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U.N. Urges Greater Support For Iraqis In Need Of Humanitarian Aid Ahead Of Winter

U.N. News Centre: As winter closes in, U.N. launches humanitarian appeal for Iraqis in need “An estimated 2.8 million Iraqis lack food assistance while another 800,000 are in urgent need of emergency shelter, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned [Thursday] as it launched an…

Conflict Heavily Impacting Medical Services In Syrian City

Wall Street Journal: Medical Help Scarce in Besieged Syrian City “A doctor inside the besieged Syrian city of Kobani described desperate conditions on the ground, with hospitals being targeted by Islamic State militants and an acute lack of medical workers and supplies. … Islamic State fighters are targeting the main…

Saudi Arabia Seeing ‘Sporadic’ MERS Cases, Health Ministry Reports

Agence France-Presse: ‘Sporadic’ MERS cases in Saudi: health ministry “Saudi Arabia is seeing ‘sporadic’ cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which has killed 324 people in the country, the health ministry said Thursday…” (10/16).

Polio Risk Growing In Pakistan, Conflict Zones In Middle East

News outlets report on the growing risk of polio in Pakistan and conflict zones in the Middle East. Deutsche Welle: Conflict and polio “Polio is on the rise in countries at conflict, such as Syria and Iraq. The disease was eradicated there 14 years ago. But regional conflict and a…

WFP Cuts Food Aid To Syria Because Of Funding Shortfall

Agence France-Presse: U.N. cuts Syria food aid over funding shortfall: official “The United Nations said on Monday that it has started cutting the food aid it provides to 4.2 million Syrians ravaged by war because of a shortfall in funding. … Around two million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey,…

War Impacting Health Care, Other Infrastructure In Syria

Humanosphere: Visualizing how Syria’s war undermines health Katie Leach-Kemon, a research specialist at IMHE and Humanosphere columnist, discusses how war in Syria is having a “destabilizing effect on the country’s health system and other essential infrastructure…” (10/13).

Pakistan Records 200 Polio Cases In 2014, Highest Number In More Than 12 Years

Washington Post: Polio becomes ‘public health emergency’ in Pakistan as number of cases soars “As world health officials struggle to respond to the Ebola epidemic, Pakistan has passed a grim milestone in its efforts to combat another major global health crisis: the fight against polio. Over the weekend, Pakistan logged…

Saudi Authorities Take Ebola, MERS Precautions During Hajj Pilgrimage To Mecca

News outlets report on safeguards being taken to prevent the spread of Ebola and MERS during the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Deutsche Welle: Ebola casts shadow over Mecca “The annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca has begun. But this year, there will be fewer Muslims from West…

MERS Not International Emergency But Risk Of Spread To Ebola-Stricken Africa, WHO Says

Media outlets report on the outcomes of the WHO Emergency Committee meeting on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). CIDRAP: WHO panel: MERS still not an international emergency “Following a summer lull of MERS-CoV cases but a renewed trickle in recent weeks, and amid worldwide worries about Ebola, the World Health…