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4/3/2020

GivingTuesday will hold a special day of giving known as #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5 to raise money for organizations around the world coping with the coronavirus pandemic. "We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities," says CEO Asha Curran.

4/3/2020

Laurene Powell Jobs and Leonardo DiCaprio have launched America's Food Fund, benefiting Feeding America and World Central Kitchen, and they have already raised $12.3 million of their $15 million goal with the support of the Ford Foundation, Apple and Oprah Winfrey. "With millions losing their jobs and programs like school lunches in jeopardy, making sure people aren't going hungry is of the utmost urgency," says Powell Jobs.

4/3/2020

The Food and Drug Administration has relaxed its requirements for allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood to organizations such as the American Red Cross. The FDA imposed a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men in 1983, then revised it to 12 months in 2015.

4/3/2020

Lisa Chin succeeded Janis Avery as CEO of Seattle-based organization Treehouse on Monday and is already busy ensuring the organization remains a resource for foster youth and their families. The organization has expanded a funding program that helps families cover bills and is ensuring youth have access to online learning tools.

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4/3/2020

Mobile shower nonprofit ShowerUp continues to serve Nashville's homeless population, helping to fill a gap left when other organizations reduced or ended their services. Initially operating out of a single box truck, the nonprofit has added three trailers with mobile showers and opens to the public three or four times every week.

4/3/2020

The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday passed its first resolution since coronavirus was declared a pandemic, calling for global cooperation and multilateral efforts to fight the disease and warning against racism and human rights violations as a response. The resolution called for the coordination of global resources under UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to respond to the outbreak "and its adverse social, economic and financial impact on all societies."

4/3/2020

The number of coronavirus cases around the world surpassed 1 million this week, and the World Health Organization is warning young people that they are not immune to the outbreak, noting that between 10 and 15% of cases in people under 50 are moderate to severe. "Severe cases of the disease have been seen in people in their teens or 20s, with many requiring intensive care and some unfortunately passing away," says Dr. Hans Kluge, who heads up the WHO office in Europe.

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4/3/2020

More than 19 million people across 17 countries in West Africa are facing food shortages in the coming lean season -- a 77% increase over last year, officials with the United Nations World Food Programme are warning. Eric Branckaert, WFP senior vulnerability analysis and mapping adviser, says the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating conditions caused by ongoing volatility in the region.

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Voice of America
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4/3/2020

Approximately one-quarter of women around the world are not free to decline sex and around one-half do not have the autonomy to make decisions about reproductive health care, an increase from previous reports, according to a survey by the United Nations Population Fund. "We had a strong feeling that women were not empowered in this area [sexual and reproductive health and rights] but we've not had the data to back that up," says UNFPA human rights adviser Emilie Filmer-Wilson.

4/3/2020

Ongoing fears about the spread of coronavirus around the world have prompted officials to postpone the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which was scheduled to be held this November in Glasgow, Scotland. "COVID-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term," warns UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa.

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