A new headline-grabbing report shows that despite all of the aid money, remittances sent home from expats and loans sent to Africa, $40 billion more is actually leaving the continent in the form of debt payments, tax avoidance and resource extraction. But some question the figures, and argue that the report doesn’t tell the whole story.
Health experts say the international community has turned a blind eye to widespread food insecurity in Haiti, where communities across nearly every region of the island are approaching risk of famine.
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) voted in a new director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, in a contentious and unprecedented election. But yesterday, in her final speech to the World Health Assembly, outgoing Director-General Margaret Chan chose to address the political unrest beyond Geneva that has many questioning the relevance and future of the WHO.
The governing body of the WHO will make its final selection today on who will replace Margaret Chan as the director general. Today, the three candidates — David Nabarro of the U.K., Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, and Sania Nishtar of Pakistan — make their final pitch at the World Health Assembly, the U.N. organization’s major annual meeting.
The negative public health impact of expanding industrial animal farming warrants immediate action by the World Health Organization, according to an open letter signed by more than 200 scientists, global health experts and environmental activists.
Gender equality advocates are applauding a new bill in the U.S. Congress that aims to promote empowerment, economic security and educational opportunities for adolescent girls around the world.
More than 31 million people – one person every second – were uprooted in their home country in 2016 because of conflicts and disasters, and numbers will grow unless the underlying causes like climate change and political turmoil are tackled, an aid group said today.
A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed in and a Finnish national was abducted from a house in Kabul, an Afghan interior ministry spokesman has said. The three were working for a Swedish aid group called Operation Mercy, spokesman Najib Danish said. (Reuters)
Bill Gates once made the case for fossil fuels in low-income countries to tackle energy poverty – that is, until clean energy is cheap enough for everyone to afford it. Three years later, solar tariffs in India have hit a record low, falling below the average price of coal-based power last week.
In a country where officials face termination for sharing government health statistics, health experts are relying on outside organizations to shed light on the ongoing health crisis in Venezuela.
A bill that would add an additional layer of background checks for Iraqi and Syrian refugees before they enter the U.S. is again under consideration by Congress. The International Rescue Committee condemned the bill, saying it “undermines” U.S. leadership on protecting refugees.
The number of suspected cases of Ebola has risen to 18 from nine in less than a week in an isolated part of Democratic Republic of Congo, where three have died from the disease since April 22, the WHO said. (NY Times)
More than 300,000 children traveled alone as refugees or migrants in 2015 and 2016 – a fivefold increase from 2010 – UNICEF officials said today, reflecting a surge in the number of people fleeing conflict and poverty. UNICEF officials hope that the data will move the seven leading economies to adopt measures at the G7 Summit in Italy that would protect refugee and migrant children. Meanwhile, the U.S. is putting pressure on the Italian government to drop the topic of migration from the G7 meeting later this month.