Archive for July, 2009

Mandela Day appeal draws apology for xenophobic attacks in South Africa

21st July 2009 Uncategorized

Jeffsville Informal Settlement, South Africa – Residents of a sprawling informal settlement outside South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, responded to an appeal for community action on Mandela Day with a heartfelt apology to refugees and migrants they had victimized during a wave of xenophobic attacks last year. (more…)

Launch of the 2009 World Drug Report

7th July 2009 Uncategorized

In 1998, the General Assembly mandated the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to publish “comprehensive and balanced information about the world drug problem” in recognition of the importance of factual and objective information in international drug control. (more…)

New drug that could dramatically speed up the elimination of river blindness across Africa begins clinical trial

1st July 2009 Uncategorized

A clinical trial is being launched in three African countries of a drug that could eliminate onchocerciasis, or river blindness, one of the leading infectious causes of blindness across Africa. The drug, moxidectin, is being investigated for its potential to kill or sterilize the adult worms of Onchocerca volvulus, which cause onchocerciasis. (more…)