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Conflict Continues To Exacerbate Cholera Outbreaks In Yemen, Somalia, Hinder Polio Immunization Efforts In Syria

CIDRAP News: Thousands more cholera cases reported in Yemen, Somalia “In a pair of outbreak updates yesterday, Yemen confirmed another 35,000 cholera cases, while Somalia reported a slight slowdown, with only 1,121 cases reported in the past few weeks. The outbreaks are part of ongoing outbreaks in several countries in…

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U.S. Congress Should Approve Measures for Public Health Emergency Funding

Scientific American: Robust Emergency Fund Needed to Respond to Future Disease Outbreaks Editorial Board “…[T]he U.S. is woefully unprepared to meet [the] threat [of disease outbreaks] because it does not set aside money to beat back an outbreak before it can spread. … A mechanism is already in place to…

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Dengue Outbreak In India’s Kerala State Infects More Than 11K, Kills At Least 21

Reuters: Dengue kills 21 in Indian tourist hotspot, crisis looms “A dengue outbreak has killed at least 21 people in India’s southern state of Kerala in the past three weeks, a government official said, adding that there was a shortage of medicines and health workers to tackle the crisis in…

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WHO Health Emergencies Program Executive Director Discusses Agency’s Involvement At G20 Summit In Devex Interview

Devex: Q&A: WHO head of emergencies on getting health on the G20 agenda “Global health issues featured more prominently on the agenda of the recently concluded G20 summit than at any previous meeting of the rich country grouping. … [I]n WHO’s delegation was Dr. Peter Salama, who took over as…

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Yemen’s Food Insecurity, Cholera Outbreak, Humanitarian Crisis To Worsen If Politics Continue To Fail, U.N. Officials Tell Security Council

CBS News: U.N. warned “we should all feel deeply guilty” as Yemenis die “The cholera epidemic raging across war-torn Yemen — already the worst outbreak of the disease in the world — grew dramatically worse over the past month, United Nations officials warned the Security Council on Wednesday. … ‘Nearly…

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More Investment In WASH Services Needed In Brazil To Prevent Further Zika Outbreaks, HRW Report Says

Deutsche Welle: Zika could resurface in Brazil if causes not addressed, HRW says “Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned on Thursday that Brazil could face a new outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus if it fails to improve sanitation services and insecure water access for the poor. In a report, the…

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World Bank Official Discusses Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, Disease Outbreak Preparedness

World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: Disease Outbreaks are Still a Certainty, But No Longer Uninsured Keith Hansen, vice president for human development at the World Bank Group, discusses the bank’s recently launched Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) to help countries respond to disease outbreaks. Hansen writes the PEF is “just…

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G20 Concludes With Communique Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance, Climate Change; U.K. Offers Funding For Disease Outbreak Insurance; U.S. Pledges $639M In Humanitarian Assistance For 4 Countries

Deutsche Welle: G20: success for Africa, failure for climate “…Germany attempted to use its presidency to rally global leaders behind a number of causes which the summit had not previously had on its agenda. … According to Merkel, the leaders agreed to ‘increase the fight against pandemic diseases that could…

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Number Of Suspected Cholera Cases In Yemen Passes 300K, ICRC Official Says

Reuters: Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 mark, ICRC says “A 10-week cholera epidemic has now infected more than 300,000 people in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Monday, a health disaster on top of war, economic collapse, and near-famine in the impoverished country. ‘Disturbing. We’re…

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G20 Meeting Should Address Multiple Global Health Issues, Including Antimicrobial Resistance, Experts, NGOs Say

American Enterprise Institute’s “AEIdeas”: G20 and antibiotic resistance AEI Visiting Scholar Roger Bate highlights draft text from a call to action against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) expected to be adopted at this weekend’s G20 meeting. He writes, “Perhaps most heartening is the call for ‘quality’ antimicrobials. The tendency of most governments…

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