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UN health agency ‘taken aback’ as measles resurfaces in Europe, calls for widespread vaccination

25 February 2015 – European policymakers, healthcare workers, and parents must step up their efforts to vaccinate children against measles amid an ongoing outbreak across the continent, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, warning that a recent resurgence in the disease threatened Europe’s goal of eliminating measles by the end of 2015.

UN health agency launches billion dollar appeal to tackle soaring needs in four crisis-torn countries

24 February 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today appealed to donors to provide $1 billion for life-saving health needs ranging from childhood vaccinations to surgical care for the severely wounded for some 25 million people caught up in conflict across the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria.

UN health agency urges stepped-up surveillance to prevent spread of measles in the Americas

11 February 2015 – The recent outbreaks of measles – one of the leading causes of deaths among young children – in the United States and Brazil suggest that immunization rates in some areas have dropped below levels needed to prevent the spread of imported into the Americas, according to the United Nations health agency.

‘Peace, stability and security’ vital for South Sudan’s war-weary people, says top UN relief official

09 February 2015 – Continued conflict in South Sudan risks depriving the country of a generation of “lost” children, warned United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos today during a press conference in Juba, the capital of the strife-torn nation.

Amid US measles outbreak, UN health agency urges parents to vaccinate children

03 February 2015 – Parents in the United States must vaccinate their children against measles in order to maintain the high levels of immunity necessary in keeping outbreaks of the aggressively contagious virus small and contained, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

South Sudan: UN warns surge in Sudanese refugees pushes camp capacity to limit

30 January 2015 – Sudanese refugees continue to pour into South Sudan as they flee aerial bombardments and ground attacks in the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency said today, as it warned that many of the settlement camps are quickly reaching full capacity.

Children suffering ‘dire consequences’ of conflict in northern Nigeria – UN agency

20 January 2015 – Women and children make up the vast majority of the latest wave of refugees fleeing violence in northern Nigeria, the United Nations Children’s Fund warned today, spotlighting its ongoing efforts to provide basic assistance, including safe water, nutrition, health, education and protection services to affected children in the region.

UN envoy says Syria set back 40 years by war, calls for renewed push towards solution

15 January 2015 – With the “devastating conflict” in Syria entering its fourth year, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria said today that continued fighting in the country is a “disgrace” that has set the country back 40 years.