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U.S.-African Health Partnerships Key To Improving Health

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Investing in Health: Investing in Africa’s Future Elizabeth Jordan, acting special representative for the Secretary’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy, writes about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and notes that the partnerships between U.S. government agencies and African countries “will ensure a healthier human family” (8/8).

PEPFAR, CIFF Partner To Increase Acccess To HIV Treatment For Children In Africa

UNAIDS: New initiative announced to expand access to treatment for children in Africa “The United States government has recently announced that the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), is planning to significantly increase the number of children who have…

Future U.S.-Africa Summits Should Reflect Human Rights, Increased Investment Strategies

Washington Post: Africa summit marks a tectonic shift that should be bolstered Editorial Board “Even while irrational fears about Ebola’s spread to the United States swirled, the three-day Africa summit in Washington [last] week managed to crystallize the continent’s continued evolution from a beneficiary of U.S. aid and security interventions…

Opinions, Editorial Discuss Response To Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss the response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Washington Post: Can the World Health Organization lead? Do we want it to? Jeremy Youde, associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota Duluth “On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO)…

Helms Amendment Interpretation Is A ‘Violation Of Women’s Human Rights’

The Hill: Helms amendment blocks aid to African women Suzanne Ehlers, CEO of Population Action International (PAI) “…For 40 years, the Helms amendment has been applied as a blanket restriction on the use of U.S. funds to pay for abortions. Since its passage, policymakers have gone beyond the letter of…

U.S. Missionaries Returning From West Africa Will Be Quarantined

Reuters: Returning U.S. missionaries to be quarantined because of Ebola “Health officials in North Carolina said on Sunday they will require missionaries and others coming home after working with people infected with Ebola in Africa to be placed in quarantine as a precaution against the spread of the deadly viral…

Rwanda Tests Possible Ebola Case; Nigeria Confirms Additional Case

News outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak, noting a possible case in Rwanda and the ongoing outbreak in Nigeria. Agence France-Presse: Rwanda’s health ministry says tests possible Ebola case “Rwanda has placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and was waiting for test results checking for…

Ebola ‘Patient Zero’ Likely 2-Year-Old African Boy, Researchers Suspect

New York Times: Tracing Ebola’s Breakout to an African 2-Year-Old “Patient Zero in the Ebola outbreak, researchers suspect, was a 2-year-old boy who died on Dec. 6, just a few days after falling ill in a village in Guéckédou, in southeastern Guinea…” (Grady/Fink, 8/9).

Al Jazeera Examines Legal Battle Between Botswana, HIV-Positive Foreign Inmates

Al Jazeera: Botswana in legal battle with foreign inmates “…Foreign inmates are expected to finance their own HIV/AIDS treatment, according to the Botswana government’s HIV/AIDS policy guide. The prisoners say the government has denied them ‘the right to life’ and are fighting to have ‘freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment,…