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U.N.’s Ban Plans Visit To West Africa; Unlikely Agency Will Meet Year-End Ebola Targets

Agence France-Presse: U.N. chief to travel to Ebola-hit countries: U.N. sources “U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, U.N. officials said Tuesday…” (12/17). New York Times: U.N. Secretary General to Visit Ebola-Plagued Nations “…The trip,…

Experts Call For Focus On Localized Ebola Outbreaks To Slow West African Epidemic

Devex: Battle against Ebola to go ‘mini, local’ — experts “…Fighting [Ebola] in West Africa now requires smaller but more medical teams in the countryside while stakeholders are increasingly thinking about how to address the long-term effects of the outbreak, according to sources who attended Friday a high-level meeting with…

Challenges Remain In Efforts To Pay, Retain Ebola Workers In Sierra Leone

The Guardian: Sierra Leone Ebola hospital staff threaten strike over risk pay “Staff at a hospital in Sierra Leone are threatening to go on strike, claiming the government has not been paying them risk allowance for working with patients with Ebola for months. … A strike would close the hospital,…

Agencies Working To Develop Faster Ebola Diagnostic Tests

VOA News: Better Ebola Tests Expected Within Months “…Health agencies agree there is an urgent need for innovative ways to provide rapid, sensitive, safe, and simple testing. WHO, Doctors Without Borders, and the private organization the Foundation of Innovative New Diagnostics are working with a number of companies to develop…

More, Better Data On Women, Girls Will Help Inform Development, Health Policies

Devex: More data on women and girls on the way “…The Millennium Challenge Corp., PEPFAR, the World Bank, several U.N. agencies, and other development organizations came together Monday to make new commitments through Data2x, an initiative led by the United Nations Foundation that works to advance gender equality and women’s…

Partners Working To Introduce Injectable Polio Vaccine, Eradicate Disease

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: On the Path to Polio Eradication: Ensuring Lasting Protection Jos Vandelaer, chief of UNICEF’s Global Immunization Program, and Michel Zaffran, coordinator of WHO’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), discuss the progress made in introducing the injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into routine immunization…

U.N. Report Presents Results Of Post-2015 Development Agenda Global Survey

U.N. News Centre: ‘7 million voices’ weigh in on future development agenda in U.N. survey “…The ‘We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices’ report presents the global results of MY World, the U.N. survey for a better world, which was developed in response to the Secretary-General’s call for ‘the most…