News in Brief 20 August 2015 (AM)

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WHO mobile teams in Alluhaya district of Hodeida, Yemen, delivering health services. Photo: WHO Yemen

As critical health needs in Yemen grow, WHO steps up response

The health system in Yemen continues to shut down, leaving civilians without access to critical life-saving care, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UN agency has reported that almost 23 per cent of all health facilities in the Middle Eastern country are currently non-functional or partially functional as a direct result of ongoing violence.

Despite funding shortages and inaccessibility challenges, WHO says it is providing the Ministry of Health and partners with over 181 tonnes of medicines and supplies for more than three million people.

More than four million children in Pakistan to receive polio vaccine annually

Also from WHO, more than four million children per year will benefit from the introduction of the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) in Pakistan.

The vaccine will reportedly be introduced into the country's routine immunisation schedule and given to children alongside other life-saving injections.

The UN's health agency called it a "landmark step" to accelerate polio eradication and secure a lasting polio-free world.

Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio remains endemic.

Death of Senegalese percussionist mourned by UNESCO

The death of Senegalese percussionist Doudou Ndiaye Rose is a great loss to music lovers, and lovers of Africa everywhere, the head of the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, said on Thursday.

The musician, who was born in 1930, was designated a living human treasure by UNESCO in 2006.

According to Ms Bokova, Mr Ndiaye Rose's creative genius kept traditions alive, transmitting them to future generations.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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