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On International Day, UN says more midwife training will help tackle maternity and child deaths

05 May 2015 – Nearly 800 women continue to die every day from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, the United Nations spotlighted as it marked the International Day of the Midwife with a call for greater investment to increase the number of midwives and enhance the quality and reach of their services.


Nepal: opening first field hub, UN health agency expands support to areas cut off by quake

03 May 2015 – In a major step to boost the health-care assistance to earthquake survivors in Nepal who have been unreachable since last week's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced it is setting up a new field office in the remote, mountainous Gorkha district, considered to be near the epicentre of the quake.


Amid spike in arrivals, number of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia passes 200,000 – UN

01 May 2015 – The number of South Sudanese refugees who have fled to Ethiopia since fighting broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 has passed the 200,000 mark and more are expected amid fresh conflict across the border, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


Nepal: Ban sends his condolences after earthquake hits Kathmandu Valley

25 April 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General has sent his deepest condolences to the Government of Nepal and to everyone affected by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Saturday.


Fight against malaria must be taken to 'next level', UN agency urges ahead of World Day

23 April 2015 – The fight against malaria must be taken to the “next level” in order for the disease to be successfully eliminated, the United Nations health agency said today amid calls for the international community to urgently address the gaps in malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.


As Yemen fighting surges, UN humanitarian arm issues urgent appeal for country’s civilians

17 April 2015 – The United Nations has launched an urgent appeal for over two hundred million dollars to help Yemen’s civilians with critical aid amid the country’s intensifying conflict, the Organization’s humanitarian wing confirmed today.


‘Dramatic’ progress in fighting Ebola must be followed by long-term recovery efforts

16 April 2015 – Intense efforts to control the Ebola outbreak in the three most-affected West African countries in will continue, the United Nations health chief said in Washington, DC today, adding that the international community is also looking for ways to build on dramatic recent progress by aiding with efforts aimed at recovery from the outbreak.


Despite major gains, world's education goals far from achieved – UNESCO

09 April 2015 – Just one third of countries have achieved all the measurable education goals set in 2000 and only half of all countries have achieved universal primary enrolment, the United Nations agency mandated with promoting learning spotlighted today, urging countries to bridge the $22 billion annual finance gap needed to achieve quality basic education for all by 2030.


UN agency kicks off registry of vetted medical emergency teams, drawing lessons from past crises

08 April 2015 – With global crises on the rise, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that its new registration system will enable it to build a global roster of foreign medical response teams ready to deploy in response to tsunamis, typhoons, floods and outbreaks, such as Ebola and cholera.