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Clinic In Niger Helping To Heal Physical, Mental Scars Left By Obstetric Fistula

In opinion pieces published on Saturday in the New York Times, columnist Nick Kristof and Erin Luhmann, the winner of Kristof’s annual “Win-A-Trip” contest, discuss obstetric fistula and the experience of Hadiza Soulaye, who received treatment for the condition at the Danja Fistula Center in Danja, Niger. In his column,…

U.K.-Supported Initiative In Sierra Leone Aims To Reduce Maternal Mortality

The Guardian examines Evidence 4 Action (E4A), an initiative recently launched in Sierra Leone with support from the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID) that aims “to empower local communities to force health care up the political agenda by giving them the evidence they need to fuel arguments for higher…

South African Health Minister Says TB Is Biggest Threat To Mining Industry Workers

“Accidents and violence get most of the attention, but the deadliest threat to workers in the South African mining industry is tuberculosis, says the minister of health leading new efforts to combat the infectious disease,” The Star reports. Summarizing an interview with South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, who was…

GlobalPost Blog Examines Efforts To Prevent, Treat Pneumonia In Zambia

Writing in GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog, correspondent Marissa Miley examines efforts to prevent and treat pneumonia in Zambia, where she traveled recently. “Data cited in a 2012 report by Countdown to 2015, a coalition organization tracking progress towards the Millennium Development Goals around child and maternal health, show pneumonia to be…

Briefing With African Ministers Discusses Malaria Control

In his blog, “Malaria Matters,” Bill Brieger, a professor in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University as well as the senior malaria adviser for JHPIEGO, describes a briefing (.pdf) that “was given to African ministers of health and foreign affairs on July…

Al Jazeera’s ‘South2North’ Reports On Maternal Health In Africa

Al Jazeera’s “South2North” reports on “maternal health and the impact it has on children, women and the communities in which they live” in Africa, noting, “A recent African Union report shows sub-Saharan Africa is trailing behind its 2015 Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent.” According to…

GlobalPost Blog Examines How Civil War In CAR Affecting Child Health

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog reports on how civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR) is affecting the public health system, leading to higher rates of child malnutrition and malaria. Citing a report (.pdf) from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the blog writes, “During the first quarter of 2013, MSF treated 33…

A.U. Special Summit On HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria Kicks Off In Abuja

Robert Newman, director of the WHO’s Global Malaria Program, “said on the sidelines of the ongoing preparatory meetings to this week’s African Union (A.U.) Special Summit on HIV/ AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Abuja ['Abuja +12' ] … on Sunday that a vaccine for malaria may just be three years…

NPR Examines Implications Of WHO’s New HIV Treatment Guidelines On South Africa

Noting the WHO this month “issued revised guidelines saying that people with HIV should be put on antiviral drugs far earlier than was previously recommended …, a move that could have huge implications for African nations where millions of people are infected with HIV,” NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition”…