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WHO Executive Board Adopts Resolution Calling For Reforms, Including Creation Of Emergency Fund, Health Care Worker Reserve

Agence France-Presse: WHO pledges reforms as it admits Ebola mistakes “The World Health Organization’s chief on Sunday admitted the U.N. agency had been caught napping on Ebola and pledged reforms to avoid similar mistakes in future…” (Chanda, 1/25). Bloomberg News: Ebola Spurs WHO Plan for Health Reserves After Missteps “The…

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Number Of New Ebola Cases Down Sharply, But WHO Running Out Of Funds To Maintain Efforts

Associated Press: Tide turning in Ebola fight after hard lessons “…Ten months after it dawned on health officials that they were facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts and officials agree the tide is turning, although previous lulls have proved short-lived…” (Larson/Cheng, 1/24). The Hill: WHO running out…

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Disease Threats Top Security Concerns At World Economic Forum; Ban Urges Focus On Climate, Development, Gender Issues

Reuters: After Ebola, flu and drug resistance top pandemic threats “…Risks posed by pandemic threats such as deadly strains of flu and drug-resistant superbugs have shot up the agenda of global security issues at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos as politicians and scientists grapple with the lessons from…

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Southern African Floods Leave Survivors In Need Of Food, Humanitarian Assistance, U.N., Aid Groups Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: ‘Dire’ needs of southern African flood survivors unmet two weeks on “Two weeks after floods first swept across southern Africa, tens of thousands of people urgently need clean water, food, shelter, and medical care, aid agencies said on Friday, as more rain was forecast for worst-affected Malawi…”…

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U.N. Welcomes El Salvadorian Assembly’s Pardon Of Woman Previously Convicted Of ‘Aggravated Homicide’ For Miscarriage

U.N. News Centre: El Salvador: U.N. rights office welcomes ‘ground-breaking’ pardon of woman in abortion case “The United Nations human rights office [Friday] welcomed the ‘ground-breaking decision’ of the Salvadorian Legislative Assembly to pardon a young women’s 30-year sentence in an abortion case. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana, who suffered a miscarriage…

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Supporting Women’s Reproductive Health Can Help Build Stronger Economies

World Economic Forum’s “Agenda”: The economic case for contraceptive choice Karl Hoffman, president and CEO of Population Services International, discusses how family planning and women’s health impact economic growth and development (1/23).

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Global Network For NTDs Special Envoys Urge U.N. To Include NTDs In Post-2015 Development Goals

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Special Envoys Urge the Inclusion of NTDs within the Sustainable Development Goals “…Even though NTDs were included in the Outcome Document of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) in 2014, they are not specifically mentioned in [U.N. Secretary-General…

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Sierra Leone Lifts Quarantines, Plans To Reopen Schools As Ebola Epidemic Slows

Agence France-Presse: S. Leone to reopen schools in March as Ebola retreats “Sierra Leone said on Thursday it would reopen schools across the country in March, with the deadly Ebola epidemic slowing throughout West Africa…” (1/22). Reuters: Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantine measures amid progress “Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai…

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UNICEF Urges World Economic Forum Participants To Focus On Marginalized Children

Huffington Post: U.N. Calls On Davos Participants To Do More For Kids Affected By Violence, Poverty, Disease “…More than 2,500 participants are expected to attend the five-day [World Economic Forum] event in Davos, Switzerland, where business leaders, politicians, and Nobel laureates are tackling such heavy topics as deepening global inequality…

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Group Urges Countries To Abolish Discriminatory Laws Affecting People With Leprosy

Reuters: Laws deny leprosy sufferers right to work, travel, marry: study “…Around 20 countries, including India, Thailand, and Nepal, have or continue to pass laws that discriminate against people with leprosy, the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) said ahead of World Leprosy Day on Sunday. … The U.N. adopted…

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