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October 2007, Mother and Child Health
Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Kyrgyzstan continues to lose 44 children out of 1000 live births before they reach their 5th birthday according to UNICEF supported research in 2006 (MICS-III). The country stands a zero percent of chance of reducing it’s child mortality rate by half by 2015 (Millennium Development Goals Four and Five), warns the latest edition of The Lancet.

The alarming situation prompted the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic to make mother and child health, along with the prevention of the spread of HIV, a priority topic at the recent biannual Health Summit, which took place on October 11, 2007, in the Healthcare Development Centre in Bishkek. UNICEF and DFID were invited to facilitate the technical review process. 

2007 Nansen Refugee Award goes to advocate for boat people in Malta
Wednesday, 17 October 2007

GENEVA – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees today announced that this year's Nansen Refugee Award will go to Dr. Katrine Camilleri, a 37-year old lawyer with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Malta, who works to defend the rights of refugees and migrants.

UNHCR: Number of Iraqi asylum seekers up 45 percent
Wednesday, 17 October 2007

GENEVA – Asylum applications by Iraqis in industrialized countries rose 45 percent in the first half of 2007 compared to the previous six months, according to provisional statistics compiled by the UN refugee agency based on information provided by governments.

UNHCR welcomes resolution on Chad, Central African Republic
Wednesday, 17 October 2007

NEW YORK – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres welcomed the adoption today of a UN Security Council resolution establishing a multi-dimensional UN mission in Chad and Central African Republic (MINURCAT) that will help strengthen security in the region.

Zoellick: Globalization Must Benefit the World’s Poor
Monday, 15 October 2007

Washington, October 10, 2007--World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick said, “It is the vision of the World Bank Group to contribute to an inclusive and sustainable globalization – to overcome poverty, enhance growth with care for the environment, and create individual opportunity and hope.”

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, marking his first 100 days as President of the World Bank Group, Zoellick explained that, “Globalization offers incredible opportunities.  Yet exclusion, grinding poverty, and environmental damage create dangers.  The ones that suffer most are those who have the least to start with – indigenous peoples, women in developing countries, the rural poor, Africans, and their children.”

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