In 2005, India, Nepal and Bangladesh launched a joint kala azar elimination initiative to bring down the incidence to less than 1 case per 10,000 people by 2015. That goal has not been reached.
M.K. Venu, founding editor of The Wire, in conversation with Leena Menghaney from Doctors Without Borders India.
Boko Haram fighters attacked Rann, a town in northeastern Nigeria two days after the air force accidentally killed dozens of people there.
Women and girls who risk sexual violence as they flee their home countries are getting contraceptive injections as a precautionary measure
Returning to Somalis is voluntary, with refugees being taken to designated safe areas, Kenya and the UN have said.
The member states continue to hem-and-haw while no clear targets for refugee resettlement has been set.
Some 1,800 migrants were saved in 12 rescue missions on Wednesday, 3,000 migrants on Tuesday, 6,600 on Monday, 1,600 on Sunday and 500 on Saturday, according to Italy’s coastguard, which coordinates sea rescues between Libya and Italy.
A security source said the attack targeted a school compound where conscripts of the Popular Committees, forces allied to the internationally recognised President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, were gathered for breakfast.
MSF said it had met with officials from the Saudi-led coalition and shared GPS coordinates of the hospital it operates in with parties involved in the conflict but aerial bombings had continued.
“Even with the recent UN resolution calling for an end to attacks on medical facilities and high-level declarations of commitment to international humanitarian law, nothing seems to be done to make parties involved in the conflict in Yemen to respect medical staff and patients,” said a statement from Medecins Sans Frontiers.
Multiple casualties resulted in a UN compound due to violence between civilian inhabitants, worsened by a negligent and uncoordinated response of on-site peacekeeping forces.
The UN report blacklists groups that “engage in the recruitment and use of children, sexual violence against children, the killing and maiming of children, attacks on schools and/or hospitals and attacks or threats of attacks against protected personnel, and the abduction of children.”
The migrants – fleeing wars, oppression and poverty – often do not know how to swim and do not have life jackets. They pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to make the crossing from Libya to Italy, by far the most dangerous border passage for migrants in the world.
Some 62% of all attacks were deemed intentional, in clear violation of international humanitarian law, and many led to disruption of public health services.
The global aid agency Medecins sans Frontieres pulled out of the conference earlier this month saying it had lost hope the participants could address weaknesses in emergency response.
Jan Eliasson said attacks on civilian targets, hospitals and schools in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan were examples of disregard for the Geneva convention on human rights.
Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said Boko Haram had not only caused significant upheaval in Diffa and destroyed schools and health clinics, but also paralysed the region’s economy.
More than six months on, the elusive truth on the air strike that killed 42 is only slightly clearer.
The al-Quds hospital was supported by international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, which said it was destroyed after being hit by a direct air strike that killed at least three doctors.
One general was among those singled out for disciplinary action, the officials said. The nonjudicial punishments include letters of reprimand, which could have a career-ending effect on the service members involved.
Intensified fighting around Aleppo has become the biggest threat to the February cessation of hostilities and has caused more than 40,000 civilians to flee with little access to humanitarian aid.
The misleadingly low prevalence rate means there is less interest in tackling the disease in these regions.
The Norwegian Refugee Council says they have had to pause activities because of increased insecurity.
The Geneva Conventions provide a mechanism for an international probe but this would require the consent of the United States and Afghanistan.
The Radically Changing Story of the US Airstrike on an Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification
The U.S. military bombed the hospital of an organisation run by western-based physicians and other medical care professionals. They are not so easily ignored.
Recent attacks in Kunduz in northeast Afghanistan have resulted in the bombing of the only hospital in the region.