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Nigerian Mobile Units Deliver Polio Vaccines Amid Worsening Insurgency

Reuters: Nigeria hopes to eradicate polio despite insurgency “A Nigerian military offensive against Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has opened up a corridor for mobile units of health workers to vaccinate children against polio in parts of the northeast. But the worsening insurgency poses a grave risk to the campaign…

Services For GBV Survivors In CAR Underfunded, IRIN Reports

IRIN: Little help for CAR rape survivors “…Despite recent commitments from governments, U.N. agencies, and NGOs to prioritize protecting women and girls from sexual and physical violence, current efforts in [the Central African Republic] remain underfunded. In the capital Bangui less than one third of clinics and health centers in…

Mobile Reminders Help Pregnant Women, Mothers In Ghana Keep Health Care Appointments

BBC News: Joining up Ghana’s health care to save lives “…[Pregnant women in Ghana are being] reminded about their appointment[s] by messages sent to a mobile phone, through a system called Mobile Midwife. … Mobile Midwife is part of the Ghana mobile technology for community health (Motech Ghana) initiative –…

Melinda Gates, Bill Frist Call On Faith Leaders To Support Maternal, Child Health

The Tennessean: Melinda Gates, Bill Frist call for global focus on maternal and child health “…The Gates Foundation has partnered with former Sen. Bill Frist and his Nashville-based global health organization Hope Through Healing Hands. Together, they created the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide, whose mission is…

Ebola Death Toll Rises To More Than 600 In West Africa

News outlets report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola toll hits 603 “The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, with 68 new fatalities mostly in Sierra Leone and Liberia…” (7/15).…

New Single-Dose Form Of Contraceptive Shot Being Introduced In Africa

New York Times: New Contraceptive Shot Being Released in Africa “An easy-to-use new form of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera was introduced last week in Burkina Faso, the first of four African countries in which it will be rolled out this year. The new form is a Uniject capsule — a…

HIV Self-Testing Might Encourage More People To Discover Status, Group Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Could HIV self-testing be a game changer in Africa? “In Africa, where fewer than half the people know their HIV status, HIV self-testing is being explored as a way of encouraging more individuals, particularly in high risk groups, to know their status as a first step to…

‘Shared Values’ Needed To Tackle Health, Development Challenges

Huffington Post: Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships David Olson, global health communications expert “…Nowadays, it’s widely recognized that more stakeholders need to be consulted, both in the design and the execution of an intervention. Does this make the process more messy and complicated? It sure does, but…

Improved Water Access Would Help Lift Regions Out Of Poverty

Deseret News: Access to water is the first step in fighting poverty worldwide John Hoffmire, director of the Impact Bond Fund at Saïd Business School at Oxford University and director of the School of Business and Poverty at the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison “…Each day, nearly 200 million…