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Medical Workers Under Attack In Syria, Report Says

New York Times: Health Care Workers Under Attack in Syria, Doctors Say “Syrian government forces in the country’s civil war have systematically attacked doctors and other medical workers in rebel-held areas and are responsible for 90 percent of the confirmed assaults on health care facilities in the country, Physicians for…

USAID Blog Examines Water Management Issues In The Middle East

The first three entries of a four-part series, titled “USAID in the Middle East,” have been published in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” The first post discusses the use of data to improve water management in the region (Harris, 3/20). The second post looks at the use of the Famine Early Warning…

MERS Virus Not A ‘Public Health Emergency,’ WHO Emergency Committee Declares

“The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS) is not a ‘public health emergency of international concern,’ the emergency committee of the [WHO] said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports (Nebehay, 7/17). “The committee felt that the ‘dramatic action’ of declaring an emergency would be disproportionate and might do more harm than good,…

WHO Reports 6 More Cases Of MERS Virus In Saudi Arabia, UAE

“Six more people, most of them health care workers, have contracted the deadly MERS virus in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the [WHO] said Thursday,” Agence France-Presse reports (7/18). “The latest infections of four women and two men aged between 26 and 42 bring the global total to…

Humanitarian Groups Aim To Deliver Aid In Syria

News outlets report on the state of humanitarian aid in Syria, where conflict began nearly four years ago. Devex: Syrian breakthrough? Aid convoy expected in Homs “Following moderately successful diplomatic efforts in Switzerland over the weekend, the Syrian city of Homs is expected to receive on Monday its first convoy…

Warring Factions Must Compromise To Help Prevent Polio’s Spread

Washington Post: Polio is on the rise in war zones worldwide “In Syria, engulfed in civil war, slow and gradual progress is being made in efforts to vaccinate against polio after an outbreak last year, but there are still tens of thousands of children trapped in conflict zones who are…

U.N. Convoys Waiting To Enter Syrian City Of Homs

Reuters features two articles describing how U.N. convoys are waiting to enter the conflict-ridden Syrian city of Homs. Reuters: U.N. convoy awaiting green light to deliver food to Homs “The United Nations is ready to deliver a month of rations to the Old City of Homs in Syria for 2,500…

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