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Nigeria’s Kano State Faces Cholera Outbreak

“Ten people in Nigeria’s Kano State have died from cholera and another 300 have been hospitalized with the disease, health officials said,” United Press International reports. “Tijjani Hussein, the deputy director of the state’s ministry of health, said the government is advising residents to rush their family members to the…

Mandela Would Approve Of Global AIDS Progress

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, reflects on Nelson Mandela’s role in the global AIDS response. He recounts Mandela’s attendance at the July 2003 International Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and…

Invest In Health Workers For Better Health Care Delivery

In a guest post in IntraHealth’s “Vital” blog, Vanessa Kerry, founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, examines the need to invest in health workers, writing, “For essential caregivers — whether they’re physicians, midwives, or skilled birth attendants — training can mean the difference between life and death.” She highlights…

NPR Examines Efforts To Eradicate Polio In 2013

“The lowest number of polio cases ever recorded in the world was 223. And 2013 was on track for an even lower number, on the road to complete eradication of the virus,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports, adding, “But this was a year when polio pushed back. Hard.” The blog examines…

Guardian Examines Access To Abortion Services In Ethiopia

The Guardian examines access to abortion services in Ethiopia, noting, “In 2005, Ethiopia legalized abortion in cases of rape or incest, for all young women under the age of 18, and in a number of other situations. Guidelines from the ministry of health in 2006 went further, expanding the range…

ONE Analysis Finds Disparities In AIDS Progress Among African Countries

“Progress in the battle against AIDS is widely divergent in different African countries, so much so that to talk about ‘AIDS in Africa’ as one epidemic needing a single approach has become an anachronism, campaigners said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “In an analysis of the state of the global fight…

Rwanda Launches Non-Surgical Circumcision Drive In Effort To Cut HIV Infections

“Rwanda launched Tuesday a national drive to ‘non-surgically’ circumcise 700,000 men in a bid to cut rates of HIV infection, claiming to be the first country in the world to do so,” Agence France-Presse reports. “The government said circumcision was one of its key strategies for “achieving an AIDS-free generation”…

Kenya Vaccinates 5 Million Children Against Polio

“Kenya, which has declared a polio outbreak a public emergency, vaccinated more than five million children to curb the spread of the viral disease after a spate of cases in eastern Africa, the United Nations said,” Bloomberg reports. “While Kenya has confirmed 14 cases of polio since May 14 when…

DRC Reports Threefold Increase In Malaria Cases In Rebel Stronghold

“There has been a threefold increase in the number of malaria cases recorded in the former M23 rebel stronghold of Rutshuru, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu Province, compared to past years,” IRIN reports, noting health officials say ‘[i]nsecurity is exacerbating the spread of the disease.” “Between…

AIDS Activists Commend, Criticize Uganda’s Option B+ Implementation

“Uganda has gotten plenty of kudos and some criticism over its roll out of the new antiretroviral therapy for pregnant women and their babies, known as Option B+,” Inter Press Service reports. “Recommended by the [WHO] in June 2012, Option B+ consists in life-long provision of [antiretroviral (ARV)] therapy to…

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