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Event Highlights Challenges To Polio Eradication, Especially In Conflict Settings

Humanosphere: Conflict zones pose final threat to eradicating polio Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses an event that took place Tuesday in New York highlighting challenges to polio eradication, especially in conflict settings. She includes comments made at the event from CDC Director Thomas Frieden and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan (9/22).

Rift Valley Fever Kills At Least 21 People In Western Niger Outbreak

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Rift Valley Fever outbreak kills 21 in Western Niger “Health workers in Western Niger are racing to contain an outbreak of Rift Valley fever that has killed at least 21 people over the past month, an aid agency said on Wednesday. The highly contagious disease, which is…

5M Somalis Food Insecure, Response Needs Additional Funding, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: Five million Somalis now going hungry “Five million Somalis, or more than two out of five people in the country, do not have enough to eat, the United Nations said Tuesday, calling for extra funds for food aid. The latest figures represent an increase of 300,000 food insecure…

Boko Haram Conflict In Northeast Nigeria Causing Food Shortages For Millions

Agence France-Presse: Starving to death: Boko Haram’s food crisis in Nigeria “…There have been repeated warnings about the effects of food shortages caused by the Boko Haram conflict, which has killed at least 20,000 people and left 2.6 million homeless since 2009. But despite the huge numbers involved, the situation…

African Researchers Using Data To Facilitate Development Of TB, Malaria, Cancer Treatments

Quartz: TB-tracking headbands, mapping cancer, and a malaria hackathon: How data is fighting disease in Africa “…At a recent five-day hackathon, medical researchers from around the world joined forces to work through data mapping solutions to malaria. Other more long-term research projects are also using data to treat diseases like…

CDC Blog Post Examines Lessons Learned From Scale-Up Of Antiretroviral Therapy In Mozambique

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Lessons Learned from Scaling up HIV Treatment in Mozambique This blog post discusses findings from a CDC study published in the October 2016 issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) examining the scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Mozambique. The analysis “revealed fewer…

African Nations Must Invest In Continent’s Health Through Partnerships Like Global Fund

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Let’s work together to invest in Africa’s health Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya “…In the spirit of shared responsibility and global solidarity, African countries can commit to play a bigger role by investing more in their health through the Global Fund. … [W]e, as African countries, have…

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