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Violence, Low Vaccine Coverage Fuel Polio Outbreak In Cameroon

IRIN: Regional insecurity fuels polio in Cameroon “Three new polio cases have been confirmed in Cameroon over the past two weeks, making it the country’s first outbreak since 2011 and causing alarm among health officials who link the virus’s spread to weak vaccine campaign coverage and displacement following violence in…

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces $50M To Support Family Planning Services In LAC, Africa

The Guardian: Family planning groups in developing countries set for Bloomberg boost “Grassroots organizations are to share in a multi-million dollar project to improve family planning and reproductive health services for women and girls in Africa and Latin America. Groups in Uganda, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Nicaragua will be able…

Health Officials Say Ebola Outbreak Contained In Guinea; 63 Reported Dead

News outlets report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which Guinean officials say has been contained. Agence France-Presse: Terror grips Ebola-hit west Africa “Guinea battled Wednesday to contain an Ebola epidemic threatening neighboring countries as fear and confusion gripped communities under siege from one of the deadliest viruses known…

Climate Change Already Affecting Food Security In East Africa

Foreign Policy: Big Trouble in Farmville Richard Schiffman, author and journalist “…Food production all over the globe is in the crosshairs, but East Africa is the prime target. The impacts of climate change are already serious here, and expected to get a lot harsher in coming decades. … In fact,…

PRI’s ‘The World’ Reports On Impacts Of Obstetric Fistula

PRI’s “The World”: Scarred by childbirth, mothers are finding help to heal and start over “…Obstetric fistula affects hundreds of thousands of women in sub-Saharan Africa. For many, it is far more than a physical ailment. It can turn them into outcasts…” (Kelto, 3/24).

WFP Executive Director Calls For Humanitarian Action In CAR

VOA News: WFP Chief Calls for Humanitarian Intervention in CAR “The executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urges the international community to address the disaster in the Central African Republic (CAR) where hundreds of thousands have fled violence and instability to neighboring Cameroon, Chad, and the…

Southern African Leaders Agree To Framework To Address TB Among Miners

GlobalPost: Southern African countries commit to address mineworkers’ TB “…To mark World TB Day, ministers from southern Africa met in Johannesburg on Tuesday to develop a regional strategy for reducing TB among mineworkers. Leaders from South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland — the four countries home to the largest share…

African Parliamentarians Commit To Advancing AIDS Response Now, Beyond 2015

Earlier this week, parliamentarians met during a roundtable at the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa to discuss advancing the AIDS response now and post-2015. According to a UNAIDS press release, “[t]he aim of the dialogue was to create awareness and build the capacity of parliamentarians on the agreed 2013 Abuja…