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WHO Announces 5 New MERS Cases Reported In 3 Countries

CIDRAP: Five new MERS cases reported in 3 countries “Five new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, two fatal, were reported today in three countries, including the first one in Kuwait since November and another illness with links to camels…” (3/20).

Syrian Government, Rebels Block Aid Delivery In Violation Of U.N. Resolution, Ban Says

News outlets discuss aid delivery in Syria, including a U.N. report from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying the Syrian government and rebels possibly violated a Security Council resolution by blocking assistance. Bloomberg News: Warring Syrian Parties Block Aid Against U.N. Resolution, Ban Says “Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the armed…

News Outlets Highlight World TB Day

In recognition of World TB Day, which takes place annually on March 24, news outlets report on the progress and challenges surrounding the disease. Al Jazeera: Tuberculosis makes a comeback “… TB kills 1.3 million people per year — more than any other infectious disease apart from HIV/AIDS. It’s caught…

Fighting Polio In Syrian Child Refugees

Science Magazine: A War Within a War Syrian refugee children “have witnessed horrors in the course of the war, which has killed an estimated 140,000 people and displaced 8 million or 9 million. … And now they face the threat of polio, which erupted in Syria last October after a…

For First Time, U.N. Convoy From Turkey Carries Aid To Syria

U.N. News Centre: First U.N. humanitarian aid convoy from Turkey sets out for Syria “A United Nations convoy carrying vital humanitarian supplies for hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need in northern Syria is leaving today from Turkey, the first time in the three years of the conflict that…

UNFPA Calls For Urgent Support Of Pregnant Women In Syria

United Nations Population Fund: An Estimated 200,000 Pregnant Women in Syria in Need of Urgent Care, Warns UNFPA “As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is calling for urgent support to protect the lives of the country’s estimated 200,000 pregnant women, including…

Syria’s Yarmuk Refugee Camp Gets U.N. Aid After Two-Week Halt

Agence France-Presse/The Daily Star: Syria’s besieged Yarmuk gets U.N. aid after two-week halt “The U.N. Palestinian refugee agency on Tuesday resumed food distribution in the besieged Yarmuk camp in Damascus after a two-week halt. UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency] spokesman Chris Gunness said aid workers distributed 465 food…

U.N., Aid Officials Call For Cross-Border Humanitarian Access In Syria

Reuters: Aid officials call for swift cross-border access in Syria “United Nations and independent aid officials called on Saturday for swift agreement to allow supplies from Turkey into northeastern Syria, a move that would mark a small step towards implementing a U.N. demand for cross-border humanitarian access…” (Evans, 3/15).

Recent Current Events Could Signal Food Price Volatility

CNN: Are more food protests around the corner? Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph “This week’s headlines may have been dominated by the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, but three seemingly unrelated stories that have developed over the past week…

Reports Highlight Damage To Children, Health Care System In Syria

News outlets report on two recently released reports on how the Syrian conflict is affecting children and health care in the country. Save the Children published “A Devastating Toll” (.pdf), and UNICEF published “Under Siege.” Agence France-Presse: Syria conflict affects 5.5 million children: U.N. “The number of children affected by…