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International Community Must Take Necessary Steps To Reach Every Child For Polio Immunization

Devex: What we’ve learned about reaching every last child Hamid Jafari, director of global polio eradication operations and research at the WHO “…The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership, has managed to reach and vaccinate almost every last child on earth in a bid to rid the globe of…

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WHO Should Streamline Response To Disease Outbreaks, Germany’s Merkel Says, Pledges Disease Preparedness Support For Developing Nations

Reuters: Merkel urges tighter WHO management after ‘Ebola catastrophe’ “German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday the World Health Organization must streamline its management to respond quickly to crises like West Africa’s ‘Ebola catastrophe’ that has killed more than 11,000 people. … Merkel said Germany would contribute 200 million euros…

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Leaders Meet At U.N. To Discuss MCH Ahead Of September’s SDG Summit

Inter Press Service: Saving a Generation, Within a Generation “Leaders from over 30 countries [came] together for a two-day retreat May 14 and 15 at U.N. headquarters to reinforce their commitments to improve the health of women, children, and adolescents around the world. Government delegates, CEOs, civil society leaders, private…

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Case Numbers Triple In ‘Unprecedented’ Meningitis Outbreak In Niger; Vaccines In Short Supply, WHO Says

Reuters: Meningitis cases triple in two weeks in Niger, more than 400 dead — WHO “An outbreak of meningitis with ‘unprecedented features’ is spreading rapidly in Niger, with a tripling of cases in the past two weeks, hundreds of deaths so far this year, and vaccines in short supply, the…

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Humanitarian Ceasefire Ends In Yemen; Aid Groups Delivered Food, Medicine, Supplies During Pause

Wall Street Journal: Yemen Cease-Fire Expires “A five-day cease-fire between a Saudi-led military coalition and Yemen’s Houthi rebels expired Sunday night, despite a plea for an extension from the United Nations’ envoy to Yemen. … The pause started on Tuesday, giving humanitarian aid groups their first major opportunity to address…

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U.N.’s Ban Urges Continued Support Of Earthquake-Hit Nepal, Beyond Short-Term Humanitarian Aid

U.N. News Centre: ‘Emergency relief is never enough,’ says Ban, urging U.N. to help Nepal build back better “Over the past three weeks, the lives of eight million Nepalese people have been ‘changed beyond recognition,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the United Nations General Assembly [Friday], as he called on the…

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TB Described As ‘National Emergency’ In PNG Due To Poor Access To Health Care, Rising Multidrug-Resistant Cases

Al Jazeera America: Taming one of world’s oldest diseases in fast-growing Papua New Guinea “…Papua New Guinea has the highest rate of tuberculosis in the Pacific region, where 60 percent of new cases originate, according to the World Health Organization. The epidemic there is being described as a national emergency.…

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Colombia To End Herbicide Spraying In Coca Fields, Recognizing Health Concerns

NPR: Colombia Will End Coca Crop-Dusting, Citing Health Concerns “…Over the years, Colombian police planes have sprayed [coca] fields with a powerful weed killer. It’s part of a government program to destroy coca leaves, which are used to make cocaine. Since it began in 1994, the program has received more…

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Governments, Community Leaders Must Break Silence On Menstruation To Promote Women’s Rights

Inter Press Service: Opinion: Let’s Talk Menstruation. Period. Chris W. Williams, executive director of the U.N. Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, and Kersti Strandqvist, senior vice president of group sustainability for Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget “…In every country, the veil of silence around menstruation contributes to discrimination that can hold…

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Recent Scientific Advances Bring Hope To Search For HIV Vaccine, UNAIDS Head Says

UNAIDS: UNAIDS calls for sustained commitment to develop an effective HIV vaccine “On HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, UNAIDS is calling for a renewed global commitment to finding an effective HIV vaccine. ‘A vaccine would be a major step towards ending the AIDS epidemic,’ said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. ‘There…

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