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Some Experts Raise Concerns Over How U.N. Grouping Together African, Middle East Food Crises Could Impact Fundraising, Responses

Devex: Amid funding shortfall, doubts over why U.N. links 4 food crises together “Senior United Nations officials have reiterated a call to action for the four food insecurity and famine situations in Africa and the Middle East that have been labeled together as the worst humanitarian crisis in the U.N.’s…

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Africa Could Be Experiencing Underreported, Overlooked Zika Epidemic

The Lancet: Zika in Africa — the invisible epidemic? “A growing body of evidence suggests that in Africa a Zika epidemic could be undetected and overlooked. … To date, at least 30 laboratory-based studies have suggested that African strains of Zika are capable of causing the same, or worse, damage…

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U.S. Women’s Rights Campaigner Warns Of ‘Real Human Cost’ Of Mexico City Policy In Africa

Thomson Reuters Foundation: INTERVIEW — African women pay for Trump’s anti-abortion move — activist “In one of his first actions as president, Trump reinstated a policy known by critics as the ‘global gag’ rule, which withholds U.S. funding for international organizations that perform abortions or tell women about legal options…

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Improper Immune Reaction To Onchocerciasis Parasite Potentially Causes Nodding Syndrome

JAMA: Potential Cause of Nodding Syndrome Identified JAMA reports on a study published in Science Translational Medicine that hypothesizes nodding syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, might be caused by an inappropriate immune reaction to the parasite that causes onchocerciasis, otherwise known as river blindness (4/18).

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Despite Challenges, Polio Eradication Efforts Continue To Progress

Humanosphere: Range of setbacks slow progress toward polio eradication Humanosphere correspondent Tom Murphy discusses several challenges to polio eradication in the three remaining endemic countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — including a lack of access to certain regions and vaccine shortages. He writes, “Despite the challenges, the effort for eradication…

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News Outlets Highlight Humanitarian Crises, Hunger, Disease Outbreaks In Conflict-Affected Nations Of Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria

Christian Science Monitor: As global famine aid comes up short, Somalis abroad step up “Every year, Somalis abroad send about $1.4 billion back home — almost a quarter of the country’s GDP. As organizations like the United Nations warn that famine could spread, those remittances are an especially vital form…

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Sens. Corker, Coons Call On Congress To Defend Foreign Aid Budget, Implement Food Aid Reforms

The Chattanoogan: Corker, Coons Visit World’s Largest Refugee Camp To Get Firsthand Look At Global Food Crisis “Senators Bob Corker [R-Tenn.] and Chris Coons (D-Del.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Friday visited the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in Uganda, where more than 270,000 people reside after…

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German Merck Plans To Introduce Child-Friendly Version Of Schistosomiasis Drug For Use In African Donation Program

Reuters: German Merck aims to roll out child formula for schistosomiasis drug “Merck KGaA said it is developing a children’s formula of its drug to treat schistosomiasis, a parasitic worm disease that infects millions of poor people in Africa and Asia. … The company said it has donated 500 million…

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World Must Act To Provide Food, Humanitarian Assistance To Northeast Nigeria Or Risk More Refugees To Europe, Nation’s Humanitarian Coordinator Warns

Thomson Reuters Foundation: World must aid famine-threatened Nigeria to avoid ‘mass exodus’ “The devastation wrought by Boko Haram, which has left millions of people in northeast Nigeria on the brink of famine, could exacerbate Europe’s migration crisis if the world fails to act urgently, the country’s chief humanitarian coordinator said.…

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‘Big Bond’ Approach To Foreign Aid Could Maximize Efficiency Of Donor Resources In Africa

Project Syndicate: A Big Bond for Africa Nancy Birdsall, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister of Nigeria and managing director of the World Bank and distinguished visiting fellow at CGD “…While governments in Africa are spending more on…

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