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One Year After the Rana Plaza Disaster, Reforms are Piecemeal

On April 24, 2013 the nine-story Rana Plaza building hosting multiple garment factories manufacturing garments for Western clothing brands collapsed in a sub-district of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Born HIV Free

This is a heartfelt story from UNICEF about a family in Papua New Guinea in which the parents are living with HIV but because of a health intervention their child was born free of HIV.

Top of the Morning: Russia Blocks CAR Sanctions

Top stories from DAWNS Digest How Do You Say “Ukraine” in Sango? The Russians, backed by the Chinese, are blocking an effort by France and the US at the Security Council to impose individual sanctions and a travel ban on the ousted leader of the Central African Republic, François Bozizé.

Will A Massacre in South Sudan Actually Change Anything?

Toby Lanzer, a top UN official in South Sudan, has been one of the most vocal people on the planet calling for greater international action in South Sudan.

The Mosquito Menace

Ed note. This originally appeared in Project Syndicate and is reprinted with permission. World Malaria Day is April 25.  STANFORD – Mosquito-borne diseases kill millions of people annually, and cause suffering for many more.

Top of the Morning: Cholera Outbreak in Nigeria

Top stories from DAWNS Digest Nigeria in the Time of (unseasonal) Cholera….An unseasonal outbreak of cholera is posing a huge risk to hundreds of thousands of people.

A Dire Warning of Famine in South Sudan

If present trends continue, there will be a famine in South Sudan in the coming months. Fighting has disrupted the planting season and efforts by international humanitarian agencies to provide displaced farmers the tools they need to successfully plant and harvest.

Top of the Morning: Drone Strikes in Yemen Target Al Qaeda

Top stories from DAWNS Digest “Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains.

Why We Ought to Start Paying Attention to Burundi

Rarely does the small Central African country of Burundi get much international attention. However recent developments aimed at restricting political freedom ahead of scheduled national elections next year highlight not only the need for international attention, but greater international engagement if Burundi is to escape the cycle of civil wars and ethnic politics that has defined much of its history since independence.

A Massacre in South Sudan Shows the Limits of UN Peacekeeping

Emergency in #Bentiu: Thousands throng at the gate; we must let them in. We have 1 litre of water/person/day & 350 people for each latrine.

Top of the Morning: Famine Looms in South Sudan

Top stories from DAWNS Digest Famine Looms in South Sudan…It is planting season in South Sudan, and the areas of the country with the worst fighting also happen to be its breadbasket. The Details: “The UN estimates that a third of the country of 11 million are facing starvation unless farmers can plant a critical round of crops before the annual rains hit in May.

A South African Corruption Controversy that Could Sink the ANC

Could an embezzlement scandal end the famed-Africa National Congress’ 20-year hold over South African politics?

Top of the Morning: Militia Attacks UN Base in South Sudan

Top stories from DAWNS Digest Militants attack UN Base Sheltering IDPs in South Sudan…There are about 70,000 IDPs who have sought refuge inside UN compounds since fighting erupted in South Sudan late last year.

Ukraine Calls in the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court may set its sights on Ukraine. The ICC’s registrar has just accepted a request from the government of Ukraine that grants the ICC jurisdiction to investigate alleged crimes committed on its territory between November 21, 2013 and February 22 2014.

After the Philippines Typhoon, the “Cold Chain” is Back

This is a pretty amazing story about how a very pregnant woman in the Philippines  survived the Typhoon.

Map of the Day: Where CAR Refugees Are Fleeing

Today, 14 humanitarian agencies have launched a joint appeal for $274 million to help refugees from CAR.

Crowdfunding for Health Care in Poor Countries

Ed note. This post, from  Italian journalist Federico Guerrini, appears in Tech President.  In 2012, Bageshwori, a 12-year-old girl from Nepal was suffering from rheumatic heart disease, a condition that prevents blood from essentially moving through the heart, causing constant fatigue, shortness of breath, congestive heart failure, and even death.

Top of the Morning: Boko Haram Strikes Again

Top stories from DAWNS Digest Boko Haram Strikes Again…Two days after an attack on a bus depot in Abuja, the Nigerian terror group has kidnapped more than 100 girls from a secondary school in Borno state.

Towards a “Grand Convergence” in Global Health

Ed note.  This op-ed from Gavin Yamey, professor in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco and leader of the Evidence to Policy Initiative; and Helen Saxenian, senior consultant at the Results for Development Institute, Washington, DC is reprinted with permission from Project Syndicate.  SAN FRANCISCO – The world is at a unique historical inflection point.

Top of the Morning: Terror in Abuja

Top stories from DAWNS Digest Scores Killed in Abuja Bus station bombing…At least 71 people are dead after a blast struck a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital.