Humanitarian aid workers are undergoing an ordeal every day in Syria as they try to reach people in need. "The way the country and the map is drawn these days, it's not as simple as to say you're moving from government-held territory into opposition-held territory," says Matthew Hollingworth, head of the World Food Programme's Syrian operation.
A bed net is one of the simplest ways to fight malaria and successful use of bed nets shows that malaria "is not a disease we have to live with forever," says Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. "Bed nets remain one of, if not the most cost effective, tool to fight malaria," he says.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that "on-site activities are essential if the United Nations is to be able to establish the facts and clear all the doubts surrounding" the claims about chemical weapons being used in Syria. Separately, UN chemical weapons expert Ake Sellstrom was in London last week to examine physical evidence.
The United Nations and the U.S. are joining together successfully to fight polio, writes United Nations Foundation Vice President Peter Yeo. " In Garoua, Cameroon, I'm seeing with my own eyes how the work of the U.S. and the U.N. to expand immunizations is saving children's lives every day," he writes.