Archive for August 15th, 2018

15/08/2018

Relief for Women Facing Treacherous Journey to Medical Care in Guinea-Bissau

UNFPA has built six health facilities in hard-to-reach parts of Guinea-Bissau. Here, a monitoring team digs out of a waterlogged road on their way to a health facility rehabilitation project in Gã-Para. © UNFPA Guinea-Bissau
UNFPA has built six health facilities in hard-to-reach parts of Guinea-Bissau. Here, a monitoring team digs out of a waterlogged road on their way to a health facility rehabilitation project in Gã-Para. © UNFPA Guinea-Bissau

Bubaque’s regional hospital – which serves 17 islands in the Bijagos archipelago – did not have any surgical ward at all. It also lacked the ability to provide emergency obstetric and neonatal care.

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15/08/2018

DR Congo: Conflict Zones Could Constitute ‘Hiding Places’ for the Deadly Ebola Virus – WHO Chief

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Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on 14 August 2018 repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region.

WHO-Eugene Kabambi | On 8 August 2018, the vaccination of frontline health care workers started, followed by the vaccination of community contacts and their contacts, in Mangina, North Kivu, the epicenter of the 10th Ebola epidemic to hit the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are currently 3220 doses of rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine available in Kinshasa.
15/08/2018

‘Defend the People, Not the States’ – Outgoing UN Human Rights Chief

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15 August 2018 – For four years, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has been taking governments across the world to task, publicly naming and shaming States which have fallen short of their human rights obligations.*

OHCHR | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, listening to activists and victims during an official visit to Guatemala. November 2017.

His appointment by the UN Secretary-General back in 2014 was a landmark: he became the first Asian, Muslim and Arab ever to hold the post.

15/08/2018

Militias Force Nearly 2,000 People to Leave Libyan Capital’s Largest Shelter for Internally-Displaced – UN Refugee Agency

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Libyan militias have forced nearly 2,000 people from an ethnic minority likely targeted for their alleged links to the former Gadaffi Government, to flee long-established shelters in the capital Tripoli, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on 14 August 2018 said.

UNHCR/Tarik Argaz | After receiving threats and many houses being demolished by a local militia, Tawergha displaced people desperately pack their belongings to leave the Triq al Matar settlement in Libya. 10 August 2018.
15/08/2018

Caspian Sea Now Shared by Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan

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Caspian Sea deal an invaluable step towards easing regional tensions, says UN Chief

The region has been a subject of dispute, ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Up until that time, the Caspian – the largest enclosed body of water on earth – was shared by just two states, the USSR and Iran.

Today, Iran has to share it with Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, all of which have different, and divergent, interests as far as the sea is concerned.

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