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Ebola-Hit Nations Push For Trials Testing Survivor Blood Transfusions As Treatment

Al Jazeera America: Blood transfusions show early promise as possible Ebola cure “…At a meeting held by the World Health Organization on Sept. 5, representatives from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia pushed for tests on whole blood and blood plasma. ‘The countries really liked the blood option more than the…

WFP Head Appeals For More Funding, Flexibility To Achieve Zero Hunger

EurActiv: World Food Programme chief appeals for ‘more flexible’ aid “Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the World Food Programme (WFP), made an appeal [Monday] for more funds to fight hunger in crisis areas, but also for more flexibility on how to use the funding…” (Gotev, 2/23).

Devex Video Analysis Examines Potential WHO Reforms

Devex: The drivers of change at WHO “The U.N. health agency was heavily criticized for its slow response to the Ebola crisis, but it shouldn’t take all the blame. [In this video,] Devex Senior Staff Writer Jenny Lei Ravelo shares what exactly has to change at the World Health Organization”…

Nature Magazine Outlines Challenges To Ending Ebola Epidemic

Nature: Six challenges to stamping out Ebola “…Highlighting the precariousness of the current situation [in West Africa], on 20 February, the officials leading the United Nations’ Ebola response efforts warned that the gains of the past few months risked unraveling. Nature outlines six of the biggest challenges to stamping out…

International Health Experts Offer Advice For WHO’s New Africa Regional Director

IRIN: Three words of advice for WHO Africa’s new chief “…Many international observers say they have high hopes for [WHO’s new regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Rebecca] Moeti, a medical doctor who has more than 35 years of experience working in the national and global public health sector. But she…

WHO, Partners Launch $1B Appeal For Relief Efforts In 4 Conflict-Torn Countries

Agence France-Presse: WHO seeks $1 bn more for four conflict-hit countries “The World Health Organization on Tuesday appealed for $1.0 billion in additional funds to help provide life-saving health services to millions in need in conflict-ravaged Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, and South Sudan…” (2/24). U.N. News Centre: U.N. health…

Pharmaceutical Industry To Push For Stricter Compulsory Licensing Of Patented Drugs At U.S. Trade Representative Meeting

Wall Street Journal: Pharma Narrowly Defines When Compulsory Licenses Should be Used “As the U.S. Trade Representative holds a hearing [Tuesday] to discuss how countries protect intellectual property, the pharmaceutical industry hopes to persuade the agency that countries should only be allowed to grant licenses to companies to make low-cost…

Washington Post Examines Long Road To Feasible Single-Use Syringe

Washington Post: Why it took so long for the world to start using ‘smart,’ self-destructing syringes “The World Health Organization called Monday for the worldwide use of needle syringes that self-destruct after a single injection. … The WHO has been hunting for solutions for nearly 25 years. Only recently has…