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Sierra Leone Releases 55 People From Ebola Quarantine, Seeks Nearly 50 Others For Testing

Agence France-Presse: U.N. urges missing Sierra Leone people to come for Ebola testing “United Nations officials in Sierra Leone on Thursday appealed to nearly 50 people wanted for Ebola testing to come forward, as the country seeks to stamp out a fresh outbreak of the virus…” (2/4). Agence France-Presse: Sierra…

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Zimbabwe President Mugabe Declares ‘State Of Disaster’ Due To Drought, Food Shortages

Agence France-Presse: Zimbabwe declares ‘state of disaster’ over drought “Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Friday declared a ‘state of disaster’ in many rural areas hit by a severe drought, with more than a quarter of the population facing food shortages…” (Jongwe, 2/5). BBC News: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe declares drought disaster…

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Carter Center, World Bank Working With Liberia To Improve Mental Health Care, Reduce Stigma

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Ebola and civil war trauma threaten Liberia’s economic growth “…Trauma not only harms communities, but also hinders economic growth, according to the World Bank, which hopes a focus on mental health will kickstart Liberia’s struggling economy. It is working with the Carter Center on a $3 million…

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With 22 Cases Recorded In 2015, Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Says Hope High For Guinea Worm Eradication

Associated Press: Jimmy Carter hopeful for Guinea worm eradication in Africa “Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says that Guinea worm disease may soon be eradicated, which would be the most exciting accomplishment of his career, although progress is hampered by ongoing conflict in Mali and South Sudan…” (Patinkin, 2/3). BBC…

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USAID’s FEWSNET Helps Civil Society Groups, Governments Prepare For Food Insecurity

The Atlantic: How to See a Famine Before It Starts “…For almost a year, U.S. officials have warned that food could become scarce in regions of the Horn of Africa. These warnings came in the form of the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, a USAID program usually shortened to FEWSNET.…

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Foreign Policy Explores Reported Increases In Incidence Of Rape, Teenage Pregnancy In West Africa During Ebola Epidemic

Foreign Policy: The Ebola Rape Epidemic No One’s Talking About “…Only now are we learning that Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone saw a surge in teenage pregnancy likely caused by an increase in the incidence of rape during the [Ebola] epidemic. In parts of Sierra Leone, the teenage pregnancy rate…

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WHO Establishes Zika Response Unit, Warns Africa, Asia Of Outbreak’s Possible Spread

Agence France-Presse: World health officials mobilize on Zika threat “World health officials mobilized with emergency response plans and funding pleas Tuesday as fears grow that the Zika virus, blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies, could spread globally and threaten the Summer Olympics…” (Smith, 2/2). BBC News:…

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Increased Urbanization, Travel Exacerbates Dengue Outbreaks In Cities, Necessitating Prevention Innovations

Smithsonian.com: The World’s Megacities Are Making Dengue Deadlier “…The influx of people, increased construction, and ongoing travel of humans and mosquitoes around the world have led to a 30-fold rise in urban dengue outbreaks between 1960 and 2010, according to the World Health Organization. Fighting this problem will mean combining…

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U.S. Government Releases Power Africa Roadmap As Congress Approves Electrify Africa Act Supporting Initiative

Devex: A new roadmap for Power Africa “An ambitious new roadmap released last week lays out how Power Africa, the United States government initiative to increase power generation capacity and access to electricity in Africa, will achieve its targets by 2030. The report outlines areas of new emphasis for the…

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Human Rights Leaders, Women’s Advocates Urge Sierra Leone President To Sign Safe Abortion Bill

The Guardian: Sierra Leone’s president urged to sign safe abortion bill “Women’s rights groups have joined U.N. and African human rights leaders in urging the president of Sierra Leone to support a bill that would change the law to allow women to terminate a pregnancy in any circumstances up to…

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