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Water Essential Element To Global Peace, Development Agenda, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Water central to global peace, development, U.N. deputy chief tells London summit “The most basic of all human rights — water — is also a central element in global affairs and the development agenda with wide implications on international peace and security, the deputy secretary-general [Jan Eliasson]…

U.N. Lacks Resources To Defeat Ebola, U.N. Ebola Coordinator Says

BBC News: Ebola outbreak: U.N. ‘lacks resources’ to fight deadly virus “The head of the U.N. mission charged with fighting Ebola in West Africa has told the BBC he does not yet have the resources necessary to defeat it. Tony Banbury said more help was urgently needed, despite significant contributions…

WHO Asks Canada, Australia To Justify Ebola Travel Restrictions

News outlets report on the WHO’s request for Canada and Australia to justify their decisions to restrict travel from Ebola-hit West African countries. Agence France-Presse: Canada, Australia must explain visa block on Ebola nations “The World Health Organization said Wednesday it had asked Canada and Australia to justify their decisions…

WHO Revises Ebola Death Toll Downward Due To Change In Data Source

Reuters: WHO revises Ebola death toll lower, virus slowing in Liberia “The World Health Organization said on Wednesday it continued to see a slowdown in weekly Ebola cases in Liberia, although incidence of the disease was still rising in Sierra Leone and stable in Guinea. … It said the revision…

Media Sources Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Drug, Vaccine R&D

Media sources report on various issues surrounding research into Ebola vaccines and treatments. Associated Press: U.S. officials unveil plan to test Ebola drugs (Marchione, 11/5). CIDRAP News: FDA, industry officials vow to minimize barriers to Ebola vaccines (Roos, 11/5). Reuters: U.S. Ebola researchers plead for access to virus samples (Steenhuysen,…

WHO AFRO Nominates Agency Veteran Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti As Next Regional Director

News outlets report the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) on Wednesday nominated Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, a physician from Botswana, as the agency’s next Regional Director for Africa. Agence France-Presse: WHO appoints new Africa chief after Ebola criticism “The Africa arm of the World Health Organization — which has been…

World Must Prepare For Aging Population, WHO, Lancet Say

Media sources report on calls from the WHO to prepare for a global aging population and the publication of a series in The Lancet on the issue. The Lancet: Series on Aging “This Series on Aging highlights a neglected area in the health sector and in social and economic-policy development.…

U.N. Refugee Agency Launches Campaign To Eliminate Statelessness

Associated Press: U.N. refugee agency moves to wipe out statelessness “The U.N. refugee agency launched an ambitious campaign Tuesday to wipe out statelessness in the next decade with the goal of preventing millions from spending their entire lives without legal documentation. The goal is to focus attention on people who…

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