News in Brief 10 March 2015 (PM)

10 Mar 2015

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A Syrian father watches as Turkish medical staff examine his child who has developed breathing difficulties. Photo: UNHCR/A. Branthwaite

Thirty mobile clinics donated by UN health agency to Syria
Thirty mobile clinics have been donated by the World Health Organization (WHO) to Syria to alleviate the impact of the conflict on people.
The agency said the clinics will boost the delivery of health services to underserved populations and those in hard-to-reach areas.
At a recent handover ceremony in Damascus, WHO said the donation is part of the agency’s strategic support to the Syrian health authorities to make health services available and affordable to all Syrians.
Relief aid arrives in South Sudan’s Maban in Upper Nile State
A convoy carrying humanitarian aid from South Sudan’s capital Juba has arrived in Maban County in Upper Nile State for the first time in nearly 18 months, according to the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that poor road access due to seasonal rains and insecurity has led to restricted access up until now.
“OCHA says that over 60 trucks brought shelter material and household items destined for Unity and Upper Nile states, which have been badly affected by the conflict. Some of the aid will be used to preposition supplies ahead of the upcoming rainy season when roads will be once again inaccessible.”
A panel of independent experts to assess WHO’s response in the Ebola outbreak
A panel of independent experts has been commissioned by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to assess the agency’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
Almost 10,000 people have died in an outbreak in West Africa, mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The panel will present its first report to the 68th World Health Assembly in May this year.
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