New Ebola case in Sierra Leone prompts expansion of experimental vaccine trial – UN health agency

Sierra Leone, 1 September 2015 – The detection of a new case of Ebola in Sierra Leone over the weekend after the West African country had marked almost three weeks of zero cases has prompted the use of an experimental vaccine to fight the disease, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). More »

UNMISS kicks off farming, community projects in Rajaf

South Sudan, 1 September 2015 – Seeking to boost relations with the local community, UNMISS has been assisting a Central Equatoria village with farming, carpentry, basketball and kindergarten.

As part of the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) project, the mission has cleared 1.8 square metres of land for farming in Rajaf village, 15 kilometres south of Juba. More »

Annual SAIIA-KAS International Careers Evening Report

A career with the United Nations organization offers a unique opportunity for qualified individuals with a passion for international development to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. Most university students who aspire to be part of the UN systems normally ask this common question, “How could we get involved with UN programmes and what kind of studies should we pursue to get employment in the organization?” More »

Yemen: ‘worrying outbreak’ of dengue fever prompts UN health agency appeal for safe humanitarian corridor

Yemen, 31 August 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for a safe corridor to reach more than 3 million people in war-torn Yemen’s most populated governorate, Taiz, where “an extreme spike” in cases of dengue fever has been recorded over the past two weeks. More »

More than 850,000 people face acute food insecurity in Somalia, UN food assessment shows

Somalia, 31 August 2015 – Somalia’s humanitarian situation remains “alarming” four years after a devastating famine with the number of people requiring emergency aid rising 17 per cent to more than 850,000 and those in “food-stressed” situations still at 2.3 million, according to the latest United Nations-managed food assessment study released today. More »