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Saudi Officials, Global Health Experts Outline Plan To Prevent Disease During Hajj

New York Times: Guarding Against Disease Among Pilgrims to Mecca “…Preventing outbreaks during the hajj is a major focus of the new field of ‘mass gathering medicine,’ and last week in The Lancet, Saudi and European scientists affiliated with the new Global Center for Mass Gathering Medicine, based in the…

Iran Confirms 2 MERS Cases; FAO Urges More Monitoring, Investigation Of Virus

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Reuters: Iran confirms first two cases of MERS “Iranian officials say they have confirmed the country’s first two cases of MERS, a deadly virus first reported two years ago in Saudi Arabia, its neighbor on the western…

U.N. SG Urges Aid Delivery In Syria Without Government Consent; Challenges Persist

News outlets discuss a new report from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging humanitarian aid delivery in Syria without the government’s consent, as well as challenges to delivering such aid. Al Jazeera: Measles and malnourishment: Syria is getting worse, not better “Three months after the United Nations Security Council managed the…

Refugees Denied Cancer Treatments Due To Steep Medical Costs, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published in Lancet Oncology on access to cancer treatments for Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Agence France-Presse: Syria refugees denied cancer treatment, says UNHCR “Lack of funds is forcing aid workers to deny Syrian war victims and other refugees with cancer the care they need,…

MERS Spreads To Iran While Pace Of New Infections Slows In Saudi Arabia

News outlets report on Iran’s first cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), while the pace of new infections slows in Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: Iran reports first MERS cases weeks before Ramadan “Iran has recorded its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus, both among patients who had…

Flooding Caused By Militants Leave Iraqi Villages At High Risk Of Disease

IRIN: Threat of disease in Iraq villages flooded by militants “Flooding caused by the forced closure of a major dam on the Euphrates river has destroyed villages and farms across a 200sqkm area west of Baghdad, leaving tens of thousands homeless and at high risk of waterborne diseases like cholera…”…

Syria Faces Mental Health Crisis Amid War

Foreign Policy: A Tidal Wave of Trauma Lauren Wolfe, journalist and director of Women Under Siege “…The World Health Organization estimates that three to four percent of people affected by an emergency (like the war in Syria) will develop severe mental health disorders, such as psychosis or severe depression. ……

Number Of MERS Cases, Deaths Rise In Saudi Arabia, Jordan

New outlets continue their coverage of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Agence France-Presse: Jordan reports new MERS death “A man has died in Jordan after being infected with the MERS virus, the government said Monday, on the eve of a World Health Organization…

Agencies Continue To Face Challenges Delivering Aid In Syria

Reuters features two articles examining humanitarian assistance in Syria. Reuters: Aid workers question effectiveness of U.N. Syria aid “Seven weeks after U.N. aid trucks crossed from Turkey into Syria for the first time, aid workers and officials in this southern Turkish humanitarian hub still have no idea exactly where the…

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