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MERS Not International Emergency But Risk Of Spread To Ebola-Stricken Africa, WHO Says

Media outlets report on the outcomes of the WHO Emergency Committee meeting on Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). CIDRAP: WHO panel: MERS still not an international emergency “Following a summer lull of MERS-CoV cases but a renewed trickle in recent weeks, and amid worldwide worries about Ebola, the World Health…

U.N.’s Ban Calls For ‘Unprecedented Cooperation’ To Address Mutliple Global Crises

U.N. News Centre: In Geneva, U.N. chief stresses central role of human rights in global humanitarian efforts “Amid mounting crises, a warming planet, and the spread of contagious diseases, the world is being consumed by ‘many troubles,’ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Wednesday] as he pressed the international community…

Thousands Of Children Orphaned By Ebola At Risk Of Stigmatization

News outlets report on UNICEF’s announcement that at least 3,700 children in West Africa who have lost parents from Ebola risk stigmatization. Agence France-Presse: Children of Ebola dead shunned by families: UNICEF “Thousands of children who have lost parents to the West African Ebola epidemic are being shunned by frightened…

U.N. Ebola Leaders Speak Out On West African Epidemic Response

News outlets summarize comments made recently by the U.N.’s leaders on Ebola. Agence France-Presse: New U.N. Ebola chief vows swift response to crisis “The new head of the U.N. Ebola response team vowed Tuesday to take swift action on the crisis, saying ambitious targets must be met to prevent the…

International Community Needs New Strategies For Humanitarian Crises, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: As global crises multiply, U.N. official urges rethink for overstretched humanitarian system “The global humanitarian system has become dangerously overburdened as it faces a widening front of crises and conflicts, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned [Tuesday], as he urged a rethink of how the…

HIV Should Continue To Be Important Element In Post-2015 Agenda, UNDP Official Says

Xinhua/GlobalPost: Interview: UNDP official voices hope HIV important element in post-2015 development agenda “A senior official with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has voiced hope that HIV would continue to be an important element in the post-2015 development agenda as it kills more than one million people every year.…

U.N. MDG On Reducing Child Deaths Will Not Be Met, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: U.N. goal on child deaths set to be missed: study “A U.N. target for slashing infant deaths will be missed, mainly through failures to roll back infectious disease and complications during pregnancy, experts said on Wednesday. … The study, led by Robert Black of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School…

Contraceptive Use Low Among Adolescents, Controversial In Zimbabwe, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: Zimbabwe’s Family Planning Dilemma “…The issue of contraceptive use remains controversial and divisive in [Zimbabwe] … While Zimbabwe has made huge gains in some areas of reproductive health, including stemming new HIV infections, according to the Health Ministry, various United Nations agencies have raised concerns about the…

October 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The October 2014 WHO Bulletin includes an editorial on the importance of data collection, a perspective piece on Chagas disease in Europe, and news and research articles on various topics (October 2014).

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…

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