News in Brief 07 May 2015 (AM)

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A health worker vaccinates four-year-old girl at a health post in the village of Bungamati in Lalitpur District, part of Kathmandu Valley. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1101/Panday

UN health director "moved by terrible human impact" of Nepal earthquake

The Director of the World Health Organization, WHO, in south-east Asia said she has been moved by the "terrible human impact of the devastating earthquake" on Nepal.

A 7.8 magnitude tremor in April led to the deaths of more than 7,500 people and destroyed infrastructure and over a quarter of a million homes.

Visiting Nepal, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said WHO was committed to supporting Nepal's health system to deliver life-saving and essential services to its people.

Meanwhile, nearly one million children will not be able to return to school, unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces and repair damaged school buildings; that's according to the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

Drug trafficking "infiltrated governments and international institutions"

Drug trafficking is a multibillion dollar enterprise which has infiltrated governments and international institutions, including those that are responsible for its control.

That's according to the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa.

Speaking at a debate in New York on the world drug problem, he said the global community must focus on prevention.

"Our collective efforts must focus on prevention, while also rendering treatment and care to persons affected by drug addiction and those needing help to alleviate pain and suffering. We must also scale up interventions and international cooperation to resist and combat drug-related international organized crime."

Kenyan authorities urged to investigate death of newspaper publisher

The Kenyan authorities have been urged by the UN to investigate the murder of the owner and editor of the Mirror Weekly newspaper.

John Kituyi, who was 63, was killed in the town of Eldoret in the west of Kenya, on 30 April.

Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, said the freedom of an independent media "hinges on States' commitment to ensure that journalists can work without fear of violence and reprisal."

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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