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U.N. Agencies Ramp Up Aid To Nepal As Monsoon Season Approaches

U.N. News Centre: Nepal: U.N. underscores need to act now before monsoon rains risk further disaster “As Nepalese communities devastated by two major earthquakes struggle to restore and rebuild, United Nations humanitarian workers and their partners are in a fierce race against time to reach survivors in the remote mountains…

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U.N. Efforts To Stem Cholera Outbreak Among Burundian Refugees In Tanzania Showing Progress

Agence France-Presse: Cholera outbreak among Burundi refugees in Tanzania slowing: U.N. “A cholera outbreak raging among Burundian refugees in Tanzania has slowed significantly with no new deaths reported in the past five days, the United Nations said Tuesday…” (5/26). Reuters: Cholera epidemic hits 3,000 Burundi refugees in Tanzania: U.N. “About…

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Adoption, Implementation Of Global Action Plan To Combat Antimicrobial Resistance Can Help Bring Problem ‘Under Control’

Devex: Time for decisive action on antimicrobial resistance Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health security at the WHO “…Despite the concern of clinicians and scientists over decades, and some progress in recent years, antimicrobial resistance has become one of the most serious global health threats of modern times. … In…

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New Global Malaria Strategy Sets Ambitious Target; Disease Can Be Eliminated With More Resources

Huffington Post: Looking Ahead for Global Health Michael Møller, acting director general of the United Nations Office at Geneva “…This week the World Health Assembly agreed on a new global malaria strategy that aims to reduce the disease by at least 90 percent and eliminate malaria altogether in at least…

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Report Urges Greater Protection Of HCWs, Patients, Health Facilities, As Attacks Documented In 17 Countries

New York Times: Health Workers and Patients Under Threat in 17 Countries, Report Finds “Health workers, patients, and medical facilities have come under attack in 17 countries since the start of 2014, a coalition of 24 nongovernmental organizations said in a report released Wednesday that urged a greater international effort…

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WHO Sends Ebola Response Team To Guinea-Bissau Border Neighboring Recent Cluster In Guinea District

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency responds to Ebola spike by deploying team on border of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] reported ‘a substantial increase’ in the weekly total of new Ebola cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone and deployed a response team to the border…

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WHO Must Play Larger Role In Protecting People From Pollution, U.N. Independent Expert Says

U.N. News Centre: Expert urges U.N. health agency to do more to protect people from toxic substances “The U.N. independent expert on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes today urged the World Health Organization to ‘play a much larger,…

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Ebola Outbreak Serves As ‘Wake-Up Call’ To Boost R&D, Prepare For Next Outbreak

Scientific American: After Ebola, a Blueprint Emerges to Jump-Start R&D Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director general for health systems and innovation “…The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been called a wake-up call for so many reasons. … From where I sit in Geneva, the response by the global health…

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World Governments Should Set Smart Development Targets, Focus On Key Priorities

Project Syndicate: Smart Development Targets Bjørn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, and founder and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center “…[T]he U.N. is currently poised to consider an impossibly inclusive 169 targets [for the post-2015 development agenda]. … In truth, having 169 priorities is like having none…

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WHO Governing Body Agrees To Global Malaria Strategy, Budget For 2016-17

WHO: World Health Assembly agrees Global Malaria Strategy and Program Budget 2016-17 “…The strategy aims to reduce the global disease burden by 40 percent by 2020, and by at least 90 percent by 2030. It also aims to eliminate malaria in at least 35 new countries by 2030. Between 2000…

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