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WHO Must Better Prepare To Respond To Global Epidemics, DG Chan Says

News outlets report on a speech by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan calling for the health agency to transform the way it responds to disease outbreaks. Agence France-Presse: WHO calls for urgent transformation of global epidemic response “The World Health Organization chief acknowledged Monday that the response to the West African…

IRIN Examines Public Opinion, Aid Impact Of Technical Term ‘Famine’

IRIN: Do we still care about the F word? “…Technically, famine has a clear definition, occurring only when certain measures are met. They are: at least 20 percent of households in an area face extreme food shortages with a limited ability to cope; acute malnutrition rates exceed 30 percent; and…

Ethiopia Needs Additional $230M To Provide Aid For 4.5M People, U.N. Agencies Say

Reuters: Number of Ethiopians needing food aid surges to 4.5 million after failed rains “…Ethiopia needs an extra $230 million from donors to secure aid for a total of 4.5 million people now projected to require assistance this year, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the World…

Access To Health Care Becoming Increasingly Difficult In War-Torn Yemen, WHO Warns

U.N. News Centre: Civilian needs mount in Yemen as medical supplies dwindle — U.N. health agency “Life-saving medicines, trauma kits, and blood bank supplies are urgently needed in war-ravaged Yemen, where nearly half the country’s health facilities have shut down, leaving thousands of injured civilians with fewer and fewer places…

Global Health Officials To Study Post-Ebola Symptoms Among Survivors

Washington Post: With many Ebola survivors ailing, doctors evaluate situation “Lingering health problems afflicting many of the roughly 13,000 Ebola survivors have galvanized global and local health officials to find out how widespread the ailments are and how to remedy them. The World Health Organization calls it an emergency within…