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Activists Say Africa Can End FGM In 20 Years

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Africa can end ‘child abuse’ of FGM by 2035: activists “Africa can end female genital mutilation (FGM) in 20 years, activists said on Friday as they launched a continent-wide campaign, calling the ancient ritual a form of child abuse aimed at controlling women’s sexuality…” (Migiro, 10/10).

Swaziland King To Use World Bank HIV Funds To Pay Girls To Remain Virgins

International Business Times: Swaziland King Pays Girls $18 a Month to Remain Virgins; Uses World Bank HIV Funds “Swaziland’s King Mswati III has reportedly announced to pay all teenage girls in the South Africa kingdom a monthly stipend of 200 rands ($18) for abstaining from sex and remaining a virgin.…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic. Bloomberg View: Africa’s Ebola and Asia’s Obligation Editorial Board “…With more than 8,000 documented [Ebola] cases and 4,000 reported deaths in West Africa, the epidemic is outstripping international efforts to contain it — and Asian countries in…

U.S. Health System Prepared For More Ebola Cases, HHS Secretary Says

News outlets report on HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s statement on Thursday that the U.S. health system is prepared to respond to additional Ebola cases should they arise. The Hill: HHS: There may be more Ebola cases “More cases of the Ebola virus could be found in the United States,…

Ebola’s Spread Outpacing Containment Efforts

Washington Post: The ominous math of the Ebola epidemic “When the experts describe the Ebola disaster, they do so with numbers. The statistics include not just the obvious ones, such as caseloads, deaths and the rate of infection, but also the ones that describe the speed of the global response.…

Ebola Affecting Everyday Life In West African Nations

News outlets report on the various ways Ebola is affecting life in West Africa and how some are responding to the crisis. Agence France-Presse: Ebola-hit Liberia cancels nationwide elections “Ebola-hit Liberia has suspended nationwide elections in the latest measure to combat an epidemic which has shut down society in three…

China Steps Up Contributions In Ebola Response

Financial Times: China steps up support for fight against Ebola “China is stepping up its contributions to the fight against Ebola, seen as a test of its diplomacy in Africa given growing trade and investment as well as historic pledges of friendship. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday pledged $6m…

Cuba Sends Scores Of HCWs To West Africa, Outpacing Some Larger Nations

Wall Street Journal: Cuban Doctors at the Forefront of Ebola Battle in Africa “With risks growing that Ebola could flare on foreign shores, the U.S. is calling for nations to dispatch doctors and nurses to West Africa, where thousands of lives are on the line. Few have heeded the call,…

First African Ebola Vaccine Trial Begins In Mali

News outlets report on the beginning of the first African Ebola vaccine trial. The Hill: Ebola vaccine trial begins in Africa “The first Ebola vaccine trial in Africa has started under the supervision of the University of Maryland, according to a report. Three health care workers in Mali received the…