GENEVA (Reuters) – At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday.
The U.N. report, based on data from four groups and the government that were cross-checked, reflects a reality of killing and torture while the civil war has “dropped off the international radar”, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Efforts to curb the deadly Ebola epidemic that swept across four West African states are being undermined by a lack of leadership and emergency management skills, the international head of Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday.
In an interview, Joanne Liu also said the world’s worst ever outbreak of Ebola has caused widespread panic and the collapse of health care systems particularly in Liberia, where pregnant women have lost babies while seeking a safe place to deliver.
GENEVA (Reuters) – Clashes between police and protesters in the U.S. town of Ferguson are reminiscent of the racial violence spawned by apartheid in her native South Africa, the top U.N. human rights official said on Tuesday.
Navi Pillay, who is due to step down at the end of the month after six years in the U.N. hotseat, urged U.S. authorities to investigate allegations of brutality and examine the “root causes” of racial discrimination in America.
MONROVIA/GENEVA (Reuters) – Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200.
The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy.
MONROVIA/GENEVA, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Liberia struggled on
Monday to track down 17 suspected Ebola carriers who fled
quarantine at the weekend, while the U.N. health agency urged
affected West African nations to screen all departures in a bid
to contain the worst outbreak of the virus.
In the Liberian capital Monrovia, police awaited a
consignment of protective equipment before redeploying to West
Point – a sprawling ocean-front shantytown – to reopen a
quarantine centre attacked by a rock-throwing crowd on Saturday,
allowing patients, who had been isolated, to get away.
GENEVA/FREETOWN, (Reuters) – Two West African nations and a medical charity fighting the world’s worst Ebola epidemic chided the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger.
With the death toll over 1,000 and still climbing, the U.N. health agency is facing questions over whether it moved quickly enough to declare the months-old outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern”, which it did on Aug 8.
GENEVA/MONROVIA (Reuters) – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has created a “wartime” situation, including the threat of food shortages, and could take six months to bring under control, medical charity MSF and the Liberian government said on Friday.
With global alarm rising over the worst outbreak of the virus that has killed more than 1,000 people so far, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) questioned whether the World Health Organisation (WHO) had moved quickly enough to declare it a “public health emergency of international concern”, which it did on Aug 8.
GENEVA (Reuters) – It will take about six months to bring under control the Ebola epidemic, the head of Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Friday, saying the outbreak in West Africa felt like “wartime, is moving, advancing.”
Joanne Liu, international president of MSF (Doctors Without Borders), speaking after a 10-day trip to West Africa, said more experts were needed on the ground and was critical of the World Health Organization (WHO) for declaring Ebola a “public health emergency of international concern” only on Aug 8.
GENEVA, Aug 15 (Reuters) – It will take about six months to
bring under control the Ebola epidemic, the head of Medecins
Sans Frontieres said on Friday, saying the outbreak in West
Africa felt like “wartime, is moving, advancing.”
Joanne Liu, international president of MSF (Doctors Without
Borders), speaking after a 10-day trip to West Africa, said more
experts were needed on the ground and was critical of the World
Health Organisation (WHO) for declaring Ebola a “public health
emergency of international concern” only on Aug 8.
GENEVA (Reuters) – A senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrived in Kiev on Thursday for talks on the delivery of Russian aid to eastern Ukraine, an ICRC spokeswoman said.
Laurent Corbaz, head of ICRC Operations for Europe and Central Asia, will meet Ukrainian authorities on Friday and also discuss a separate Ukrainian-led aid convoy heading to the eastern region before he goes to Moscow, ICRC spokeswoman Anastasia Isyuk said.