By Louise Redvers
DUBAI, 28 July 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies have no problem agreeing that gender-sensitive programming is a good idea, but few have come up with concrete methods for evaluating the impact it has on those it is supposed to be helping.
The humanitarian sector’s Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) “Gender Marker” rates aid proposals on whether they ignore, take into account, or prioritise Gender Equality Programming (GEP).
Snapshot 22–28 July 2015
Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.
"This year’s Report places a special emphasis on human trafficking in the global marketplace. It highlights the hidden risks that workers may encounter when seeking employment and the steps that governments and businesses can take to prevent trafficking, including a demand for transparency in global supply chains.
Since its launch in 1988, global efforts to eradicate polio, spearheaded by national governments, have reduced the number of polio cases by 99 percent, from 350,000 annual cases to a few dozen cases in 2015. It is estimated that efforts have prevented lifelong paralysis in 10 million children worldwide.
Aujourd’hui, seule la moitié des personnes vivant avec le VIH connaissent leur statut sérologique. Cette «lacune» dans le dépistage, associée à l’importance d'un traitement précoce, suscite l’intérêt pour l’autodépistage du VIH.
23 JUILLET 2015 ¦ GENÈVE - À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale contre l’hépatite, célébrée le 28 juillet, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé lance un appel pour que les pays renforcent d’urgence leur action destinée à prévenir l’hépatite virale et à assurer que les personnes qui ont été infectées sont diagnostiquées et qu’elles bénéficient d’un traitement. L’Organisation, cette année, prête plus particulièrement attention aux hépatites B et C, conjointement responsables d’environ 80% de tous les décès par cancer du foie et cause de près de 1,4 million de décès chaque année.
On Friday 24th July the world’s first malaria vaccine was set to be given the green light by regulators, opening the door for the World Health Organization to recommend its use in developing countries. But in the BBC’s Scrubbing Up, Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Dr Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, say it won't be a straightforward decision.
Geneva, 24 July 2015 - How effective does a vaccine have to be before it should made available?
Statement by SRSG Leila Zerrougui, SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict
Interactive Panel Discussion on the occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of SC Resolution 1612 (2015)
24 July 2015
What does resolution 1612 mean for children in armed conflict?
Excellences, Mesdames et Messieurs,
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resoultion 1612
NEW YORK, 24 July 2015 – “Millions of children around the world today are caught up in adults’ wars – deliberately killed, injured, raped, abducted. Their schools and homes are being destroyed; they are being denied food, water and health care. Tens of thousands are forced to join armed forces and groups.
Niños que reciben alimentos: 18,2 millones*
Niños en edad prescolar que reciben alimentos: 1,3 millones
Niños que reciben raciones para llevar al hogar: 1,3 millones
*Esta cifra incluye 1,2 millones de escolares que se han beneficiado de la asistencia prestada por medio de un fondo fiduciario administrado por el PMA en Honduras
Enfants nourris: 18,2 millions*
Enfants d'âge préscolaire nourris: 1,3 million
Enfants recevant des rations à emporter: 1,3 million
*Ce chiffre comprend 1,2 million d'écoliers ayant bénéficié d'une assistance par le biais d'un fonds d'affectation spéciale géré par le PAM au Honduras.
WFP’s School Feeding is an effective safety net, helping to ensure every child has access to education, health and nutrition. This infographic summarises WFP’s interventions in 2014.
Children fed 18.2 million* Pre-school children fed 1.3 million
Children receiving take-home rations 1.3 million
*Includes 1.2 million school children benefitting from a WFP-managed trust fund in Honduras
FAO partnership launches series of educational materials on the critical role of healthy soils
24 July 2015, Rome - A new series of educational materials is teaching children the importance of healthy soils for our food, environment, livelihoods and well-being.
Source: Reuters - Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:00 GMT
Vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline for babies in Africa
WHO will now decide whether to recommend vaccine for use
GSK scientist worked on the vaccine for almost 30 years
By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent
Here is a selection of the latest evidence on violence against women and girls (VAWG), released in the last few months:
**SCHOOL-RELATED GENDERBASED VIOLENCE (SRGBV) **
23 July 2015
Geneva -- On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) the World Health Organization is highlighting the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.
All children deserve safe, accessible and culturally appropriate school buildings — regardless of class, creed, gender or ability. When children live in hazard-prone places where high winds, earthquakes, floods and other hazards threaten them, they need schools and grounds that protect them.
Yet recent disasters around the world attest to the fragility of many schools.
ACTION TAKEN BY GOVERNMENTS
The Girl Summit Charter has been signed by 43 governments
Innovation in HIV diagnostics is urgently needed if the world hopes to achieve the 90–90–90 target for access to antiretroviral therapy, leading scientific experts advised this week. The call for intensified effort and innovation on HIV diagnostics occurred during two sessions at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, held in Vancouver, Canada.
Today only half of people living with HIV are aware of their status. This "testing gap", coupled with the importance of early treatment for HIV, is driving interest in of the role of self-testing for HIV.
“If I went to a clinic and the tester was someone I knew, I would just greet her, ask about her family and then go away without being tested for HIV. Most people have to go to clinics far away where they are not known by anyone in order to be tested.”