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BBC News Examines Lack Of Access To Palliative Care In Africa

In a series of reports, BBC News examines a lack of access to palliative care in Africa. BBC News: ‘Millions denied end-of-life drugs’ “…Lack of access to pain relief for dying patients is a ‘public health emergency,’ say experts. Figures suggest almost 18 million people — mainly in developing countries…

Somalia’s Food Security Situation Worsens As Country Experiences Late Rains

U.N. News Centre: Late rains give rise to concerns about harvest prospects, food security in Somalia — U.N. “The United Nations today voiced increasing concern over the food security situation in Somalia, as food stocks from the previous harvest become depleted and prices continue to rise sharply, and the country…

Number Of Ebola Cases, Deaths Continue To Rise In West Africa

News outlets report on an ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse/News24: Sierra Leone raises Ebola death toll “Sierra Leone raised its death toll from the highly contagious Ebola virus on Monday, sparking fears that the deadly epidemic gripping west Africa is spreading…” (6/2). Associated Press/ABC News: Sierra…

Number Of Cholera Cases, Deaths Rise In S. Sudan

VOA News: South Sudan Cholera Cases, Deaths on Rise “Health officials in South Sudan were scrambling Monday to contain a cholera outbreak as the death toll from the diarrheal disease rose and infections were reported beyond the capital, Juba, and in other parts of Central Equatoria state and in distant…

More People In Senegal, All Of Africa Need Access To Palliative Care

The Guardian: The African cancer patients dying in unnecessary pain Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Channel 4 News correspondent “…There are more people dying of cancer in Senegal than of malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined. Programs tackling infectious diseases have been effective and with longer life expectancy and more western lifestyles cancer rates…

Tackling Gender Inequality Key To Resolving Food Insecurity In DRC

USAID “Impact”: Why Fighting Gender Violence is Also Fighting Hunger in the DRC Rachel Grant, division chief in East, Central and Southern Africa Office for USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, discusses how “tackling gender inequities is key to resolving any food insecurity” in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)…

IMF, African Governments Agree Economic Growth Should Spur ‘Structural Transformation’

Agence France-Presse: African nations agree need for economic ‘transformation’ “African governments and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday agreed on the urgent need to harness the continent’s rapid economic growth, as unrest and a plethora of challenges temper exuberance about the continent’s rise. At a major meeting in Maputo,…

MERS Spreads To Algeria; Jordan Reports New Death

Agence France-Presse reports on new cases of and deaths caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. Agence France-Presse: First MERS infections detected in Algeria “Algeria reported its first two cases of the deadly MERS virus on Saturday, both among pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia, where most cases and…

Sierra Leone Reports 2 Ebola Deaths, Rising Number Of Cases

News outlets report on the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, where two deaths and a dozen other cases have been reported. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone confirms seven Ebola cases “Sierra Leone on Friday said that it had confirmed seven cases of Ebola and suspects dozens more amid fears the…