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U.N. Official Says Humanitarian Situation In Syria Deteriorating But Efforts To Reach Those Affected Continue

“Humanitarian agencies are trying to keep up with the rising needs stemming from the ongoing conflict in Syria, the top United Nations relief official said [Tuesday], while noting that limited access is preventing everyone who requires assistance from receiving it,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Speaking to journalists following the Syria Humanitarian…

Police Escort Of Polio Workers Killed In Northern Pakistan

“Health workers administering polio vaccinations to children came under attack in northern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing their police escort, authorities said,” CNN reports. “Two women administering the shots entered a house on the outskirts of Mardan when two assailants on a motorbike opened fire on them, according to Danishwar Khan, a local…

Oral Polio Vaccine Cold Chain Disruption In Pakistan Could Compromise Immunization Effectiveness, Health Officials Warn

Health officials in Pakistan “have formally complained to the WHO concerning the quality of [oral polio vaccine (OPV)] doses distributed by the U.N. body,” SciDev.Net reports, noting 58 children became infected with polio in 2012 despite having received the vaccine. Abdul Wakeel, assistant director of the government’s immunization program in the Khyber…

USAID Distributing ‘Hygiene Kits’ In Syrian Refugee Camp As Part Of Humanitarian Effort

USAID “is distributing ‘hygiene kits’ at a Syrian refugee camp as part of a $385 million effort to help those affected by the country’s ongoing civil war, according to a statement published on the U.S. Embassy’s website Thursday,” The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” reports (Easley, 2/21). According to the IIP Digital article, USAID –…

Death Toll From SARS-Like Virus Rises To 7

“Another person suffering from a SARS-like virus has died in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said Thursday, bringing the worldwide number of fatalities from the mystery illness to seven,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The Saudi health ministry had informed the U.N.’s health body that the patient had been hospitalized on January 29…

Eleventh Global Case Of SARS-Linked Virus Confirmed In U.K.

“British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member,” the Associated Press reports (2/13). “The new virus, which the WHO refers to as…

Relief Efforts In Syria Trying To Keep Pace, U.N. Humanitarian Aid Chief Says

“Relief efforts are failing to keep pace with the scale of the emergency in Syria, where the death toll has risen to nearly 70,000, the U.N.’s head of humanitarian operations said on Wednesday,” the Guardian reports. “Baroness Valerie Amos said the U.N. and its partners were struggling to cope with the number…

U.S. Should Provide Additional Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“As Syria burns, Washington has begun a debate over the supply of humanitarian assistance to the millions displaced, injured or penniless from civil war,” Morton Abramowitz, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and a former ambassador to Turkey, writes in an opinion piece in The Atlantic. He summarizes differing…

WHO Emergency Committee On MERS Says Situation Not An Emergency

“After discussing the latest developments, the [WHO’s] emergency committee on the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) decided today that the MERS situation still does not amount to an international public health emergency,” CIDRAP News reports. However, “the panel felt that the situation is still of concern in view of…

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