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23 Feb 2018 description
report UN Women

It is a time of transformation in Asia and the Pacific. In 32 countries of the region, UN Women is joining women and men, governments, civil society groups, businesses and others in a common aim: gender equality.

The region’s vibrant economies and societies have produced historic advances in human well-being. Women have been central to these advances, as leaders of communities and countries, as workers and innovators, as advocates for peace and security.

23 Feb 2018 description

Authors/editor(s): Claudia Abreu Lopes and Savita Bailur

This report outlines the value of big data (organic, unstructured data) for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to women. Research methods included a landscape review, interviews with UN Women and UN Global Pulse experts, and others in international development.

23 Feb 2018 description

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73 BCG vaccines: WHO position paper – February 2018

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73 Vaccins BCG: Note de synthèse de l’OMS – Février 2018

22 Feb 2018 description
report UN News Service

Une meilleure communication sur les bienfaits de la vaccination est indispensable pour réduire les décès d’enfants dus à des maladies évitables, a rappelé mercredi l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS).

Une telle démarche est particulièrement nécessaire sur le continent africain.

Si sur le plan mondial, la vaccination a considérablement réduit le fardeau des maladies infectieuses, dans la plupart des pays africains, des millions d'enfants continuent de mourir de maladies qui auraient pu être évitées grâce aux vaccins.

21 Feb 2018 description

The UK aid response to global health threats

While health has been a major focus of UK aid for many years, the response to and lessons from the Ebola crisis stimulated a rapid scaling up of activity and spending to address global health threats.

21 Feb 2018 description

Pretoria, South Africa, 20 February 2018 - Health experts from over 15 countries have begun a two-day meeting in Pretoria, South Africa to agree on a range of evidence-based actions aimed at improving communications on routine childhood vaccinations in the African Region.

21 Feb 2018 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 20 February 2018

On 23 February 2018, the European Commission is hosting the International High Level Conference on the Sahel in Brussels, with the African Union, the United Nations and the G5 Sahel group of countries, to strengthen international support for the G5 Sahel regions.

Why is the EU working with Africa's "G5 Sahel countries"?

20 Feb 2018 description

Y-Ling Chi, Kalipso Chalkidou and Jesse Bump

Aid allocation has been a topic of much investigation across several fields. In particular, many studies have looked at the patterns of development assistance for health (DAH). For example, a study by Hanlon and colleagues found that regional variations in DAH country allocations were only in part explained by differences in disease burden or income levels. If DAH allocation is not primarily driven by the health and financial needs of those receiving it, then on what grounds is it allocated?

20 Feb 2018 description

As we begin 2018, we are delighted to have ended 2017 on a high note, confident that we helped make investment in young people the rallying call of the year. Our response to the call of the African Union to develop a roadmap on the demographic dividend has led to actions in the 55 member states, as well as by United Nations agencies, partners, civil society organizations, parliamentarians, and youth groups around the 2017 theme: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in Youth.” We believe that this message is now beginning to sink in.

20 Feb 2018 description

WHO applauds the growing engagement of European Region countries in protecting their people from epidemics, natural disasters, and environmental and humanitarian crises. A 3-day high-level meeting, hosted and financially supported by Germany, concluded in Munich on 15 February 2018, marking a milestone in preparing for and responding to the ever more complex and demanding health emergencies of our times.

20 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

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NEW YORK, 20 February 2018 - "Thank you for joining us as we launch “Every Child Alive” — our new campaign to end the tragedy of preventable child deaths.

"Thanks to many of the people in this room, more children are surviving to their fifth birthdays than at any time in history.

"But as we celebrate the progress achieved for the young citizens of the world, we must do more for the youngest of all: newborns.

20 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund
  • La mayoría de las muertes neonatales en la región pueden prevenirse con una atención prenatal, durante el parto y postnatal de calidad.

  • Las tasas de mortalidad perinatal (primeros 7 días de vida) y neonatal (primeros 28 días de vida) en América Latina y el Caribe son más elevadas en los niños y las niñas nacidos de mujeres con menor grado educativo y un menor ingreso económico.

20 Feb 2018 description

Iraq

There are 3.3 million IDP returnees in Iraq compared with 2.4 million IDPs. Health, protection and shelter needs are the key humanitarian concerns facing these population groups.

20 Feb 2018 description

DUBAI, 19th February, 2018 (WAM) -- The Dar Al Ber Society carried out up to 15,149 charity projects, worth AED120,829,544, around the world in 2017.

These diverse charitable and humanitarian projects fell under 19 major initiatives, including four relief campaigns in four Arab countries in crises: Syria, Yemen, Palestine, and Somalia.

Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Executive Director of Dar Al Ber, said that the leading charity association, based in Dubai, successfully carried out a line-up of projects for the benefit of vulnerable people last year.

20 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Chaque année, 2,6 millions de bébés meurent avant l’âge d’un mois. Un million d’entre eux rendent leur dernier souffle le jour même de leur naissance. Pourtant, des millions de jeunes vies pourraient être épargnées chaque année si les mères et les bébés avaient accès à des soins de santé abordables et de qualité, à une nutrition correcte et à de l’eau potable.

20 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Todos los años, 2,6 millones de bebés mueren antes de cumplir un mes de edad. En el caso de 1 millón de estos niños, su primera y su última respiración se producen el mismo día en que nacen. Sin embargo, millones de estas vidas podrían salvarse cada año si todas las madres y todos los bebés tuvieran acceso a servicios de salud asequibles y de calidad, una buena nutrición y agua potable.

20 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund
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World is failing newborn babies, says UNICEF

Babies from the best places to be born up to 50 times less likely to die in the first month of life

NEW YORK, 20 February 2018 – Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance at survival, while newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan face the worst odds.

19 Feb 2018 description

The UK and US have joined forces to find the next technological breakthrough to save and transform millions of lives in the world’s most dangerous conflict zones.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt and USAID Administrator Mark Green announced the new Humanitarian Grand Challenge at an event held at the Overseas Development Institute today (Monday 19 February).

The Challenge fund will provide grants to help get innovative technology projects off the ground, and will provide further support to expand projects that prove the most successful.

19 Feb 2018 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 51 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including: