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Syria’s Polio Vaccination Campaign Reaches 1.4 Million Children

Washington Post: Polio vaccine effort in Syria reaches 1.4 million children as volunteers brave violence “Despite grave danger, a campaign to combat the spread of polio in rebel-held Syria has been surprisingly successful, with volunteers inoculating about 1.4 million children since the beginning of the year…” (Root, 6/22).

Measles Vaccination Campaign Highlights Health Care Delivery Challenges In Syria

Reuters: Stalled measles campaign shows health challenge in rebel-held Syria “A measles vaccination program in northern Syria has stalled amid disagreement over who should coordinate it, highlighting the challenges of establishing basic health care services in opposition-held parts of the country…” (Afanasieva, 6/19).

UNICEF Raises Iraq Crisis To Highest Level Humanitarian Disaster

Washington Post: U.N. agency raises disaster designation in Iraq as refugees flood into Kurdistan “The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF on Wednesday upgraded Iraq’s latest crisis to a level 3 humanitarian disaster — its most severe designation — as U.N. officials said they were scrambling to provide basic services while…

Vigilance Over MERS Remains High But New Case Numbers Subsiding

News outlets report on the ongoing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak, which seems to be subsiding, according to the WHO, and did not spread from person-to-person in the U.S., according to the CDC. Agence France-Presse: MERS cases in decline, vigilance urged for Hajj: WHO “A surge in cases of…

WHO Responds To Urgent Health Needs In Conflict-Ridden Iraq

News outlets report on the WHO’s response to the worsening humanitarian situation in Iraq, where renewed conflict is increasing health risks. Global Dispatch: Iraq crisis prompts WHO action: Polio, measles, and diarrhea of utmost concern “With the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working with local…

Continued Efforts Needed To Maintain Success Against Schistosomiasis In Yemen

Global Arab Network: The Enemy Within: Tackling Schistosomiasis in Yemen Alaa Hamed, senior health specialist in the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank “…The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called schistosomiasis ‘the world’s most deadly, neglected tropical disease': this is no longer the case in…

WHO Issues Statement On Emergency Committee Meeting On MERS-CoV

World Health Organization: WHO statement on the Sixth Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee concerning MERS-CoV The WHO issued a statement on outcomes from the convening of the International Health Regulations (IHR) emergency committee regarding Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), stating that while the outbreak remains serious it does…

U.N. Agencies Increase Humanitarian Efforts In Iraq As Crisis Escalates

News outlets report on the U.N.’s efforts to meet increasing needs in Iraq as the humanitarian crisis escalates. Associated Press/Huffington Post: Iraq Refugee Population Increased By Nearly 800,000 This Year: U.N. “The U.N. refugee agency says Iraq’s refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against…