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UNICEF Steps Up Assistance For 7M Children At Risk In Middle East Due To Winter Weather

U.N. News Centre: Millions of children face ‘untold misery’ as powerful winter storm sweeps Middle East — U.N. “At least seven million internally displaced and refugee children are in desperate need of assistance as bitter winter snows and torrential rains continue to batter the Middle East, the United Nations Children’s…

Forbes To Host Online Discussions With WHO, CDC Polio Officials

Forbes: How Syria Beat Its Polio Outbreak “…On Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern, Chris Maher, manager for polio eradication and emergency support for the World Health Organization in Syria, will join [contributor Devin Thorpe] for a live discussion about the efforts to manage polio through the conflicts and…

U.N. Launches $8.4B Humanitarian, Development Appeal For Syria

New York Times: U.N. Seeks $8.4 Billion for Syrians “The United Nations said Thursday that it was seeking $8.4 billion, more than the annual economic output of dozens of small countries, to help nearly 18 million victims of Syria’s conflict during 2015…” (Gladstone, 12/18). Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. launches 2015…

Yemen Facing High Malnutrition Rates Among Children

New York Times: Malnutrition Hits Millions of Children in Yemen “…Yemen is the most impoverished country in the Middle East, and among its grim distinctions is having one of the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world. Political turmoil since the 2011 uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh…

Scientists To Resume MERS Research Previously Halted By NIH

NPR: NIH Allows Restart Of MERS Research That Had Been Questioned “Some researchers who study the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome got an early Christmas present: permission to resume experiments that the federal government abruptly halted in October…” (Greenfieldboyce, 12/18).

U.N. Needs $8.4B For 2015 Humanitarian Efforts In Syria

UNHCR: U.N. and partners seek $8.4 billion for new Syria program in 2015 “As Syria’s war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting more than U.S.$8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across…