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Disease Outbreaks In Syria ‘Inevitable,’ WHO Warns

“Outbreaks of hepatitis, typhoid, cholera or dysentery are ‘inevitable’ in Syria and its neighbors this summer, while cases of measles and other infections are already growing because of the country’s broken health system and increasing numbers of displaced people, the [WHO] has warned,” The Guardian reports (Meikle, 6/4). “Almost 4.25…

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Learning From The Success Of African Leadership In AIDS Response

“The AIDS epidemic threatened to overcome Africa — but instead, Africa and the world have united to overcome AIDS, going farther than most ever thought possible,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. “Today fewer people are becoming newly infected with HIV, millions…

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Smallholder Farmers Hold Key To Sustainable Agriculture, Report Says

“Given the right conditions and targeted support, small farmers can unleash a new and sustainable agricultural revolution, the United Nations environment agency and a partner agricultural development organization reported [on Tuesday] on the eve of World Environment Day,” the U.N. News Centre reports. The report (.pdf), titled “Smallholders, Food Security…

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Polio Virus Found In Sewage Sample From Israel

“The polio virus has been found in a sewage sample from Israel for the first time since 2002, the [WHO] announced on Monday,” the New York Times reports, noting no new cases have been identified in Israel or in Gaza or the West Bank. “The sample was from Rahat, a…

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South African Researcher To Head UNAIDS Panel On Science Strategy

“South African epidemiologist and University of KwaZulu-Natal Professor Salim Adbool Karim has been named the chair of the newly established UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel,” Times Live reports (Child, 6/4). “The panel which he will head up is tasked with providing strategic advice on the relevance of new research and findings…

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MERS Virus Spreads To Italy, Kills 3 More In Saudi Arabia

“On Friday, Italy’s health ministry reported its first case of [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)] was contracted by a 45-year-old man who returned from a trip to Jordan where he visited his son, who had the ‘flu,'” GlobalPost reports (Mattson, 5/31). “The patient was in good condition and was…

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U.N. Completes 1st Phase Of Polio Vaccination Campaign In Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp

“The United Nations says it has completed the first phase of an aggressive vaccination campaign to contain a polio outbreak in Kenya’s largest refugee camp,” VOA News reports. “The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and the [WHO] issued a statement Friday, saying 288,000 children up to age 15 are being…

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19 Members Of Congress Send Letter To U.N. Secretary General Urging Body To Take Responsibility For Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Friday sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “expressing concerns about the lack of progress in responding effectively to the Haitian cholera epidemic,” Haiti Libre reports. The website notes that the letter, signed by 19 members of Congress, “urges the Secretary General to use…

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U.N. Food Agencies Call For Hunger Elimination By 2025, Food Security And Nutrition To Top African Development Agenda

“Officials of United Nations food agencies on Saturday called for food security and nutrition to be placed at the center of the international agenda for African development, and hunger to be eliminated by 2025,” Xinhua reports (6/1). Director-General of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva,…

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Women Deliver Conference Wraps Up With Call For Continued Investments In Girls, Women

“Women Deliver 2013 concluded [Thursday] with a call for continued investments in girls and women,” a Global Health Strategies press release/AllAfrica.com reports. “The final day of Women Deliver 2013 focused on the critical need to prioritize girls and women in the lead-up to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline…

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