July 10, 2014 Leaders of the BRICS nations will launch their long-awaited development bank at a summit next week and decide whether the headquarters should be in Shanghai or New Delhi, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday. From Reuters: The creation by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa of a $100 billion […]The post The Daily Impact: BRICS announce plans to launch new development bank appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.
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By Dr. Mario Tavera Salazar, a UNICEF pediatrician specializing in maternal and child health care in the rural Amazonian basin. I will retire this year after 22 years at UNICEF, having witnessed a transformation unprecedented in my country’s history. Our problems are more complex than they once were, and less amenable to inexpensive solutions, so progress is still uneven and we have a long way to go.
June 3, 2014 Health officials in South Sudan are scrambling to contain a cholera outbreak as the death toll from the diarrheal disease rose and infections were reported beyond the capital, Juba, and in other parts of Central Equatoria state and in distant Upper Nile state. From VOA: The WHO reports more than 1,000 cases […]The post The Daily Impact: WHO concerned by more than 1,000 cholera cases in South Sudan appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.
19 May 2014 Heath experts warn that mosquitoes in Vietnamese cities have exhibited an insecticide-resistance at the same time that climate factors have extended the dengue fever season year-round. Mosquitoes carrying the virus have exhibited signs of resistance to several common insecticides said Tran Thanh Duong, head of the National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology during a Wednesday meeting in Hanoi. Duong said the disease has killed at least four among the more than 8,000 people infected this year and will grow increasingly hard to manage since Vietnam hosts four strains of the virus. People who develop immunity to one remain vulnerable to others, he said. Duong said the disease has become active during all seasons due to climate and environmental changes. Traditionally, the illness peaked in the south during June (the start of monsoon season) and in September in the north. Duong said dengue fever has been considered an urban disease due to a dramatic surge of infections in large cities and rapidly urbanizing areas
May 7, 2014 Another eight girls were kidnapped in Nigeria, adding to the 276 that were kidnapped by Boko Haram nearly a year ago. From Al Jazeera: A police source, who could not be named, said on Tuesday that the eight girls were taken away overnight on trucks, along with looted livestock and food. “They were […]The post The Daily Impact: Another group of schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.
May 6, 2014 The WHO declared an international health emergency on Monday in reaction to the recent spread of Polio in non-endemic countries. From the New York Times: An emergency committee convened by the organization announced in Geneva that three countries — Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon — had allowed the virus to spread, and should take extraordinary measures to combat it, including making sure that all children in those countries are inoculated or reinoculated. Dr. Bruce Aylward, the W.H.O. official in charge of polio eradication, said during a telephone news conference that citizens of those countries who travel abroad should be vaccinated before they leave and should carry an internationally recognized certificate as proof.
Over 270 Nigerian girls between 15 and 18 years old were kidnapped from their school two weeks ago by Boko Haram militants, a terrorist group whose name translates to “Western education is sinful.” The school’s principal, Hajiya Asabe Ali Kwambula, told the New York Times yesterday that 53 girls managed to escape while 223 are still missing. The girls have reportedly been taken to a terrorist camp deep in the forest, although new reports have come in this week from remote villages that some of the girls have been “auctioned off to Boko Haram members for 2,000 Naira” — about $12 — for forced “marriages” or sex slavery. Nigerians have been holding mass protests this week calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to deploy every means possible to find the girls. You can join the international call to action to bring back the girls by supporting two petitions that have been building momentum. The post Take action to #BringBackOurGirls appeared first on PSI Impact Blog.