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Sierra Leone + 1 other
Ebola: un premier contingent de médecins cubains en Sierra Leone

10/02/2014 14:23 GMT

LA HAVANE, 2 octobre 2014 (AFP) - Un contingent de 165 médecins et personnels de santé cubains est parti mercredi soir de La Havane vers la Sierra Leone pour combattre l'épidémie d'Ebola, a annoncé jeudi le quotidien officiel Granma.

"Le président cubain Raul Castro Ruz a salué mercredi soir les 165 professionnels de santé avant leur départ pour la Sierra Leone", a indiqué Granma.

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Liberia + 3 others
Ebola: après les déclarations à l'ONU, les pays touchés attendent des actes rapides

09/26/2014 12:30 GMT

Par Zoom DOSSO

MONROVIA, 26 septembre 2014 (AFP) - Les pays africains en proie au virus Ebola, aux abois face à l'ampleur de l'épidémie, espéraient vendredi une traduction rapide en actes des appels solennels à l'ONU à l'envoi de renforts et d'aide.

L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a annoncé vendredi que des milliers de doses de vaccins expérimentaux devraient être disponibles début 2015, reconnaissant que "le problème principal n'est pas le manque de médicaments", mais "la faiblesse des systèmes de santé".

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Liberia + 6 others
West Africa in desperate wait for Ebola aid

09/26/2014 14:42 GMT

by Zoom Dosso

MONROVIA, September 26, 2014 (AFP) - Ebola-hit west Africa's governments were desperately counting on promises of global aid to be effected Friday as the World Health Organization announced urgently awaited vaccines could be ready early next year.

Liberia, the hardest-hit nation with almost 1,700 deaths, welcomed pledges of help from world leaders gathered at the United Nations on Thursday but warned it was losing the trust of its people as the crisis escalated.

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Colombia + 15 others
Virus del chikunguya se extiende por América con 10.845 casos confirmados

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El Espectador

Colombia tiene 42 casos autóctonos confirmados, según datos de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud.

El virus del chikunguya llegó ya al corazón de Suramérica después de haberse extendido desde el Caribe a Centroamérica y Norteamérica, y, según la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), ya hay 10.845 casos confirmados de esta enfermedad y al menos 113 muertes en todo el continente.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
Cuban health workers arrive in Sierra Leone

09/23/2014 17:32 GMT -

HAVANA, September 23, 2014 (AFP) - The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers have arrived in Sierra Leone to help the fight against Ebola, a health official said Tuesday.

Jorge Perez, the director of the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine, told state television a small advance party had arrived in Freetown, one of the cities worst hit by the West African outbreak

They are tasked with determining exactly where in Sierra Leone the 62 doctors 103 Cuban nurses will be deployed.

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World + 19 others
World’s Most Unequal Region Sets Example in Fight Against Hunger

By Marianela Jarroud

SANTIAGO, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people.

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Nicaragua + 10 others
The 2014 Rainfall Season: Central and South America

Highlights

• Throughout 2014, the Central American region and northern areas of South America, have suffered significant and generalized rainfall deficits

• These deficits have affected the first growing season from the outset and have been consistent throughout – from April to July only few areas were not in a state of continuing deficitary water supply.

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Liberia + 7 others
Ebola : Ban salue les gestes de solidarité de la communauté internationale

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UN News Service

12 septembre 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-Moon, s'est félicité vendredi de la décision du Gouvernement Cubain d'envoyer 165 personnels médicaux en Sierra Leone pour aider à l'action contre Ebola. L'Union africaine mobilise également du personnel médical.

