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2 Patna doctors serve flood-hit in Kashmir

Times of India

Banjot Kaur Bhatia,TNN | Oct 19, 2014, 10.45 PM IST

PATNA: While help poured in from different corners of the world for the people of Jammu and Kashmir reeling under floods late last month, two Patna-based doctors also did their bit by offering medical help to people there.

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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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Two more polio cases confirmed

ISLAMABAD: Two new polio cases have been confirmed by the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health, taking the total number of cases reported so far this year to 212.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services said both cases were reported from Fata.

Mafia, the 12-month-old daughter of Mastak living in Mera Akakhel locality of Khyber Agency, is having onset of paralysis.

The second patient is a boy. Thirty-month-old Adil is a resident of Kalanga area of Khyber Agency.

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Liberia + 2 others
Ebola: Prevention is possible but people are dying alone

When you listen to the experts, Ebola is both scarier and less scary than it initially appears.

It’s less scary because soap and chlorine can kill it, and the proper infrastructure and adequate information can protect against it.

It’s terrifying, because thousands without those simple advantages are dying, in terrible pain, of a disease that is highly infectious and has neither vaccine nor antidote.

“Numbers are doubling or tripling every few weeks”

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Khost & Paktika Update No. 35 - 22 October 2014


Displacement of refugees from North Waziristan and South Waziristan Agency into Khost and Paktika provinces continues. As the situation is prolonged, UNHCR with support from TLO conducted focus group discussions with both refugee families and host communities, including men and women to get a better understanding of the needs and priorities of the populations in Khost and Paktika.

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Ebola Increases Threat to Sierra Leone Pregnancies

Voice of America

Adam Bailes

KAILAHUN, SIERRA LEONE— Sierra Leone has one of the world’s highest infant mortality rates, and the Ebola outbreak is likely to push it even higher. Health officials say almost all pregnant women infected with Ebola, along with their unborn babies, die from the disease.

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Ebola sleuths scour DR Congo jungle for source of outbreak

10/23/2014 - 03:24 GMT

by Kathy KATAYI

Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the DR Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.

It is a different strain than the one that has swept three west African countries this year, killing nearly 4,900, and its toll of 49 so far is extremely modest in comparison.

Their all-terrain vehicles bounce along gutted roads in the northwest of the vast country where the outbreak began in late July and has been contained.

Agence France-Presse:

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Earthquake rocks Mormouri again

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake, once more, rocked Mormouri region in the Iranian western province of Ilam at 17: 05 local time on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014. After the earthquake, 8 teams from the Iranian Red Crescent including 24 relief and rescue workers were immediately despatched to the scene to assess the situation and help needy people.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
Greening: British support to help more Sierra Leoneans

Justine Greening has visited Sierra Leone to see the early results of Britain's response to Ebola.

British assistance to tackle Ebola will increase over the coming weeks as existing commitments of UK-funded training and care facilities come on stream, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said today on the second and last day of her visit to Sierra Leone.

The numbers of health workers being trained, burial units in operation and local diagnosis and care units will all increase over the coming weeks as UK plans are rolled out.

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Liberia + 3 others
West Africa - Ebola Outbreak, Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (as of 22 October, 2014)


  • Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged all countries to support the response to the EVD outbreak on October 19, citing the increasing economic impact and continued risk of the disease spreading to countries outside of those already affected

  • The East African Community plans to send 600 health workers—including 41 doctors—to EVD-affected countries in West Africa

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USG/ERC Valerie Amos on Somalia

New York, 22 October 2014

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Somalia today, noting that it has significantly deteriorated since June.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #44, 8 - 21 October 2014


  • The Social Mobilization Campaign for mass screening of children under 5 for malnutrition in Juba County was officially launched on 14 October, with screening, referral and treatment now currently ongoing. The Social Mobilization Campaign, part of the Joint WFP-UNICEF Nutrition Scale Up, is spearheaded by the State Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF. This campaign aims to screen 590,175 children under 5 years old for malnutrition in Juba County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap States.

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Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin - Disease early warning system and response in Pakistan, Volume 5, Issue 41, Wednesday 15 October 2014


Epidemiological week no. 41 (5 - 11 October 2014)

In this week, 84 out of 87 districts and 2,791 out of 3,590 health facilities have reported to Disease Early Warning System (DEWS), compared to 68 districts with 1,995 health facilities shared weekly data in week 39, 2014.

A total of 658,642 patients consultations reported in this week 41, 2014; This decrease in number of consultations is due to Eid‐ul‐Azha holidays.

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National Communication Strategy for Ebola response in Sierra Leone

On Monday 25 May 2014, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone following the laboratory confirmation of a suspected case from Kailahun district. This outbreak appears to be a spillover from the on-going outbreak in Guinea and Liberia since March 2014. As of 28 September 2014, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed cases are 2090, with 552 confirmed deaths and a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 25% in twelve districts (Kailahun, Kenema, Kambia, Port Loko, Bo, Bonthe,