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Ebola Vaccine Trials Show Promise, Scientists Say

VOA News: Ebola Vaccine Trials Underway in West Africa “…Since last summer, researchers have rushed to get anti-Ebola vaccines into clinical trials. While it’s too early to say that any of the potential vaccines work, some scientists say they are seeing strong results from some of the studies…” (Pearson, 3/30).

Circumcision Truck Aims To Prevent HIV In Uganda

BBC News: Uganda male circumcision truck brings hope on HIV “Uganda’s mobile circumcision truck has one clear goal: to get as many men and boys as possible circumcised safely. … According to the World Health Organization, male circumcision reduces the risk of men getting HIV by 60%. But for many…

IntraHealth’s HIV Testing Project In Tanzania Shifts Strategy, Putting Greater Focus On Impact

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: HIV testing support in Tanzania puts emphasis on impact Mkama Mwijarubi, program officer at IntraHealth, writes about a shift in the strategy of IntraHealth’s Tanzania HIV Prevention Project in response to the CDC’s new strategic direction for Tanzania’s PEPFAR-funded interventions. IntraHealth will focus on “revitalizing its HIV testing and…

WaterAid Seeks To Grant Pregnant Women Access To Clean Water, Sanitation

Huffington Post: Impoverished Pregnant Women Forced To Haul Water To Their Own Deliveries. Here’s Who’s Helping Them Eleanor Goldberg, editor of HuffPost Impact “…Every year, nearly half a million babies in the developing world die before they turn 1 month old because they’re born into unhygienic conditions, a new study…

State Department Podcast Discusses Frontline Ebola Health Workers In West Africa

U.S. Department of State: Fighting Ebola: Being on the frontline of the fight The U.S. Department of State released a SoundCloud podcast on Ebola frontline health workers. “In this episode of Fighting Ebola we hear from health care workers on the ground battling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa” (3/27).

World Bank Backs Access To Contraceptives, Improved Sexual Health In Sahel Region

Reuters: World Bank backs contraception, sexual health in Sahel region “Broadening access to contraceptives in Africa’s arid Sahel region and improving women’s sexual health are key parts of a $200 million World Bank project in the conservative Muslim region, its coordinator said…” (Piper, 3/31).

U.K. Scientists, NHS Medics Develop Rapid Ebola Diagnostic Kit In Sierra Leone

The Guardian: Ebola rapid diagnostic kit developed by U.K. scientists in Sierra Leone “A rapid Ebola diagnostic kit similar to a pregnancy kit has been developed by British military scientists and NHS medics in Sierra Leone. It can be administered at the bedside and return its first results within 20…