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Measles deaths plummet as new plan is launched

Deaths attributed to measles worldwide fell 74% in the first decade of the 2000s, though vaccination against the disease is lagging in some countries, according to a study led by the World Health Organization. On Monday, the agency, along with partners including the United Nations Foundation who are leading efforts to control measles, announced a global strategy to end measles and rubella, also known as German measles. Read the news release from the UN Foundation. CNN/The Chart blog (4/23), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (4/24), The Times (Johannesburg) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"This morning the US Agency for International Development launched 'Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday,' a new USA-led global push to eliminate unnecessary child deaths around the world. This is a big deal. If it is successful, this program could prevent the deaths of 7 million children under the age of 5."

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  • World body looks to corporations to fight crime
    Governments in the developed world are slashing aid budgets, and so the United Nations is turning to corporations for help -- specifically, to fund anti-corruption programs that combat a $2.1 trillion global crime market paced by human trafficking, drug smuggling and identity theft. Illicit profits represent 3.6% of annual gross domestic product, tantamount to being one of the world's leading 20 economies, said Yury Fedotov, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/23), Reuters (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Health and Development
  • Shot@Life aims to cut preventable-disease deaths
    Twenty percent of children in the developing world lack access to the vaccines that are readily available in rich countries, and 1.7 million are expected to die in 2012. About 75% of them live in 10 Asian and African countries. This week, the United Nations Foundation is launching the Shot@Life campaign, which aims to reduce child deaths from diseases such as diarrhea, measles, pneumonia and polio. (4/22), Salon/Third Eye Mom blog (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aid agencies raise alarm over Sahel cash shortfall
    A coalition of aid agencies has raised one-fifth of the $250 million sought for emergency assistance to the estimated 6 million people in Africa's drought-stricken Sahel who are facing hunger. The crisis is affecting 15 million people overall. "Responding early saves lives before they're put at risk. It's morally right and it makes economic sense as well, because it's cheaper to prevent these things escalating than to respond at the 11th hour," said Oxfam spokesman Ian Bray. The Guardian (London) (4/23), Los Angeles Times/World Now blog (tiered subscription model) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Climate and Energy
  • Which cultures offer lessons in complex weather?
    Climate change is expected to greatly affect indigenous communities, but they have had to adapt to climate change for centuries and could hold the answers as to how best to cope. Such communities in Iran, Vietnam and elsewhere are actively adapting. AlertNet (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Peacekeeping and Security
  • Post-coup Mali is emerging as a lawless state
    The West African democracy of Mali has devolved into a rogue state, two-thirds of which is occupied by rebel groups after what is being termed an inadvertent coup d'etat. The International Criminal Court is receiving reports of child-soldier conscription, killings and rapes. Reuters (4/24), BBC (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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