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WHO Reports 99 Ebola Cases Over Past Week In Three Hardest-Hit West African Countries

Reuters: 99 Ebola cases in past week, nearly two-thirds in Sierra Leone: WHO “Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone reported 99 new confirmed Ebola cases in the week to Feb. 22, down from 128 the previous week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. Sierra Leone accounted for the bulk…

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WHO Must Improve Management System, Reform Regional Office Relations

The Hill: World Health Organization: Time for reflection, reform, and realistic expectations Taufiqur Rahman, international health specialist “The World Health Organization (WHO) has come under criticism for its handling of the Ebola crisis. … This crisis demonstrated one thing — that WHO is not an emergency response mechanism, and we…

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Placing Women, Girls At Center Of Development Agenda Will Help Reduce Mortality, Improve Economies, Societies

Huffington Post: Girls and Women Must be at the Center of the Global Development Agenda Katja Iversen, CEO of Women Deliver “…In September the United Nations will release the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will drive progress on social, economic and environmental development for the next 15 years. If these…

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Pharmaceutical Industry To Push For Stricter Compulsory Licensing Of Patented Drugs At U.S. Trade Representative Meeting

Wall Street Journal: Pharma Narrowly Defines When Compulsory Licenses Should be Used “As the U.S. Trade Representative holds a hearing [Tuesday] to discuss how countries protect intellectual property, the pharmaceutical industry hopes to persuade the agency that countries should only be allowed to grant licenses to companies to make low-cost…

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WHO, Partners Launch $1B Appeal For Relief Efforts In 4 Conflict-Torn Countries

Agence France-Presse: WHO seeks $1 bn more for four conflict-hit countries “The World Health Organization on Tuesday appealed for $1.0 billion in additional funds to help provide life-saving health services to millions in need in conflict-ravaged Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, and South Sudan…” (2/24). U.N. News Centre: U.N. health…

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Devex Video Analysis Examines Potential WHO Reforms

Devex: The drivers of change at WHO “The U.N. health agency was heavily criticized for its slow response to the Ebola crisis, but it shouldn’t take all the blame. [In this video,] Devex Senior Staff Writer Jenny Lei Ravelo shares what exactly has to change at the World Health Organization”…

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International Health Experts Offer Advice For WHO’s New Africa Regional Director

IRIN: Three words of advice for WHO Africa’s new chief “…Many international observers say they have high hopes for [WHO’s new regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Rebecca] Moeti, a medical doctor who has more than 35 years of experience working in the national and global public health sector. But she…

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Technical Working Group To Discuss Sustainable NCD Financing Models

Devex: Finding novel, sustainable ways to finance NCDs “…[A] group of technical experts … for the first time are meeting Feb. 23-24 in Geneva to discuss which of the different financing models that currently exist could fund the prevention, control, and treatment of NCDs — or if a new one…

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Nature Magazine Outlines Challenges To Ending Ebola Epidemic

Nature: Six challenges to stamping out Ebola “…Highlighting the precariousness of the current situation [in West Africa], on 20 February, the officials leading the United Nations’ Ebola response efforts warned that the gains of the past few months risked unraveling. Nature outlines six of the biggest challenges to stamping out…

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Washington Post Examines Long Road To Feasible Single-Use Syringe

Washington Post: Why it took so long for the world to start using ‘smart,’ self-destructing syringes “The World Health Organization called Monday for the worldwide use of needle syringes that self-destruct after a single injection. … The WHO has been hunting for solutions for nearly 25 years. Only recently has…

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