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UN emergency fund allocates $15 million to support people fleeing Fallujah

20 June 2016 – The top United Nations relief official chief today released $15 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide urgent life-saving assistance for people affected by the recent fighting and military operations in Fallujah.


New Zika response strategy to focus on preventing, managing medical complications – UN health agency

17 June 2016 – The United Nations health agency today issued a revised strategic response plan for the next one and a half years to combat the transmission of the Zika virus, which has now spread to 60 countries.


Much-needed aid reached some 87,500 people in Syria’s besieged cities, UN reports

17 June 2016 – Over the past two days, humanitarian convoys have delivered aid to thousands of beneficiaries in several besieged areas of war-torn Syria, including some 50,000 beneficiaries in Afrin, in the country’s north, and an estimated 37,500 residents of Al-Waer, near Homs, according to the United Nations relief wing.


With 18 million doses exhausted, global stockpile of yellow fever vaccine running low

17 June 2016 – The global stockpile of the yellow fever vaccine may not be sufficient if simultaneous outbreaks hit the densely populated areas not covered by emergency responses, the United Nations health agency has warned, noting that by mid-June 2016, almost 18 million doses have been distributed in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Uganda this year.


On Day to Combat Desertification, UN calls for action to restore land resources

17 June 2016 – Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished as a direct consequence of land degradation, declining soil, fertility, unsustainable water use, drought and biodiversity loss, requiring long-term solutions to help communities increase resilience to climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today.


UN health agency expresses concern over disease outbreaks in besieged city of Fallujah

16 June 2016 – The low level of immunity coupled with poor hygiene conditions raises the risk of disease outbreaks, such as measles, in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, where more than 42,000 people have been displaced since the beginning of military operations in May.


Some 13 million Yemenis need immediate help amid bleak conditions – senior UN relief official

16 June 2016 – The top United Nations relief official for Yemen has reported that more than 13 million Yemenis are in need of immediate life-saving assistance as a result of a bleak humanitarian situation in the country that continues to worsen.


UN health agency group finds coffee poses no cancer risk; issues warning on ‘very hot’ drinks

15 June 2016 – An international working group of scientists convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that coffee should no longer be considered a carcinogen, although it found limited evidence that drinking very hot beverages can cause oesophageal cancer.


On World Day, Ban calls for ending elder abuse as a pathway towards Global Goals

15 June 2016 – Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized that ending neglect, abuse and violence against older people is crucial as the international community continues to work together towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and fulfil their underlying pledge to leave no one behind.


States must do more to safeguard adolescent health rights – UN expert

15 June 2016 – A United Nations human rights expert today called on States to remove all legal barriers to access health facilities, goods and services interfering with the rights of adolescents to be heard and taken seriously, and that limit their right to make autonomous decisions.