Archive for May 5th, 2018

05/05/2018

Amid Grinding Conflict, Yemen’s Midwives Go to Heroic Lengths to Save Lives

Hajjah, Yemen, 4 May 2018 (UNFPA)* —  “When the war broke out, I left my job in the city and came to Aslam,” Rawthah Ahmed, a midwife with 25 years of experience, told UNFPA. Her services are desperately needed in Aslam, a remote village in Hajjah Governorate.
Amid grinding conflict, Yemen’s midwives go to heroic lengths to save lives
A midwife checks on a newborn during a house call in rural Yemen. Midwives there trek long distances to reach women and babies. © UNFPA Yemen

“There are no health facilities or basic services. People are very poor; they cannot afford to travel in search of medical care,” she explained. “I chose this profession to save pregnant women, so I had to come back to help them.”

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05/05/2018

Ecuador ID Cards Give Refugees a Better Chance to Start Over

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By Daniel Almeida*

Ivorian refugee Aiswarya has her fingerprints taken at the Ecuadorian Civil Registry to obtain an ID card.  © UNHCR Ecuador

QUITO, Ecuador, May 2018  (UNHCR)* – After fleeing conflict in Ivory Coast, Aiswarya found renting a house or applying for a job as a refugee in Ecuador challenging without an Ecuadorian identity document.

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05/05/2018

Kenya — Floods Displace More than 244,400 People, Reportedly Kill 80, and Compound Ongoing Cholera Outbreak

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UN OCHA* — Floods have now displaced at least 244,407 people (45,219 households) people across Kenya, including more than 23,000 displaced over the last week, as several parts of the country continue to receive heavy rainfall.

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Deeqo Abdo watches as women build a stick shelter in the Ifo extension camp to Dadaab, in Kenya. Source: INTERNEWS/OCHA

The death toll has risen to 80 people, and 33 have been injured, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) search and rescue team.

The highest displaced populations are reported in Tana River, Turkana, Mandera and Kilifi counties. In Nandi county, 243 households were displaced following a mudslide.

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05/05/2018

Climate Change: ‘We Have Never Seen a Temperature above 50 Degrees C in April’

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Deadly storms in India and record temperatures in Pakistan are an indication that more extreme weather events are happening globally owing to climate change, United Nations weather experts on Friday 4 May 2018 said.

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OCHA/Gwen McClure | Dohuk, Iraq, Sharia camp. Some Arab countries have experienced temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius over the past years. (file)
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Amid flash-floods in the East and Horn of Africa – and sand and dust storms in the Arabian Gulf – Clare Nullis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) told journalists at UN headquarters in Geneva that this week’s storms in northern India had reportedly left more than 100 dead.

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05/05/2018

International Day — Midwives ‘Lead the Way with Quality Care,’ Help Make Informed, Healthy Choices

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Midwives are vital to driving sustainable development and key to helping mothers, and expectant-mothers, make informed, healthy choices, on 4 May 2018 said the United Nations health agency’s chief nurse.

UNICEF/Antoine Raab | Nhek Chande, a secondary midwife at a local health centre in rural Cambodia conducts a prenatal check-up for a pregnant woman. Midwives play an important role in the communities, helping mothers, and expectant-mothers, make informed, healthy choices.
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WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer, Elizabeth Iro, said ahead of the International Day of the Midwife, marked on Saturday, that communities everywhere were best served by letting midwives work together with mothers and their newborns, to provide continuity of care, as children develop.
05/05/2018

‘Bad’ Fats Targeted in New Global Health Guidelines

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People everywhere need to cut down on their consumption of artery-clogging fatty foods, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging, in a new report released on 4 May 2018.

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Public Domain. | Fries with cheese. According to a new WHO study there are 17 million deaths every year caused by cardiovascular diseases. | Source: WHO
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The initiative is a bid to prevent some of the 17 million deaths caused every year by cardiovascular diseases, which have been linked to food containing saturated fats and trans-fats.

Saturated fats are commonly found in butter, salmon, egg yolks and cows’ milk.

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05/05/2018

Ukraine: 200,000 Children Forced to Learn in Bullet-Riddled Classrooms

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Some 200,000 girls and boys in eastern Ukraine are commuting to schools whose classroom walls are often riddled with bullets, and playgrounds scattered with metal remnants of war, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in a statement released on 4 May 2018.

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© UNICEF/UN0150817/Gilbertson V | Children in Ukraine are forced to study in what have been described as
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“Children are learning in schools with bullet holes in the walls and sandbags in windows, bomb shelters in the basements and shrapnel in school yards,” said UNICEF’s Ukraine Representative, Giovanna Barberis.

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05/05/2018

Children Bear the Brunt as Violence Escalates in Gaza – UNICEF

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Highlighting the devastating impact of the humanitarian crisis and increasing violence on Gaza’s children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on all parties with influence on the ground to prioritize their protection.

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UNICEF/ El Baba | On 20 April 2016 in Gaza, Occupied Palestinian Territories, a student looks inside of one of the classrooms that was destroyed during the 2014 hostilities.
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“The escalating violence in Gaza has exacerbated the suffering of children whose lives have already been unbearably difficult for several years,” Geert Cappelaere, the Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at UNICEF, on 4 May 2018 said in a statement.

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