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MNCH Issues Highlighted During Week Of U.N. General Assembly

Maternal Health Task Force: UNGA week shows maternal and newborn health are central to development challenge Amy Boldosser-Boesch, interim president of global advocacy at Family Care International, discusses the prominence of maternal, newborn, and child health issues during the week of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in September. She writes,…

WHO Releases Annual Global TB Report

World Health Organization: Global tuberculosis report 2014 The WHO released its annual global report on tuberculosis (TB), which “provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional, and country levels using data reported by over…

U.N. Welcomes Additional Donations To Ebola Fund

News outlets report a U.N. Ebola fund has received more donations in recent days. Associated Press: U.N. has praise as money starts to flow in for Ebola “The United Nations secretary-general is welcoming the cash and promises from countries in response to last week’s news that a U.N. trust fund…

U.N.’s Ban Cancels Planned Surprise Trip To West Africa

Foreign Policy: Exclusive: Ban Cancels Visit to Ebola-Ravaged West Africa “…On Oct. 31, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon planned to make a surprise trip to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to underscore the need to end the region’s increasing isolation and counter what he has argued is an overblown fear of…

Large Ebola Vaccine Trial Could Begin In January In West Africa, WHO Says

News outlets report on efforts to develop Ebola vaccines and therapies. Associated Press: WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January (Heilprin, 10/21). The Hill: Ebola vaccine to begin trials in West Africa in January (Ferris, 10/21). New York Times: Testing for Ebola Vaccines to Start Soon, WHO Says…

U.N. Helps Organize Polio Vaccinations In 6 Central African Nations

VOA News: U.N. to Aid Central Africa in Polio Vaccinations “The United Nations said it is assisting six Central African countries in organizing synchronized vaccinations after Cameroon reported a fifth case of the wild polio virus in its territory…” (Kindzeka, 10/21).

WHO Emergency Committee On Ebola To Evaluate Scope Of Outbreak

Reuters: WHO’s emergency committee on Ebola to meet Wednesday “The World Health Organization’s emergency committee on Ebola will meet on Wednesday to review the scope of the outbreak and whether additional measures are needed, a WHO spokeswoman said on Tuesday. ‘This is the third time this committee will meet since…

Higher Taxes, Greater Regulation Key To Curbing Tobacco ‘Epidemic,’ WHO Says

U.N. News Centre: Increased taxes, regulation key to fighting tobacco ‘epidemic,’ says U.N. health agency “The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco ‘epidemic’ and…

Science Must Be Considered In Policymaking, World Leaders Say

U.N. News Centre: ‘Science must have a place at the policy table,’ world leaders urge at special U.N. meeting “Science, technology, and innovation are central in forging development policy and solving some of the world’s most pressing problems including in education, health care, and peace and security, eminent scientists and…

WHO To Strengthen Partnership With Romania To Improve TB Services

WHO/Europe: WHO to cooperate more closely with Romania on improving TB services “WHO/Europe will strengthen its partnership with Romania to improve the quality and delivery of tuberculosis (TB) services, turn the tide against drug-resistant TB, and accelerate the implementation of structural health system reforms in the country. These were the…

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