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WHO statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee regarding the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the IHR 2005 regarding the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD, or “Ebola”) outbreak in West Africa was conducted with members and advisors of the Emergency Committee through electronic correspondence from 16 September 2014 through 21 September 2014. [1]

The following IHR States Parties provided an update on and assessment of the Ebola outbreak, including progress towards implementation of the Emergency Committee’s Temporary Recommendations[2]: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal.

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In race to save women’s lives, solutions are within reach, says UNFPA head

NEW YORK, United States – There are fewer than 500 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and too little progress has been made towards reducing maternal and child deaths. Yet simple, proven interventions can make these goals attainable, said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director, at the fifth annual Social Good Summit, a conference of world leaders, activists and technology experts, held today in New York.

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In talks with arriving world leaders, UN chief spotlights climate change, Ebola, regional cooperation

UN News Service

21 September 2014 – Ahead of this week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly's annual high-level session Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a host of top Government officials throughout the day, continuing the tradition of meeting arriving world leaders for one-on-one talks spotlighting key international issues.

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Boosting the Natural Disaster Immunity of Caribbean Hospitals

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep 21 2014 (IPS) - When floods overwhelmed the Eastern Caribbean in December last year, St. Vincent’s new smart hospital, completed just a few months earlier, stood the test of “remaining functional during and immediately after a natural disaster.”

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Swedish government joins USAID-Rockefeller resilience partnership for Africa and Asia with $50 million contribution

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 19, 2014
USAID Press Office
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: | Twitter: @USAIDPress

Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $50 million commitment by the Swedish government to the Global Resilience Partnership and the launch of the Global Resilience Challenge at the USAID Frontiers in Development forum.

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Statement by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Spread of the Ebola Virus

African Union

Recalling its mandate to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights in Africa under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter);

Recalling Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which guarantees the right to health, Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Article 16 of the African Charter;

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 19 September 2014, vol. 89, 38 (pp. 409-420) [EN/FR]


  • 409 Global programme to eliminate lymphatic filariasis: progress report, 2013

  • 418 Children: reducing mortality


  • 409 Programme mondial pour l’élimination de la filariose lymphatique: rapport de situation 2013

  • 418 Enfants: réduire la mortalité

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DEC Annual Report & Accounts 2013-2014

Saleh Saeed, DEC CEO, writes a special letter to all our supporters announcing the new DEC Annual Report.

Dear DEC supporter,

Last year was an extraordinary one for the Disasters Emergency Committee and we want to thank you for being part of it.

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A solid investment: Integrating children without parental care into the post-2015 development framework

Will the new development goals have a place for children without parental care? New publication from SOS Children's Villages lays case for sustainable future based on equality for children.

18 September 2014 - The futures of millions of children could be decided in the next eight days. The United Nations General Assembly has begun in New York and world leaders are debating which key issues should take precedence in the global Post-2015 Development Goals.

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Ebola: seven things that need to be done to tackle the outbreak


Experts and those in the field say what can be done to tackle Ebola, which has already killed more than 2,250 people

As the UN appeals for $1bn, experts and people working on the ground – from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the International Medical Corps, the Overseas Development Institute, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – tell us seven things that can be done to tackle Ebola, which has already killed more than 2,250 people.

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Ebola event management at points of entry interim guidance


As the Ebola virus disease (EVD) continues to claim lives and put pressure on health systems in west Africa, its transmission across borders has prompted a need to manage suspected cases at Points of Entry (PoE).

The interim guidance document is intended for National Focal Points for the International Health Regulations (IHR)(2005)(1), PoE public health authorities, PoE operators, conveyance operators, crew members and other stakeholders involved in the management of Public health event.

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Ebola surveillance in countries with no reported cases of Ebola virus disease

This document provides guidelines on the establisment of early surveillance actions to be carried out in countries where no case of Ebola virus disease has been reported.

An alert system should be in place at the following sites: major land border crossing with already affected countries; capital cities, including at airports, seaports, and health-care facilities, especially in major hospitals.

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Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia

World Bank

A new report documents the dynamics of violence against women across the life cycle, and analyzes the societal factors that drive perpetrators to commit such acts in the region.

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Malgré des progrès spectaculaires pour la survie de l’enfant, un million d’enfants meurent au cours de leur premier jour de vie, principalement de causes évitables

L’analyse montre que les défaillances des systèmes de santé durant la période critique de l’accouchement contribuent à ces décès

New York, 16 septembre 2014 – Les taux de survie de l’enfant ont progressé de façon spectaculaire depuis 1990, une période durant laquelle le nombre absolu de décès chez les enfants de moins de cinq ans a été réduit de moitié, passant de 12,7 millions à 6,3 millions, selon un rapport publié aujourd’hui par l’UNICEF.

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Women Agricultural Workers and the Right to adequate Food and Nutrition

While access to waged agricultural work can bring about benefits to women, this paper aims to shed light on the discriminatory working conditions women agricultural workers endure in industries where women have traditionally constituted a significant share of the workforce.

Women and girls play an essential role towards the food and nutrition security of their families and communities through infant and young child feeding, the selection and preparation of food for their families, and the production of food for family consumption and for the market.

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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress Report 2014


In support of A Promise Renewed, this year’s annual report focuses on newborn survival. Neonatal deaths account for 44 per cent of all under-five deaths, so addressing neonatal mortality is a crucial component to ending preventable child deaths. This report not only discusses levels and trends in under-five and neonatal mortality since 1990, but it also analyzes key interventions for mothers and their newborns, highlighting a gap between contact with the health system and the quality of care received.

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De nouvelles données montrent que les taux de mortalité de l’enfant n’ont jamais baissé aussi vite

Une plus grande attention doit être portée à la mortalité néonatale

New York, 16 septembre 2014 – De nouvelles données publiées aujourd’hui par les Nations Unies indiquent que les taux de mortalité des enfants de moins de cinq ans ont diminué de 49 % entre 1990 et 2013. La réduction annuelle moyenne s’est accélérée - dans certains pays elle a même triplé - mais l’ensemble des progrès ne satisfont toujours pas les objectifs mondiaux qui sont la diminution de deux tiers de la mortalité chez les moins de cinq ans d’ici 2015.

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Levels & Trends in Child Mortality - Report 2014

NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49 per cent between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under-five mortality by 2015.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

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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The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition

The MDG target to halve the proportion of the world’s hungry is still within reach by the end of 2015, according to the new UN report on the State of Food Insecurity in the World 2014.