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WHO Emergency Committee On Ebola To Evaluate Scope Of Outbreak

Reuters: WHO’s emergency committee on Ebola to meet Wednesday “The World Health Organization’s emergency committee on Ebola will meet on Wednesday to review the scope of the outbreak and whether additional measures are needed, a WHO spokeswoman said on Tuesday. ‘This is the third time this committee will meet since…

Higher Taxes, Greater Regulation Key To Curbing Tobacco ‘Epidemic,’ WHO Says

U.N. News Centre: Increased taxes, regulation key to fighting tobacco ‘epidemic,’ says U.N. health agency “The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco ‘epidemic’ and…

Science Must Be Considered In Policymaking, World Leaders Say

U.N. News Centre: ‘Science must have a place at the policy table,’ world leaders urge at special U.N. meeting “Science, technology, and innovation are central in forging development policy and solving some of the world’s most pressing problems including in education, health care, and peace and security, eminent scientists and…

WHO To Strengthen Partnership With Romania To Improve TB Services

WHO/Europe: WHO to cooperate more closely with Romania on improving TB services “WHO/Europe will strengthen its partnership with Romania to improve the quality and delivery of tuberculosis (TB) services, turn the tide against drug-resistant TB, and accelerate the implementation of structural health system reforms in the country. These were the…

Number Of Ebola Deaths Surpasses 4,500, Cases Rise Above 9,200, WHO Says

News outlets report on the latest number of Ebola cases and deaths reported by the WHO. Agence France-Presse: Ebola death toll soars to 4,555 out of 9,216 cases: WHO “More than 4,500 people have died in the deadly Ebola outbreak that began in West Africa at the beginning of the…

WHO Declares Senegal, Nigeria Ebola-Free

News outlets report on the WHO announcements that both Senegal and Nigeria have been declared Ebola-free. The Atlantic: Senegal Is Declared Free of Ebola “On Friday, as the White House made the essentially symbolic gesture of appointing a ‘czar’ to contain the American outbreak, some 4,000 miles to the east,…

Leaked Draft WHO Document Faults ‘Nearly Everyone’ For Slow Ebola Response; Agency Will Not Comment Until Final Document Complete

News outlets report on a leaked internal draft WHO document that faults the agency’s and others’ response to the Ebola epidemic. Associated Press: Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa “Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small…

UNMEER To Ensure Coordinated Support For National Ebola Response Plans

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. to consult West African governments on coordinating global crisis response “…According to a press release from the Ghana-based U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), [Saturday's] meeting produced an operational framework to ensure the wider U.N. system adopts a unified and coordinated approach to the…

Underreporting Of Cases Likely In West African Ebola Epidemic

News outlets examine the challenges of collecting accurate data on how many people have become infected with or died from Ebola in West Africa. The Guardian: Ebola: Liberia deaths ‘far higher than reported’ as officials downplay epidemic “The true death toll from the Ebola epidemic is being masked by chaotic…