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U.S., Germany To Provide Humanitarian Assistance For Syrian Refugees

News outlets report on U.S. and German humanitarian aid pledges for Syrian refugees in Middle East host nations. The Hill: U.S. pledges $10M more to aid Syrian refugees “The United States will provide an additional $10 million in humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, the State Department announced Tuesday. The new…

Jordan Experiencing Increase In Antibiotic-Resistant Infections As Patients From Region Seek Care

The Atlantic: Invincible Bacteria in the Middle East “…For virulent infections, even fewer antibiotics are effective, and treatment is more complex. And as health systems deteriorate in surrounding countries, war-injured patients with complicated wounds are flocking to Jordan, the Middle East’s top destination for medical tourism, for treatment, bringing fierce…

Saudi Arabia Confirms Six New MERS Cases Within 24 Hours

Reuters: Saudi Arabia finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows “Saudi Arabia said late on Wednesday it had detected six new cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 24 hours, the biggest daily jump for months with officials blaming lax hospital procedures…” (McDowall, 10/20).

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address Efforts To Eradicate Polio

The following summarizes opinion pieces and an editorial addressing efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. Los Angeles Times: Polio’s war foothold Nancy Aossey, president and chief executive of International Medical Corps; and William Garvelink, the group’s senior adviser for global strategy “The polio resurgence is preventable and it is time to…

WHO Reports New MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia, UAE

News outlets report on new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases identified in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Reuters: Six new cases of MERS virus hit Saudi Arabia, UAE “Another five people in Saudi Arabia and one in the United Arab Emirates have become infected with the potentially deadly…

U.S. Continuing To Assist In Mental Health Support For Syrians

Jack Myer, Syria regional disaster assistance response team leader in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about the ongoing conflict in Syria and how “9.3 million people now find themselves in need of humanitarian assistance,” particularly women and children. “The U.S. will continue to provide…

Azerbaijan Reports No Cases Of Malaria In 2013 For First Time

Azerbaijan Press Agency: For the first time in 2013 no one infected with malaria in Azerbaijan “For the first time in 2013 no one was infected with malaria in Azerbaijan, APA reports. Deputy director of Republic Hygiene and Epidemiology Center Vagif Abdullayev said epidemiological stability regarding malaria has been recently…

U.N. Warns Of Worsening Humanitarian Situation In Two Unstable Iraqi Cities

IRIN: Iraq fighting slows aid to the displaced “The U.N. is warning of a ‘critical humanitarian situation’ that is only ‘likely to worsen’ following sustained fighting among Islamic insurgents, tribal groups and government forces in the Iraqi province of Anbar that has displaced at least 5,000 families. Aid agencies are…

Afghan Insecurity, War Taking ‘Heavy Toll’ On Children

Epoch Times: Afghan Children Pay the Price of Brutal War César Chelala, an international public health consultant “Decades of insecurity and war [in Afghanistan] have provoked a heavy toll on children’s lives and well being. An under-five mortality rate of 199 per 1,000 live births as reported by UNICEF is…