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Additional Funding Needed To Reach Zero Ebola Cases In West Africa, WHO Official Says

Reuters: Ebola set to persist in 2015, but funds for aid are lacking: WHO “The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone is expected to take all of 2015 to stamp out and may persist even longer because of dwindling financing, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday…” (Nebehay,…

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Cholera Outbreak In Tanzania’s Burundian Refugee Camp Improving, But Transmission Risk Remains High, U.N. Says

The Guardian: Cholera biggest threat as Burundi refugees crowd into Tanzania camps “…A cholera outbreak in the holding camp where the refugees are cleared for entry into Tanzania has claimed 31 lives. The World Health Organization said this week that the situation appears to be improving, but the risk of…

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U.N. Aims To Reach Almost 5.7M Iraqi Children In Polio Vaccination Campaign

U.N. News Centre: U.N. launches mass polio vaccination campaign set to target nearly 5.7 million Iraqi children “Aiming to target 5.7 million children under the age of five, the United Nations [Tuesday] launched a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, which is set to be conducted in all governorates to…

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Southern African Drought Set To Hit Zimbabwe Hardest, U.N. Says

Reuters: Zimbabweans go hungry as drought hammers southern Africa “…The drought is likely to damage harvests across southern Africa — from southern Angola to Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, and Namibia, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. The impact is looking particularly serious for Zimbabwe, where the economy has been struggling…

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For True Reform, WHO Must Address Relationship With Regional Entities, Budget Size, Flexibility

Washington Post: Why proposed WHO reforms aren’t enough to deal with the next epidemic Jeremy Youde, associate professor of political science and department head at the University of Minnesota Duluth “…These reforms [approved this week by the World Health Assembly] may change how WHO operates, but they are not the…

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Food For Peace Acts As ‘Stabilizing Force’ In Conflict-Ridden Middle East

The Hill: In response to Mideast wars, increase Food for Peace William Lambers, author and blogger “…There is no doubt Congress and President Obama should increase funding for Food for Peace in the upcoming FY16 budget. In a world where there is plenty of chaos, Food for Peace is one…

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Improving Health Of Women, Children, Adolescents Requires Collective Action From International Community

Devex: Invest in Every Woman Every Child to save a generation within a generation Amina J. Mohammed, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special adviser on post-2015 development planning “…As we are currently defining a bold new development agenda that will firmly set the world on a path toward inclusive, sustainable development,…

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Link Between Gender-Based Violence, Ebola Transmission Must Be Recognized

Huffington Post: Ebola: The Overlooked Sexually Transmitted Disease Mardia Stone, senior adviser to Liberia’s Ebola Response and to the Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Lynn Lawry of Overseas Strategic Consulting Ltd. “…Affected governments, the United Nations, and WHO have yet to recognize gender-based violence and its…

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Communicating Global Development Goals Effectively Will Help End Extreme Poverty

Huffington Post: A Call to Action: Transform the Way We Communicate Global Development Nicole Schiegg, senior vice president at Fenton “…The next set of global goals and the updated [Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (Global Strategy)] are two important agendas that require the highest levels of political…

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World Health Assembly Greenlights Outbreak Preparedness Plan, Malaria Eradication Targets, Antimicrobial Resistance Goals, Among Other Issues

News outlets report on discussions at the World Health Assembly, as the WHO decision-making body prepares to wrap up its annual meeting. Agence France-Presse: Some 30 nations have dangerously weak health systems: WHO “About 30 countries have health systems that are as dangerously weak as the ones that allowed Ebola…

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