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BBC News Examines Polio’s Resurgence In Africa, Middle East

BBC News examines polio’s resurgence in some parts of the world. In a 60-second video report, the news service “outlines the struggle against polio,” noting that, “[d]espite a quarter-century-long vaccination program … experts fear it could make a comeback in countries riven by conflict” in the Middle East and Africa…

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…

Humanitarian Resolution In Syria Must Be Reached To Save Civilians

The Guardian: Syria: save the civilians “…If humanitarian access could be extended to other cities and towns [in Syria other than Homs], we might be able to speak of a real improvement at a time when, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the pro-opposition monitoring group, Syrians are…

Syrian Refugee Women Need More Reproductive, Mental Health Services, Study Says

The Guardian: Female refugees from Syria ‘blighted by gynecological illness and stress’ “Syrian women who have fled to Lebanon are suffering severe stress and health problems including a high rate of preterm births and complications among those who are pregnant, according to a study. … Some of their health problems…

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…

Humanitarian Efforts In Syria Need Ongoing Support

Two articles examine the humanitarian situation in Syria, focusing on polio vaccination efforts and the need for continuing support for the provision of basic humanitarian needs. New York Times: Polio Vaccination Effort in Syria Appears to Have Some Effect “The first polio outbreak in Syria in 14 years, which caused…

Top U.N. Relief Official Urges International Community To ‘Do More’ In Syria

U.N. News Centre: ‘World must do more’ to aid besieged communities in Syria, urges top U.N. relief official “United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos sounded the alarm today on behalf of more than nine million desperate Syrians — particularly people trapped in areas cut off from aid by months…

Public Appeal Aims To Engage Action To Prevent ‘Lost Generation’ In Syria

In a joint press release, “UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision [Monday] issued an impassioned appeal to the general public, urging it to voice its outrage at the devastating impact on children and alarming long-term consequences of a lost generation as…

U.S., U.N. Officials Urge Syria To Allow Unfettered Humanitarian Aid Access

News outlets highlight comments from U.S. and U.N. officials on the delivery of humanitarian aid in Syria, where the U.N. and its partners say an entire generation of children is at risk. The Hill’s “Floor Action”: Kaine: ‘World will be watching’ if Syria blocks humanitarian aid “Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)…

Pakistani Village Offers Girls Sex Education Classes

Reuters: Pakistani village gives girls pioneering sex education class “…Sex education is common in Western schools but these ground-breaking lessons are taking place in deeply conservative rural Pakistan, a Muslim nation of 180 million people. Publicly talking about sex in Pakistan is taboo and can even be a death sentence.…