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Global Leaders Must Address Increasingly More Common Vector-Borne Diseases

VICE News: Zika Virus, ‘Ghostbusters,’ and the Strange New Normal of Tropical Disease Pandemics Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, president and director of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, Baker Institute fellow in disease…

WFP To Resume Food Aid Delivery In Syria Following Successful Donor Conference

Agence France-Presse: First U.N. aid delivery in Syria since start of truce: Red Crescent “Aid workers on Monday began carrying out the first delivery of humanitarian assistance to Syrians since a landmark truce came into effect at the weekend, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent said…” (2/29). New York Times: Syria:…

Some Medical Workers Fear Syrian Hospitals Being Deliberately Bombed

New York Times: As Bombs Hit Syrian Hospitals, Medical Workers Fear They Are the Target “…[M]any Syrian medical workers in insurgent-held areas and human rights groups believe medical facilities are not just being hit by stray bombs or indiscriminate attacks, but have long been deliberately targeted by the Syrian government…

Complications Challenge U.N. Food Drops In Syria, WFP Says

IRIN: First U.N. Syria airdrop lands in trouble “Only a few hours after U.N. aid chief Stephen O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council that a 21-ton World Food Programme airdrop had successfully been made to the besieged Syrian city of Deir Ezzor Wednesday, the WFP said something had gone wrong…

Syrian Government Forces Deliberately Target Hospitals, U.N. Report Says

New York Times: U.N. Finds ‘Deliberate’ Destruction of Hospitals in Syria “First, the government soldiers made sure no food could get into rebel-held towns. Then, government planes bombed what health centers remained in those towns, making sure that those who got sick from hunger had no medical care to save…

Food Air Drops To Begin In Syria, U.N. Says Following International Agreement

New York Times: Agreement Clears the Way for Airdrops of Humanitarian Aid in Syria “Most of the Russian and American aircraft traversing Syria have been warplanes firing missiles and dropping bombs. But under an international agreement to aid Syrians trapped in the fighting, Russian planes will soon be dropping food…

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