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[RED DEMOCRATICA] Kim: "Pandemic facility" could fund response to future crises


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Kim: "Pandemic facility" could fund response to future crises
The World Health Organization, the World Bank, other United Nations agencies and private sector groups are discussing the development of a financial "pandemic facility," similar to an insurance policy, that would help governments prepare economically for future pandemics, says World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. "The greatest benefit would be that market mechanisms would help us to push improvements in our preparedness for epidemics," he adds. BBC (1/27)
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Member states promise big reforms to the WHO. Can they deliver? UN Dispatch (1/27)
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Angelina Jolie: Refugee crisis worse than ever
The United Nations refugee agency is grappling with an unprecedented number of refugees and displaced people around the world, and the crises in Syria and Iraq rage on, writes Angelina Jolie, special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. It is up to the international community to see that the UN's efforts are fully funded and to press for peace in the Middle East, she adds. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/27)
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Donor conference raises $7.54B for immunizations
The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization alliance raised $7.54 billion in donor contributions to fund immunizations for 300 million children, surpassing its goal of $7.5 billion. Top donors were billionaire Bill Gates with $1.55 billion and the British government at $1.5 billion. Reuters (1/27)
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Opinion: Power Africa deserves to be supported
The U.S.'s Power Africa initiative has leveraged some $20 billion in commitments but is criticized for not showing more progress in building energy facilities, writes Aala Abdelgadir. The initiative has the potential to change energy access in Africa, but "[w]hether Power Africa can transform that commitment and political will into greater energy access remains to be seen," she adds. Council on Foreign Relations online/Africa in Transition blog (1/23)
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Mobile health innovations lead to faster diagnosis
Technology advances in mobile health are helping medical personnel in the field test for disease and speed up delivery of results, writes Erin McGuire. Some recent innovations include sending test results via text message and using cellphones with cameras for mobile microscopy. (free registration) (1/28)
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UN arranges release of 3,000 child soldiers in South Sudan
Three thousand South Sudanese child soldiers will be released as a result of efforts by the United Nations, one of the largest demobilizations of youths ever. "These children have been forced to do and see things no child should ever experience," says Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF's South Sudan representative. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/27), Reuters/Thomson Reuters Foundation (1/27)
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Egyptian state must temper excessive force, says UN watchdog UN Radio (1/27)
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