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Ebola Outbreak Serves As ‘Wake-Up Call’ To Boost R&D, Prepare For Next Outbreak

Scientific American: After Ebola, a Blueprint Emerges to Jump-Start R&D Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director general for health systems and innovation “…The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been called a wake-up call for so many reasons. … From where I sit in Geneva, the response by the global health…

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…

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…