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Education On Preventing Ebola Transmission Critical In West African Outbreak

New York Times: Ebola Gets Worse in West Africa “…The [Ebola outbreaks in West Africa] will require a large educational effort to alert people to the dangers, to warn people not to eat ‘bush meat,’ to warn mourners not to touch the victims during burial ceremonies, and to protect health…

BRICS Can Advance Efforts To Eliminate NTDs, Paper Says

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: BRICS in the Response to Neglected Tropical Diseases Alex Gordon, communications associate for the Global Network and the Sabin Vaccine Institute, discusses a paper (.pdf) published in the WHO Bulletin titled, “BRICS in the response to neglected tropical diseases.” The paper…

African Women Farmers Need Support From Leaders, Policymakers

Forbes: Supporting Women Farmers Is The Key To Africa’s Continued Progress Uyen Kim Huynh, senior research scientist at the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University “…Given the critical role that women farmers play in Africa with respect to agricultural production and securing livelihoods for their families, further…

Ebola Deaths Double In Sierra Leone; Experts Use Open-Source Mapping To Track Virus

News outlets report on the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, where the death toll has doubled. Experts discuss open-source mapping as a way to stop the spread of the virus. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone doubles Ebola death toll “Sierra Leone doubled its death toll from the highly contagious Ebola virus…

WHO Intensifies Cholera Response In South Sudan

Xinhua News: Death toll from cholera outbreak hits 63 in S. Sudan: WHO “The World Health Organization (WHO) said it has intensified its response to the cholera outbreak in South Sudan after 63 people have lost their lives and 2,340 people [have been] treated for the disease…” (Mengjie, 6/30).

African Union Heads Of State Commit To Sustain Efforts To End HIV, TB, Malaria

UNAIDS: African Union: translating political commitments into action “African Heads of State committed to sustain efforts to ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by adopting the recommendations stated in an AIDS Watch Africa report — including prioritizing AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the new development goals in order to ensure that…

Blog Posts Highlight Maternal, Child Health Efforts In Nepal, Rwanda

Two “Impatient Optimists” blog posts discuss maternal and child health. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health: Saving Lives in Nepal Praveen Mishra, secretary of the Ministry of Health and Population in Nepal, discusses factors that contribute to Nepal’s success in maternal and…

Food Rations Cut For 800,000 Refugees In Africa, U.N. Says

News outlets report on cuts to food rations for 800,000 refugees in Africa due to a lack of funding. Reuters: African refugees face cuts in rations as funding runs low: U.N. “African refugees who have fled wars or persecution face cuts in their daily rations because of a $225 million…

Nigeria Should Confront TB, With U.S. Assistance

Washington Post: Nigeria needs to confront another scourge: Tuberculosis David Bryden, TB advocacy officer for Results “…Nigeria’s frustratingly slow response to the Boko Haram abductions of more than 200 schoolgirls is mirrored by its apparent lack of attention to another crisis with deadly implications. Last year, a national survey showed…

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