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UNFPA Launches Appeal To Focus Humanitarian Efforts In Philippines On Women, Children

“Two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, more than 3.2 million women and girls of reproductive age are still in need of urgent care and protection, the United Nations population agency said [Saturday], launching an appeal for $30 million to provide services and aid during the next six months,”…

GAVI To Provide Support For Inactivated Polio Vaccine

“The GAVI Alliance is to begin providing support for the introduction of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) as part of routine immunization programs in the world’s 73 poorest countries, GAVI’s Board decided [on Friday],” a GAVI press release states. “This decision will enable the Alliance to help countries reach more children…

FDA Approves H5N1 Vaccine For Use In Epidemic

“The Food and Drug Administration [FDA] said Friday it has approved a vaccine made by GlaxoSmithKline Plc for use in the event of an H5N1 bird flu epidemic,” Al Jazeera America reports (11/24). “H5N1 made news around the globe last year when two groups of researchers published [papers] on mutations that could…

Children To Be Immunized Against Measles, Polio In Philippines

“Around 33,000 children are to be immunized against measles and polio in typhoon-hit Tacloban city” in the Philippines, BBC News reports, noting the WHO, “which is supporting the government campaign, fears possible outbreaks of disease.” According to the news service, “Huge numbers — including many children — were left homeless,…

Kenya Vaccinates 5 Million Children Against Polio

“Kenya, which has declared a polio outbreak a public emergency, vaccinated more than five million children to curb the spread of the viral disease after a spate of cases in eastern Africa, the United Nations said,” Bloomberg reports. “While Kenya has confirmed 14 cases of polio since May 14 when…

Wired Examines Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan, Afghanistan

In a five-part feature in Wired magazine, journalist Matthieu Aikins examines efforts to eradicate polio, with a focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan. “The global campaign [against polio], decades in the making, has come down to this: an all-out, very expensive effort to eliminate the last few problem areas in some…

PBS NewsHour Examines Humanitarian Situation In Syria

PBS NewsHour features a report on the growing number of refugees and internally displaced persons resulting from ongoing fighting in Syria. “Fighting and a government blockade are preventing food from reaching tens of thousands of civilians in the suburbs around the capital [of Damascus] that are under rebel control,” the…

Police Officers Guarding Polio Vaccinators Shot In Pakistan; One Killed

“Gunmen in northwest Pakistan attacked police officers guarding a team of polio vaccination workers, killing one officer, police said,” United Press International reports (11/30). “Officials say the police were attacked Saturday in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,” VOA News writes, adding, “No group has claimed responsibility for…

U.N. Official Denounces Killing Of Two Health Workers In Darfur, Sudan

“Two Sudanese health ministry workers helping to vaccinate children in the Darfur region have been killed, the United Nations said on Friday, condemning their deaths,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The victims, a vaccinator and a driver, were part of a team inoculating vulnerable children against measles in West Darfur state, Ali…