first_img74th World Health Assembly UK national statement on preventing sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment Thank you Chair.As a co-proponent of the joint statement delivered by Canada, our concerns about the media reports that emerged on 12 May this year are well known. Failure to report cases of sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment, as required by UN and WHO protocol, would be contrary to the safeguarding standards to which WHO Member States require all international organizations to adhere, including zero tolerance for ignoring, covering up or deliberately mishandling allegations. These principles underpin all UK funding agreements to international partners.Given our shared policy of zero tolerance for inaction, we urge that the most recent – and all related allegations – be investigated as soon as possible, in keeping with a survivor-centred approach. To ensure confidence in the process, we ask the WHO senior management team to consider again whether the OIOS should indeed be involved, or as a minimum, to clarify how the Independent Commission’s work will be coordinated with OIOS, which is looking at allegations against UNICEF and IOM staff in the same region, and to explain what the process will be for sharing the Independent Commission’s reports with Member States. We felt that the interim reports lacked detail and should have been shared at the time of writing, as set out in the Commission’s Terms of Reference.We must from now on see much more transparency from the WHO.We expect regular – and frequent – updates on the actions outlined in the EB148 Decision and the joint Member State statement delivered at PBAC, and reiterate the request that the WHO update Member States on the proposed handling of these internal staff allegations at the Member State quarterly briefing next month.Chair, sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment, are not unique to one part of the world or another. Regrettably, they occur everywhere and all organisations have room for improvement, including my own. Yet this must not – and cannot – deter us from tackling their root causes and responding with confidence to ensure accountability wherever and whenever they occur, in the interest of survivors.And, given the extraordinary vulnerability of so many of those who the WHO seeks to help in the field, we have an acute moral responsibility to ensure that the organisation maintains the very highest standards, so as to provide a safe and supportive working environment for its staff and for the communities it serves.Chair, no means no. And zero tolerance means just that. In deeds as well as words.Thank you chair. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Assembly, Canada, Commission, environment, failure, Government, harassment, health, IOM, sexual exploitation, terms of reference, UK, UK Government, UN, UNICEF, WHO, worldlast_img read more

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first_img San Diego State University released the following statement in response to Walgreens administering vaccinations to the students at the wrong temperature.SDSU Statement on Walgreens Vaccination Issue:SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 19, 2018) – Only meningococcal (MenB) vaccines given by Walgreens at San Diego State University on Oct. 5 and Oct. 8 have been impacted, resulting in the need for approximately 350 students to be re-vaccinated. Students who received a MenB vaccination through the various on-campus clinics by the County of San Diego and Kaiser Permanente have not been affected and do not need to be re-vaccinated.SDSU has been working in collaboration with Walgreens and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) to ensure that all SDSU student who were vaccinated by Walgreens on Oct. 5 and Oct. 8 are re-vaccinated.Walgreens is communicating directly with all students impacted, and SDSU has begun offering support to help re-vaccinate students while also hosting space on campus for Walgreens to re-vaccinate those students. In partnership with the HHSA , SDSU continues to hold on-campus MenB vaccination clinics. Information regarding on-campus clinics can be found online at are no additional confirmed cases of MenB, and SDSU and the HHSA continue to monitor the current outbreak of MenB on campus. We continue to urge students to take the situation seriously and receive the MenB vaccine through their primary health physician, a pharmacy or an on-campus clinic as soon as possible. The shared goal of SDSU and HHSA is to ensure that all SDSU undergraduates age 23 and younger receive the full series of a MenB vaccine (Bexsero and Trumenba are the vaccines available).Education and communications campaigns are underway to inform students in the target group about meningitis, the existing MenB vaccines and various healthy habits to protect against the spread of diseases. RELATED STORY: SDSU students given meningitis shots at incorrect temperature KUSI Newsroom, October 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 19, 2018 SDSU releases statement on Walgreens vaccination mistakelast_img read more

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first_imgMaking toddlers laugh with your antics help them learn new tasks faster, a team of French scientists has discovered.It has already been shown that making older children laugh can enhance many aspects of cognition such as attention, motivation, perception and/or memory, which in turn enhance learning.Rana Esseily from Paris West University Nanterre La Defense and her colleagues, therefore, designed an experiment to see whether using humour could also have an effect on the ability of infants to learn. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Each of the 18-month-olds selected to participate in the study observed an adult using a tool to grab an out-of-reach toy. In one group the adult simply played with the toy after retrieving it; but in the other group, the adult threw the toy immediately on the floor, which made half the children in that group laugh.Children who laughed at the antics of the adults were able to repeat the action themselves more successfully than those who didn’t laugh, as well as those who were included in the ‘humourless’ control group, the findings showed.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“In this case, it is not humour per se that may have facilitated learning, but (that) temperamentally ‘smiley’ babies were more likely to engage with the environment and therefore to attempt and succeed at the task,” the authors suggested. It could also be the case that ‘laughing babies’ might have higher social skills or cognitive capacities, allowing them to interact more easily with others and making them more amenable to mimicking the actions of others.It is well known that positive emotions, like laughter or engaging well with an experimenter, can increase dopamine levels in the brain, which in turn has a positive effect on learning. The study was published in the journal Cognition and Emotion.last_img read more

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