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WHO convenes industry leaders and key partners to discuss trials and production of Ebola vaccine

Trials of vaccines have already begun in the U.S., U.K., and Mali, and are beginning in Gabon, Germany, Kenya and Switzerland to determine safety, dosing and efficacy. Results from phase 1 clinical trials are expected to be available in December 2014.

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En la campaña para poner fin a la polio se han evitado 10 millones de discapacidades infantiles

NUEVA YORK, 23 de octubre de 2014 – Todos los días, alrededor de 1.000 niños han sido protegidos contra la discapacidad como consecuencia de un esfuerzo mundial de 26 años para erradicar la poliomielitis. La campaña mundial ha servido para inmunizar a millones de niños de todo el mundo que antes no recibían la vacuna, dijo UNICEF en la víspera del Día Mundial de la Poliomielitis.

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UNFPA and Amref Health Africa seal Partnership to Boost the Health of Africa’s Women and Children

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today reaffirmed its commitment to a partnership with Amref Health Africa aimed at improving the health of women and children in Africa.

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Ten million childhood disabilities prevented in campaign to end polio – UNICEF

NEW YORK, 23 October 2014 – Every day, a thousand or so children have been protected from disability during a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio. The worldwide campaign has immunised millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, UNICEF said on the eve of World Polio Day.

Some 10 million people today would otherwise have been paralysed, while an additional 1.5 million lives have been saved through the routine administration of Vitamin A during polio vaccination drives.

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Incoming Commissioner Christos Stylianides appointed EU Ebola Coordinator

The incoming EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has been appointed EU Ebola Response Coordinator by the European Council. Assisted by the European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC), his role will be to help reinforce the European response to the Ebola crisis. To do so, he will work closely with all EU institutions, Member States, the UN and other international partners.

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Union africaine : un séminaire sur la protection des services de santé

Addis-Abeba (CICR) – La Commission de l’Union africaine et le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) ont tenu conjointement à Addis-Abeba, le 22 octobre, un séminaire sur la protection des services de santé dans les situations de conflit armé et autres situations d’urgence. L’une des 20 recommandations adoptées par le Comité des représentants permanents (COREP) de l’Union a été que les États se dotent d’une législation nationale à cet effet ou renforcent la législation existante.

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The hard sell: containing Ebola by lifting travel bans

By David Fisher

With the largest outbreak of one of the world’s most frightening contagious diseases raging in Western Africa, is it time to lift travel bans to the affected countries?

Flight restrictions have blocked or slowed relief efforts at a time when key first-line responders to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), are still urgently calling for a greatly increased international response.

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European Union to boost Ebola research with €24.4 million [EN/FR]

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The European Commission has today announced €24.4 million from the EU budget for urgently needed Ebola research. The funding will go to five projects, ranging from a large-scale clinical trial of a potential vaccine, to testing existing and novel compounds to treat Ebola. The money from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, will be provided via a fast-track procedure in order to start work as soon as possible.

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African Union: Seminar on protection of health services

Addis Ababa (ICRC) – The African Union (AU) Commission and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) jointly held a seminar in Addis Ababa on 22 October on the protection of health services in situations of armed conflict and other emergencies. The adoption and reinforcement of national legislation was one of 20 recommendations adopted by the AU Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC).

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Assessing and planning medical evacuation flights to Europe for patients with Ebola virus disease and people exposed to Ebola virus

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​The aim of this document is to guide decision-making when there is a perceived need for medical evacuation by air of an Ebola-infected or Ebola-exposed person from an Ebola-affected country to an EU Member State. The decision to evacuate must be based on:

• the likelihood of the person being infected with Ebola virus;

• the potential benefits of evacuation for the concerned person/patient;

• the risks associated with medical evacuation by air for the person/patient; and

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Promotion and protection of human rights, including ways and means to promote the human rights of migrants (A/69/277)

Sixty-ninth session
Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Report of the Secretary-General

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Global Tuberculosis Report 2014

Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis

22 October 2014, Geneva - Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data on tuberculosis (TB) are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing that there are almost half a million more cases of the disease than previously estimated. The World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2014, published today, shows that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died, including 360 000 people who were HIV positive.

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Ebola : l'ONU se félicite de l'arrivée d'un vaccin d'essai pour lutter contre le virus

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UN News Service

21 octobre 2014 – L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a annoncé mardi qu'un candidat vaccin contre le virus de l'Ebola sera bientôt mis à disposition dans le cadre des efforts pour lutter contre cette maladie. L'agence attend l'arrivée à Genève mercredi 22 octobre d'une livraison de ce vaccin de provenance du Canada.

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Ebola - Peut-on mettre l'Afrique de l'Ouest en quarantaine ?

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NEW YORK, 21 octobre 2014 (IRIN) - Aux États-Unis, depuis le décès du Libérien Thomas Eric Duncan au Texas le 8 octobre et l'infection par Ebola de deux infirmières américaines qui s'étaient occupées du malade, les parlementaires sont de plus en plus nombreux à demander une interdiction des vols en provenance des pays les plus touchés par le virus, à savoir la Guinée, le Liberia et la Sierra Leone.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Ebola : fin de l'épidémie au Nigeria, les Européens veulent "muscler" leur réponse

lundi 20/10/2014 - 10:37 GMT

par Alix RIJCKAERT / avec Ola AWONIYI à Abuja

Le Nigeria est parvenu lundi à se débarrasser d'Ebola, au moment où les Européens veulent "muscler" leur réponse à l'épidémie qui sévit en Afrique de l'Ouest, en mettant sur pied des rapatriements d'urgence pour les travailleurs humanitaires.

L'Organisation mondiale de la santé a déclaré la fin officielle de l'épidémie au Nigeria, pays le plus peuplé d'Afrique, lundi, au terme d'une période de 42 jours --soit deux périodes d'incubation de 21 jours-- depuis la confirmation du dernier cas.

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Ebola: On Experimental Treatments and Vaccines

Dr. Bertrand Draguez is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Medical Director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, and why MSF is taking exceptional measures in facilitating clinical trials for potential treatments.

What is MSF currently doing on experimental treatments and vaccines?