News in Brief 27 July 2016 (AM)

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Women displaced by fighting in Juba, South Sudan, queue to fill containers with water after UNICEF delivered 100,000 litres of safe water to the site, where many residents had resorted drinking from a nearby stream. UNICEF/UN025202/Irwin

Anti-cholera campaign in underway in South Sudan

Efforts to contain a cholera outbreak in South Sudan are being ramped up, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

The world's youngest nation has recorded more than 270 cases of the disease, including 14 deaths, since 12 July.

Together with the Ministry of Health, WHO and its partners this week launched an oral cholera vaccination campaign to reach more than 14,000 people.

The UN agency has also established a Cholera Treatment Centre in the capital, Juba, and is working to strengthen disease surveillance.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease which causes loss of body fluids.

It can be deadly if not adequately treated.

Appeal for protection of women's right to health in Dominican Republic

A group of UN human rights experts is urging leaders in the Dominican Republic to protect women and girls' right to sexual and reproductive health.

They are calling on the authorities to repeal what they say are "restrictive" legal provisions regarding abortion.

The country's Senate is debating reform of the Penal Code which partially decriminalizes access to abortion under three circumstances: if the health of the woman or girl is at risk, in cases of rape and incest, or where the foetus would not survive outside the womb.

A proposed amendment seeks to allow access in only one case: where the life of the pregnant woman or girl is at risk.

This, they say, constitutes a "grave regression" in women and girls' right to health.

Creativity in Uganda to get a boost

A project that will be launched in Uganda this week aims to strengthen the country's cultural industries and the skills of its creative professionals.

Its goals include improving the quality of cultural goods as a means to increase income generation.

East Africa is becoming one of the world's "creative and entrepreneurial hotspots,",according to the UN cultural organization, UNESCO, which is launching the project with support from the Republic of Korea.

The first stage of the project will see the establishment of a Task Force drawn from Uganda's government, private sector and academia.

The Task Force will map out cultural industries in three regions of the country and will oversee training sessions aimed at improving artistic design, marketing and management.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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