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A healthcare worker dons in protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

The World Bank has launched a global insurance fund aimed aimed at speeding up the international community’s response to pandemic disease outbreaks. The impetus for the innovative financial scheme was the 2013-2016 West Ebola outbreak that, due in part to the global community’s slow response, killed more than 11,000 people and ended up costing more than $10 billion to put down.


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60,000 teachers on strike in Colombia to demand education reform

Sixty thousand public school teachers gathered on the streets of the Colombian capital on Tuesday to demand reforms in an education system plagued by poor funding and inequitable access. Experts say reducing inequities in education will be critical to breaking Colombia’s historical cycle of violence and civil war, which was recently halted in a peace deal.

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Five farmers killed in India during protests about debt and crop prices

Five farmers were killed today in Madhya Pradesh, India, during violent protests against what they contend are unfair pricing and debt obligations. Demonstrations by Indian farmers over allegations of excessive debt and improper financing that began last Thursday in the neighboring state of Maharashtra have escalated as they also spread to other regions.

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Investors withdraw from deadly dam project in Honduras

Investors are withdrawing all funding from a controversial hydroelectric dam project in Honduras that had been accompanied by the murders of protesters. A number of local people who opposed the dam project at Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque river have been killed over the years – allegedly by state-sanctioned military death squads – including famed activist Berta Caceres.

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Aid dollars directed to education short of the mark, again

Foreign aid spending has increased by about 20 percent since 2010, but spending on children’s education has declined by four percent. The increase in aid has been in response to the global refugee crisis, which disrupts educational development for children in crisis. Advocates are calling for more education funding.

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News in the Humanosphere: Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA chief and reproductive health advocate, dies

The head of the United Nations Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin, a champion for girls’ and women’s health, has died suddenly at his home, the UNFPA said on Monday. “This is a devastating loss for UNFPA and for the people, especially women, girls and youth, he dedicated his life to serving, starting from when he became a doctor in Nigeria,” the U.N. agency said in a statement. (Reuters)

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Battle for Mosul puts 100,000 children at risk, aid groups can’t keep up

The months-long surge of Iraqi forces to retake Mosul continues to force people to flee the city and leaves 100,000 children trapped in the city in “extremely dangerous conditions,” warns UNICEF. Aid organizations are being overwhelmed by both the challenge of trying to reach suffering people within Mosul and providing basic needs to half the city’s population who has fled to outside refugee camps.

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