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New Software Tool Speeds Ebola Disease Detection

IIP Digital: New Software Tool Helps Track Exposures in Ebola Outbreak “African nations fighting outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever are getting help from U.S. disease detectives and a new software tool to quickly find people exposed to the deadly virus…” (4/30).

Southern Africa Makes Progress In HIV Care, But West, Central Africa Lagging

VOA News: MSF: West, Central Africa Lagging in HIV Care “Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says only 20 percent of people living with HIV in French-speaking west and central Africa are receiving the antiretroviral drug treatment they need. This is despite ‘enormous progress’ made in the fight against HIV/AIDS in southern…

South Africa Making Headway In Confronting HIV/AIDS Epidemic

The Lancet: South Africa’s battle against HIV/AIDS gains momentum “South Africa has come a long way in its war against HIV. In the 1990s, its attempts to stem the escalating death toll of the epidemic against a background of political and social unrest were often ineffectual or misguided. Today sees…

Individuals, Private Sector Should Donate More To Reduce Child Mortality

Huffington Post: The World’s 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It Nick Pearson, founder of 1% for Humanity Listing the top 10 countries with the highest child mortality levels as a percentage of their population, Pearson writes, “It can confidently be estimated that only a…

Survey Shows Widespread Support For Public Health Efforts In Africa

The Pew Research Global Attitudes Project blog reports on new survey data showing “[c]oncerns about public health are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, and there is considerable support in the region for making public health challenges a top national priority. In particular, people want their governments to improve the quality of…

Global Health Research Initiative To Fund MCH Research In Africa

SciDev.Net: Fund to improve African maternal, child health launched “The Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) plans to fund leading African and Canadian researchers to find solutions aimed at improving health systems for mothers and children in sub-Saharan Africa…” (Achia, 4/30).

Antibiotic Treatment For Malnutrition Difficult To Deliver In Remote Areas Of Africa

PRI: Malnourished children in sub-Saharan Africa are not getting the life-saving drugs they need “…[T]he World Health Organization last November issued new guidelines for the treatment of severe malnutrition. The WHO said children should be given amoxicillin or a similar antibiotic, along with therapeutic food, as soon as they are…

2014 Kenya Economic Survey Marks Malaria As Country’s Leading Cause Of Death

Standard Media: Malaria cited as top killer disease in Kenya “Malaria, followed by pneumonia were the leading killer diseases in [Kenya] last year. Having claimed more than 46,000 lives, the ailments have proved to be serious threats to the economy. For the first time, cancer has surpassed AIDS as the…

NTD Control Should ‘Remain A Priority’ In Conflict Countries

Huffington Post: Central African Republic and Its Neglected Tropical Diseases Peter Hotez, founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, and Ellen Agler, CEO of The END Fund “…The Central African Republic (CAR) could emerge as one of the newest ‘perfect storms’ of poverty, conflict, and NTDs. … NTD…