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U.N. SG Ban Appoints 12 Members To Global Health Crises Task Force

U.N. News Centre: U.N. chief appoints 12 experts to his task force to prevent and manage future health crises “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [Wednesday] announced the membership of his Global Health Crises Task Force, which aims to help countries and communities prepare and respond to emergencies, such as the…

WHO Appoints Chief Of New Health Emergencies Program

Deutsche Welle: WHO elects new chief to beef up health emergencies unit “Peter Salama, an Australian epidemiologist who is currently UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, has been tapped to head the WHO’s health emergencies unit and will take up his post in July…” (6/28). Reuters:…

DRC Aims To Begin Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign By July 20, Health Minister Says

Bloomberg: Congo Plans Mass Vaccinations Against Yellow Fever in Late July “…The government will use reduced doses of the vaccine, of which there’s currently a shortfall, to immunize those at risk, [DRC Health Minister] Felix Kabange Numbi told reporters Monday in the capital, Kinshasa. The program could begin by July…

Next WHO Director General Will Need To Create Streamlined, Flexible Organization

PLOS Medicine: A Global Champion for Health — WHO’s Next? Clare Garvey, Thomas McBride, Linda Nevin, Larry Peiperl, Amy Ross, Paul Simpson, and Richard Turner, PLOS Medicine editors “…The next [WHO] director general will need to heed critics of the organization and craft a process of streamlining and restructuring to…

Rapid Urbanization Threatens World’s Ability To Prevent, Control Infectious Diseases

The Guardian: More people in less space: rapid urbanization threatens global health Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…The combination of more people living in less space and placing more strain on already limited sanitation represents a fertile breeding ground for infectious disease and the insect vectors spreading…

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