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Liberia + 6 others
Welcoming boost in Ebola response, Ban urges greater global support to fight epidemic

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UN News Service

12 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed signs of solidarity in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and called on all countries and organizations to move swiftly to support the Governments of the countries affected.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
La OMS agradece apoyo de médicos cubanos en la respuesta al Ebola en África Occidental

La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) recibe con satisfacción el compromiso del gobierno de Cuba de enviar 165 profesionales de la salud para apoyar en la atención al Ebola en África Occidental. El apoyo recién anunciando incluye a médicos, enfermeras, epidemiólogos, especialistas en control de infecciones, especialistas en cuidados intensivos y oficiales para la movilización social, y se concentrará en Sierra Leona

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
L’OMS se félicite de l’envoi de médecins cubains pour la riposte au virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest

L’OMS se félicite de l’engagement pris par le Gouvernement cubain de détacher 165 professionnels de santé chargés de prodiguer des soins contre la maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest. Parmi ces renforts récemment annoncés figurent des médecins, des infirmiers, des épidémiologistes, des spécialistes de la lutte anti‑infectieuse, des experts des soins intensifs et des agents de mobilisation sociale. Ces personnels seront concentrés en Sierra Leone.

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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Ebola toll hits 2,400 as Cuba pledges medics

09/12/2014 21:22 GMT

by Nina LARSON

GENEVA, September 12, 2014 (AFP) - The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has killed more than 2,400 people, the UN said Friday, as Cuba pledged the largest foreign medical team deployed so far in the west African health crisis.

World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan warned the spiralling epidemic of the murderous tropical virus demanded a stronger, faster response from the international community.

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Cuba sends six-ton medical aid shipment to Gaza

09/11/2014 14:58 GMT

HAVANA, September 11, 2014 (AFP) - Cuba has sent six tons of drugs and medical supplies to Gaza, devastated from seven weeks of war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 people, official media reported Thursday.

The government-run Cubadebate website said the humanitarian shipment was delivered by officials at Cuba's embassy in Cairo to the Palestinian representative there.

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World + 2 others
Involve communities and the media in communicating climate information

By PACNEWS Editor, Makereta Komai in Samoa

Early lessons gained from a regional project to strengthen the link between National Meteorological Service and the communities indicate the need to communicate weather information and how it impacts the population in a simple and timely manner.

Part of the strategy is to allow people at the community level to take ownership of the information and empower their people to make choices that will protect them in any extreme weather event.

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World + 3 others
SIDS challenged to invest in climate services

By PACNEWS Editor Makereta Komai in Samoa

Leaders of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been challenged to priorities investment in their meteorology and climate services because the end profit saves lives and properties.

That’s the advice of Cuba’s Weather Forecasting Services director, Dr Jose Rubeira, whose 20 years experience and strategies have saved thousands of lives and millions of dollars in economic losses.

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World + 14 others
Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.

Scheduled to take place Sep. 1-2, the conference will provide world leaders with “a first-hand opportunity to experience climate change and poverty challenges of small islands.”

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Mueren 11 personas por cólera en Camagüey

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Redhum

Cuba, 16 de Julio 2014

Fuente: El Nuevo Herald

La provincia de Camagüey se enfrenta a una de las peores situaciones epidemiológicas de los últimos años. A los casos de dengue, que ya han superado los 1,211 en lo que va de año, se suma ahora un brote de cólera que se ha cobrado la vida de al menos 11 personas adultas. Las autoridades sanitarias intentan detener el avance de la enfermedad y el ministerio de Salud Pública ha tomado medidas excepcionales para la ocasión.

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World + 7 others
La OMS considera grave la situación por virus chikungunya en América Latina

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Redhum

Latinoamerica y el Caribe, 16 de Julio 2014

Fuente: Periódico 7 días

La directora general de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), Margaret Chan, considera que la propagación del virus chikunguña está creando una situación grave en América Latina, donde varios países del Caribe, pero también del centro y sur de la región han reportado casos de esta enfermedad.

En una conferencia de prensa en La Habana, Chan recomendó a los países afectados afrontar la prevención de esta enfermedad -muy parecida al dengue- desde un enfoque social muy abarcador.

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Ecuador + 1 other
Ecuador y Cuba ampliarán exitoso proyecto de control del dengue

El vicepresidente de la República, Jorge Glas, y la ministra de Salud, Carina Vance, en una misión de cooperación desarrollada en Cuba entre el 8 y 10 de julio, analizaron el trabajo coordinado entre ambas naciones; entre los logros destacados está el desarrollo del Proyecto de Participación Comunitaria de Control Biológico de la larva del aedes aegypti, transmisor del dengue, en Ecuador, que implica el uso del biolarvicida cubano Bactivec y la organización comunitaria.