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Number Of Child Marriages Increase In Jordan Refugee Camps

New York Times: In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides “…For many Syrians stuck in Jordan’s squalid and sometimes dangerous refugee camps, marrying girls off at younger and younger ages is increasingly being seen as a necessity — a way of easing the financial burden on families with little or no…

U.N. Foundation Announces Formation Of Ebola Response Fund

United Nations Foundation: U.N. Foundation Launches Fund to Support United Nations’ Ebola Response “[On Friday,] the United Nations Foundation, in coordination with U.N. partners, announced a special fund that will enable individuals, corporations, and civil society organizations to directly support U.N. entities engaged in the Ebola outbreak response in West…

Senegal’s Ebola Situation ‘Stable,’ WHO Reports

WHO: Ebola situation in Senegal remains stable “The situation in Senegal, which confirmed its first case of Ebola virus disease on 29 August, remains stable. To date, 67 close contacts of the initial case have been identified and monitored twice daily…” (9/12).

News Outlets Examine International Community’s Ebola Response, Future Challenges

News outlets examine the response to the West African Ebola outbreak and the challenges that lie ahead. BuzzFeed News: How Global Health Failed Liberia As The Ebola Outbreak Took Hold “…Liberia’s poor health infrastructure is no secret. … So when one of the world’s deadliest diseases hit a country that…

Health Systems Cannot Keep Up With Ebola Cases, WHO Says; Death Toll Passes 2,400

News outlets report on the rising Ebola death toll in West Africa. CNN: West African health centers can’t keep up with Ebola outbreak, WHO says “The number of new Ebola cases is growing faster than the ability of health officials to handle them, the head of the World Health Organization…

U.N. Will Keep Peacekeeping Forces In Liberia To Support Nation During Ebola Outbreak

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. will ‘stay the course’ in Liberia, peacekeeping chief says “The United Nations will continue to stand by Liberia and its neighbors currently battling an ‘unprecedented’ Ebola outbreak, the organization’s peacekeeping chief pledged today in Monrovia, spotlighting his mission to assess how the U.N. can further…

WHO To Announce Global Health Initiative On Needle Safety

TIME: WHO to Start New Global Health Initiative For Needle Safety “At the TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that the organization will announce its third-ever global health initiative and policy in October. The initiative this time is…

Nearly Half Of Girls In South Asia Marry By Age 18

Associated Press: UNICEF: 46 percent of South Asia girls marry by 18 “Nearly half of girls in South Asia marry before their 18th birthday as children in the region continue paying the price of persistent inequality, according to a UNICEF report released Thursday…” (Olson, 9/11).

Global Food Prices Drop To 4-Year Low, FAO Reports

News outlets report on a drop in global food prices recorded by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Bloomberg News: Food Prices Drop to 4-Year Low on Tumbling Milk to Oils “Food prices fell to the lowest in almost four years in August as costs of milk, cheese, and cooking…

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