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U.N., Aid Groups Face Challenges To Providing Humanitarian Assistance In Conflict-Torn Yemen

Humanosphere: U.N. and aid groups paint bleak picture for Yemen Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the challenges that aid groups, including U.N. agencies, face in delivering food and health care to the country (8/14).

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Ukraine’s Ongoing Conflict Presents Difficulties In Delivering HIV, Addiction Drug Treatments

Open Society Foundations: Ukraine’s Deadly Medicines Bottleneck Daniel Wolfe, director of the International Harm Reduction Development Program at the Open Society Foundations, discusses the challenges of providing HIV and addiction drug treatments in the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine as conflict continues (8/4).

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Must Improve Traveler Screenings, Other Efforts To Eradicate Polio, WHO Says

Reuters: Pakistan, Afghanistan must step up fight against polio — WHO “Pakistan and Afghanistan must intensify efforts to halt [the] spread of the crippling poliovirus, including better screening of travelers heading abroad, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The WHO emergency committee of experts warned in a statement that…

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Sierra Leone Records No New Ebola Cases Last Week, WHO Announces

Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone records no new Ebola cases in a week: WHO “Sierra Leone has not recorded a new case of Ebola in the last week, a first since the outbreak reached the country in March last year, the World Health Organization said Monday…” (8/17). BBC News: Sierra Leone…

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Syrian Conflict Shows ‘Total Disrespect’ For Civilians, Threatens Regional Stability, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: ‘Horrified’ by immense human suffering in Syria, U.N. relief chief urges all parties to protect civilians “Horrified by the ‘total disrespect’ for civilian life in Syria, as evidenced by [Sunday’s] airstrikes on a market in Douma, the top United Nations humanitarian official [Monday] warned that the protracted…

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International Health Organizations Appeal To Drug Companies To Fill Gap In Meningitis C Vaccine Shortage

The Guardian: Meningitis C vaccine shortage prompts fears of major outbreak in Africa “A shortage of meningitis C vaccine is threatening to jeopardize the ability to cope with a potential outbreak of the disease in Africa, international public health organizations, including the World Health Organization, have warned. … [M]embers of…

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U.N. Should Take Responsibility For Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic, Lead Effort To Alleviate Epidemic

CNN: U.N. should take responsibility for Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic Martin O’Malley, candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president “…The ongoing crisis in Haiti, where cholera continues to infect hundreds of people each month, is not getting the attention it deserves. … First, the United Nations should acknowledge its…

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WHO-Led Fund Could Boost Vaccine Development For Potential Epidemic Diseases

New York Times: The Ebola Vaccine We Needed Editorial Board “…[T]he world needs a better mechanism for vaccine development. … Last month, the New England Journal of Medicine published a bold proposal by three doctors for an international vaccine fund with an initial capitalization of $2 billion. … The fund…

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Health Worker Task Shifting, Sharing Can Help Address Abortion Care Shortage, Along With Other Strategies

The Lancet: Preventing unsafe abortions through task shifting and sharing Editorial Board “…To address [the] shortage in abortion care, WHO launched [“Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception”] on July 29 — its first guideline to give evidence-based recommendations on the safety, effectiveness, feasibility, and acceptability…

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Africa Marks 1 Year Without Recorded Polio Case; Experts Warn Resurgence Possible Without Sustained Immunization Campaigns

Agence France-Presse: Africa celebrates one year without polio: U.N. “Africa has marked one year since the last case of recorded polio, with the United Nations celebrating Wednesday a key step towards eradicating the disease. The last recorded case on the continent was in Somalia on August 11, 2014, although health…

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