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National Journal Examines Differences Between Current, Past Ebola Outbreaks

National Journal: Four Reasons Why This Ebola Outbreak Is Different “There have been about 30 recorded outbreaks of the Ebola virus in the last four decades, but none have come close to this magnitude. ‘This is something we have not seen to this extent before,’ CDC Director Thomas Frieden told…

News Outlets Cover Latest Ebola-Related Developments On The Ground In West Africa

News outlets report on the impact of and responses to the Ebola outbreak on the ground in West Africa. New York Times: ‘Don’t Touch the Walls’: Ebola Fears Infect an African Hospital “So many patients, nurses, and health workers have died in the government hospital that many people in this…

Ethiopia’s Decriminalization Of Abortion Helping To Reduce Maternal Deaths

IRIN: Ethiopia’s game-changing abortion law “After decades battling high maternal death rates — at least a third of which were due to botched abortions — Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives.…

Tanzanian Women Urging Partners To Undergo Circumcision To Reduce HIV, HPV Risk

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Tanzanian women lobby male partners to be circumcised “…In [Efrazia Ngwabi’s] village, talking candidly about circumcision would have once been unthinkable, but as people’s attitudes begin to change due to awareness campaigns, more women are actively encouraging their male partners to be circumcised, she said…” (Makoye, 8/8).

U.N. Warns Somalia Needs Assistance To Prevent Famine

News outlets report on the U.N.’s warnings that Somalia needs assistance to prevent famine. Reuters: Somalia donors must act now to avoid famine ‘catastrophe’ — U.N. “War-ravaged Somalia is hurtling towards a second famine in three years that could be prevented if donors increased funding, Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations’ humanitarian…

Al Jazeera Examines Legal Battle Between Botswana, HIV-Positive Foreign Inmates

Al Jazeera: Botswana in legal battle with foreign inmates “…Foreign inmates are expected to finance their own HIV/AIDS treatment, according to the Botswana government’s HIV/AIDS policy guide. The prisoners say the government has denied them ‘the right to life’ and are fighting to have ‘freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment,…

Ebola Outbreak In West Africa Is ‘Challenging,’ Expected To Last Months, WHO Says

News outlets report on the spread of an Ebola outbreak that continues to claim lives in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola outbreak among ‘most challenging’ ever: WHO “West Africa’s Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the ‘most challenging’ for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa…