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Despite Ebola Epidemic’s Lessons, Disease Outbreaks Remain Largest Health Threat To Humans

Vox: The most predictable disaster in the history of the human race “…No one can say we weren’t warned. And warned. And warned. A pandemic disease is the most predictable catastrophe in the history of the human race, if only because it has happened to the human race so many,…

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Number Of South Korea MERS Cases Rises To 7

Reuters: South Korea’s tally of MERS cases at seven; one suspected patient heads to China “South Korea’s tally of patients of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) rose to seven on Thursday, with authorities saying one suspected victim skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China…” (Kim/Seungyun,…

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USAID, Partners Provide Health Care Kits To Sierra Leoneans To Help Prevent Ebola Transmission

USAID’s “Impact”: In Sierra Leone, Care Kits Deliver Assistance and Hope to Families Paloma Clohossey, an information officer with USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, writes, “…To ensure that no well-meaning caregiver falls victim to Ebola, USAID is collaborating with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Medair, and Lifeline…

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World Health Assembly Concludes In Geneva, Approves ‘Landmark’ Reforms, Director-General Chan Says

News outlets report on the conclusion of the 68th session of the World Health Assembly. Agence France-Presse: WHO shake-up approved after Ebola debacle “The World Health Organization got the go-ahead Tuesday for a sweeping shake-up, including a $100-million war chest to battle future emergencies following the Ebola fiasco. Delegates from…

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Additional Funding Needed To Reach Zero Ebola Cases In West Africa, WHO Official Says

Reuters: Ebola set to persist in 2015, but funds for aid are lacking: WHO “The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone is expected to take all of 2015 to stamp out and may persist even longer because of dwindling financing, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday…” (Nebehay,…

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For True Reform, WHO Must Address Relationship With Regional Entities, Budget Size, Flexibility

Washington Post: Why proposed WHO reforms aren’t enough to deal with the next epidemic Jeremy Youde, associate professor of political science and department head at the University of Minnesota Duluth “…These reforms [approved this week by the World Health Assembly] may change how WHO operates, but they are not the…

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Link Between Gender-Based Violence, Ebola Transmission Must Be Recognized

Huffington Post: Ebola: The Overlooked Sexually Transmitted Disease Mardia Stone, senior adviser to Liberia’s Ebola Response and to the Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Lynn Lawry of Overseas Strategic Consulting Ltd. “…Affected governments, the United Nations, and WHO have yet to recognize gender-based violence and its…

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World Health Assembly Greenlights Outbreak Preparedness Plan, Malaria Eradication Targets, Antimicrobial Resistance Goals, Among Other Issues

News outlets report on discussions at the World Health Assembly, as the WHO decision-making body prepares to wrap up its annual meeting. Agence France-Presse: Some 30 nations have dangerously weak health systems: WHO “About 30 countries have health systems that are as dangerously weak as the ones that allowed Ebola…

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U.N.’s Ban Highlights Africa’s Achievements, Future Challenges On Africa Day

U.N. News Centre: On Africa Day, U.N. chief spotlights continents’ achievements, reflects on challenges of 2015 “Each year, Africa Day is an opportunity to celebrate the continent’s achievements and to reflect on its challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Monday], highlighting the courage and determination it took to make…

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WHO Sends Ebola Response Team To Guinea-Bissau Border Neighboring Recent Cluster In Guinea District

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency responds to Ebola spike by deploying team on border of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] reported ‘a substantial increase’ in the weekly total of new Ebola cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone and deployed a response team to the border…

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