UNAIDS South Africa lends voice to high-level dialogue on men and HIV

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Country Director in South Africa, Dr Erasmus Morah, recently attended a high-level dialogue forum aimed at highlighting men’s involvement in the HIV response and the impact of violence against women and children. More »

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Philippine journalist, calls for inquiry

Philippine, 3 September 2015 – The head of the United Nations agency charged with promoting press freedom condemned today the killing of Philippine journalist Cosme Diez Maestrado, who was shot by unknown assailants on 27 August in Ozamiz City in the Philippines. More »

Liberia again declared free of Ebola transmission as number of cases remains stable in wider West Africa

Liberia, 3 September 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission after the disease had resurfaced in June, and as the country enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance, the number of cases in the rest of West Africa remained stable at three for the fifth consecutive week. More »

UN human rights chief deplores new allegation of sexual abuse in CAR

CAR, 3 September 2015 – United Nations staff in the Central African Republic (CAR) learned on 30 August that a girl was allegedly sexually abused around a year ago by a member of the French military force there, known as Sangaris, according to the world body’s human rights chief. More »

Student returns to Somalia with dream of becoming a doctor

Kenya, 3 September 2015 – Six years ago when Rahma, first arrived in Kenya as a refugee, she was illiterate. Now, 19, she has returned with plans to be a doctor.

Last month, Rahma was on board two repatriation flights carrying 116 returnees from Kenya to Somalia – the final leg of what has been a transformative journey. More »