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Double Vaccine Offers Better Protection Against Polio, Study Says

News outlets report on a study’s findings that using two types of polio vaccines could give better protection and speed up efforts to fight polio. Associated Press/The Guardian: Polio double vaccine gives better protection, study finds “For decades, there’s been a tug-of-war between the oral and inactivated polio vaccines over…

International Community’s Response To Ebola Outbreak Criticized

Reuters summarizes criticism of the global community’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Ebola response of MSF and ‘boiling frog’ WHO under scrutiny “A decade ago, scientists would have laughed at the idea of Ebola as a public health emergency of international concern. Today, they are shocked…

The Guardian Interviews U.N. Women Executive Director

The Guardian: U.N. Women’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on women’s empowerment “Longtime champion of social justice and women’s rights, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka offers her thoughts on the important role women have to play in economies…” (8/21).

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Ongoing Ebola Outbreak

An editorial and several opinion pieces address the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The Lancet: Ebola: a failure of international collective action Editorial Board “…Although WHO is now leading the international response to the crisis, it was initially slow to act at the high level that was needed. … The crisis shows…

U.S., U.N. Efforts To Contain Ebola Outbreak Continue

News outlets report on efforts undertaken by the U.S. and U.N. to combat the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Africa. ABC News: Ebola Outbreak Enters Sixth Month With No End in Sight “Though two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola, the outbreak continues to spread in West Africa with no…

U.N. Humanitarian Chief Calls For Scale-Up Of Aid, Efforts In Ukraine

U.N. News Centre reports on the U.N.’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. U.N. News Centre: In Ukraine, U.N. relief chief pledges support for political, aid, rebuilding efforts “The top United Nations relief official told reporters in Ukraine [on Saturday], that while the situation in Sloviansk has improved, the…

Access To Contraception Controversial In Philippines Amid Growing Population

PBS NewsHour: Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines “In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in…

WFP Warns N. Korea Food Aid Program May Be Shut Down Due To Lack Of Funding

Associated Press: U.N. warns its food aid program in N. Korea at risk “The World Food Programme may have to shut down its operations in North Korea by early next year unless it gets more funding from international donors by this autumn, the U.N. agency’s director for Asia said Friday…”…

UNICEF Calls For Investment In African Children

Humanosphere: Booming African population leads UNICEF to call for more investments in children Development blogger Tom Murphy discusses a report (.pdf) released by UNICEF that supports the prioritization of investing in children’s health, education, and protection to achieve economic benefits in Africa (8/22).