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U.N. Relief Agencies Defy Syrian Blockade, Send Aid Supplies Across Turkish Border

New York Times: Defying Syria, United Nations Sends in Trucks Carrying Aid “Empowered by the Security Council to defy what United Nations officials have called an arbitrary aid blockade imposed by the warring parties in Syria, United Nations relief agencies for the first time sent a convoy of trucks carrying…

CDC Poised To Receive Extra Funds For Polio Initiatives In Pakistan, Syria

CQ HealthBeat: CDC May Get Extra Funds to Combat Polio in Pakistan, Syria “With polio becoming a growing concern in nations such as Pakistan, Syria, and Cameroon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be poised to get extra money for its work on a global eradication initiative against…

Afghan Taliban Announces Polio Vaccination Ban In Southern Region

Wall Street Journal: Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination in Southern Province “The Afghan Taliban announced Monday a ban on polio vaccinations in a southern Afghan province, a move that sets back efforts to eradicate the crippling disease…” (Standcati, 7/7).

Review Examines HIV Among Injection Drug Users In Middle East, North Africa

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: HIV among people who inject drugs emerging, growing, largely unaddressed, and often uncounted in Middle East and North Africa Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a review published in…

Over 145,000 Syrian Refugee Families Headed By ‘Lone Women,’ U.N. Reports

News outlets discuss a new report released on Tuesday by the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) that says more than 145,000 Syrian families are headed by single women. Al Jazeera: Syria’s war widows fight for survival “…A report released by the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday, says that one in…

Basic Hygiene Can Help Prevent Spread Of MERS In Saudi Arabia, WHO Says

Associated Press: WHO: Basic hygiene can help prevent MERS spread “A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome…” (7/10).

U.N. Increasing Emergency Aid To Gaza Amid Worsening Water Shortages

Reuters: U.N. aid agencies step up emergency aid to Gaza “The United Nations said on Friday it was stepping up emergency aid to Gaza, where Israel’s military offensive has made water shortages worse and stoked fears of more sewage contamination and water-borne diseases…” (Nebehay, 7/18).

MERS Virus Detected In Air Samples Of Camel Barn Suggests Disease Is Airborne

Reuters: MERS virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn “Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air…” (Kelland, 7/22).

U.N. Takes Measures To Curb Polio Spread In Middle East

News outlets report on U.N. efforts to curb the spread of polio in the Middle East region. Reuters: Polio still threatens Middle East after Syria, Iraq cases: U.N. “Thirty-six children in Syria and two in Iraq have been paralyzed by polio since October, and the risk of the virus spreading…

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