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Despite Access Challenges, UNICEF Delivers Humanitarian Supplies To Northeast Syria

U.N. News Centre: U.N. delivers much needed humanitarian supplies to vulnerable groups in Syria “Despite huge challenges in getting access, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has managed to deliver much-needed humanitarian supplies to Qamishli in north-east Syria, a spokesperson for the agency said today…” (4/14).

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UNICEF Delivers Aid To Yemen During Ceasefire

CNN: Hope amid the carnage: U.N. aid reaches victims of Yemen bloodshed “…[A] brief, peaceful window has been delicately negotiated following a special request from the U.N. — but it won’t last long. UNICEF hopes there will be just enough time to deliver vital food and supplies, helping to ease…

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WHO Needs To Reform To Uphold Mandate Of ‘Directing And Coordinating Authority’ On Global Health

JAMA: Reforming the World Health Organization After Ebola Lawrence Gostin of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center “…In January, the WHO Executive Board proposed major reforms, which the World Health Assembly will consider in May. The outcome of the reform movement could…

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WHO Feature Story Examines Ebola Response In Liberia

WHO: Liberia succeeds in fighting Ebola with local, sector response This WHO feature describes “[t]he story of how Liberia’s most populous county, Montserrado, turned around an exponentially-growing Ebola outbreak … WHO’s team and national officials, aided by veterans from WHO’s polio eradication group in India, decentralized the response, using quality…

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Egypt Experiences Unexplained Increase Of Avian Flu Cases Since Fall

New York Times: Egypt’s Avian Flu Surge Lacks an Explanation “Cases of H5N1 avian flu have been surging in Egypt since the fall. Egypt has now passed Indonesia as the country with the most human cases in total since the virus was first found in Hong Kong almost 20 years…

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Strong Targets, Effective Monitoring Vital For SDG Success, Promotion Of Sexual, Reproductive Rights

Devex: The post-2015 framework: A melting pot of targets and indicators, where to begin? Marleen Temmerman, director of WHO’s reproductive health and research department “…The Millennium Development Goals were a success because of the clear, simple monitoring framework, common for all countries worldwide. We need to have a similar monitoring…

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Ebola Threat Waning But Epidemic Remains International Health Emergency, WHO Says

News outlets report on the WHO’s fifth meeting of its Emergency Committee on the Ebola epidemic. Agence France-Presse: ‘Progress’ in Ebola fight, but ‘substantial risks’ remain: WHO “Real progress is being made in the fight against Ebola, but the deadly outbreak in West Africa remains a major international health emergency,…

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Guinea Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trial Holds Best Hope For Useful Data Amid Shrinking Epidemic, WHO Says

Reuters: Completing Ebola vaccine trials ‘a challenge’ as epidemic wanes “Falling Ebola cases in West Africa make completing big clinical trials on experimental vaccines a challenge, with the best hope resting on a study in Guinea, the World Health Organization said on Friday. While the waning epidemic is good news…

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Successful Palestinian Bid To Join WHO Could Affect U.N. Agency’s U.S. Funding

Daily Beast: Could a Pro-Israel Congress Cripple the World Health Organization? “The ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians could soon claim a new, unexpected victim: the global fight against Ebola and other pandemics. A looming international controversy — created, in part, by American laws — threatens to cut off…

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WHO Seeks Input On 3 Global Health Strategies; Among Them, Viral Hepatitis Receives Least Attention

Devex: As WHO drafts its global health strategies, a need to reconsider viral hepatitis response “The World Health Organization recently announced that it was seeking input on the three global health sector strategies — HIV and AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infection — it was drafting until April 30.…

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