News in Brief 25 March 2015 (AM)

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Working towards zero cases of Ebola. Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret

First trial of Ebola vaccine begins in Guinea

The first trial of an Ebola vaccine began this week in Guinea, one of the three West African countries worst affected by the disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says ring vaccination tests of the VSB-EBOV vaccine, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, have been well received by the community in a small village in the Coyah prefecture.

The ring vaccination strategy entails identifying recently infected patients and vaccinating all their contacts, thereby creating what is called “a ring of immunity” around them.

Number of displaced people rising in South Sudan

The number of people who have been displaced by the conflict that broke out in December 2013 in South Sudan has kept rising with no likelihood that people will be able to return to their homes in the near future.

That’s what the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as she introduced a report on the young African nation.

She said there are over 1.3 million internally displaced persons in South Sudan, over 100,000 of whom live in UN protection sites, while about half a million others are refugees in neighbouring countries.

Memorandum of Understanding signed to boost ICTs in developing countries

A memorandum of understanding was signed by the head of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) in Geneva on Wednesday.

UNCTAD said that the memorandum of understanding is part of the efforts to boost the local information and communications technology industry in developing countries.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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