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Questions Remain Whether WHO Reform Politically, Bureaucratically Feasible

Chatham House: Devil in the Detail for WHO’s Ebola Resolution Charles Clift, senior consulting fellow at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, discusses the resolution recently passed by the WHO Executive Board. “…It is very much open to question whether a strategy which seeks to centralize the…

World Bank President Proposes Global Funding Mechanism For Future Pandemics

BBC News: Ebola crisis: World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future pandemics “The world is ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the president of the World Bank has warned. Jim Yong Kim, speaking in Washington, said it was vital that governments, corporations, aid agencies, and…

New WHO Regional Director For Africa Vows Reform

New York Times: Botswana Doctor Is Named to Lead WHO in Africa “…’There is no question that, as a region, we need to up our game,’ [Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s new regional director for Africa,] said. ‘The WHO is reforming, and one of my intentions is to fast-track reform in…

Lawyers Preparing Appeal In Lawsuit Against U.N. Over Cholera Epidemic In Haiti

Devex: Lawyers push lawsuit against U.N. for Haiti cholera outbreak “Human rights lawyers in New York are preparing to file an appeal against a U.S. judge’s decision to dismiss a class action lawsuit against the United Nations, the next step in an uphill battle that, if successful, may change the…

Vietnamese HIV Group Seeks To Educate, Support HIV-Positive Women

PBS NewsHour: In Vietnam, learning to embrace life with HIV “…HIV/AIDS is one of Vietnam’s largest health issues. In the country of 93 million, an estimated 250,000 people are living with HIV and about 67,000 of them are women, according to UNAIDS, which receives its data from the Vietnamese Ministry…

Haiti Needs Additional WASH Funding, Stronger Institutions To Eliminate Cholera

Huffington Post: Clean Water and Strong Institutions for Haiti Pedro Medrano Rojas, U.N. assistant secretary general and senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti “The cholera epidemic in Haiti has highlighted the international community’s historic lack of attention to water and sanitation. … The U.N. has made eliminating cholera in…

India Setting Targets, Taking Actions To Reduce NCD Burden In Country

World Health Organization: India: first to adapt the Global Monitoring Framework on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) This feature discusses the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in India and the country’s response. According to the piece, “…[T]he Government of India is taking immediate action and targeting the greatest risk factors contributing to…

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