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NTD Control Should ‘Remain A Priority’ In Conflict Countries

Huffington Post: Central African Republic and Its Neglected Tropical Diseases Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, and Ellen Agler, CEO of The END Fund “…The Central African Republic (CAR) could emerge as one of the newest ‘perfect storms’ of poverty, conflict, and NTDs. … NTD…

New Software Tool Speeds Ebola Disease Detection

IIP Digital: New Software Tool Helps Track Exposures in Ebola Outbreak “African nations fighting outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever are getting help from U.S. disease detectives and a new software tool to quickly find people exposed to the deadly virus…” (4/30).

South Africa Making Headway In Confronting HIV/AIDS Epidemic

The Lancet: South Africa’s battle against HIV/AIDS gains momentum “South Africa has come a long way in its war against HIV. In the 1990s, its attempts to stem the escalating death toll of the epidemic against a background of political and social unrest were often ineffectual or misguided. Today sees…

5M Children Projected To Face Acute Malnutrition In Sahel

Agence France-Presse: 5 million children in Africa’s Sahel face acute malnutrition “Aid operations need urgent funding in north Africa’s Sahel region where five million children face the prospect of acute malnutrition, U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said…” (4/30).

Southern Africa Makes Progress In HIV Care, But West, Central Africa Lagging

VOA News: MSF: West, Central Africa Lagging in HIV Care “Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says only 20 percent of people living with HIV in French-speaking west and central Africa are receiving the antiretroviral drug treatment they need. This is despite ‘enormous progress’ made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in southern…

Individuals, Private Sector Should Donate More To Reduce Child Mortality

Huffington Post: The World’s 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It Nick Pearson, founder of 1% for Humanity Listing the top 10 countries with the highest child mortality levels as a percentage of their population, Pearson writes, “It can confidently be estimated that only a…

Survey Shows Widespread Support For Public Health Efforts In Africa

The Pew Research Global Attitudes Project blog reports on new survey data showing “[c]oncerns about public health are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, and there is considerable support in the region for making public health challenges a top national priority. In particular, people want their governments to improve the quality of…

West African Leaders Meet At Regional Summit, Discuss Ebola Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: In west Africa, Mano River summit focuses on Ebola fight “The countries of west Africa’s Mano River Union — Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — kicked off a summit meeting on Sunday with the region’s Ebola outbreak high on the agenda. Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and…

Africans, Leaders Can Create ‘Better Future’ For African Continent

Washington Post: Africa is on the rise, and we need to help make sure it continues John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state “The best untold story of the last decade may be the story of Africa. … HIV infections are down nearly 40 percent in sub-Saharan Africa and malaria deaths…

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