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“WHO” is creating awareness for resistance to antibiotics?
29 November 2017

“WHO” is creating awareness for resistance to antibiotics?

Resistance to antibiotics is a serious threat; every year, at least 700,000 people die worldwide from infections that no longer respond to antibiotics. That toll could rise to 10 million by 2050. Pneumonia and malaria are two of the deadliest diseases in the world, and are becoming resistant to antibiotics.

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Interview with Matthias Boyen, UNICEF Malawi
29 November 2017

Interview with Matthias Boyen, UNICEF Malawi

UNICEF has a long history of working in emergencies and humanitarian contexts, both natural and man-made. Originally called the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, the organisation was created to provide humanitarian assistance to children living in a world shattered by the Second World War.

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Reaching SDGs through Private Sector Partnerships
08 November 2017

Reaching SDGs through Private Sector Partnerships

Presently, over half of partnerships with the UN involve only one private sector partner. Additionally, 79% of UN partnerships last less than five years. These factors have led to a lack of scalability with partnerships and the inability for scaling up to increase positive impacts.

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Interview with Karin Källander, Senior Research Advisor, Malaria Consortium
08 November 2017

Interview with Karin Källander, Senior Research Advisor, Malaria Consortium

How is Malaria Consortium involved in humanitarian and development sectors? Malaria Consortium began as a malaria-focused non-profit organisation in 2003 and has grown to implement programmes across sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia.

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Interview with Niklas Danielsson, Senior Immunisation Specialist, UNICEF
08 November 2017

Interview with Niklas Danielsson, Senior Immunisation Specialist, UNICEF

How is UNICEF involved in humanitarian and development sectors? The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers.

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Gavi and CDC Group Expanding their Programmes through Partnership and Investment
25 October 2017

Gavi and CDC Group Expanding their Programmes through Partnership and Investment

Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, is exploring new partnerships to expand their reach in the developing world. The public-private partnership is currently looking towards tech companies in Silicon Valley to aid in increasing equitable access to immunisations in developing countries and to reach their goal of immunising 300 million people by 2020.

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Technology Giving Access to Healthcare in Africa
23 October 2017

Technology Giving Access to Healthcare in Africa

Access to healthcare in African countries differs greatly from region to region; and from urban centres to rural villages. The distance one lives to an urban centre determines the access they have to medical services, and is frequently a barrier. According to the World Economic Forum, it is estimated that Africa holds a quarter of the world’s disease burden yet it is home to only 2% of its doctors.

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East Africa Facing a Hunger Crisis
06 October 2017

East Africa Facing a Hunger Crisis

East Africa is facing a monumental hunger crisis with 24 million people affected in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan. 15 million children in the region are facing health risks due to ongoing drought and insecurity. Of them, approximately 800,000 are severely malnourished and at risk of starvation.

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The United Nations General Assembly 2017
05 October 2017

The United Nations General Assembly 2017

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) concluded on 25 September in New York City. Much of the discussion focused on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s theme was Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.

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World Habitat Day
02 October 2017

World Habitat Day

October 2nd is World Habitat Day, which is a day to reflect on the basic right of adequate shelter for all. This year’s theme is Housing Policies: Affordable Homes, which is championed by United Cities and Local Governments and the United Nations’ Make the Shift campaign.

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ONE 2017 Data Report: Financing for the African Century
27 September 2017

ONE 2017 Data Report: Financing for the African Century

The continent of Africa is currently at a development impasse. As global aid patterns shift and African economies weaken from the drop in commodity prices, Africa's development becomes stagnate.

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United Nations Report on Sustainable Development Goals
25 September 2017

United Nations Report on Sustainable Development Goals

Commenting on the recently published UN report on the progress of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Secretary-General António Guterres remarked that the “rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030”. This is highlighted by the rising death rates attributable to lack of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services in sub-Saharan Africa that reached 46/100,000 from 12/100,000 in 2012. In 2015, only 39% of the global population were using a safely managed sanitation system.

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