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World Health Organization Reports Progress Made Towards Eliminating Blinding Eye Disease

With the estimated number of people affected by the infectious eye disease, blinding trachoma, dropping from 360 million people to 80 million over the past 21 years, several more countries are on track to eliminate the scourge, the United Nations health agency announced today.


New Rehydration Formula Can Help Save Hundreds Of Thousands Of Children According to New United Nations Report

The United Nations announced a new formula for manufacturing a medicine to combat acute diarrhoeal disease that could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children each year.


UN atomic agency’s Nobel Prize funds cancer care, nutrition in developing world

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), this year’s Nobel peace Prize co-laureate, announced today that its €525,000 share of the award will be used to create a fund for fellowships and training to improve cancer management and childhood nutrition in the developing world.


Arsenic Removal Water Filter Could Help Save Millions of Lives reports UNESCO-IHE

A filter that removes arsenic from water and that could save tens of millions of lives was launched today at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Simple and ecologically sound, the filter uses an absorbent recycled by-product available at no cost almost everywhere in the world.


Deworming Campaign Launched in Afghanistan by World Food Programme, UNICEF, and WHO

WFP has announced the launch of the 2005 national deworming campaign. The government campaign, which aims to improve the health and intellectual development of six million children across Afghanistan, is also being supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).


Developing Urban Health Systems in Bangladesh

Since 1998, a promising partnership for health has been forming in Saidpur and Parbatipur municipalities in Northern Bangladesh. Under a Child Survival Programme (CSP), a tripartite partnership has developed between Concern, two municipal authorities, and 24 ward health committees (WHC).


United Nations Teams to Deployed to Help Katrina Recovery Efforts

The United Nations has mobilized three inter-agency teams to aid the United States’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina and further deployments may occur within the next few days, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.


United Nations Offers Help To United States In Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina's Devastation

The top United Nations emergency relief official has offered the United States the world body’s help in “any way possible” following the loss of life and large-scale destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina along the US Gulf Coast.      


Bicycles Selling Like Hotcakes in US Stores

The struggling US automobile industry may do well to take some lessons from its non-motorized brethren because bicycles are selling like hotcakes.


Niger‘s Desperate Needs: Calls for 60,000 Tons of Food and How You Can Contribute

Drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 5 years have compounded an already fragile food situation in Niger, threatening up to 3.5 million people, more than a third of the total population.


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