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Congress Considering Measures To Help Electrify Africa

Inter Press Service: U.S. Debating “Historic” Support for Off-Grid Electricity in Africa “Pressure is building [in Washington, D.C.,] for lawmakers to pass a bill that would funnel billions of dollars of U.S. investment into strengthening Africa’s electricity production and distribution capabilities, and could offer broad new support for off-grid opportunities…”…

U.N. Scales Up Humanitarian Aid Drops By Air Amid Multiple Refugee Crises

News outlets report on the refugee crises in South Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, and Central African Republic, noting the U.N. is stepping up air delivery of humanitarian assistance. Christian Science Monitor: U.N. refugees in S. Sudan face perfect storm of woe as war drags on (+video) “When war broke out in…

Sierra Leone’s Chief Ebola Doctor Catches Virus

News outlets continue coverage on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus “The head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, the government said…” (7/23). VOA News: Sierra Leone’s Chief Ebola Doctor Contracts Virus…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash Issue 45 of the Global Fund News Flash includes articles on the 20th International AIDS Conference, the new tuberculosis drug bedaquiline, and William Kanyankore, a Rwandan physician (7/22).

Laws Criminalizing HIV Transmission Threaten AIDS Efforts, Progress

Reuters: ‘Bad’ laws hurt sex workers, gays from Uganda to Nepal, AIDS meeting told “…[O]ne of the major concerns of the gathering of 12,000 AIDS activists, scientists, and people living with HIV is how the criminalization of groups at high risk of HIV — such as gay men, sex workers,…

Media Reports Examine Aspects Of West African Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue coverage on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Ebola outbreak not hurting investment in Sierra Leone: foreign minister “The Ebola outbreak has not hurt foreign investment in Sierra Leone but will inevitably require more spending to fight it, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday…” (Cohn/Vellacott, 7/21).…

Polio Nearly Eradicated; Last Cases Originate In Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria

Forbes: World Looks Anxiously To Pakistan, Afghanistan, And Nigeria To Eradicate Polio “…The Global Polio Eradication Initiative hopes to see the final case of polio either late this year or early next year. All polio cases, regardless of where they are found, now originate from three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and…

Discrimination, Stigma Disrupt AIDS Efforts In Tunisia

The Guardian: Tunisia’s fight against AIDS hampered by widespread discrimination “…As the International AIDS Conference begins in Melbourne this week, Tunisia, a country with one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive approaches to combating HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa, is in a war of attrition with the…