Op-ed by Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk on World Toilet Day: As World Toilet Day approaches and there is more and more discussion about the importance of dealing with human waste, many people will become embarrassed or shocked, and some would rather avoid the subject altogether. However, the sanitation crisis that exists in many parts of… Read More »
Date: Friday, February 3, 2017 – While there has been an overall decline in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) across countries, this progress is likely to be offset by rapid population growth in countries where FGM occurs, unless efforts to eliminate the practice are renewed in light of recent research, and urgently stepped up.
The United Nations in South Africa joined the rest of the world on 24 October 2017 to mark the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter. The ratification of the UN Charter took place in 1945 after being endorsement by majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council. This… Read More »
World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. For WHD 2017, humanitarian partners are coming together to reaffirm that civilians caught in conflict are #NotATarget. Through a global… Read More »
Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood. Providing safe and adequate blood should be an integral part of every country’s national health care policy and infrastructure. http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2017/en/