest […]

Deteriorating food security in central, southern and southeastern Mauritania

By |July 15th, 2018|

Deteriorating food security in central, southern and southeaster Mauritania
• Although consumer markets are well stocked with imported food (rice, oil, sugar, tea, pasta), the continuing rise in their prices since the month of Ramadan (May) is limiting poor households’ access to them. The fall in livestock prices and the lack of seasonal rural income-generating […]