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Inaction has been fatal, says UNHCR, as dozens of Rohingya refugees perish at sea

IOM/Mohammed In August-September 2017, widespread violence forced over 700,000 Rohingya to flee their homes in Myanmar for safety in Bangladesh.     Dozens of Rohingya refugees are believed to have died in the Andaman sea after spending more than 200 days afloat, owing to a “collective unwillingness” of countries to take them in, the UN refugee agency […]

Investments in public health, an investment in safer future, urges Tedros

ILO/Alin Sirisaksopit Nurses at a hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, exchange documents through acrylic shields that have been setup to ensure physical distancing.     The world must be ready when the next pandemic comes, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said, urging countries to invest more in public health as part of their […]

UN agency for Palestinian refugees launches $95 million appeal to keep COVID at bay

UNRWA/Louise Wateridge A health worker provides COVID-19 information to a patient visiting the Jerusalem Health Center.     The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a health and socio-economic emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory, the UN agency for the region warned on Friday, noting a swell of coronavirus cases in recent weeks.  The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA), said that it requires some $95 million to cover the emergency needs of 5.6 million […]

Uncomfortable bedfellows: balancing health and economics in a global crisis

COVID-19 threatens the health and wellbeing of millions of people the world over, through malnutrition, preventable disease, delayed diagnoses and psychological hardship. All these threats co-exist with the threat of the virus itself, and are consequences of economic and social ‘lockdowns’ imposed by governments to curb the spread of COVID-19.  Understanding the intimate link between […]