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WHO coordinating the health response to Nepal earthquake; working to prevent spread of disease

Amid ongoing search and rescue operations being carried out in Nepal after Saturday’s devastating earthquake, WHO has taken leadership in coordinating medical relief for affected communities. According to Dr Roderico Ofrin, WHO’s Emergency Health Response Manager, the Organization is working closely with Nepal’s government to ensure that medical aid is delivered effectively.

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Breaking: 7.9 earthquake hits Nepal; thousands feared dead

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck just 50 miles outside of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal (population 1 million), on Saturday, April 25th. The earthquake struck Read More

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WHO Launches Global Registry Of Medical Response Teams For Humanitarian Crises

Agence France-Presse: WHO sets up emergency rapid response network “The World Health Organization launched a new network of rapid response medical teams Wednesday to react to humanitarian crises across the globe…” (4/8). U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency kicks off registry of vetted medical emergency teams, drawing lessons from past crises “With global crises on the…More

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WHO coordinating the health response to Nepal earthquake; working to prevent spread of disease

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Amid ongoing search and rescue operations being carried out in Nepal after Saturday’s devastating earthquake, WHO has taken leadership in coordinating medical relief for affected communities. According to Dr Roderico Ofrin, WHO’s Emergency Health Response Manager, the Organization is working closely with Nepal’s government to ensure that medical aid is delivered effectively.


Breaking: 7.9 earthquake hits Nepal; thousands feared dead

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A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck just 50 miles outside of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal (population 1 million), on Saturday, April 25th. The earthquake struck Read More


WHO Launches Global Registry Of Medical Response Teams For Humanitarian Crises

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Agence France-Presse: WHO sets up emergency rapid response network “The World Health Organization launched a new network of rapid response medical teams Wednesday to react to humanitarian crises across the globe…” (4/8). U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency kicks off registry of vetted medical emergency teams, drawing lessons from past crises “With global crises on the…More


Yemen on “verge of crisis” warn UN and aid groups

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Violence in Yemen is hampering efforts to provide humanitarian assistance, warned the United Nations and aid groups this week. The separate releases from the groups urged groups in Yemen to stop immediately. “A week of heavy airstrikes across much of Yemen, where more than 60 percent of the population are already reliant on aid, will result


Syrian Humanitarian Crisis Worsening, U.N. Official Warns, Urges International Solution

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U.N. News Centre: Syria crisis ‘worsening’ amid humanitarian funding shortfall, warns top U.N. relief official “The situation on the ground in Syria has ‘dramatically’ worsened as the country enters its fifth year of war amid escalating fighting and targeted attacks against civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian official warned today as she urged the international…More


Cyclone Pam

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Global Health Now offers an account of and links to articles about Cyclone Pam’s devastating effects on Vanuatu.     Canary in the Coal Mine Read More


Ground Truth Project Examines Effectiveness Of Disaster Relief Funding

NPR: Billions Go To Victims Of Disaster And Disease. Does It Really Help? “…Launched in 2012 under the auspices of a small nonprofit called Keystone Accountability, Ground Truth aims to provide continuous feedback on a relief program’s effectiveness by surveying the people the program is supposed to serve as frequently as once a week…” (Aizenman,…More


IMF Prepares $150M Relief Package For 3 West African Nations Hit Hardest By Ebola; World Bank…

Devex: New Ebola relief could prompt IMF reforms “The International Monetary Fund is preparing another Ebola relief package worth $150 million for Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia — aid that may pave the way for larger reforms to one of the IMF’s disaster relief mechanisms…” (Anders, 1/12). Reuters: IMF to provide new funds to help…More


From Paper to Practice: The Need for an Integrated Approach to Ebola Treatment

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Ami Waters | Global Health Core | The nurse greets the patient outside a newly constructed tent at the front of the clinic. She has Read More


Typhoon-battered Philippines in ‘fight for survival’

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At least 21 people were killed and 1 million forced into shelters when Typhoon Hagupit made landfall this weekend. With climate negotiations under way in Lima, Peru, officials from the Philippines offer an expert voice on the future for island states as the planet warms. “The Philippines has long experience coping with flooding and typhoons,


Focus on Private Sector: A rapid strike force for aid

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The Ebola response shows how firms can raise and deliver funding more quickly than other sectors, says Noshua Watson.


Ebola Fundamentally Alters the Doctor-Patient Relationship

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Phuoc Le, MD | MONROVIA — About a year ago I cared for Sharon, a 60-year-old woman who had traveled from California’s central valley to Read More


U.N. Should Take Responsibility For Haitian Cholera Outbreak

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GlobalPost: In denying Haiti cholera deaths, U.N. risks violating its core purpose Tim Howard, professor of international law at Cambridge Graduate University and lead attorney on a lawsuit filed against the U.N. on behalf of more than 2,600 Haitian families “Late last month, attorneys argued before the U.S. Federal District Court in Manhattan that the…More


Obama Requests $6.2B For Domestic, West African Ebola Responses

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News outlets report on a request made Wednesday by President Barack Obama for $6.2 billion in emergency funding for Ebola responses in the U.S. and West Africa. The White House released a fact sheet on the request. Associated Press: Obama seeks $6.2 billion for Ebola fight “President Barack Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for $6.2…More


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