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U.N. Agency Reports Suspected Typhoid, Scabies Cases In Southern Syrian Town

U.N. News Centre: In Syria, U.N. agency discovers nine new suspected cases of typhoid near Yarmouk camp “Following humanitarian operations in the southern Syrian town of Yalda, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said it has identified nine new suspected cases…

Islamist Militants Threaten Polio Immunization Campaign In Syria

IRIN: Will Islamic State allow polio drive? “In Syria’s brutal civil war, the announcement in late January that the country had effectively beaten polio again was a rare bright spot. … But even this small achievement is now threatened as the Islamist militants have cracked down on aid groups, and…

Group Of Therapists Looks To Change Mental Health Treatment In Afghanistan

The Guardian: Afghanistan tackles hidden mental health epidemic “…Fourteen years of violence have created a hidden epidemic in Afghanistan of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other war-induced illnesses. It is one of the most enduring damages wrought by the war — one few people understand, and fewer can treat. But…

MERS Cases In Jordan Linked To Hospital Outbreak, WHO Confirms

CIDRAP News: WHO confirms hospital MERS outbreak in Jordan “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Tuesday] confirmed that four of Jordan’s recent MERS-CoV cases are part of [a] hospital-linked outbreak, the third country since May to report such an outbreak, as Saudi Arabian officials announced four more cases in Riyadh…” (Schnirring,…

Safe Humanitarian Corridor Needed In Yemen To Respond To Dengue Outbreak, WHO Says

U.N. News Centre: Yemen: ‘worrying outbreak’ of dengue fever prompts U.N. health agency appeal for safe humanitarian corridor “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for a safe corridor to reach more than three million people in war-torn Yemen’s most populated governorate, Taiz, where ‘an extreme spike’ in…

U.K. Public Should Contribute More To Protect Yemen’s Children

Huffington Post: Childhood Under Attack in Yemen David Bull, executive director of UNICEF U.K. “…Yemen’s children did not start this war, but are bearing the worst of its terrible impact. Despite the grave needs, [UNICEF U.K.’s] response is woefully underfunded. We have only 16 percent of the funds we require…