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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…

U.N. Convoys Waiting To Enter Syrian City Of Homs

Reuters features two articles describing how U.N. convoys are waiting to enter the conflict-ridden Syrian city of Homs. Reuters: U.N. convoy awaiting green light to deliver food to Homs “The United Nations is ready to deliver a month of rations to the Old City of Homs in Syria for 2,500…

Global Community Must Heed Women’s Health, Stop Gender-Based Violence In Syria

Huffington Post: Stop Sexual Assaults and Violence Against Syrian Women and Girls Tewodros Melesse, director-general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “The humanitarian situation in Syria has sharply deteriorated and though media interest in the conflict has ebbed and flowed the crisis affecting Syrians has steadily grown. Breaches of human…

Warring Factions Must Compromise To Help Prevent Polio’s Spread

Washington Post: Polio is on the rise in war zones worldwide “In Syria, engulfed in civil war, slow and gradual progress is being made in efforts to vaccinate against polio after an outbreak last year, but there are still tens of thousands of children trapped in conflict zones who are…

Humanitarian Groups Aim To Deliver Aid In Syria

News outlets report on the state of humanitarian aid in Syria, where conflict began nearly four years ago. Devex: Syrian breakthrough? Aid convoy expected in Homs “Following moderately successful diplomatic efforts in Switzerland over the weekend, the Syrian city of Homs is expected to receive on Monday its first convoy…

Pediatrician Examines Polio Outbreak In Syria

New York Review of Books: Syria’s Polio Epidemic: The Suppressed Truth Annie Sparrow, a critical-care pediatrician and public health professional, is assistant professor of global health and deputy director of the human rights program at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York “One way to measure the horrific…