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April 26, 2012
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Shot@Life launches to help vaccinate children
The Shot@Life campaign of the United Nations Foundation, in conjunction with World Immunization Week, began its appeal today to U.S. parents to donate money toward providing greater access to child vaccines against polio, measles, rotavirus and pneumonia in developing countries. "Vaccines currently help save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases every year. One in five children still lack access to the life-saving immunizations that help keep children healthy, mainly do to funding gaps," writes Katherine Stone at Babble. Read more from Real Simple. BabyCenter.com/Mom Stories blog (4/23), Babble/Strollerderby blog (4/25), The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/On Parenting blog (4/25)
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Quote of the Day
What can you commit? We're kicking-off the campaign with a goal to vaccinate 1,000 children by Mother's Day. Will you help us? "
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"Sometimes it's hard to believe that a disease we've been fighting as long as malaria is still serious. Malaria sounds like it should have vanished with the British Raj. But it hasn't. On World Malaria Day, five truths about malaria's continuing existence, from the World Health Organization." UN Dispatch (4/25)
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Charles Taylor guilty of aiding war crimes in Sierra Leone. UN Radio (4/26)
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UN camp planned in Kenya for Sudanese refugees
A refugee camp is slated to be opened by the United Nations in northern Kenya to accommodate refugees from Sudan and South Sudan who are expected soon to max out the Kakuma camp, which can hold 100,000 people. Civilians are suffering most from the cross-border fighting that has sent a flood of refugees, too, into camps in South Sudan. Reuters (4/25), The Guardian (London) (4/26), Al Jazeera (4/25)
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Health & Development
Consumption, inequality to shape growth
Global population won't be as critical as inequality and consumption in coming years, and the developed world must reduce its high levels of consumption or risk drifting "into a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills leading to a more unequal and inhospitable future," concludes a report from the Royal Society. The Guardian (London) (4/25)
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Ghana launches landmark vaccination campaign
Authorities in Ghana this week will begin vaccinating babies against rotavirus and pneumococcal disease -- causes of two of the world's biggest killers of children, severe diarrhea and pneumonia -- after the GAVI Alliance struck a deal with drug companies to provide mass quantities of the vaccines at lower prices. No other African country has introduced the vaccines simultaneously. Reuters (4/26), The Huffington Post (4/26)
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Women & Girls
Educating Indian girls out of early marriage
"100% genuine girls. Young. Innocent. And available," begins the introductory message to the website of The Girl Store, a unique campaign to prevent girls in India from being being sold into marriage or sex slavery by purchasing supplies for school. Donors can buy items uniforms for $27 apiece, as well as items such as workbooks, backpacks and pencil sets. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/India Real Time blog (4/24)
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Climate and Energy
People power is key to combating climate threats
Elinor Ostrom, a Nobel laureate in economics, discusses how communities in rich and poor countries manage natural resources, and how the varying experiences can be used to address man-made climate change. "I am a believer of the capabilities of people to organize at a local level," she said. "The solutions that are evolved by local people have a chance of being more imaginative." IRINNews.org (4/25)
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Brazil to close landfill, retrain scavenger legions
The largest landfill in Latin America is about to close outside Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian government has created a special program to provide job training for some 1,500 "catadores," or waste scavengers, who depend on the dump for their livelihoods. BBC (4/25)
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Peacekeeping and Security
Taylor is convicted of Sierra Leone war crimes
Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, was convicted today of 11 counts of war crimes -- including terrorism, murder, rape, enslavement and child conscription -- during the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone that killed an estimated 50,000 people. The verdict handed down by the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone was the first against a former head of state by an international court since the Nuremberg trials. Al Jazeera (4/26), The Economist (free content) (4/21)
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France eyes military action to stem Syria violence
Up to 70 people were reportedly killed today in an attack in the Syrian city of Hama in what opposition activists are calling unconventional shelling, but the government is calling an explosion at an opposition bomb-making factory. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe is seeking Security Council approval for military intervention if a United Nations-brokered peace plan falters. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/25), BBC (4/26)
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UN Foundation & Better World Campaign
National Launch of Shot@Life Campaign Rallies Largest Network of Americans in Support of Global Vaccine Efforts
Thousands of volunteer advocates, celebrities, medical experts and some of the country's most influential voices joined together today with the United Nations Foundation in launching Shot@Life, a first-of-its kind campaign to build awareness, raise funds and advocate for the millions of children around the world who do not have access to life-saving vaccines. Learn more.
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