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Growing Refugee Crisis Stressing U.N. Humanitarian Agencies, Senior Officials Say

The Guardian: U.N. agencies ‘broke and failing’ in face of ever-growing refugee crisis “The U.N.’s humanitarian agencies are on the verge of bankruptcy and unable to meet the basic needs of millions of people because of the size of the refugee crisis in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, senior…

Vaccine-Derived Polio Case Detected In Mali, WHO Confirms

Agence France-Presse: Polio case detected in Mali, country on ‘high alert’: WHO “Mali is on high alert after a baby was found to have the highly contagious, crippling polio virus, the World Health Organization said Monday, blaming low vaccination coverage…” (9/7). New York Times: West African Child Is Paralyzed by…

Washington Times Examines Efforts To Test Experimental Ebola Vaccines In West Africa

Washington Times: Ebola vaccine studies progress as marketing quells suspicions of modern medicine “Ebola had just killed thousands of people in Liberia, and the U.S.-backed pitch to sign locals up for a vaccine trial must have seemed like a tough sell: Take part of the very virus that had devastated…

Access To Toilets Can Help Girls Stay In School, Avoid Child Marriage, TRF Reports

Thomson Reuters Foundation: How to keep a girl from skipping school, marrying? Give her a toilet “…Only about three in five Zambians have access to toilets including pit latrines or public toilets, according to the United Nations. Only 45 percent of schools have toilets. … For schoolgirls, a lack of…

International Community Must Take Advantage Of Opportunity To Improve Sierra Leone’s Health Care System, Britain’s Lead Ebola Doctor Says

The Guardian: Ebola doctor calls for fatal flaws in Sierra Leone health system to be addressed “The doctor who led Britain’s fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone has called on the international community to seize a ‘generational opportunity’ to strengthen the health system in the wake of the catastrophic epidemic.…

WHO Official Warns Measles Outbreak In DRC Could Worsen

The Lancet: Measles outbreak in DR Congo an ‘epidemic emergency’ “Moise Yapi looks out of the window of the WHO country office in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and sighs. ‘This measles outbreak we’re facing is bad and it could get much worse.’ Yapi is the…

WHO Africa Regional Office Calls On Governments To More Closely Regulate Traditional Medicine Practitioners

VOA News: WHO Calls for Regulation of Traditional Medicine in Africa “…Calling upon researchers to work with traditional practitioners to produce scientific evidence on the safety, effectiveness, and quality of their products, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa, issued a letter urging governments to strengthen regulatory bodies…

Liberia To Remain Vigilant After WHO Declares End Of Ebola Transmission In Country

News outlets continue to report on the WHO’s declaration that Ebola transmission has ended in Liberia. Associated Press: Ebola transmissions over in Liberia, enters 90-day watch “The World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free for a second time on Thursday after the country hardest hit by the deadly virus saw a…

Developing Nations Can Achieve Affordable Health With Support Of International Community

Huffington Post: Not Only Is Good Health for All Achievable — It’s Affordable Martin McKee, professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and president of the European Public Health Association “…With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, we looked at five places that had achieved good health at…

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