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Feb 6, 2015

High rates of child deaths from Ebola, special care needed: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – Authorities fighting Ebola must do more to tackle a high death rate among young children whose isolation from parents also causes great distress and deprives them of the extra care they need, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Reporting on a meeting of clinicians from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, it said there was a consensus that the strict “no touch” policy for Ebola patients could be lifted if good measures are in place to protect health workers from infection.

Feb 5, 2015

Secret burials thwarting efforts to stamp out Ebola – U.N.

GENEVA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Efforts to stamp out West Africa’s
Ebola epidemic are being thwarted by villagers touching and
washing the infectious bodies of dead victims at secret burials
and difficulty in tracing those exposed to the virus, U.N.
officials said on Thursday.

The number of new cases rose for the first time this year in
the past week, coinciding with a looming funding shortfall and
the approach of the rainy season that will hamper aid efforts
from April, they warned. [ID: nL6N0VE530]

Feb 4, 2015

Ebola cases on rise for first time this year, WHO says

GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of new cases of Ebola rose in all three of West Africa’s worst-hit countries last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, ending several weeks of encouraging declines across the region.

Suspicion of aid workers, especially in Guinea, and unsafe local practices were continuing to hamper efforts to halt the deadly virus, the United Nations agency said.

Feb 4, 2015

Islamic State selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq – UN

GENEVA (Reuters) – Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.

Iraqi boys aged under 18 are increasingly being used by the militant group as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants or human shields to protect facilities against U.S.-led air strikes, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said.

Feb 3, 2015

U.N. Gaza war crimes inquiry to pursue work under new chair

GENEVA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A U.N. inquiry into possible war crimes in the Gaza conflict will produce its report on time next month, officials said on Tuesday, brushing aside a demand from Israel’s prime minister to shelve it after the chairman resigned.

It marked the latest chapter in fraught relations between Israel and the main U.N. rights forum, which the Jewish state and its ally Washington accuse of bias against Israel. Activists voiced concern that Israel was trying to derail the inquiry.

Feb 2, 2015

Parents of murdered Mexican students seek justice at UN watchdog

GENEVA (Reuters) – The parents of Mexican students believed murdered by a drugs gang appealed to the United Nations on Monday for help in seeking justice, saying they had no faith in the government’s ability to investigate the crime.

President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government said last week that the 43 trainee teachers who disappeared four months ago were killed on the orders of a drug cartel who mistook them for members of a rival gang.

Jan 30, 2015

Ebola likely to persist in 2015 as communities resist aid – Red Cross

GENEVA (Reuters) – West Africa will be lucky to wipe out Ebola this year, as the local population remains suspicious of aid workers, especially in Guinea, the Red Cross said on Friday.

The virus is “flaring up” in new areas in the region and not all infections are being reported, said Birte Hald, who leads the Ebola coordination and support unit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Jan 29, 2015

Weekly Ebola cases below 100, WHO says endgame begins

GENEVA, Jan 29 (Reuters) – The number of new confirmed Ebola
cases totalled 99 in the week to Jan. 25, the lowest tally since
June 2014, the World Health Organization said on Thursday,
signalling the tide might have turned against the epidemic.

“The response to the EVD (Ebola virus disease) epidemic has
now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing
transmission to ending the epidemic,” the WHO said.

Jan 28, 2015

EU investment plan could create 2.1 mln jobs if done right -ILO

GENEVA, Jan 28 (Reuters) – The European Commission’s 315
billion euro investment plan to spur growth could create more
than 2.1 million net new jobs, lowering the bloc’s jobless rate
by 1 percent by 2018, the International Labour Organization
(ILO) said on Wednesday.

But if the three-year plan, announced by Commission chief
Jean-Claude Juncker in November, fails to attract and leverage
private investment, it would create just 400,000 new jobs,
barely making a dent in the EU’s 23 million unemployed, it said.

Jan 27, 2015

After Ebola, WHO to set up contingency fund, develop ‘surge capacity’

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday it will create a contingency fund and an emergency workforce to respond quickly to crises after strong criticism of the agency’s delay in confronting the Ebola epidemic.

Director-general Dr. Margaret Chan said at an emergency meeting called to discuss the agency’s Ebola response that the outbreak showed the need to strengthen WHO’s crisis management and to streamline procedures for recruiting frontline workers.