Vaccines free people from disease, helping "unlock immeasurable human potential," write United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and philanthropist Bill Gates. That is why a major focus of the Millennium Development Goals is ending inequities, they write.
Gender and income can complicate the delivery of clean cookstoves to households, Corinna Wu writes. Women are often eager to get the upgraded cookstoves but in many countries do not make financial choices, and cookstoves must compete against other household-spending priorities.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the UN chemical weapons fact-finding team is ready to go to Syria within two days' notice. The team's mission is to determine whether chemical weapons were used.
Suspicion is increasing that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in its conflict against rebel forces, but the U.S. and EU are seeking more concrete evidence. Turkey calls the growing evidence "very alarming."
The combination of a mobile phone and a bicycle helps health workers in Zambia see more patients and send reports in real time. This is helping the country to achieve its goal of creating malaria-free zones.