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1.5M Zimbabweans Expected To Be Food Insecure After Fall In Maize Production, WFP Warns

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Hunger hits 1.5 million in Zimbabwe as maize production halves: WFP “…Some 16 percent of the population are expected to be ‘food insecure’ at the peak of the 2015-16 lean season, the period following harvest when food stocks run especially low — a 164 percent increase on…

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WHO Must Better Prepare To Respond To Global Epidemics, DG Chan Says

News outlets report on a speech by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan calling for the health agency to transform the way it responds to disease outbreaks. Agence France-Presse: WHO calls for urgent transformation of global epidemic response “The World Health Organization chief acknowledged Monday that the response to the West African…

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IRIN Examines Public Opinion, Aid Impact Of Technical Term ‘Famine’

IRIN: Do we still care about the F word? “…Technically, famine has a clear definition, occurring only when certain measures are met. They are: at least 20 percent of households in an area face extreme food shortages with a limited ability to cope; acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 percent; and…

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Ethiopia Needs Additional $230M To Provide Aid For 4.5M People, U.N. Agencies Say

Reuters: Number of Ethiopians needing food aid surges to 4.5 million after failed rains “…Ethiopia needs an extra $230 million from donors to secure aid for a total of 4.5 million people now projected to require assistance this year, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the World…

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Access To Health Care Becoming Increasingly Difficult In War-Torn Yemen, WHO Warns

U.N. News Centre: Civilian needs mount in Yemen as medical supplies dwindle — U.N. health agency “Life-saving medicines, trauma kits, and blood bank supplies are urgently needed in war-ravaged Yemen, where nearly half the country’s health facilities have shut down, leaving thousands of injured civilians with fewer and fewer places…

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WHO Should Implement Incremental, Politically Feasible Changes To Better Respond To Disease Outbreaks

Health Affairs Blog: Getting The WHO To Take The Reins In Global Pandemics Michael Bluman Schroeder of the American University School of International Service discusses findings from the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel, arguing, “…[T]he establishment of a $100 million contingency fund and changes to the [WHO’s] organizational culture should be…

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Some Individuals, Countries, Organizations Pushing For Woman To Be Next U.N. Secretary General

New York Times: After 70 Years of Men, Some Say It Is ‘High Time’ a Woman Led the U.N. “…Whether the next secretary general will be a he or a she has become an increasingly potent subject of conversation, both inside and outside the corridors of the United Nations. Three…

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Global Health Officials To Study Post-Ebola Symptoms Among Survivors

Washington Post: With many Ebola survivors ailing, doctors evaluate situation “Lingering health problems afflicting many of the roughly 13,000 Ebola survivors have galvanized global and local health officials to find out how widespread the ailments are and how to remedy them. The World Health Organization calls it an emergency within…

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With Clinic Closures In War-Torn Yemen, WHO Warns Of ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ For Some Patients

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health workers vaccinate millions of children against polio and measles in war-ravaged Yemen “Nearly a quarter of all health facilities in Yemen are no longer operating fully — with more expected to close down in the coming weeks — resulting in ‘catastrophic consequences’ for patients suffering…

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Appearance Of New Meningitis Strain In Niger Prompts Warning Of Possibly Worse Outbreak In 2016

Lancet Infectious Diseases: Meningitis outbreak in Niger is an urgent warning “In most regards, the meningitis epidemic that struck Niger earlier this year was not unusual. But … [t]he outbreak in Niger was caused by a new strain of meningitis C. Serogroup C had been thought only to be a…

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