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GSK’s Malaria Vaccine Represents Breakthrough Despite Being Partially Effective, Researchers Say

News outlets report on a new study on an experimental malaria vaccine published in The Lancet. Associated Press: Malaria vaccine is a letdown but could still reduce cases “The world’s leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment, with final study results showing it doesn’t work very well and…

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Health Care Service Disruptions Due To Ebola In West Africa Likely Led To Additional Malaria Deaths, Study Suggests

News outlets report on a study published in The Lancet suggesting some malaria deaths in West Africa are attributable to health care interruptions because of the Ebola epidemic. Agence France-Presse: Ebola outbreak likely driving malaria deaths: study “The collapse of health services in three West African countries devastated by Ebola…

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African CDC Must Engage With WHO, AFRO To Achieve Its Health Goals

The Lancet: The African CDC and WHO AFRO Editorial Board “…If the African CDC develops into a strong organization, it should help bolster disease surveillance and response on the continent. However, it needs to work with existing health agencies in Africa, especially WHO’s Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), to ensure…

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Community Health Workers Can Effectively Provide Health Care On Local Level But More Data Needed

Huffington Post: Bringing Health Care to the Doorsteps of African Communities Cindil Redick, manager of advocacy & communications for the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign at the Earth Institute at Columbia University “…[D]espite all of the research and evidence in support of [community health workers (CHWs)], these essential health…

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Progress Against Ebola In Guinea, Sierra Leone Mixed, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO: Stall in Ebola decline highlights need for stronger response “Further progress against Ebola in Guinea and Sierra Leone is proving stubborn, with a drop in cases holding steady over the past three weeks, and response indicators showing a mixed picture for both countries last week, the World…

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West Africa Must Adopt Sustainable Sanitation Models To Overcome WASH Challenges, Expert Says

Xinhua News/GlobalPost: Interview: Expert urges self-sustaining sanitation models for West Africa “For West African countries to overcome their sanitation challenges, they need to adopt self-sustaining sanitation models, an expert has recommended. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Lakhdar Boukerrou, regional director for the West Africa Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WA-WASH),…

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Violence In South Sudan Interrupting Aid Operations; WFP Expresses Concern Over Missing Staff

Reuters: Aid groups express fear of renewed South Sudan fighting “Fighting in South Sudan’s oil-producing Upper Nile State in the past two days has killed at least 38 and the toll could rise, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, while aid groups said they may be forced to trim operations…”…

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Current Plans For African CDC Inadequate To Address Continent’s Underlying Public Health System Issues

Nature: Highway to health Editorial Board “…Although the goal is excellent and the effort should be cautiously welcomed, the plans for the African [CDC] are woefully inadequate. In terms of funds and staff — at least initially — it will be in no position to achieve its lofty ambitions. ……

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Ebola Crisis Serves As ‘Wake-Up Call’ For WHO’s Need Of Structural Reform

Chicago Tribune: Big changes needed at WHO before the next Ebola crisis Editorial Board “…In response to deep criticism of its handling of the Ebola outbreak, WHO issued a statement last week that was surprising for its candor if not for its recommendations, which echoed yearslong calls for reform. ‘The…

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Lancet Study Examines Impact Of Ebola Virus On Long-Term Health Of Survivors

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: One more need in Ebola-stricken countries: Strategies to deal with survivors’ long-term health needs Antigone Barton, writer and editor at “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses findings from a new study published by The Lancet…

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