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Ebola Threat Waning But Epidemic Remains International Health Emergency, WHO Says

News outlets report on the WHO’s fifth meeting of its Emergency Committee on the Ebola epidemic. Agence France-Presse: ‘Progress’ in Ebola fight, but ‘substantial risks’ remain: WHO “Real progress is being made in the fight against Ebola, but the deadly outbreak in West Africa remains a major international health emergency,…

Successful Palestinian Bid To Join WHO Could Affect U.N. Agency’s U.S. Funding

Daily Beast: Could a Pro-Israel Congress Cripple the World Health Organization? “The ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians could soon claim a new, unexpected victim: the global fight against Ebola and other pandemics. A looming international controversy — created, in part, by American laws — threatens to cut off…

Funding, Monitoring Of SDGs Need Equal Attention To Wording Of Goals

The Guardian: Sustainable development won’t happen without the means to implement it Jonathan Glennie, director of policy and research at Save the Children “…If poor countries have to come to the U.N. every year and report on progress on education, health, and so on, then their richer counterparts should follow…

Questions Remain Over Ebola Vaccine Trials As Epidemic Subsides

Wall Street Journal: Squabbles Over Testing Methods Hamper Search for Ebola Vaccine “The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa created a rare opportunity: New vaccines could be tested, and if they worked, serve as a firewall in future epidemics. It now appears this chance is slipping away amid public health…

Innovative Data Collection, Analysis Helping Improve U.N. Humanitarian Projects

U.N. News Centre: U.N. bodies present projects showing how ‘Big Data’ can save lives, fight hunger “…The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) and U.N. Global Pulse — an innovation initiative of the Secretary-General — have teamed up on research projects exploring the link between mobile phone usage and hunger and…

Cambodia Falls Short Of Maternal Mortality MDG Target

VOA News: Too Many Cambodian Women Dying During Childbirth “Cambodia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia. The number of women dying during pregnancy or childbirth has dropped in recent years. But it is still far short of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals…” (Kimseng, 4/9).

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