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U.N. Mission For Ebola Emergency Response Opens Headquarters In Ghana

News outlets report on the opening of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) headquarters in Accra, Ghana. Associated Press: U.N. mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana “The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to…

Ebola Epidemic Causing Economic, Social Crises In Liberia

News outlets report on Ebola-stricken Liberia’s collapsed health care system and failing economy. Agence France-Presse: Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss, experts warn “With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces, and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn…”…

U.N. Official Warns International Community Of Overlooking African Humanitarian Crises

U.N. News Centre: U.N. refugee chief warns against overlooking humanitarian crises in Africa “The United Nations refugee chief [on Monday] warned the international community about the risks of overlooking the humanitarian crises in Africa, calling for a renewed commitment to preventing conflict and ending protracted displacement…” (9/29).

Iceland Announces Male-Only U.N. Conference On Women, Gender Equality

Associated Press: Iceland announces men-only U.N. meeting on women “Iceland is announcing a U.N. conference on women and gender equality — and only men and boys are invited. The country’s foreign affairs minister told the U.N. General Assembly of world leaders on Monday that the January ‘barbershop’ conference will be…

Children In Middle East Suffer Detrimental Effects Of War, Experts Say

News outlets report on the negative effects of war and violence on children in the Middle East. U.N. News Centre: Not a single child untouched by recent Gaza conflict, says U.N. rights expert “There is not a single child who has not been adversely affected by the recent conflict in…

Pakistan Struggles To Eradicate Polio

News outlets report on Pakistan’s struggle to eradicate polio. IRIN: Polio cases surge in Pakistan “Pakistan is heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared to 28…

AFRICOM’s Involvement In Ebola Response Could Change Future Aid For Human Security Threats

Washington Post: Will AFRICOM’s Ebola response be watershed moment for international action on human security? Maryam Zarnegar Deloffre, assistant professor in the Department of Historical and Political Studies at Arcadia University “…The AFRICOM and UNMEER missions are not your typical militarized humanitarian intervention. Defining the Ebola crisis as a human…

U.S. Works With U.N. To Support LGBT Rights

U.S. State Department’s “DipNote”: Free and Equal: Working With the United Nations To Support LGBT Rights Wesley Reisser, foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, discusses how the U.S. played a “role in supporting efforts to highlight LGBT rights” at the U.N. General Assembly in New York…

Blog Post Examines UNAIDS’ ‘Fast Track’ Strategy Aimed At Ending AIDS By 2030

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: UNAIDS plan to “Fast Track” end of AIDS means prioritizing men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for…

Kaiser Family Foundation Analysis Examines Ebola Epidemiology Data, Epidemic Projections

Kaiser Family Foundation: Measuring the Impact of Ebola: Will it Reach 1.4 Million? In the latest post in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Policy Insights series, Jen Kates, vice president and director of global health and HIV policy for the foundation, and Josh Michaud, associate director for global health policy at…