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U.S. Announces $419M In Additional Aid To Assist Syrian Refugees

News outlets report on the Obama administration’s announcement of additional aid to respond to Syrian refugees. The Hill: U.S. pledges another $419M to Syrian refugees “The United States will donate an additional $419 million in humanitarian aid to address the plight of refugees fleeing Syria, the White House said Monday.…

Iraq Takes Steps To Stem Cholera Outbreak In Abu Ghraib

Al Jazeera: Iraq tackles deadly cholera outbreak “Iraq’s government has ordered daily water tests and other measures to try and contain an outbreak of cholera that has been blamed for the deaths of at least six people in a town west of the capital Baghdad…” (9/20). Reuters: Iraq tries to…

Global Community Should Take Precautions Against Potential MERS Outbreaks

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: MERS — an uncertain future Editorial Board “…A recent WHO report stated that ‘WHO expects that … [MERS] cases will continue to be exported to other countries.’ If export were to a country with a weak health infrastructure, a much larger outbreak than was seen in…

U.S. To Provide $89M In Additional Humanitarian Aid To Yemen

Newsweek: U.S. Announces $89 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Yemen “The U.S. will provide $89 million in additional humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Wednesday. The funding will go toward food assistance, safe drinking water, and medical care for the nearly 80…

New MERS Case Numbers Down In Saudi Arabia At Start Of Hajj, Health Official Says

Reuters: Saudi minister says MERS cases are reducing before hajj “A recent surge in cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a sometimes deadly virus, in Saudi Arabia has ebbed in the run-up to Islam’s annual hajj pilgrimage, the kingdom’s Health Minister Khaled al-Falih said on Thursday…” (al-Mughrabi, 9/17).

Wired Examines Risk Of Disease Outbreaks At Large Gatherings Such As Hajj

Wired: Toppling Cranes Aren’t the Only Things Threatening Mecca “…Friday’s crane collapse at the Grand Mosque [in Mecca, Saudi Arabia], which killed over 100 people and injured more than 200 others, is a stark demonstration that disease isn’t the only health risk when you’ve got millions of people gathered in…

Afghan Population Experiences Sharp Rise In Food Insecurity Over Past Year, U.N. Report Notes

News outlets discuss findings from the 2015 Seasonal Food Security Assessment for Afghanistan. International Business Times: Afghanistan: U.N. Records Rise In Severe Food Insecurity, Calls For Emergency Livelihood Support “A two-fold rise in food insecurity in Afghanistan over the past year has forced millions to resort to what the United…