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Nine Polio Workers Killed In Northern Nigeria

“Nine female polio vaccinators have been killed in two shootings at health centers in northern Nigeria, police have told the BBC,” the news agency reports. “In the first attack in Kano the polio vaccinators were shot dead by gunmen who drove up on a motor tricycle,” and “[t]hirty minutes later gunmen…

Zimbabwe Faces Challenges In Preventing, Treating Cervical Cancer, PlusNews Reports

“HIV-positive women are living longer, but are now dying of cervical cancer,” and “[i]n Zimbabwe, cervical cancer is now the most common cancer among women, particularly those living with HIV,” PlusNews reports. “According to the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry, cervical cancer affects about 30 percent of women in the country,” the news…

Global Response To Possible H5N1 Flu Outbreak Could Affect Epidemic’s Course

“It’s been a rough flu season this winter in the United States and Europe, but it could be worse. A lot worse,” science writer Carl Zimmer states in National Geographic’s “Phenomena: The Loom” blog. In other parts of the world, including Egypt, India and Cambodia, the H5N1 avian influenza strain…

Former U.N. Official Criticizes NGO Efforts To Campaign For Aid To Sudanese

“The former head of the U.N. in Sudan has criticized [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] for failing to campaign for aid to flow to people trapped in a war zone on the border with South Sudan,” the Guardian reports. “Mukesh Kapila, who crossed into the war zone without government permission during a visit last…

WFP To Feed 1.6M People In Somalia This Year, Agency Reports

“The World Food Programme (WFP) reports it plans to feed 1.6 million people in Somalia this year, including more than one million people who are in a state of crisis” because of an ongoing insurgency by the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, VOA News writes. WFP “reports the situation in Somalia is somewhat…

Cholera Cases Confirmed In Northern Mozambique After Heavy Rains, Flooding

“In the last 10 days, 22 cases of the waterborne disease cholera have been confirmed by laboratory testing in three areas in and around the northern Mozambique town of Pemba, in Cabo Delgado Province,” IRIN reports. “Leonard Heyerdahl, project manager of Africhol — an initiative of Paris-based NGO Agence de Médecine Préventive…

Moving Beyond Condemnation To Actions That Protect Health Workers

“Between December and January, at least 16 polio workers were killed in Pakistan, according to Reuters — and [on Friday], nine female health workers were slain in northern Nigeria, also while working on a polio eradication campaign,” Laura Hoemeke, director of communications and knowledge management at IntraHealth, writes in the organization’s “Global…