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CNN’s ‘Vital Signs’ Examines Efforts To Eradicate Polio In Nigeria

CNN: The race to zero: Nigeria’s fight to wipe out polio “…With [Nigeria’s polio immunization] coverage rates higher than many places in the world, complacency is now the campaign’s biggest enemy. It will be at least another two years before Nigeria can be officially certified polio free. Two more years…

Policymakers Should Heed Lessons Learned From Ebola Epidemic

Council on Foreign Relations: Ebola: What Happened John Campbell, the Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies at CFR, discusses Laurie Garrett’s recent Foreign Affairs essay on Ebola, writing the piece is “essential reading. … Laurie Garrett steps back to understand the course of the Ebola epidemic and the…

Fighting In Eastern DRC Forces Closure Of 32 Clinics, Official Says

IRIN: Amid clashes, many clinics close in eastern DRC “…According to the top medical health official in [the eastern Beni region of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province], 32 clinics around Beni have shut up shop since July. The people running the clinics are ‘frightened of being targeted…

Sierra Leone Records No New Ebola Cases Last Week, WHO Announces

Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone records no new Ebola cases in a week: WHO “Sierra Leone has not recorded a new case of Ebola in the last week, a first since the outbreak reached the country in March last year, the World Health Organization said Monday…” (8/17). BBC News: Sierra Leone…

WHO DG, MSF Head Call For Sustained, Greater Efforts To End Ebola; Sierra Leone Lifts Remaining Quarantine, Reports 2 Confirmed Cases

Agence France-Presse: Ebola could be defeated by year’s end: WHO “…World Health Organization Director Margaret Chan cautioned there could be setbacks in the coming months but said Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone could begin 2016 completely Ebola-free. ‘If the current intensity of case detection and contact tracing is sustained, the…

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