GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) should and is likely to declare an international emergency over the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has now spread to Uganda, experts said as a WHO advisory panel met on Friday.Congo's epidemic is the second worst worldwide since West Africa's Ebola outbreak in 2014-16, with 2,084 cases and 1,405 deaths since being declared in August. The WHO said on Thursday that two people had died in Uganda having arrived with the disease from Congo.A panel of 13 independent medical experts on the WHO's Emergency Committee (EC) were meeting from midday to evaluate the latest evidence and whether the epidemic constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).Such a decision would lead to boosting public health measures, funding and resources, and could include recommendations on trade and travel, academic experts and aid groups said."Will @WHO declare global emergency for #Ebola? I predict yes. My sense is … [Read more...] about WHO likely to declare Ebola an international emergency: experts
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WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 28) failed again to pass a US$19.1 billion disaster aid bill supported by President Donald Trump after a Republican lawmaker objected to the measure.Following Senate passage of the legislation last Thursday by a vote of 85-8, House Democratic leaders had hoped to win quick, unanimous approval of the bill on a voice vote and send it to Trump for his expected signature.But with most lawmakers out of town for a recess until Jun 4, individual House Republicans have been able to block passage twice - once last Friday and again on Tuesday - by demanding an official roll call vote. Such action would have to wait until the full House returns to work next week.House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Democrats will try again to pass the bill on a voice vote Thursday. If that does not work, Hoyer predicted the measure will pass "overwhelmingly" when the House returns next week. A national flood insurance program, which the … [Read more...] about Disaster aid bill worth US$19.1b blocked again in US House
RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil's National Museum director headed to Europe on Tuesday (May 21) for a two-week fundraising trip to help finance the rebuilding of the institution devastated by fire last year.Alexander Kellner told AFP he would visit Germany and France in search of support after failing to get the much-needed aid in Brazil."Our objective is to show our reconstruction efforts and explain how institutions from other countries can contribute," Kellner said before boarding a plane in Rio de Janeiro."This tragedy transcends our borders. It is not just Brazil which suffered. The fire affected collections from other countries."Beyond funds needed for the reconstruction of Latin America's main natural history museum, the institution needs money to safeguard artefacts rescued from the ashes of the gutted building.Kellner told reporters earlier this month that the museum required one million reais (about $250,000) "to be able to breathe."After the blaze, the education ministry released the … [Read more...] about Brazil’s gutted National Museum seeks funds in Europe
NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - With more and more common medications losing their ability to fight dangerous infections, and few new drugs in the pipeline, the world is facing an imminent crisis that could lead to millions of deaths, a surge in global poverty and an even wider gap between rich and poor countries, the United Nations warned in a report on Monday (April 29). Drug-resistant infections already claim 700,000 lives a year, including 230,000 deaths from drug-resistant tuberculosis, the report said. The rampant overuse of antibiotics and antifungal medicines in humans, livestock and agriculture is accelerating a crisis that is poorly understood by the public and largely ignored by world leaders. Without concerted action, a UN panel said, resistant infections could kill 10 million people annually by 2050 and trigger an economic slowdown to rival the global financial crisis of 2008. The problem threatens people around the world. During the next 30 years, UN experts said, 2.4 million people … [Read more...] about UN issues urgent warning on growing peril of drug-resistant infections
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?