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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…

MSF To Review Operations In CAR After 3 Workers Killed In Attack

Devex: MSF’s future in CAR unclear after deadly attack “Médecins Sans Frontières is currently reviewing its entire operations across the conflict-ridden Central African Republic following the death of three of its staff members in an attack on one of its health facilities over the weekend…” (Ravelo, 4/29).

Guinea Announces 74 Ebola Deaths So Far In 2014

Agence France-Presse: Ebola toll rises to 74 in Guinea “Guinea said Tuesday 74 people had died so far this year in one of the worst ever outbreaks of the Ebola virus. The health ministry said there had been 121 confirmed cases of Ebola — an incurable disease that can kill…

‘Collective Action’ Can Help Improve MCH In Kenya

Huffington Post: Changing Lives, One Woman at a Time: Maternal Health in Kenya Abbas Gullet, secretary general of the Kenyan Red Cross, and Siddharth Chatterjee, representative at UNFPA Kenya “…As we race towards the Millennium Development Goals, [Kenya] is set to meet many of the development targets by 2015. On…

Congressional Briefing Recognizes World Immunization Week

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes comments made by Robert Clay, deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, and Lucas Otieno, research officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Walter-Reed Project, who spoke on Monday at a congressional briefing recognizing World Immunization Week (Aziz,…