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Study Examines Likely Hosts Of Next Zoonotic Disease Outbreak

International Business Times: Scientists locate where the most deadly ‘missing viruses’ are hiding “…Many of the most deadly human diseases jump to people from other species. HIV and Ebola originated in other primates and SARS is thought to have come from bats. Now scientists think they know which viruses are most likely to leap from…More

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U.N. Revises Annual Humanitarian Aid Appeal Upward To $23.5B

Humanosphere: Funding fails to keep pace with record number of people in need of aid “Humanitarian needs are growing worldwide and international donors are not keeping up. The United Nations says it needs $23.5 billion to help some 141 million people across 37 countries in need of humanitarian assistance. It is $1.3 billion more than…More

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E.U.’s Highest Court Rules Courts Can Consider Vaccines As Cause Of Illnesses Without…

Associated Press: E.U. court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof “The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof. … On Wednesday, the E.U.’s top court said that despite the lack of scientific…More

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WHO, Partners To Send 1M Cholera Vaccine Doses To Yemen; Country’s Health Care System…

Associated Press: War-torn Yemen to get cholera vaccines as death toll mounts “The U.N. health agency and some major partners have agreed to send one million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen to help stanch a spiraling and increasingly deadly caseload in the impoverished country, which is already facing war and the risk of famine…”…More

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Venezuela’s National AIDS Program Suffers Under Country’s Economic Collapse

Globe and Mail: In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins “…Back when I was covering the African epidemic [more than a decade ago], Venezuela was invoked with admiration: This country has had free, public treatment for HIV since 1999. Its AIDS program was a model for countries throughout the developing world. … But…More

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More Than 5M Children Need Humanitarian Aid In Iraq; More Than 1K Killed In Country’s War…

Reuters: More than 5 million children need urgent humanitarian aid in Iraq: UNICEF “More than five million children are in urgent need of aid in Iraq, the United Nations said on Thursday, describing the war on Islamic State as ‘one of the most brutal’ in modern history. ‘Across Iraq, children continue to witness sheer horror…More

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U.N. Must Settle Debt To Haitian People Over Cholera Epidemic To Regain Credibility, Values

Miami Herald: The U.N. owes Haiti relief from cholera epidemic it introduced Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, and Betty Williams, all Nobel Peace Prize recipients “Seven years after its soldiers sparked the world’s worst cholera epidemic in Haiti, the United Nations is finally preparing to close its MINUSTAH peacekeeping mission…More

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More Political Will, Funding, Training Needed To Reduce TB-Related Deaths In India

New York Times: What Killed Half a Million Indians? Pranay Sinha, a physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Scott K. Heysell, a physician and associate professor of medicine, infectious diseases, and international health at the University of Virginia “…A staggering number of Indians — over 400 million — are estimated to be infected with TB.…More

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U.S. Must Continue Steady Global Health Funding ‘To Save Lives,’ Friends Of The Global…

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: Why every cent matters in the U.S. global health budget Friends of the Global Fight President Chris Collins writes, “I recently had the honor of addressing the amfAR Capitol Hill Conference, ‘Making AIDS History: A Roadmap for Ending the Epidemic,’ and I talked about why every dollar counts in…More

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CSIS Policy Brief Makes Recommendations For Trump Administration, Congress On U.S. Leadership…

Center for Strategic & International Studies: A Moment of Reckoning for U.S. Leadership on Global HIV In an email alert, Sara Allinder, deputy director and senior fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, writes, “In February 2017, the CSIS Global Health Policy Center convened an expert working group on HIV to discuss critical issues…More

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Global Ministerial Conference On Ending TB Set For November; Draft Declaration Undergoing…

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: WHO sets stage for global ministerial TB conference, seeks input on declaration Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses the goals of the Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB, set to take place this November in Moscow, and notes an online consultation period for the…More

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Devex Publishes Last Article In Series Examining How Mexico City Policy Will Impact Family…

Devex: A Trump-induced competition for women’s health funding in Colombia “…Complying with U.S. President Donald Trump’s reinstated ‘global gag rule’ in January, then, was never an option for Profamilia, Colombia’s biggest nongovernmental family planning services and safe abortion provider. … For Profamilia, which serves 600,000 people a year, this translates to a loss of $1.2…More

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Sweden’s Secretary Of State For International Development Speaks With Devex About…

Devex: Q&A: Sweden’s aid chief on Trump, multilateralism, and the securitization of aid “Multilateral institutions such as the United Nations offer the only route to solving global problems, according to Sweden’s international development chief. Speaking exclusively to Devex, Ulrika Modéer, Sweden’s secretary of state for international development, said that her country — the world’s third…More

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Conflict, Humanitarian Crises Fuel Cholera, Polio Outbreaks In Yemen, Syria

Washington Post: How war brought cholera and polio back to the Middle East “As war ravages public health systems in Yemen and Syria, doctors are treating epidemics and diseases they once thought were things of the past. In Yemen, it is cholera, a bacterial disease spreading so fast, [more than] 160,000 people have fallen sick…More

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