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Global Agenda Must Integrate Mental Health

Washington Post: Global agenda must include mental health Annie Sovcik, director of the Washington office of the Center for Victims of Torture “Access to mental health and psychosocial support must be an integral part of the global health agenda. … Global leaders recently convened in Washington to advance the Global…

Auditors Criticize E.U. Post-Earthquake Aid To Haiti, Prompting Review Of Operations

Devex: Auditors verdict on E.U. aid to post-earthquake Haiti: Not effective enough “The European Court of Auditors gave a critical assessment of relief efforts undertaken by the European Commission following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Based on the lessons learned during the intervening period, Devex has learned that the…

Ebola Death Toll Reaches 3,338; Cases Likely Under-Reported, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the WHO’s updated numbers of Ebola cases and deaths, as well as the agency’s warnings the epidemic is not yet under control. Reuters: Ebola deaths reach 3,338, but widely undercounted, WHO says “The death toll from the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record reached 3,338 people…

U.N.’s Ban Calls For ‘Unprecedented Cooperation’ To Address Mutliple Global Crises

U.N. News Centre: In Geneva, U.N. chief stresses central role of human rights in global humanitarian efforts “Amid mounting crises, a warming planet, and the spread of contagious diseases, the world is being consumed by ‘many troubles,’ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Wednesday] as he pressed the international community…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces discuss various issues related to the Ebola epidemic. Vox: Why we fail at stopping outbreaks like Ebola Julia Belluz, health reporter, and Steven Hoffman, assistant professor at McMaster University and visiting assistant professor at Harvard University “…We’ve had outbreaks before, and they show us we’re not…

Ebola Outbreaks Nearing End In Nigeria, Senegal, Officials Say

News outlets report on the CDC’s announcement that the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria is nearing its end and efforts for containment appear to have succeeded. Agence France-Presse: Ebola outbreak nears end in Nigeria: U.S. “The Ebola outbreak in Nigeria is almost over, U.S. health officials said Tuesday, in a rare…

Thousands Of Children Orphaned By Ebola At Risk Of Stigmatization

News outlets report on UNICEF’s announcement that at least 3,700 children in West Africa who have lost parents from Ebola risk stigmatization. Agence France-Presse: Children of Ebola dead shunned by families: UNICEF “Thousands of children who have lost parents to the West African Ebola epidemic are being shunned by frightened…

International Community Needs New Strategies For Humanitarian Crises, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: As global crises multiply, U.N. official urges rethink for overstretched humanitarian system “The global humanitarian system has become dangerously overburdened as it faces a widening front of crises and conflicts, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned [Tuesday], as he urged a rethink of how the…