As Haiti struggles to stamp out cholera, UN urges further international support to combat disease

Haiti PAHO

Noting the challenges that continue to hamper sustained progress in combating cholera in Haiti, the United Nations General Assembly underscored the need to strengthen national health, sanitation and water systems on the island to promote the well-being of the population as well as contributing to Haiti’s sustainable development efforts. In a resolution adopted today, the General Assembly recognized the efforts made by the Organization in alleviating the cholera epidemic in Haiti, in particular through the new UN approach to cholera in Haiti and the decrease in the number of suspected…

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World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: May 8, 2017

PRESS RELEASE World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: Innovation and diversity at the core of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s work. Roseau, Dominica, May 8th, 2017 — Every year, around the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement reaches more than 160 million people through its network of around 17 million volunteers and 450,000 staff. The Dominica Red Cross reaches out to persons to assist in building safer and stronger communities through a diverse and innovative range of services tailored to local needs. From First…

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U.S. government researchers begin first clinical trial of a Zika vaccine

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. government researchers said on Wednesday they have begun their first clinical trial of a Zika vaccine as concerns over the mosquito-borne virus mount following the first cases of local transmission in the continental United States. There is no approved vaccine or drug for Zika, a virus spreading rapidly in the Americas that can cause the birth defect microcephaly, marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies. A number of companies and academic groups are racing to develop…

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Indian officials launched investigations into child deaths in India’s mica mines

By Nita Bhalla and Rina Chandran DELHI/MUMBAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indian officials launched investigations on Wednesday into child deaths in India’s mica mines after the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed children were being killed in illegal mines and their deaths covered up. A three-month investigation in the mica-producing states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh found at least seven children have been killed since June, mining for mica, the valued mineral that puts a sparkle in make-up and car paint. But these deaths have gone unreported as victims’…

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