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WHO Reports New MERS Cases In Saudi Arabia, UAE

News outlets report on new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases identified in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Reuters: Six new cases of MERS virus hit Saudi Arabia, UAE “Another five people in Saudi Arabia and one in the United Arab Emirates have become infected with the potentially deadly…

U.S. Continuing To Assist In Mental Health Support For Syrians

Jack Myer, Syria regional disaster assistance response team leader in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about the ongoing conflict in Syria and how “9.3 million people now find themselves in need of humanitarian assistance,” particularly women and children. “The U.S. will continue to provide…

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…

U.N. Warns Of Worsening Humanitarian Situation In Two Unstable Iraqi Cities

IRIN: Iraq fighting slows aid to the displaced “The U.N. is warning of a ‘critical humanitarian situation’ that is only ‘likely to worsen’ following sustained fighting among Islamic insurgents, tribal groups and government forces in the Iraqi province of Anbar that has displaced at least 5,000 families. Aid agencies are…

Afghan Insecurity, War Taking ‘Heavy Toll’ On Children

Epoch Times: Afghan Children Pay the Price of Brutal War César Chelala, an international public health consultant “Decades of insecurity and war [in Afghanistan] have provoked a heavy toll on children’s lives and well being. An under-five mortality rate of 199 per 1,000 live births as reported by UNICEF is…

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…

Some Public Health Experts Concerned Over Saudi Arabia’s Response To SARS-Like Virus

“A SARS-like virus has infected 15 people, nine of whom have died, mostly in Saudi Arabia, worrying some Western scientists who question whether the kingdom is sharing enough critical data on the outbreak,” “[b]ut a top Saudi Arabia health official rejected those complaints on Tuesday and said the virus posed…