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Venezuelans Lack Proper Nutrition and Medical Resources

Venezuelans Lack Proper Nutrition and Medical Resources Organ donation patients especially at risk   A new university study on the impact of Venezuela’s economic crisis and food shortages found Venezuelans have lost an average of 11 kilograms of body weight last year. Almost 90 percent now live

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WHO Working to Contain Outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria

WHO Working to Contain Outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria The World Health Organization is working to contain an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. The outbreak has spread to 17 states in Nigeria and is responsible for infecting up to 450 people. WHO Nigeria deployed staff

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South Sudan declares cholera epidemic over

South Sudan declares cholera epidemic over South Sudan declared a recent cholera outbreak over on February 7, 2018. No new cases of cholera were reported since the last confirmed cholera patient was discharged in December 2017. The outbreak began in June 2016 and spread to many parts

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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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Support for First-Line Aid to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Support for First-Line Aid to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh The Rohingya, a stateless Muslim minority in Myanmar, are a victim of violent repression by the Burmese army.  On October 24, 2017, the UN estimated that 604,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, 2017, or about 16,000

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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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PQMD Members continue to respond to ongoing crises both domestic and abroad

PQMD Members continue to respond to ongoing crises both domestic and abroad This year saw unprecedented events around the globe, borne from both manmade circumstances and natural causes. Disease outbreak, famine, refugee crises and political unrest prompted a robust response from PQMD members this year. Natural disasters,

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Finding heartbreak, delivering hope in Puerto Rico

Finding heartbreak, delivering hope in Puerto Rico Source: CNN (CNN) The plan was to deliver hope. Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating. “I’m really worried about the rain,” Andrea Dunne-Sosa whispers to one of her Project Hope volunteers in Puerto Rico. “We’re only going to be able to get to about 15

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Sierra Leone addresses potential cholera outbreak with vaccine program

Sierra Leone addresses potential cholera outbreak with vaccine program After mudslides killed hundreds of people in Sierra Leone in August, the country is taking steps to prevent an outbreak of cholera. The government, UNICEF and WHO requested assistance from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

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Gates Foundation Hopes to Share Lessons Learned in Polio Eradication Effort

Gates Foundation Hopes to Share Lessons Learned in Polio Eradication Effort The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation requested proposals last month to help future generations use best practices found from polio eradication efforts in addressing other public health issues. Foundation staff acknowledge they have learned both dos

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