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$1.6 billion more is needed each year to fight tuberculosis

The World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria say it will take an additional $1.6 billion annually to fight tuberculosis in poor countries. The funds would go toward identifying TB cases and to fight drug-resistant strains. "We are treading water at a time when we desperately need to scale up our response" drug-resistant strains, says WHO's Margaret Chan. Bloomberg (3/18), The Wall Street Journal (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Ethiopian rep. says the country will disseminate 9 million #cookstoves. #CCForum"


"[The surrender of Bosco Ntganda] is a great victory for the ICC as an institution. Ntganda has been hiding in plain sight for years. The government of the DRC did not want to try to arrest him, fearing it would upset an uneasy truce."

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  • UN readies human-rights vote on Sri Lanka
    The United Nations Human Rights Council expects to vote this week on a resolution demanding that Sri Lanka investigate mass killings during the Tamil uprising, writes Nick Cumming-Bruce. Navi Pillay, the UN human rights chief, says the Sri Lankan government's efforts have been "inconclusive and lack the independence and impartiality to inspire confidence." Meanwhile, a Tamil-aligned party in India has stepped down from the ruling government coalition, citing lukewarm support of the UN resolution. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/18), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Yeo: U.S.-China cooperation is bolstered by UN efforts
    The recent efforts of the U.S. at the United Nations regarding North Korea have reaped benefits for the world and for U.S. relations with China, writes Peter Yeo of the UN Foundation. The U.S. negotiated sanctions against North Korea through the UN and "at the same time, opened new doors for multilateral engagement with China," Yeo argues. The Huffington Post (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Spotlight: Nothing But Nets
  • Pro wrestlers raise awareness about malaria
    World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers Natalya and Alicia Fox recently visited Rwanda to support Nothing But Nets and shared their experiences on social media. "This is the first time WWE has done something like this," Natalya says. "We're able to use our platform for an important cause -- to bring more awareness about malaria and save people's lives." (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Spotlight: mHealth
  • Solar-powered mHealth truck visits rural Africans
    A solar-powered mHealth truck is making visits to rural African communities -- starting in South Africa -- to bring medical testing and diagnostic services, writes David Smith. Inside the truck are clinics for eye and blood work as well as a dental surgery office. Medical staff will screen for conditions such as diabetes and cataracts. The Guardian (London) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Peacekeeping and Security
  • Transfer of DR Congo warlord sought by ICC
    The International Criminal Court is seeking to quickly move DR Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda to its court in The Hague. Ntaganda, who is wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the ICC, unexpectedly turned himself in to the U.S. embassy in Rwanda on Monday. Google/Agence France-Presse (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New head of Syrian rebel coalition is elected
    Ghassan Hitto has been elected by the Syrian opposition to be the coalition's provisional prime minister. Hitto, a U.S. citizen, will need to organize the opposition "to provide services to liberated areas," coalition member Louay Safi said. Separately, the rebels blamed a chemical attack in Aleppo on government troops. AlertNet/Reuters (3/19), AlertNet/Reuters (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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