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Taliban Alleged To Have Stopped Annual Polio Vaccination Program In Rural Afghanistan

“The Taliban have halted an annual polio vaccination campaign in a remote part of Afghanistan, according to a senior official, raising concerns that opposition to the critical immunization drive could be spilling across from insurgent groups in neighboring Pakistan,” the Guardian reports. Tamim Nuristani, governor of the remote Nuristan province, said…

WHO Reports 9th Death From New SARS-Like Virus

“A Saudi man infected with a deadly new virus from the same family as SARS has died, becoming the ninth patient in the world to be killed by the disease which has so far infected 15, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “The 39-year-old developed symptoms of the novel…

International Community Urged To Disburse Pledged Funds To Help Yemen

“The international community has been urged to follow Saudi Arabia’s example by releasing funds pledged to help Yemen address its growing humanitarian crisis and economic, social and security challenges,” the Guardian reports. “Donors pledged more than $7.5 billion to Yemen last year, with Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion commitment the largest by a distance,” the…

Humanitarian Situation Worsening In Syria, U.N., U.S. Officials Tell Senate

“The top United Nations refugee official has warned that Syria’s worsening humanitarian crisis risks overwhelming the international community’s capacity to respond, and that some aid agencies could run out of money for relief activities as early as the end of this month,” the U.N. News Centre reports. Speaking to U.S. senators…

Health Services For Syrian Refugees Overstretched, U.N. Report Warns

“The refugee crisis sparked by the conflict in Syria is increasingly straining health services in surrounding countries, while refugees are finding it harder to access the quality treatment they need, the United Nations refugee agency warns in report released [Friday],” the U.N. News Centre reports (4/26). “The report is the…

Five More Die Of SARS-Like Disease In Saudi Arabia

“Saudi Arabia said five more people have died of a deadly new virus from the same family as SARS, and two other people were in intensive care,” Reuters reports. “The seven cases were discovered in al-Ahsa governorate in the Eastern Province, the Saudi news agency SPA quoted the Saudi Health…

IPS Reports On Taliban Attacks On Health Care Facilities In Pakistan’s FATA

Inter Press Service reports on Taliban-sponsored attacks on health care facilities in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The news service highlights a recent attack, adding, “With 26 hospitals, 10 rural health centers and 419 community health centers, FATA is well equipped to deal with all of its residents’ medical…

Syria Receives First Shipment Of Non-Lethal Aid From U.S.

“As the debate in the U.S. heats up over just how far to go in aiding Syria’s rebels, the first U.S.-supplied help arrived this week in the form of ready-to-eat meals and medical kits, trucked into Aleppo province from Turkey,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Middle East Real Time” blog reports.…