News in Brief 24 September 2015 (PM)

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Since armed unrest erupted more than 4 years ago in Syria, WHO has taken a lead role to support the displaced. Photo: WHO Syria

Lack of funding hurting displaced Syrians

Millions of Syrians displaced by civil war are unable to get the health care they so desperately need because of funding shortages.

That's the warning coming from the World Health Organization (WHO), which has said donors need to step up to support countries in the region that are hosting large refugee populations.

WHO said the international community must collectively do more to help countries neighbouring Syria, which are doing what the agency called the "heavy lifting" of hosting Syrian refugees.

To date, only 30 per cent of the 2015 Syria response plan is said to be funded.

Strong condemnation of Yemen bombing

A deadly terrorist attack at a mosque in Yemen has received strong condemnation from members of the UN Security Council.

At least 25 people were reportedly killed in the blast with many more injured.

The ISIL terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The attack came as worshippers gathered for prayers in observance of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday.

Medicines must remain accessible to all

Governments and the pharmaceutical industry must do more to ensure medicines remain accessible to all those that need them.

That's the call from the UN body on AIDS, which is concerned about dramatic increase in the prices of some medicines.

UNAIDS has said that the inaccessibility of critical medicines could have wide-ranging impacts on public health.

The UN says that the AIDS response is proof that access to affordable and effective medicines can halt and reverse an epidemic.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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