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Polio Eradication Possible With Sustained Surveillance, Vaccine Coverage

Devex: How to make a virus disappear Jay Wenger, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s polio eradication efforts within the Global Development Program “…Polio’s shrinking geographic territory and genetic diversity show that eradication — one of the most ambitious public health goals ever pursued — is not only…

Yemen Conflict Continues To Erode Humanitarian Situation; 14M People Lack Access To Health Care

U.N. News Centre: Yemen: U.N. warns humanitarian situation has deteriorated ‘drastically’ as conflict claims 5,700 lives “… ‘The collapse of basic services in Yemen continues to accelerate,’ the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator, Johannes Van der Klaauw, told reporters via videoconference from the Yemeni Capital Sana’a. He added that approximately 14 million…

International Community Must Enforce Medical Neutrality In Conflict Situations

New England Journal of Medicine: Attacks on Health Care in Syria — Normalizing Violations of Medical Neutrality? Michele Heisler, Elise Baker, and Donna McKay, all affiliated with Physicians for Human Rights “…When health care systems come under assault, the losses are far greater than the toll of health workers killed…

Humanitarian Aid With Added Agendas Could Fuel Terrorism, Conflict

Daily Beast: You Can’t Kill Terrorism With Kindness or Aid That Comes With An Agenda Alex Perry, author and foreign correspondent “…Today many NGOs have all but totally surrendered their impartiality in favor of working with governments rather than outside them while also expanding their mission from narrowly defined assistance…

25K Syrians Wounded Each Month, Many At Risk Of Illness As Winter Sets In, WHO Warns

Reuters: Wounded toll at 25,000 a month in Syria, medicines lacking, cholera feared: WHO “About 25,000 people are wounded each month in escalating warfare in Syria and it is getting harder to deliver medical supplies for civilians trapped in areas held by Islamic State insurgents, the World Health Organization said…

Cholera Vaccine Campaign Reaches 230K People In Iraq

Agence France-Presse: Over 230,000 vaccinated in Iraq anti-cholera campaign “More than 230,000 people received a first dose of cholera vaccine in a massive campaign to combat an outbreak of the disease in Iraq, the World Health Organization said Monday…” (11/9). NPR: Cholera Crisis: A Neglected Disease Is Back In The…

U.N. Agencies Supporting Iraqi Government Efforts To Stop Cholera Outbreak

U.N. News Centre: Iraq: amid fears cholera outbreak may worsen, U.N. agencies step up support to government-led response “…UNICEF is part of urgent efforts underway to protect communities and families from the effects of a cholera outbreak that has already infected more than 2,200 people — about 20 percent of…

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