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U.N., Government, Health Sector Officials Meet To Discuss Global Health Security Preparedness

U.N. News Centre: U.N., global health officials meet in Southeast Asia to discuss security preparedness “After recent outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, and yellow fever, senior health officials from the United Nations, governments, and other institutions are prioritizing global health security preparedness given ongoing concerns about national health systems that are…

Investing In Local Solutions Key To Controlling Yellow Fever Outbreak In Angola

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Yellow fever in Angola: Are we repeating the mistakes of Ebola? Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies “…The international community and the Angolan authorities can still put the lessons of Ebola into real action and prevent [the…

Syrian Civil War Allows Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Outbreak To Take Hold

NPR: ‘The Aleppo Evil’ Is Making A Comeback “…The disease, now known as Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis, or CL, is not unique to Syria. It’s found in parts of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and southern Europe, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But ever since Syria’s civil war…

WHO Zika Response Program 13% Funded, ‘Severely’ Affecting Efforts, Spokesperson Says

Agence France-Presse: WHO says Zika response plan only 13 percent funded “The World Health Organization’s Zika response program is only 13 percent funded, ‘severely’ compromising efforts to combat the virus that is increasingly becoming a global threat, the U.N. agency said Monday. But the significant funding gaps in the $17.7…

WHO Declares End Of Liberia’s Most Recent Ebola Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: West Africa marks end of Ebola outbreak “Liberia said Thursday it was free of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in West Africa following an outbreak that began in neighboring Guinea in December 2013…” (Dosso, 6/9). Reuters: WHO declares Liberia…

U.S. House, Senate Conference Committee Aims To Reconcile Zika Funding Legislation

The Hill: Congress heading toward Zika conference “…The Senate agreed by a voice vote Wednesday evening to go a joint House-Senate conference committee on a wide-ranging appropriations bill that includes $1.1 billion in unpaid-for funding to combat the Zika virus…” (Carney, 6/8). New York Times: Congress Will Work on $1.1…