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Muslim Clerics In Nigeria Mobilize Communities In Polio Vaccination Initiative

Washington Post: Muslim clerics in Nigeria advocate for polio vaccination and mobilize community “A few years ago, northern Nigeria was a global epicenter of polio transmission, but a program that mobilized local Muslim clerics, who were once opposed to immunization and are now advocates for vaccination, has helped radically reduce…

WHO Reassesses Threat of Polio; Meets With Country Leaders To Evaluate Polio Efforts

Vaccine News Daily: WHO reassesses spread of wild poliovirus as designated international threat “Last week, the World Health Organization met with leaders from Cameroon, Guinea, Pakistan, and Syria to reevaluate the efficiency of efforts to combat the international spread of wild poliovirus…” (Villareal, 8/6).

Domestic, Innovative Financing Will Advance Health Sector In Africa

Huffington Post: Investing in Health: African Countries Expand Domestic and Innovative Financing Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “… [T]his week’s summit provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made through U.S. investments in institutions such as the President’s Emergency Plan…

Liberia, Nigeria Declare State of Emergency Over Ebola; Health Systems Overwhelmed

News outlets continue to report on the impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including the declarations of a state of emergency in both Liberia and Nigeria. Agence France-Presse: Ebola sparks states of emergency across west Africa “The fast-spreading Ebola epidemic sparked states of emergency in overwhelmed west African…

Obama Says ‘Premature’ To Fast-Track Ebola Treatment

The Hill: Obama: ‘Premature’ to fast-track Ebola drug “President Obama said Wednesday that it was ‘premature’ to fast-track an experimental Ebola drug for approval even amid a deadly outbreak of the disease in Africa. ‘I think we’ve got to let the science guide us,’ Obama said at a press conference…

Gates Foundation, Partners Address Ebola Crisis In West Africa

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Addressing the Ebola Crisis Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer at the Foundation, discusses how the Gates Foundation and its partners are working to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (8/6).

Breastfeeding Must Have Place In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: World Breastfeeding Week: Looking Beyond 2015 Ellen Piwoz, senior program officer in the nutrition division of the Global Development Program at the Foundation, discusses breastfeeding and its importance within the post-2015 development agenda (8/6).