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Ministerios de Salud de las Américas fortalecerán su capacidad de coordinación de ayuda humanitaria durante emergencias y desastres

Conformarán de una red de salud interamericana para emergencias, con el apoyo de la OPS/OMS

Washington, DC, 2 octubre de 2014 (OPS/OMS).- Los ministerios de Salud de las Américas acordaron un plan de acción para fortalecer su capacidad de coordinación del envío y recepción de la ayuda humanitaria internacional durante situaciones de emergencias y desastres, con el fin de dar una respuesta oportuna y eficaz, y salvar vidas.

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Italy + 3 others
MSF insta a la UE y a Italia a que no abandonen a los refugiados en el mar

Un año después del trágico naufragio frente a la isla italiana de Lampedusa, guerras como las de Siria, las crisis prolongadas que sufren distintos países en conflicto y el caos que impera en Libia, continúan empujando a un número sin precedentes de refugiados hacia Europa.

Los equipos médicos de Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF) han constatado en Sicilia que quienes llegan lo hacen en una situación cada vez más vulnerable, por lo que insta a la Unión Europea (UE) a que mantenga activas sus operaciones de búsqueda y rescate en el Mediterráneo.

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Ministries of health of the Americas seek to strengthen coordination of humanitarian assistance in emergencies and disasters

PAHO/WHO will support the creation of a new inter-American emergency health network

Washington, D.C.,2 October 2014 (PAHO/WHO) — Representatives of ministries of health in the Americas today adopted a plan of action to improve coordination of international humanitarian assistance during emergencies and disasters, in order to facilitate a timely, effective response and save lives.

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Italy + 3 others
Italy and the EU must not abandon refugees at sea

London, 2 October 2014 – One year after the tragic shipwreck off the island of Lampedusa in Italy, wars such as that in Syria and protracted crises and chaos in Libya continue to push an unprecedented number of refugees to Europe. As the patients seen by Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) medical teams in Sicily are increasingly more vulnerable, the European Union (EU) must continue active search and rescue operations to save lives in the Mediterranean, MSF said today.

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25 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Is the World a better place for children?


A statistical analysis of progress since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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World + 48 others
Global emergency overview Snapshot 3–9 September


Libya: Concern is growing for the increasing number of people affected by crisis since mid-July, as violence persists, rival governments are failing to assure basic services, and most humanitarian organisations have withdrawn.

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World + 1 other
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque (A/HRC/27/55) [EN/AR/RU]

Human Rights Council
Twenty-seventh session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Common violations of the human rights to water and sanitation


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World + 29 others
Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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Chile + 1 other
Chile disability project wins 2014 Risk Award

By Denis McClean

DAVOS, 27 August 2014 - The Chilean town of Peňaflor is celebrating this week. A local NGO born out of the 2010 earthquake and tsunami has scooped the prestigious Risk Award at the 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference in Davos, Switzerland, which ends tomorrow.

The Chilean NGO Inclusiva was among 77 organizations from 44 countries which submitted entries this year and won the €100,000 prize for its efforts to remove architectural, cultural and technological barriers for people living with disabilities (PWDs) in the town of Peňaflor.

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World + 2 others
Managing Risk and Reducing Vulnerability in Humanitarian Action, issue no. 116, August 2014 issue no. 116, August 2014:

Hardly anything new can be said in the HFA2 process about managing risk and reducing vulnerability. However, when scoped in detail, both these concepts offer gaps as wide as a gateway to march in. Newer and rarer voices of leaders from Asia and beyond point to these gaps and ways to bridge them through the HFA2 process.

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World + 45 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August


The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Statement of the Executive Director, UNFPA - International Youth Day, 12 August 2014 “Mental Health Matters”

A safe and healthy passage from adolescence into adulthood is the right of every child. Being healthy means not merely the absence of illness, but complete physical, mental and social well-being. An essential component of this is being able to realize one’s potential, cope with the stresses of life, build healthy relationships, work productively and participate fully in society. Yet, the mental health of young people is largely ignored and, as a result, depression is the largest cause of disability, and suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people worldwide.

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World + 10 others
FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa

“[I]f the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa, then I believe Americans will be more free as well, because I believe that none of us are fully free when others in the human family remain shackled by poverty or disease or oppression. … Governments that respect the rights of their citizens and abide by the rule of law do better, grow faster, draw more investment than those who don’t.” – President Obama, Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013

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Heightened HIV risk for people with disabilities


MELBOURNE, 29 July 2014 (IRIN) - Inaccessible health services for people with disabilities (PWD), combined with social stigma and violence, contribute to high HIV risk - a gap that must be filled if the disabled are not to remain disproportionately vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, say health experts and activists.


A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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World + 2 others
Treating Cerebral Palsy in Developing Countries

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common health conditions Handicap International sees in babies and young children around the world. The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 1 in every 323 children has cerebral palsy.

This congenital disorder usually results from brain damage that occurs before or at birth or within the first few years of a child’s life. Symptoms vary but may include poor muscle tone, stiff muscles, uncontrolled movements, poor motor skills, and sensory problems. About a third of cases involve cognitive difficulties or epilepsy.

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World + 14 others
UNMAS Annual Report 2013

In 2013 UNMAS made the world safer. Whether it was through spearheading humanitarian mine action in Afghanistan and Mali, assisting United Nations deployment in the Central African Republic, completing the landmine survey of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, attaining agreements to demine in the West Bank or building secure weapons storage facilities in Libya, the lead United Nations entity on explosives hazards saved lives.

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Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations - July 2014

New guidelines stress increasing key populations’ access to HIV services

Countries need to remove legal and social barriers that prevent many people from accessing services for HIV testing, treatment and care, according to new WHO guidelines.