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U.N. Humanitarian Resolution On Syria Threatened After Russia, China Fail To Show Up

News outlets report on talks surrounding a U.N. humanitarian resolution on Syria, which threaten to unravel after Russian and Chinese representatives failed to show up on Monday. Agence France-Presse: U.N. to press Russia on Syria humanitarian resolution “U.N. diplomats resumed the task of trying to persuade Russia to back a…

Shaky Ceasefire In Syrian City Of Homs Highlights Difficulties Delivering Aid

The U.N. News Centre and New York Times report on the humanitarian situation and three-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs. U.N. News Centre: U.N. humanitarian chief urges safe passage for aid delivery to Syrians in need “A top United Nations official said she is deeply disappointed that a…

U.N. Responds To Humanitarian Situation In Syria

The U.N. News Centre reports on humanitarian efforts in Syria. U.N. News Centre: U.N. begins polio vaccination campaign at besieged Palestinian refugee camp in Syria “The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees said today it has begun a large-scale polio vaccination campaign targeting thousands of children in the Yarmouk refugee…

Completion Of Polio Vaccine Campaign In Middle East Critical To Eradication Efforts

Huffington Post: Polio: Why It Matters To You Batoul Abuharb, a student at the University of Houston College of Optometry and co-founder of Dunia Health, and Cherie Fathy, a student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a project assistant at Dunia Health Discussing a recent outbreak of polio in…

U.N. Responds To Challenging Humanitarian Situation in Syria

News outlets report on the U.N.’s response to the challenging humanitarian situation in Syria. U.N. News Centre: First U.N. report on children in Syria’s civil war paints picture of ‘unspeakable’ horrors “Syrian children have been subjected to ‘unspeakable’ suffering in the nearly three years of civil war, with the government…

Experts Examine Why Food Insecurity Continues To Drive Conflict In Arab World

Devex: Food security and conflict: No silver bullet for the Arab world “Food insecurity contributes to instability anywhere, but in the Arab world it is truly the main driver of conflicts and a major threat to a peaceful transition to widespread democracy, according to a three-year study conducted by the…

Response To Syrian Polio Outbreak Faces Challenges But Is Progressing

The Lancet: Polio in Syria Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for polio and emergencies, and Ala Alwan, director of WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean “…Fully implementing [a response plan to the polio outbreak in Syria] … has required overcoming immense hurdles to reach every child amid the wreckage…

Blog Post Examines Health Landscape In Arab Spring Countries

In a guest post in Humanosphere, Katie Leach-Kemon, a policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, examines the health landscape in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and other Arab Spring countries leading up to the uprisings in 2010. “…To answer this question, we’ll…

Pakistan Struggles To Contain Spreading Polio Virus

VOA News: Anti-Polio Drive in Peshawar, Pakistan Falters “The war on polio is in danger of being lost in Pakistan, and in a dramatic development a new strain of polio has been identified in a part of the country where eradication efforts against the crippling disease are most at risk…

Saudi Arabia, Jordan Report New MERS Cases

News outlets report on new cases of MERS recorded in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Agence France-Presse: New MERS death raises Saudi toll to 59 “Saudi health authorities announced Wednesday a new MERS death, bringing to 59 the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the country with…