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06 May 2016 description
report UN News Service

06 de mayo, 2016 — El Secretario General de la ONU anunció hoy la creación del Fondo Fiduciario Mixto de Respuesta al Zika, que servirá para financiar las necesidades más urgentes en el combate a la enfermedad.

Ban Ki-moon subrayó que es imperativo apoyar la implementación de los planes nacionales de respuesta al Zika y hacer frente a los retos sociales y económicos más amplios que quedan por resolver y que tienen relación con el padecimiento.

06 May 2016 description
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6 May 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the establishment of the UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak. 

06 May 2016 description
report IRIN

By Andrew Connelly

The new residents of the City Plaza Hotel in downtown Athens can check out any time they like but, for now at least, they cannot leave Greece.

While borders across the Balkans slammed shut in March, trapping more than 54,000 migrants and refugees in Greece, a network of radical Greek academics, activists and citizens were busy seizing this long-abandoned hotel to create a co-operative refuge for hundreds of families, many of them women and children.

06 May 2016 description
report United Nations

Mr. President,
I have the honour to present the third report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 7 of resolution 2233(2015), as well as the tenth report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 4 of resolution 2107 (2013) on the issue of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals, and property.

06 May 2016 description

Under the theme ‘colour your life with rainbow colours,’ 300 students from UNRWA schools in Gaza city participated with their parents in the colours festival organized by the UNRWA Community Mental Health Programme and the Education Programme at UNRWA Gaza Training College in Gaza city on Saturday, 16 April 2016.

The Colours Festival aimed at enhancing and encouraging positive relationships between children and their families. It also provides a free space for students to express their feelings through creative arts while having fun.

06 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 6 May 2016 –– UNICEF today called for urgent measures to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Europe – who are at serious risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation and whose number reached a record of more than 95,000 last year.

06 May 2016 description

6 May 2016, Tunis, Tunisia -- WHO expresses great concern over the death of 12 newborns in the Sabah Medical Centre neonatal intensive care unit in Sabha, southern Libya. The deaths occurred as a result of a bacterial infection and lack of specialized health staff to provide medical care.

06 May 2016 description

Burundi - UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Chaloka Beyani has completed a three-day assessment of the situation of IDPs in Burundi. His visit was jointly organized by UNHCR and UNOCHA, in coordination with IOM.

During his visit to camps in Gitaza and Cashi (Rumonge) established for 1,900 people affected by floods in October 2015, he found an urgent need for more assistance, including access to basic services such as health care and education.

06 May 2016 description
report Guardian

Patrick Kingsley in south-east Turkey

Vast numbers of young Syrians in Turkey and beyond are having to work instead of going to school

Hamza sits at a sewing machine in a gloomy warehouse in southern Turkey, where he works 12 hours a day, six days a week. The Syrian can perform most of the roles on the assembly line: he knows how to mould leather into the shape of a shoe, or attach its sole with glue. Today Hamza threads its different parts together with the machine, and his boss looks on approvingly.

06 May 2016 description

Due to the decline in emergency medical needs at AMDA’s activity base (Hirayasu Elementary School) in Mashiki-cho, AMDA’s medical assistance is entering the secondary stage where acupuncturists, care workers and physiotherapists are playing an active role in taking care of the evacuees. The most notable and unique attempt is a collaborative mobile clinic conducted by the team of medical personnel with different specialties.

06 May 2016 description
report Guardian

Sarah Boseley in Recife

When her son was born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, Aline became the latest mother thrust into an interminable cycle of care and rehabilitation

Aline Ferreira’s son wears a blue and white babygrow. Over her shoulder, she carries a cloth to wipe his mouth. She smiles happily, but anyone can see there is something severely wrong with three month-old Luiz. His head seems squashed out of shape, and it flops forward.

06 May 2016 description
report Guardian

Isabella Lövin

The author is Sweden’s minister of international development cooperation

In Sweden, where the government regards reproductive health as central to gender equality, International Day of the Midwife is seen as cause for celebration

In the mid-18th century, the maternal mortality rate in Sweden approached 900 deaths for every 100,000 births. A hundred years later, the introduction of professional midwives had contributed to the rate being pushed down to 230. Today, four women die per 100,000 live births.

05 May 2016 description

I am horrified and sickened by the news of civilians killed today by air strikes that hit two settlements where displaced people had sought sanctuary, in Idleb Governorate, northern Syria. Initial reports indicate that at least 30 people were killed, and over 80 injured, among them many women and children, and dozens of tents were destroyed or badly damaged.

05 May 2016 description

Quito, 29 April 2016 (PAHO/WHO) – Ecuador is continuing to protect millions of children against polio in the days following the earthquake that struck the country on 16 April. With the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a team from the Ministry of Public Health is continuing implementation of the strategy to switch from the trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) to the new bivalent oral vaccine (bOPV). The process began on Sunday April 17 and will take two weeks.

05 May 2016 description
report El Comercio

Chile despachó este jueves un avión cargado con 17 toneladas de ayuda a Ecuador, cuya zona costera fue azotada el 16 de abril por un terremoto que deja 660 muertos y 20 desaparecidos.

“Este avión va saliendo con 17 toneladas de ayuda, casi 27 metros cúbicos, que consiste fundamentalmente en cajas de leche, frutas y botellas de agua”, dijo el ministro del Interior de Chile, Jorge Burgos, en el aeropuerto de Santiago.

05 May 2016 description

She endured six years of brutality, combat and child-rearing as a wife of an Al-Shabaab leader, but Batula, (name changed), 23, has put the living nightmare behind her with the help of a rehabilitation programme in the Somali city of Baidoa.

05 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Kun Li
26 April 2016

The rains have failed Hawa Ali, a shepherd from Ethiopia, over and over again for three years straight. Before all her animals succumbed to thirst, hunger and disease, she made the decision to join other families in her village and trek to neighbouring Somaliland.

05 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Heitor Lourenco
4 May 2016

Registering a child in Angola is sometimes a real challenge. The lack of information, the weaknesses of the services and the bureaucracy of the system are among the main constraints. These problems caught the attention of a group of 40 students of Law at the Mandume Ya Ndemufayo Public University who decided to create what they called ‘Citizens Information Posts’ in Lubango, capital of Huila, one of the eighteen provinces of Angola.

05 May 2016 description
report CARE

About 2,500 people, most of them from Syria, have been waiting for weeks and months at Piraeus port in Athens, not to go on holiday to the Greek islands, but to find a safe place for themselves and their children. These are some of their stories.

Read the full article with images on CARE