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At WHA, WHO Member States Agree To Health Emergency Response Program, Hear Importance Of Addressing Climate Change

Agence France-Presse: WHO to better respond to emergencies “Member states of the World Health Organization have agreed a long-awaited reform of the agency so that it responds more quickly and effectively to emergency situations…” (5/26). Devex: Can WHO bring speed and predictability to emergency work? “…Health experts and humanitarian organizations,…

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Growing Consensus In Congress Around Potential Need For Public Health Emergency Fund

CQ News: Zika Debate Leads to Calls for Public Health Emergency Fund “…[M]embers of both parties agree that Zika won’t be the last infectious disease threat that forces Congress into action. There is a growing sense in both parties that in the future this [funding] debate could be avoided by…

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NYT Magazine Profiles Guinean Doctor Who Trains Health Care Workers In Ebola Control Practices

New York Times Magazine: He Survived Ebola. Now He’s Fighting to Keep It From Spreading. “…Dr. Sadou Diallo is a slight man, trim and compact with a high forehead above wire-rimmed glasses. He is the director of obstetrics and gynecology at the Matam Community Medical Center, in Conakry, Guinea’s capital.…

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Congress Must No Longer Delay Investments In Zika Response

Los Angeles Times: Congress exploits Zika to loosen pesticide regulations (but won’t pay for an anti-Zika program) Michael Hiltzik, columnist at the Los Angeles Times “…The House and Senate haven’t been utterly idle on the Zika front. Their actions have been merely inadequate and cynical. … The consequences of inaction…

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Partnerships Critical For Delivering Digital Payments To HCWs In Emergency Response Situations

Devex: The importance of partnerships in humanitarian response Momodu L. Kargbo, Sierra Leone’s minister of finance and economic development “…Building partnerships with the private sector and development organizations is key for us to succeed [in delivering digital payments to health care workers (HCWs) in emergency response situations]. … It is…

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U.S. House, Senate Continue Zika Funding Negotiations; House Passes Measure Easing State, Local Pesticide Use For Mosquito Control

CNN: House passes narrow Zika measure designed to remove red tape “The House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that makes it easier for state and local governments to spray pesticides to kill mosquitoes and stop the spread of the Zika virus…” (Walsh, 5/24). CQ News: Difficult Negotiations Begin Over…

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NPR Interviews Former Ebola Czar Ron Klain About U.S. Zika Response, Outbreak Preparedness

NPR: Former White House Ebola Czar Urges Congress To Act Faster On Zika “NPR’s Kelly McEvers speaks with Ron Klain, former White House Ebola response coordinator, about his op-ed piece in the Washington Post about the Zika virus. He says the U.S. needs to create a public health emergency management…

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At WHA, DNDi, WHO Launch Antibiotic R&D Initiative, Attendees Discuss Outbreak Preparedness

Intellectual Property Watch: Initiative To Find New Antibiotics Being Launched At WHA “A new initiative seeking to develop new antibiotic treatments [was] launched [Tuesday] at the annual World Health Assembly. The Global Antibiotic Research and Development (GARD) is a partnership between the World Health Organization and the Drugs for Neglected…

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WHO Director-General Chan Cites Disease Control Policy Failures, ‘Manmade Disasters’ As Challenges To Human Health In WHA Speech

Agence France-Presse: Zika crisis fueled by ‘massive policy failure’: WHO chief “The spiraling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is due to decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization said Monday. ‘The spread of Zika … (is) the price being…

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Scientific American Examines Research Into What Caused Widespread Zika Outbreak

Scientific American: How Zika Spiraled Out of Control “…Virologists now need to figure out which of two potential causes is responsible for the Zika explosion. One possibility is that genetic changes within the virus supercharged its ability to infect people and cause disease. The second scenario is that the change…

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