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DRC Declares End Of Most Recent Ebola Outbreak In West Of Country

Reuters: Congo declares end of Ebola outbreak, sees lessons for COVID fight “Democratic Republic of Congo announced the end of an almost six-month Ebola outbreak in the west of the country on Wednesday as health authorities looked to apply lessons from the successful response to the fight against COVID-19 in…

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AP: Official warns of humanitarian disaster if Afghan talks fail (Faiez, 11/18). Borgen Magazine: New Way of Working: Combining Humanitarian and Development Efforts (Bassi, 11/17). The Guardian: Researchers confirm human-to-human transmission of rare virus in Bolivia (Glenza, 11/16). NPR: In ‘Fevers, Feuds And Diamonds,’ Paul Farmer Breaks Down Assumptions About…

Media Outlets Report On WHA Discussions, Including Health Emergency Early Warning Systems, Proposal On Palestinian Territories, Global Repository For Biological Samples

Devex: How should the world be warned of global health emergencies? “There is high interest among a number of World Health Organization member states to introduce a differentiated alert level system for health emergencies, after many governments were accused of being slow in responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak. But…

CDC Around The World Newsletter Focuses On Measles Globally, Rise In Cases, Deaths

CDC’s “Around the World”: Global Measles Surge The latest issue of CDC’s “Around the World” newsletter addresses the state of measles globally, highlighting new data showing “a sharp increase in the number of new infections, the highest number reported in 23 years, and a tragic rise of 50% from 2016…

Devex Reports On WHA Developments, Including WHO Health Emergencies Program Evaluation, Call For More Sustainable, Flexible Funding

Devex: Enough for Ebola, but not for pandemics? Why WHO emergencies work needs reform. “The World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme, while having demonstrated progress since its establishment in 2016, still requires areas of improvement, according to the independent committee tasked with the review of the program’s work. The Ebola…

Experts Warn Trump Administration Must Take Action To Address Worsening COVID-19 Pandemic; At Least 6 White House Staffers Test Positive, Including Chief Of Staff

The Hill: Experts warn of worsening pandemic unless Trump takes action “Health experts are warning that the current surge in coronavirus cases will get far worse unless the Trump administration takes aggressive action in the next few months. Significant time and money will need to be invested to ensure states…

UNICEF, WHO Call For Urgent Action To Prevent Polio, Measles Epidemics, Resume Immunizations Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

U.N. News: ‘Emergency action’ needed to prevent major polio, measles epidemics “Globally, millions of children are at a heightened risk of polio and measles — dangerous but preventable diseases — amid disruptions to vital immunization programs due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO)…

WHO Needs Predictable Funding, Better Early Warning System For Outbreaks, Other Reforms, Oversight Panel Says

Reuters: WHO needs reforms, while preserving ‘political independence’: panel “An oversight panel called on Thursday for reforms at the World Health Organization (WHO) including ‘predictable and flexible’ funding and setting up a multi-tiered system to warn countries earlier about disease outbreaks before they escalate. The independent experts said it was…

WHO, UNICEF Call For Emergency Action, $655M To Address Measles, Polio Spread Amid COVID-19

Reuters: U.N. says needs $655 million to avert new measles and polio epidemics “Severe disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to immunization campaigns against measles and polio are putting millions of vulnerable children at risk from deadly and debilitating diseases, United Nations agencies said on Friday. Issuing an urgent call…

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