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Why toilets are essential for growing healthy children


New research shows sanitation is linked to stunting. Lawrence Haddad explains how toilets can improve child growth

Lawrence Haddad

Approximately 160 million children under the age of 5 are stunted. This means they are failing to grow well and lack of height can be a marker of a whole range of developmental setbacks including cognitive impairment.

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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.

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Strong Girls, Powerful Women: Program Planning and Design for Adolescent Girls in Humanitarian Settings

In most countries, adolescent girls face disadvantages compared to their male peers in family roles, divisions of labor, and access to resources because they are female and young. Even before conflicts erupt or natural disasters occur, adolescent girls’ transition from childhood to adulthood is shaped by rigid expectations that have negative implications for their access to health services, schooling, and other life-shaping opportunities.

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AIDS 2014: addressing the needs of people who have lived with HIV for more than 20 years


With the AIDS epidemic having entered its fourth decade, and given the wider availability of life-saving treatment, there is now a growing number of people who have been living with HIV for 20 years or more. Some have been born with the virus and are surviving into adulthood, while others are members of an ageing HIV population. According to a panel discussion that took place on 22 July at AIDS 2014, much more must be done to include the needs and concerns of both groups in a comprehensive AIDS response.

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No hay tiempo que perder: Datos recientes de UNICEF demuestran la necesidad de tomar medidas urgentes contra la mutilación genital femenina y el matrimonio infantil

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LONDRES/NUEVA YORK, 22 de julio de 2014 – El Gobierno del Reino Unido y UNICEF acogen hoy la primera Reunión Cumbre sobre las Niñas, con el objetivo de cosechar el apoyo que permita eliminar más rápidamente la mutilación genital femenina y el matrimonio infantil, dos prácticas que afectan a millones de niñas en todo el mundo.

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Why civil registration matters in conflict and post conflict situations

Monica Sanchez Bermudez and Laura Cunial

Civil documentation is a priority area for NRC’s ICLA programmes. Registration with civil authorities allows for individuals to receive birth and marriage certificates, national identity cards, and other important civil documents.

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Austria helps children in war zones

Vienna, 22 July 2014 – Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz made the commitment vis-à-vis EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva to dedicate 250,000 euros for humanitarian schooling projects to help children in war zones. One billion children currently live in areas where armed conflicts are part of everyday life; 300 million of them are younger than five years. They need help urgently.

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USAID announces new resources to prevent child, early, and forced marriage

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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New funding to protect millions of girls from child marriage

The UK is driving a major new global push to end child and forced marriage across the world, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today at the UK’s first Girl Summit. placeholder With the goal of ending child marriage in 12 of the most highly affected countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Britain is working with the UN to deliver a scheme to help 6 million girls worldwide escape child marriage.

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Global Fund Results Show Strong Gains

The Global Fund

GENEVA – The Global Fund announced today that 6.6 million people are getting antiretroviral treatment for HIV through programs supported by Global Fund grants, with particularly strong gains in Nigeria, Mozambique, India, and Uganda this year.

In mid-year results for 2014, the Global Fund also reported that programs supported by its grants have distributed a total of more than 410 million mosquito nets to protect children and families against malaria, an increase of 14 percent.

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UNDP Administrator sees stronger role for lawmakers in eradicating AIDS

(Melbourne, Australia) – Tackling HIV requires courageous and committed policy-makers and law-makers said the UN’s development chief at the 20th International AIDS Conference.

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Pas de temps à perdre : les dernières données de l’UNICEF appellent à une action urgente contre les mutilations génitales féminines et le mariage précoce

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LONDRES/NEW YORK, 22 juillet 2014 - Le Gouvernement britannique et l’UNICEF organisent aujourd’hui le premier Sommet international de la Fille pour mobiliser les soutiens nécessaires à l’accélération de la lutte contre les mutilations génitales féminines/l’excision (MGF/E) et le mariage précoce, deux fléaux qui affectent des millions de filles à travers le monde.

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Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony first to feature a Commonwealth-wide fundraiser for children

Joint release from the Commonwealth Games Federation, Glasgow 2014 and UNICEF

LONDON, 22 July 2014 – International singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger and cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy are two of the star-studded names who will appear in a global fundraising first at the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony on 23 July to help UNICEF save and change the lives of millions of children across the Commonwealth.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

The weekly 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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Unhappily ever after: Slow and uneven progress in the fight against early marriages

Caroline Harper, Nicola Jones, Elizabeth Presler-Marshall and David Walker

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No time to lose: New UNICEF data show need for urgent action on female genital mutilation and child marriage


LONDON/NEW YORK, 22 July 2014 – The UK Government and UNICEF are hosting today a first-ever Girl Summit to rally support for much faster progress to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.

UNICEF data released today show that while prevalence has decreased slightly over the past three decades, rates of progress need to be scaled up dramatically, simply to offset population growth in the countries where the practices are most common.

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Strategy for intensifying international efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilation for the period 2014–2017

‘Worldwide, around 125 million girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation. The fight to eliminate female genital mutilation in Norway and internationally is a high priority for the Government. Norway has set the new and ambitious goal of eliminating this harmful practice in the course of one generation,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Le Canada se porte à la défense des filles à l’occasion d’un sommet mondial pour mettre fin au mariage d’enfants

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères John Baird a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il assistera au Sommet sur les filles 2014 à Londres, au Royaume-Uni, afin d’appuyer les efforts mondiaux déployés pour mettre fin aux mariages précoces et forcés ainsi qu’à la mutilation génitale des femmes.

« Le mariage d’enfants est un problème mondial qui exige une action concertée de tous les pays, a déclaré le ministre Baird. Son élimination donnera aux femmes et aux filles l’autonomie dont elles ont besoin pour contribuer au développement et à la prospérité de leurs collectivités. »

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Disaster-Driven Evacuation and Medication Loss: a Systematic Literature Review


Sae Ochi, Susan Hodgson, Owen Landeg, Lidia Mayner, Virginia Murray


AIM: The aim of this systematic literature review was to identify the extent and implications of medication loss and the burden of prescription refill on medical relief teams following extreme weather events and other natural hazards.