The situation for the 20 million people at risk of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria remains dire, warned the U.N.’s chief humanitarian. “Twenty million people remain at risk, and 10 million more could join them without sufficient funding and improved access,” U.N. humanitarian coordinator Stephen O’Brien warned.
The U.S. has rejected a UN resolution aimed at preventing violence against women because it included language on access to safe abortions. The resolution expressed “outrage at the persistence and pervasiveness of all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide” and called on countries to take immediate steps to prevent gender-based violence and discrimination.
It is not quite time to declare it the ‘best of times and worst of times’ for the global effort to eradicate polio, but two new outbreaks of the infectious disease definitely puts a damper on the celebration regarding renewed international financial commitments.
The world is witnessing a resurgence of cholera accompanying several hunger crises that threaten more than 20 million people in four countries. Some 100,000 people are estimated to be sick with the water-borne, often fatal bacterial disease in war-torn Yemen. Cholera outbreaks have also struck Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia in the past year.
Monsoon season has begun in India, and with it, health officials are bracing for an increase in mosquito-transmitted diseases like malaria, dengue and chikungunya. But concerns are circulating that Zika may join their ranks after three cases were recently confirmed – and allegedly concealed by officials – in the state of Gujarat.
Vaccinating too few children in Syria against polio because the six-year-old war there makes it difficult to reach them risks…
Diabetes in India’s undergoing a demographic transformation, shifting from being largely an affliction of the affluent to increasingly burdening the poor and middle income population. According to a new study, diabetes is increasingly affecting the urban poor in part due to the improving economy.
One of the biggest 3D printing technology projects in the developing world is for making prosthetic limbs in Haiti, where amputees often face debilitating poverty and social exclusion. About 80 percent of the world’s estimated 33 million people with limb loss live in poor countries and are often without access to prosthetics.
The new head of WHO says his top priority is achieving universal health coverage – guaranteeing everyone access to basic healthcare regardless of location or economic status. The idea is hardly new, and has its opponents, but there appears new momentum worldwide to finally achieving it.
Leading humanitarian groups warn that the cholera outbreak gripping Yemen threatens to spread across the country, which is already struggling with famine and conflict.