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Menstrual Hygiene Gaps Continue to Keep Girls from School

Friday, May 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 27 (IPS) - Around the world girls are struggling to stay in school when their menstrual hygiene needs are forgotten or ignored, yet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education sectors have remained reluctant to address the issue.

New International Accord to Tackle Illegal Fishing

Friday, May 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 27 (IPS) - A new international accord to tackle illegal and under-reported fishing will come into force on June 5.

Malawi's Drought Leaves Millions High and Dry

Friday, May 27, 2016

BLANTYRE, May 27 (IPS) - It's Saturday, market day at the popular Bvumbwe market in Thyolo district. About 40 kilometers away in Chiradzulu district, a vegetable vendor and mother of five, Esnart Nthawa, 35, has woken up at three a.m. to prepare for the journey to the market.

UNFPA Funding Cuts Threaten Women's Health in Poorer Nations

Thursday, May 26, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (IPS) - The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which has played a key role in ensuring maternal health and promoting reproductive rights of millions of women world-wide, is expected to suffer over $140 million in funding cuts by Western donors this year.

Poorest Countries Have Progressed but Fragile Countries Lag Behind

Thursday, May 26, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (IPS) - The world's poorest countries are making development gains, yet challenges remain, particularly for so-called fragile countries affected by conflict or other disasters.

New and Old Vaccines Still Out of Reach for Many

Thursday, May 26, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (IPS) - While long-awaited new vaccines for malaria and dengue may finally be within reach, many of the world's existing vaccines have remained unreachable for many of the people who need them most.

Least Developed Countries Still Face Significant Challenges

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (IPS) - Since establishing the category of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in 1971, the United Nations together with the international community have worked hand in hand to support the most vulnerable members of the family of nations.

Central America, Still Caught Up in the Arms Race

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

SAN JOSE, May 25 (IPS) - The recent announcement of the Nicaraguan government's 80-million-dollar purchase of 50 Russian tanks caught the attention of the press in Latin America and caused alarm in the international community.

Humanitarian Summit, The Big Fiasco

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 24 (IPS) - The World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul on May 23-24, failed to achieve its fund raising goals. With the exception of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, none from the Group of the richest courtiers or of the UN Security Council attended. And the Summit could not mobilise the much-needed resources it had hoped for.

Economic Interests Harming Global Health: WHO Chief

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 24 (IPS) - Putting economic interests over public health is leading the world towards three slow-motion health disasters, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization's warned the world's health ministers on Monday.

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