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TB Needs To Be Addressed In North Korea, U.N. Report Says

UPI: United Nations: 2,500 North Koreans die annually from tuberculosis “The U.N. said 2,500 North Koreans die annually from tuberculosis and the health crisis urgently needs to be addressed in the isolated country. In its ‘DPRK Humanitarian Needs and Priorities 2015 Report,’ the international body said tuberculosis is posing enormous…

German Chancellor Merkel, WHO Director-General Chan Open WHA, Speak About WHO Reform, Health Emergency Preparedness, Drug Resistance

News outlets report on the opening of the World Health Assembly, taking place this week in Geneva. Agence France-Presse: World must step up fight against antibiotic resistance: Merkel “…In an address in Geneva, [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel stressed the interconnectedness of global health systems, insisting all nations must work together…

As Health Development Aid Increased, WHO’s Influence Shrank, Data Show

Vox: One chart that explains why the WHO is actually in crisis “…Though funding for the WHO has leveled off in recent years, that only came after more than 20 years of massive increases. Overall funding for development assistance for health also increased dramatically in the period. What changed, however,…

U.N.’s Ban Calls On All Parties In Conflict-Torn Yemen To Extend Humanitarian Pause

U.N. News Centre: Ban urges all sides in Yemen to renew commitment for extension of humanitarian pause “Stressing that Yemenis have faced ‘tragic levels of suffering and violence’ in recent months, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all sides in the conflict to refrain from any actions that…

Tanzanian Health Ministry Confirms Cholera Outbreak In Burundian Refugee Camp; U.N. Provides Assistance To Contain Spread

Reuters: Tanzania confirms cholera at Burundian refugee camp “Tanzania confirmed a cholera outbreak on Monday at a refugee camp sheltering thousands of people who had fled political unrest in neighboring Burundi…” (Salaam, 5/18). U.N. News Centre: U.N. provides assistance as diarrhea outbreak leaves seven Burundi refugees dead at Tanzania camp…

WHO Should Streamline Response To Disease Outbreaks, Germany’s Merkel Says, Pledges Disease Preparedness Support For Developing Nations

Reuters: Merkel urges tighter WHO management after ‘Ebola catastrophe’ “German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday the World Health Organization must streamline its management to respond quickly to crises like West Africa’s ‘Ebola catastrophe’ that has killed more than 11,000 people. … Merkel said Germany would contribute 200 million euros…

Leaders Meet At U.N. To Discuss MCH Ahead Of September’s SDG Summit

Inter Press Service: Saving a Generation, Within a Generation “Leaders from over 30 countries [came] together for a two-day retreat May 14 and 15 at U.N. headquarters to reinforce their commitments to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents around the world. Government delegates, CEOs, civil society leaders, private…

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