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Continued Violence In S. Sudan Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis, Food Insecurity

News sources report on continuing violence and the resulting humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen storm S. Sudan U.N. base, wound dozens of civilians “Gunmen stormed a U.N. base in South Sudan Thursday, wounding dozens of civilians from a rival tribe in an ‘unprovoked’ attack before peacekeepers fought…

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Ebola Death Toll Rises In West Africa

News outlets report on the rising death toll from West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Associated Press: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has claimed 137 lives “The World Health Organization says an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed 137 lives. The disease, typically found in Central or East Africa, has infected…

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Motorbike Couriers Speed Lab Sample Delivery In Malawi

Owen Nyaka, a member of the Key Correspondents Network supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about how the “Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) plans to work with motorcycle couriers Riders for Health to expand the laboratory samples transportation…

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Not All Imams In Senegal Oppose Family Planning

Citing the publication of a March 15 Washington Post article on controversy surrounding a family planning program and religious leaders in Senegal, Cheikh Seck, the project director for IntraHealth International’s Senegal Urban Health Initiative, and colleagues write in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[T]he article presents…

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U.N., Aid Agencies Ask for $274M To Help CAR Refugees

News outlets report on relief agencies’ pleas for additional humanitarian aid funding for Central African Republic (CAR). New York Times: Central African Republic: Aid Sought for Those Fleeing Unrest “The United Nations refugee agency said Wednesday that it was working with 14 other humanitarian relief groups to seek $274 million…

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Australia Commits Additional Funds For Humanitarian Aid In S. Sudan

Australian Associated Press/The Guardian: Australia commits extra $7.8m humanitarian aid to South Sudan “Australia will provide an extra $7.8 million for South Sudan communities confronting the dire humanitarian crisis. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that would take Australian aid to South Sudan to $50 million…” (4/11).

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Rape Prevention Program In Kenya Reduces Sexual Assaults, Study Shows

Reuters: Rape prevention program cuts sexual assaults in Kenya “Self-defense and empowerment classes designed to arm girls with tools to prevent rape reduced sexual assaults among Kenyan students, a new study shows…” (Cohen, 4/16).

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Ebola Virus In West Africa Is New Strain, Study Says

News outlets reference a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggesting the Ebola virus in West Africa is a new strain. Associated Press: Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain “The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a…

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Equatorial Guinea Reports 2 Polio Cases After 15 Years Of Being Disease-Free

NPR: Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa “Health officials are worried. After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has two cases of the disease. … The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent…”…

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People In African Countries Among Most Morally Opposed To Contraception

Michael Lipka, assistant editor at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, writes in the center’s “Fact Tank” blog about a recent Pew Research Center survey of people in 40 countries examining views on contraception. “Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and Senegal ranked among the nine countries with the…

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