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Global Eradication Of Polio Within Reach; Political Will Crucial To Efforts

Nature: Within reach: A redoubling of efforts should swiftly eradicate polio from its last strongholds “The global effort to eradicate poliomyelitis has been spectacularly successful, eliminating 99 percent of cases in its 26-year history. But that progress has begun to unravel in the past 18 months, with outbreaks in East…

Somalia Declares Drought, Faces Worsening Food Crisis

News outlets report on Somalia’s drought and worsening food crisis. Agence France-Presse: Somalia facing disaster three years after devastating famine “Three years after famine in Somalia killed a quarter of a million people in six months, aid agencies warned Sunday a new catastrophe is looming unless urgent aid arrives. A…

Discrimination, Stigma Disrupt AIDS Efforts In Tunisia

The Guardian: Tunisia’s fight against AIDS hampered by widespread discrimination “…As the International AIDS Conference begins in Melbourne this week, Tunisia, a country with one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive approaches to combating HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa, is in a war of attrition with the…

Kenya To Pilot Mass Drug Administration To Combat Malaria

IRIN: Kenya to pilot community-wide malaria treatments “Kenya is experimenting with unconventional methods to tackle high malaria rates through the piloting of mass drug administration (MDA) — treating entire communities with anti-malarial drugs, regardless of whether they have the parasite…” (7/18).

Intervention Needed In South Sudan To Prevent Humanitarian Crisis

VOA News: U.N. Humanitarian Chief Warns of ‘Major Humanitarian Crisis’ in South Sudan “The United Nations’ top humanitarian official, Valerie Amos, said this week the international community must intervene quickly in South Sudan, or watch the young country sink even deeper into disaster and possible famine…” (Zeitvogel, 7/17).

Private Sector Can Accelerate Achievement Of AIDS-Free Generation

Devex: Step up the pace on investment, PPPs for an AIDS-free generation Catherine Thompson, principal associate and strategic lead for HIV and AIDS at Abt Associates “…The private sector represents a broad range of potential partners that could be engaged to accelerate achievement of an AIDS-free generation. … To achieve…

Laws Criminalizing HIV Transmission Threaten AIDS Efforts, Progress

Reuters: ‘Bad’ laws hurt sex workers, gays from Uganda to Nepal, AIDS meeting told “…[O]ne of the major concerns of the gathering of 12,000 AIDS activists, scientists, and people living with HIV is how the criminalization of groups at high risk of HIV — such as gay men, sex workers,…

Media Reports Examine Aspects Of West African Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue coverage on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Ebola outbreak not hurting investment in Sierra Leone: foreign minister “The Ebola outbreak has not hurt foreign investment in Sierra Leone but will inevitably require more spending to fight it, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday…” (Cohn/Vellacott, 7/21).…

Polio Nearly Eradicated; Last Cases Originate In Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria

Forbes: World Looks Anxiously To Pakistan, Afghanistan, And Nigeria To Eradicate Polio “…The Global Polio Eradication Initiative hopes to see the final case of polio either late this year or early next year. All polio cases, regardless of where they are found, now originate from three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and…

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