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The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field

World Bank

A study provides a basis for decision-making on the suitability, introduction, and management of prepaid water for urban poor communities.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

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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Policy Prohibiting Listed Government Forces from Contributing Troops to UN Missions

In this discussion paper, Watchlist argues that the UN should develop and implement a policy that prohibits government security forces listed in the annexes to the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict from contributing troops to UN-mandated missions, until the Secretary-General has certified the full implementation of their action plan with the UN to end and prevent violations against children.

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One third of Latin Americans risk falling into poverty, says UNDP

UNDP calls for universal social protection, with more emphasis on health and education to avoid social and economic setbacks

San Salvador, August 26 2014 - Although poverty in Latin American and the Caribbean has been cut nearly in half in the last decade, many have been unable to enter into the middle-class: the population at risk of falling into poverty reaches 200 million, according to a new study released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) here today.

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EU donates € 11.5 million to UNICEF to treat malnourished children in the Sahel

BRUSSELS/DAKAR, 27 August 2014 - The European Union has allocated € 11.5 million to UNICEF to treat over 1 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in five countries of the Sahel.

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United Efforts in Central Africa Tackle the Polio Outbreak

Possibility of undetected circulation

An emergency response strategy has been introduced across central Africa to stop the transmission of poliovirus by the end of September 2014, in line with the goals set by the Polio Endgame Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 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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Nigerian engineers join forces with IITA to halt devastation by weeds

Efforts to control weeds in cassava farms received a boost with Nigerian engineers joining forces with experts from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to seek sustainable solutions to tackle the menace.

The team of engineers drawn from members of the academia, IITA, public and private sectors are exploring mechanical weeding options used elsewhere in the world with the hope of adapting them to African cropping systems.

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Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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Global Health: Science and Practice Journal Volume 2 | Number 3 | 2014

Highlights from this issue:

  • Can oxytocin survive the heat in home storage conditions?

  • Is there more compelling evidence for global health programs than from RCTs?

  • What does it take to make cookstoves work as an intervention?

  • What are the challenges to scaling up visual inspection-based cancer prevention programs in Guatemala?

  • Can traditional birth attendants be trained to refer at-risk newborns in a rural African setting?

  • Where were the health facilities in Haiti when the earthquake struck?

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A systematic review of resilience and mental health outcomes of conflict-driven adult forced migrants

BioMed Central

The rising global burden of forced migration due to armed conflict is increasingly recognised as an important issue in global health. Forced migrants are at a greater risk of developing mental disorders. However, resilience, defined as the ability of a person to successfully adapt to or recover from stressful and traumatic experiences, has been highlighted as a key potential protective factor. This study aimed to review systematically the global literature on the impact of resilience on the mental health of adult conflict-driven forced migrants.

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Las mujeres y los niños primero

Artículo de Opinión del Director Regional de Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas (PMA) para América Latina y el Caribe con motivo del Día Mundial Humanitario hoy, 19 de agosto de 2014

Por Miguel Barreto*

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 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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World Humanitarian Day Honours Those Who Build Our Future

Statement by the Executive Director of WFP, Ertharin Cousin

ROME - World Humanitarian Day is a day of sorrow, but it is also a day of joy.

First and foremost, today is an opportunity for us to remember our fellow humanitarians who lost their lives while serving others. It marks the 2003 tragedy when 22 people were killed in an explosion at the United Nations office in Baghdad. And it provides us a moment every year to mourn our colleagues and our partners who have died on the job since then.

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UNFPA salutes our humanitarian workers

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin for World Humanitarian Day 19 August 2014

As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day, I salute those who respond to crises and work tirelessly to save people in times of deep distress and danger. Today’s theme, “The World Needs More Humanitarian Heroes,” calls attention to the courage and commitment of humanitarians who respond to increasing disasters and persistent conflicts around the world. They put their own lives at risk to save the lives of others.

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How Many Lives Can We Save In 500 Days?

Huffington Post

The clock is ticking loudly for all of us focused on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), whose established end-date is December 31, 2015. We have made absolutely phenomenal progress since the goals were set, and there is much recent good news. A record number of malaria bednets were delivered in the first half of 2014, expected to save 600,000 children's lives over the next three years and bring us closer to achieving our goal of near-zero deaths by 2015.

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Message on the 500-day mark to the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals “500 days of action to build a better world”


18 August 2014

There are many fires raging around the world today -- political turmoil, bloodshed, public health emergencies and human rights abuses. But there also burns a flame of hope – encouraging progress in the global drive to improve the lives of the world’s poorest through the Millennium Development Goals. Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000, the MDGs are an ambitious 15-year roadmap to fight poverty, hunger and disease, protect the environment and expand education, basic health and women’s empowerment.

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Past, present and future attempts to measure childhood TB

Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)

The first estimates of the global burden of TB in children given by the WHO in 2012, suggested that there might be 530,000 children suffering from it. Subsequently there has been an uptake in the research in this field. A recent mathematical modelling study on the burden of childhood TB in 22 high-burden countries, (published in the Lancet) has revealed that there may be 650,000 annual cases of TB in children. Are these figures at odds with the estimate of 530,000 previously made by WHO?

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Los Sistemas de Protección de la Niñez en América Latina y El Caribe - Un análisis a nivel nacional y comunitario en 10 países

World Vision

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Para toda su diversidad,América Latina y el Caribe comparte la desafortunada realidad de altos niveles de violencia, lo cual de forma desproporcionada afecta a los niños, niñas, adolescentes especialmente los más vulnerables, con consecuencias devastadores para su desarrollo positivo y bienestar. Como organización defensora de la niñez,Visión Mundial en América Latina y el Caribe ha tomado una posición fuerte contra todas formas de violencia contra la niñez que levanta evidencia y obligará a las comunidades, gobiernos y la sociedad civil actuar.