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U.N.’s Ban Encourages Governments To Increase Efforts To End TB By 2035

U.N. News Centre: U.N. chief urges governments intensify efforts to end tuberculosis by 2035 “With some 37 million lives saved between 2000 and 2013 through the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, it is possible to end the epidemic by 2035, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Tuberculosis Day, urging leaders…

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Experts Disagree Over Feasibility Of WHO’s ‘End TB’ Strategy

Deutsche Welle: A world without tuberculosis? “If it’s up to the WHO, the number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths is to decrease by 95 percent over the next twenty years, the number of those contracting the disease by 90 percent. These are without doubt lofty targets. Serious efforts will have to…

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Syrian Aid Delivery Proves Difficult As Islamic State Group, Syrian Government Slow Humanitarian Efforts, U.N. Says

Associated Press: Both Islamic State group, Syria government slow down aid: U.N. “A new U.N. report says the delivery of aid to millions inside Syria is becoming even more difficult as the Islamic State group closes down humanitarian efforts and Syria’s government puts more obstacles in the way…” (3/24).

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More Than 2.5M Face Hunger In South Sudan Because Of Violence, Poor Harvests, Aid Groups Warn

Agence France-Presse: South Sudan’s hungry see little hope for peace “…Across South Sudan, frustration and anger is growing over the humanitarian toll from the 15-month-old feud between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, his former deputy and now the main rebel leader. … For the displaced in and around Ganyiel,…

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War-Torn Somalia Continues To Face Food Insecurity; U.S. Remittance Bans May Exacerbate Hunger Problems, Aid Groups Say

VOA News: Somalis, After 2 Famines, Still Face Food Insecurity “After decades of conflict, experts say that the humanitarian crisis in Somalia remains among the worst in the world. Three million people need aid, says Philippe Lazzarini, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the country. Of these, ‘740,000 Somalis still…

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Controlling, Eliminating NTDs Makes Way For Poverty Alleviation, WHO Report Shows

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: A New WHO Report Brings Fresh Data and Ideas on Ending NTDs Mirta Roses Periago, former director of the Pan American Health Organization, writes, “The WHO report [‘Investing to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases,’] endorses the fact that…

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WHO’s New TB Strategy Seeks International Support To End Global TB Epidemic

VOA News: WHO Rolls Out New Strategy to Wipe Out TB “As countries mark World TB Day on March 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) is rolling out a new strategy to end the global tuberculosis epidemic, calling for worldwide support to wipe out the disease over the next 20…

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Public Health Experts Hans Rosling, Margaret Lamunu Discuss Challenges Of Ebola Response On BBC Program

BBC World Service: Understanding Ebola “Hans Rosling, the man who makes statistics spellbinding and the World Health Organization’s Ebola expert, Margaret Lamunu, talk to Tim Harford about their experience helping to fight the disease in West Africa on Monday at 1300 GMT. As part of ‘A Richer World’ season, [they…

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WHO Appeals For Vaccination Scale-Up, Distribution Of Anti-Malaria Drugs In Ebola-Affected West Africa

Reuters: WHO urges mass vaccination against measles, other diseases in Ebola areas “The World Health Organization warned on Friday of a risk of outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, and other diseases in West African countries hit by Ebola and urged a rapid intensification of routine immunizations…” (Kelland/Nebehay, 3/20). TIME: WHO…

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U.N. Official Predicts Ebola Outbreak To End By August

BBC News: Ebola outbreak ‘over by August,’ U.N. suggests “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa will be over by August, the head of the U.N. Ebola mission has told the BBC. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed admitted the U.N. had made mistakes in handling the crisis early on, sometimes acting ‘arrogantly’…”…

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