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Travel Restrictions Delay Efforts Of Medical Staff To Fight Ebola

Wall Street Journal: Travel Restrictions Hamper African Medical Staff in Ebola Fight “Scores of African doctors and nurses — many of them with experience treating Ebola — have experienced delays getting to affected regions because of flight bans and travel restrictions, an African Union official said on Thursday…” (Vogt, 10/24).

Microsoft Co-Founder Pledges At Least $100M For West African Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s pledge of at least $100 million for Ebola efforts in West Africa. CNBC: Paul Allen pledges $100 million to fight Ebola (Mangan, 10/23). Fortune: The tech exec who’s trying to destroy Ebola (Snyder, 10/23). Los Angeles Times: Billionaire Paul Allen pledges at…

Mobile Phone Records Can Help Combat Ebola Epidemic

The Economist: Ebola and big data: Waiting on hold “In the battle against Ebola, mobile phones could be invaluable — not just in themselves, as devices that can be used to send people public health information or let them call helplines, but also because of the data they generate…” (10/25).

Global Efforts To Eradicate Polio Continue On World Polio Day

News outlets report on various aspects of polio in recognition of World Polio Day, marked annually on October 24. Inter Press Service: Asia: So Close and Yet So Far From Polio Eradication “The goal is an ambitious one — to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. Towards this end, the…

Evidence Shows Giving Cash To Refugees Is Effective Form Of Aid

Reuters: Cash aid for refugees succeeds despite donors’ doubts “For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what’s best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they’re wrong. … Aid agencies are tentatively … giving away cash and letting refugees decide for themselves what they need.…

Despite Incremental Gains, Greater Efforts Needed To Eradicate Extreme Poverty In LDCs

U.N. News Centre: Far greater effort needed to eradicate extreme poverty in world’s poorest nations — U.N. report “While the world’s 48 most vulnerable nations continue to make in-roads into poverty reduction, a far greater effort is needed if these countries are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020, according to…

UNFPA, Kenyan NGO To Improve Health Of Women, Children Through Partnership

Xinhua News: U.N. agency inks deal to improve health of African women, children “The U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday expressed its commitment to a partnership with Amref Health Africa, a Kenya-based NGO, to improve the health of women and children in Africa. UNFPA Chief of Sexual and Reproductive Health…

U.N. Urges Greater Support For Iraqis In Need Of Humanitarian Aid Ahead Of Winter

U.N. News Centre: As winter closes in, U.N. launches humanitarian appeal for Iraqis in need “An estimated 2.8 million Iraqis lack food assistance while another 800,000 are in urgent need of emergency shelter, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned [Thursday] as it launched an…

Conflict Threatens South Sudan’s Development Gains

VOA News: South Sudan Crisis Threatens Development “…The South Sudanese government announced big plans to begin providing services for its own people after the country won independence in 2011, but the current conflict has changed all that. In December last year, a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his…