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World Economic Forum Held in Davos, Switzerland

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Held in Davos, Switzerland Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Discussed The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held late last month in Davos, Switzerland brought together global leaders to discuss the world’s issues. Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), only featured once on the

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Vaccination Campaign Addressing Polio in Afghanistan Under Challenging Conditions

Vaccination Campaign Addressing Polio in Afghanistan Under Challenging Conditions Four of the twenty polio cases worldwide this year occurred in Shahwalikot, a district in southern Afghanistan largely controlled by the Taliban. A new vaccination campaign began recently in the area, after pleas from United Nations officials for

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Kenya Close to Guinea Worm Free Certification

Kenya Close to Guinea Worm Free Certification Following comprehensive evaluation by the International Certification Team (ICT), Kenya is close to achieving Guinea worm free certification. Guinea Worm Disease, also known as Drancunculiasis, is characterized by blistering that erupts with Guinea worms. The disease is considered a neglected

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US to leave Global Compact on Migration

US to leave Global Compact on Migration The United States recently informed the United Nations that it will leave the Global Compact on Migration. The 193 members of the U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted the non-binding declaration last year. The compact, the New York Declaration for Refugees

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Reaching the Last Mile Fund Established to Raise $100 Million to Combat Disease

Reaching the Last Mile Fund Established to Raise $100 Million to Combat Disease His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, recently launched the Reaching the Last Mile Fund. The Fund is to raise $100 million with the goal to eliminate and

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Rohingya Muslim Refugees Now Face Additional Threat

Rohingya Muslim Refugees Now Face Additional Threat WHO officials are concerned about the possibility of a diphtheria outbreak among Rohingya Muslim refugees. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled ethnic violence in Myanmar. Now, crammed into overflowing, unsanitary refugee camps in Bangladesh, they face threat of disease

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Gavi Working to Connect with Partners in Silicon Valley

Gavi Working to Connect with Partners in Silicon Valley   Gavi, the vaccine alliance, recently connected with leaders from Silicon Valley to discuss the alliance’s mission. Gavi is working to scale up its mission to protect another 300 million children by 2020. Achieving that goal will require

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Rohingya refugee crisis leads to concerns about disease outbreak in Bangladesh

Rohingya refugee crisis leads to concerns about disease outbreak in Bangladesh Over 440,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh in the last month from Myanmar’s Rakhine state because of brutal and targeted violence. The rapid influx of refugees, many of whom had not been allowed access to

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PQMD Members Responding to Global Crisis Situations

PQMD Members Responding to Global Crisis Situations PQMD members are in the process of mobilizing significant resources in response to the devastation left by Hurricane Maria. Given the unique and unprecedented situation unfolding on the island, members are working with both new and long-established partners in order

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PQMD Member Responding to Recent Global Events

PQMD Member World Vision Responding to Recent Global Events PQMD member World Vision is responding to recent flooding in India and the recent earthquake in Sichuan, China. World Vision is responding to flooding in India and the earthquake in China. Several hundred thousand hectares of land was

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