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UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Boost Family Planning in Developing Countries

UNITED NATIONS, New York — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding to help increase access to family planning information, contraceptives and services in developing countries, particularly for young people.

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Experimental drug offers promise in fight against measles

04/16/2014 22:18 GMT

by Jean-Louis SANTINI

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 (AFP) - An experimental antiviral drug taken orally could help contribute to the eradication of measles, an infection responsible for thousands of deaths per year, scientists said in a report Wednesday.

The drug, so far tested on animals, has been effective on a virus closely related to the one that causes measles, having reduced virus levels and prevented death.

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CERF Quarterly Update - January - March 2014

The largest allocations were provided to address critical needs in CAR and South Sudan. The donor community has contributed $220.7 million to CERF so far for 2014, one of the largest amounts since its launch in 2006.

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Revisiting therapeutic governance: the politics of mental health and psychosocial programmes in humanitarian settings - Working paper series no. 98

Over the last several decades, humanitarian programmes have increasingly sought to preserve not only physical life and health, but also to address psychological needs and to promote the social well-being of conflict-affected populations. This growing prioritisation of psychological issues in humanitarian settings can be seen in the development and widespread use of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes.

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Nuevos compromisos sobre agua y saneamiento para transformar las vidas de los niños

WASHINGTON, DC, 11 de abril de 2014 – El Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas, Ban Ki-moon, el Director Ejecutivo de UNICEF, Anthony Lake, y el Presidente del Banco Mundial, Jim Yong Kim, se unieron hoy a más de 50 países para establecer metas concretas a fin de llegar a los 2.500 millones de personas en todo el planeta que carecen todavía de un saneamiento adecuado y a los casi 750 millones que no tienen agua potable.

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De nouveaux engagements en faveur de l’eau et de l’assainissement pour transformer la vie des enfants

WASHINGTON, États-Unis, 11 avril 2014 –Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, Ban Ki-moon, le Directeur général de l’UNICEF, Anthony Lake, et le Président de la Banque mondiale, Jim Yong Kim, se sont aujourd’hui joints à plus de cinquante pays pour fixer des objectifs concrets permettant de desservir les 2,4 milliards de personnes qui se trouvent toujours privées d’un assainissement décent et les près de 750 millions d’autres qui se trouvent sans eau potable.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Field Exchange No. 47 (April 2014)

• Milling vouchers in South Sudan

• IYCF indicators in small sample surveys

• Surge support to CMAM services in Kenya

• Goat feeding and milk access in Ethiopia

• Nutrition impact and positive practice circles

• Sectoral integration with cash programming

• Barrier analysis on breastfeeding in Mali

• Material support to health posts in Ethiopia

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CRID Boletín mensual - abril 2014

En esta edición...

• Costa Rica promueve "Estrategia Nacional del Sector Educación para la Gestión del Riesgo"

• Acciones preventivas beneficiaron a hospitales ubicados en la zona del reciente terremoto en Chile

• Dengue: Dar voz a un desastre silencioso

• Videos y mensajes del INDECI disponibles en su Galería Multimedia

• Breves

• Nuevas publicaciones

• Cursos y eventos

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 11 April 2014, vol. 89, 15 (pp. 153–160) [EN/FR]


153 Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, January 2014


153 Réunion du Groupe spécial international pour l’éradication des maladies – Janvier 2014

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El dengue es de lo que más preocupa en América Latina


Latinoamerica y el Caribe, 09 de Abril 2014

Fuente: La Prensa Gráfica

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Los ministerios de Salud (MINSAL) y Educación, así como el ISSS y OPS/OMS conmemoraron el Día Mundial de la Salud, cuyo mensaje en este año es: Pequeñas picaduras, grandes amenazas, respecto a las enfermedades transmitidas por insectos.

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Human Rights Essential to Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Human rights violations are one of the main challenges to achieving equitable, universal and sustainable access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, according to international experts gathered at a side event of the UN Commission on Population and Development.

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The dengue mosquito bites and makes Latin America sick

World Bank


  • With over two million people infected in 2013, dengue cases hit a record high in the region.

A buzzing can be the first warning, then comes the bite. A few days later, headache, fatigue, high fever and sometimes nausea. Over 2.3 million Latin Americans had these symptoms last year. They were victims of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the insect that transmits dengue fever.

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Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection

WHO issues its first Hepatitis C treatment guidelines

LONDON ¦ 9 April 2014 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year.

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Carter Center Marks Progress in Fight Against Guinea Worm, River Blindness

Voice of America

Kane Farabaugh April 04, 2014

CHICAGO — Guinea worm disease and river blindness are among 17 tropical diseases the World Health Organization considers neglected. Thanks to the efforts of the Atlanta-based Carter Center -- founded by former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn -- focused treatment and prevention are leading to the elimination of one, and the extinction of another.

When Carter and the Carter Center staff started working to eradicate Guinea Worm disease in 1986, it was found in 21 countries in Africa and Asia.

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Guinea-worm Disease Set to Bow Out as Public Health Threat in Africa

Brazzaville, 7 April 2014 - The above headline would have been unimaginable 30 years ago when Guinea-worm disease (GWD) was robust, alive and well in much of Africa.

At the start of the Guinea -worm Eradication Progrmme in the 1980s, about 20 African countries were endemic for the disease and the world counted 3.5 million cases of GWD annually. However, in 2014, all indications are that this ancient scourge is about to be consigned to history in Africa - and planet Earth - for good!

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Midwives are Key to Fewer Maternal Deaths

UNITED NATIONS, New York – At a side event of the 47th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, leaders and experts highlighted the key role of midwifery in drastically decreasing maternal deaths and providing crucial services for societies as a whole.

But Ms. Tanja Rasmusson, Sweden’s State Secretary for International Development Cooperation, noted that political will is needed to further reduce maternal deaths. “Societies have to decide that it’s worth it to invest in a woman’s life,” she said.

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On World Health Day, soccer star Leo Messi helps to raise awareness about Chagas’ Disease

In a new video, he calls for more resources and drugs to fight the life-threatening disease.

Washington, D.C., 7 April 2014 (PAHO/WHO) - In a video released for World Health Day today, FC Barcelona soccer star Leo Messi calls for more resources and drugs against Chagas’ disease, a silent disease transmitted by a biting insect that currently infects 6 to 8 million people, mainly in the Americas.

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Migration Policy Practice (Volume IV, Number 1, February–March 2014)

The new issue of Migration Policy Practice focuses on a broad range of national, regional and global migration policy areas.

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