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World Bank Might Back Indemnity Plan For Ebola Vaccine Makers, WHO Official Says

Bloomberg News: World Bank May Help Indemnify Ebola Vaccine Makers, WHO Says “The World Bank may help indemnify Ebola vaccine makers in case any liabilities arise, as countries and international aid groups support drugmakers racing to develop preventions for the virus. Establishing an indemnity mechanism is being discussed among governments,…

Progress Stalled On Measles Elimination, WHO Data Show

Media sources report on a WHO report showing 2015 targets for measles will not be met without stepped up efforts. The Guardian: Measles eradication plans have stalled, says WHO “Progress against the elimination of measles has stalled, the World Health Organization is warning. The number of deaths from the viral…

U.N. Official Calls For More Funding For Cholera Elimination Efforts In Haiti

U.N. News Centre: ‘Haiti cannot wait 40 years’ to eliminate cholera, warns U.N. envoy as response lags “The top United Nations coordinator for cholera response in Haiti says support for initiatives to combat the disease has been ‘disappointing,’ noting that while it may be possible to eliminate cholera in about…

Ambitious Targets Important For Progress Toward Ending AIDS

AVAC: Guest Blog by UNAIDS’ Chris Collins — Fast Track: New AIDS targets and the urgency for action Chris Collins, chief of the Community Mobilization Division at UNAIDS, discusses the U.N. agency’s “90 90 90” plan, and a new Fast Track initiative to help countries evaluate and implement programs to…

Ebola Deaths Surpass 5,000, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement that more than 5,000 people have died from Ebola. Associated Press: More than 5,000 Ebola deaths, says WHO “More than 5,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, which was first identified in Guinea in March, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday, marking…

Several U.N. Officials Comment On Ebola Response In West Africa

News outlets report on comments made by several U.N. officials about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the international response. Agence France-Presse: U.N. encourages travel to ‘vibrant’ Ebola-hit West Africa “The U.N.’s Ebola czar on Wednesday encouraged tourists to visit West Africa, saying Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea were ‘vibrant…

WHO Issues Guidance On Reducing Indoor Air Pollutants

Media sources report on the WHO’s recently released recommendations on reducing emissions from health-damaging household pollutants. U.N. News Centre: New U.N. targets on indoor air pollution aim to save millions of lives each year “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] highlighted the dangers of burning fuels like unprocessed…

Blog Post Discusses Challenges In Defining, Achieving Malaria Eradication

Humanosphere: Visualizing zero malaria, whatever zero might be In a guest post, Nancy Fullman, policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses malaria eradication efforts and issues around defining and achieving zero malaria (11/12).