Imagine a cruise ship full of women sinks every day for the rest of the year – killing nearly 1,000 women per day.The sad truth is that a tragedy of this magnitude does happen every day. Every two minutes, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy
There’s a big-deal conference underway in London right now with representatives and leaders from scores of developing and donor countries and top NGOs and philanthropies. Their collective goal: bring modern family planning services to the 220 million women in the developing world.
Wondering what that #FPSummit hashtag is all about?
This is a great speech by US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is in Geneva this week for the World Health Assembly. Sebelius offers some global context to America’s own struggles with providing adequecate health care to women and mothers.
I wrote the cover story for PSI Impact Magazine about how the international global health community is starting to focus on youth health issues. Traditionally, the main focus has been on newborns and children, but there is a growing recognition that youth in their teens and twenties are a critical cohort to target health interventions.
Middle East: During the last 48 hours of the continued ceasefire, humanitarian workers have delivered food to hundreds of thousands of people, repaired water and sanitation infrastructure, re-stocked medical supplies, and some of the 520,000 displaced Palestinians have returned to their homes. However, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator remarked the scale of needs remains “unprecedented in the Gaza Strip.”
Middle East: At today’s informal session of the General Assembly on Gaza the SG remarked that the most recent ceasefire has held since yesterday at 8 a.m. local time. He noted that a durable ceasefire is necessary and UN shelters must continue to remain safe zones. The SG thanked UN staff in Gaza and will fly the UN flag at half-mast tomorrow in memory of those who died in the conflict.
Middle East: The SG commended Israeli and Palestinian parties for committing to a 72-hour ceasefire that took place at 8 a.m. local time today. He urges all parties to abide by the ceasefire and commence peace talks in Cairo to address underlying issues and agree on a durable ceasefire to sustainably stop the violence. The UN lends its full support toward these efforts.
Middle East: The SG condemned yesterday’s shelling outside of an UNRWA school in Rafah that killed at least 10 Palestinian civilians. The SG stated that the attack violated international humanitarian law and UN shelters must continue to be safe zones and not combat zones.
SG: Last night the SG spoke at a joint press conference with the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica where he repeated his call for an unconditional and extendable humanitarian ceasefire. Speaking about yesterday’s shelling of a UN shelter he said: “Nothing – nothing – justifies such horror” and demanded “that all parties immediately respect UN premises”.
SG: The SG met with President Ortega yesterday in Nicaragua where he visited a wind farm and praised the country’s commitment to renewable energy. The SG arrived in Costa Rica today where he is expected to lecture about “Costa Rica and the United Nations: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century”.