Archive for the Humanitarian Assistance Category

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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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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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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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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Delivering Hope and Health

Delivering Hope and Health BMS Foundation Announces $100 Million Global HOPE Program to Help Childhood Cancer Patients in Africa For children with cancer, where they live too often determines their chance of survival. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and Baylor College of

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Children With Cancer Find Hope At Muhimbili National Hospital In Tanzania

Children With Cancer Find Hope At Muhimbili National Hospital In Tanzania DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania—Mwema Hamisi knew her 6-year-old daughter was very sick. The symptoms came on suddenly. One day, Asha was happy and playful. The next day, she was in pain. Hamisi took Asha to one

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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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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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WHO Working on Malaria in Nigeria

WHO working on malaria in Nigeria After 8 years of conflict in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, 8500 people are infected with Malaria each week, with the WHO estimating another 3.7 million at risk. That number is expected to rise as the transmission season lasts through October.

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