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Most Cities Fail To Meet WHO Air Quality Standards, New Data Show

News outlets report on new data from the WHO showing deteriorating air quality worldwide. BBC News: Air pollution ‘too high’ in most of world’s cities “The World Health Organization says air pollution in many of the world’s cities is breaching its guidelines. Its survey of 1,600 cities in 91 countries…

Opinion Pieces, Editorials Address Polio As Global Health Emergency

The following opinion pieces and editorials address the WHO’s declaration of polio as a global health emergency and efforts to eradicate the disease. The Guardian: Polio: a case for real alarm Sarah Boseley, Guardian health editor “…The only real way to finish polio will eventually be to rid the endemic…

Billions Lack Access To WASH, Inequalities Persist, U.N. Report Says

News outlets discuss a report released by the WHO and UNICEF highlighting inequalities in access to clean drinking water and sanitation. IRIN: WASH gains mask growing inequalities “Inequalities in access to clean drinking water and sanitation persist and in some cases are getting worse, although close to two billion people…

Global Misuse Of Antibiotics Leads To Drug Resistance

GlobalPost: Across the globe, getting antibiotics is barely harder than buying Pepsi “…[T]he more [antibiotics] are used — and the more they are misused, for the wrong ailments or without completing an entire course — the less effective they become. Humanity is fast approaching a ‘post-antibiotic era,’ according to the…

UNFPA, Gates Foundation MOU Aimed At Improving Contraceptive Access Through Innovation

“…Innovation is the key to improving access to family planning services and contraceptives. … That’s exactly what the partnership that UNFPA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently signed is all about. … UNFPA and the Gates Foundation will collaborate to develop and identify innovative approaches to allow for…

World Health Assembly To Vote On Fate Of World’s Remaining Smallpox Stocks

NPR: Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO “…The World Health Assembly, the WHO’s decision-making body, is set to May 19 to vote on a to destroy the stocks of smallpox virus held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta,…

West Africa Sees Improvement In Controlling Ebola Outbreak

Associated Press: Dramatic improvement in controlling Ebola outbreak “Health workers have made dramatic progress in controlling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa in recent weeks, a doctor with the World Health Organization said Friday. The outbreak has been blamed for the deaths of at least 168 people in Guinea and…

Food Aid Delivery Faces Challenges In DR Congo

Al Jazeera: DR Congo faces food insecurity despite aid “…It seems like a clear problem with an easy solution — people are starving, and relief organizations have food. But the issue of aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is mired by social, political and economic stakes in a…

Minimize Antibiotic Overuse, Develop New Antibiotics To Address Drug Resistance

New York Times: The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance “…The growth of antibiotic-resistant pathogens means that in ever more cases, standard treatments no longer work, infections are harder or impossible to control, the risk of spreading infections to others is increased, and illnesses and hospital stays are prolonged. … The most…

Crimea Faces ‘Human Tragedy,’ Risks To Public Health, U.N. AIDS Envoy Says

Agence France-Presse/Medical Xpress: Crimea facing ‘human tragedy’ on AIDS: U.N. envoy “The U.N. AIDS envoy for Eastern Europe on Thursday said Crimea faced a ‘human tragedy’ and risks to public health after a program for intravenous drug users was scrapped following Russia’s takeover…” (5/8).