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U.N.’s Ban Begins West Africa Visit, Urges Communities To Follow Health Regulations

Associated Press: U.N. chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa. … Concern has grown…

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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…

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1M Syrians Wounded, Many At Risk Of Disease Due To Falling Vaccination Rates, Lack Of Clean Water, WHO Official Says

Reuters: One million people wounded, diseases spreading in Syria: WHO “One million people have been wounded during Syria’s civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the World Health Organization’s Syria representative said. A plunge in vaccination rates from 90 percent before the…

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Disaster-Induced Deaths Rise Threefold In Asia-Pacific Over Last Decade

U.N. News Centre: Asia-Pacific report: World’s most disaster prone region experiences three-fold rise in deaths “…Published by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the annual report showed that disaster-induced deaths in the Asia-Pacific region rose more than three-fold between in the past decade, largely…

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Ebola Epidemic Reveals Food System Vulnerabilities In West Africa; More Than 1M People Could Face Hunger By March, U.N. Warns

New York Times: Agencies Warn of Hunger in Ebola Zone “The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa could double the number of people facing hunger in the three worst-affected countries to more than one million by March, two United Nations agencies warned Wednesday. In a joint announcement, the World Food Programme…

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WHO, Donor Nations Face Criticism From U.K. Parliamentary Committee For Slow Ebola Response

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Donors and WHO responded too slowly to West Africa Ebola outbreak: report “The World Health Organization (WHO) and the nations that fund it failed to respond quickly and effectively to the deadly West Africa Ebola outbreak despite repeated warnings by aid agencies, a U.K. parliamentary committee said…

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Sierra Leone’s Ebola Clinics Overflow As Efforts Ramp Up To Stop Disease; WHO Says Total Deaths Nearing 7K

Reuters: Ebola centers overflow as Sierra Leone steps up fight “Ebola centers in Sierra Leone overflowed on Wednesday as health workers combed the streets of the capital Freetown for patients, after the government launched a major operation to contain the epidemic in West Africa’s worst-hit country…” (Farge et al., 12/17).…

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U.N. General Assembly Resolution Calls For Increased Protection Of HCWs From Violence

NPR: Medical Workers In Conflict Zones Have Never Faced Greater Risks “…Since 2012, there have been 2,300 incidents of violence or threats of violence reported to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), though the IFRC suspects that many more go unreported. This week, the United Nations passed a…

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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…

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U.N. Emergency Response Fund Receives Nearly $420M In Pledges, Falls Short Of $450M Request

U.N. News Centre: Donors pledge over $400 million for 2015 U.N. rapid humanitarian response fund “International donors have pledged $418.6 million for a United Nations fund aimed at enabling the speedy delivery of humanitarian aid into the epicenters of crisis zones around the world, falling short of a broader appeal…

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