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Old Wives’ Tale Creates Delays In Measles Treatment In Somalia

Associated Press: In Somalia, a wives’ tale delays measles treatment “…Somalia is suffering from an outbreak of measles that the World Health Organization and the U.N. children’s agency labels ‘extremely alarming.’… Many children in the country are malnourished and few have access to medical care, making an outbreak potentially dangerous…

Iran Records First MERS Cases, WHO Says; Kuwait Identifies Camels With Virus

CIDRAP News: WHO confirms MERS in Iran as Kuwait finds virus in camels “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] confirmed the first two MERS-CoV cases in Iran, reported recently in the news media, while another media story said Kuwait has found the virus in five camels…” (Roos, 6/11).

WHO Calls For Better Access To Safe Blood Supplies To Prevent Maternal Deaths

VOA News: WHO: Access to Safe Blood Can Reduce Maternal Deaths “The World Health Organization says lack of access to safe blood is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of childbearing women each year. In advance of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, WHO is calling for…

U.N. Agencies Increase Humanitarian Efforts In Iraq As Crisis Escalates

News outlets report on the U.N.’s efforts to meet increasing needs in Iraq as the humanitarian crisis escalates. Associated Press/Huffington Post: Iraq Refugee Population Increased By Nearly 800,000 This Year: U.N. “The U.N. refugee agency says Iraq’s refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against…

FAO, WHO Call On Governments To Commit To Tackling Malnutrition

Food and Agriculture Organization: FAO and WHO urge strong political commitment to tackle malnutrition at upcoming high-level international conference “As hundreds of millions of people around the world continue to suffer from hunger and malnutrition, governments should make stronger commitments at the upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) to…

U.N. Releases Sexual Violence Reparations Guidelines; Global Summit Ends

News outlets report on developments at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which ended Friday in London. Inter Press Service: U.N. Releases Guidelines on Reparations for Victims of Sexual Violence “…[A]t a summit meeting in London this week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a set of guidelines…

U.N. Appeals For More Than $1B In Aid To South Sudan

News outlets report on the U.N.’s appeal for more than $1 billion in aid to South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: S. Sudan crisis ‘deteriorates’ after six months of war “Aid agencies warned Sunday that starvation and diseases like malaria and cholera were set to intensify the crisis in South Sudan, which…

U.N. Official Stresses Need For Improved Humanitarian Access In Myanmar

U.N. News Centre: Myanmar: senior U.N. official urges greater access to people in need of humanitarian aid “The United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator today stressed the need for improved access to people in need of humanitarian assistance in Myanmar, as she wrapped up a visit to the states of…

Pollution Kills More In Developing World Than Disease, Analysis Shows

News outlets report on an analysis released by the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) that states pollution, rather than disease, is the biggest killer in the developing world. Inter Press Service: In Developing World, Pollution Kills More Than Disease “Pollution, not disease, is the biggest killer in the…