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Aid Groups Face Challenges To Food Aid Delivery In South Sudan

VOA News: Aid Groups Tackle ‘Mammoth Challenge’ of Feeding South Sudan “Aid agencies are battling against time and danger to their staff on the ground in South Sudan to deliver emergency food aid to millions of people in need around the young country as it struggles to recover from weeks…

High Maternal Mortality Rate Plagues Zimbabwe

Al Jazeera: Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality crisis “…Each year in Zimbabwe, an estimated 3,000 women die during child birth and at least 1.23 percent of GDP is lost annually due to maternal complications, according to the United Nations. The situation is especially bad for poor women in rural Zimbabwe, who continue…

Nigeria Records More Cholera Deaths Following 2013 Outbreak

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nigeria reports new cholera deaths after surge in 2013 “A cholera outbreak across Nigeria has killed 24 people and infected 952 in the first four weeks of 2014, following a surge in cases last year, according to the Ministry of Health. The number of cholera cases went…

MSF Begins Measles Vaccination Campaign In Guinea

“Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched a vaccination campaign against measles in an attempt to control the epidemic that was declared by the government of Guinea on January 14. 1105 suspected cases, with 68 confirmed, have already been recorded, causing the fear of a rapid explosion in the number of infections,”…

TB R&D Is ‘Integral Part Of Making Southern African Mines Safer’

In a guest post in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog, “Kari Stoever, vice president of External Affairs at Aeras, writes about how mine workers are disproportionately affected by tuberculosis (TB) and why there’s an urgent need for new tools against this deadly disease,” the introduction states. “…Supporting R&D…

Doctors, Organizations Issue Open Letter About Homosexuality In Ugandan Paper

“In an open letter appearing [Thursday] in a Uganda newspaper, more than 60 doctors and eight organizations provide answers to questions posed by President Yoweri Museveni on homosexuality in a December 28 letter. The president wrote the letter as he considered the fate of the Anti-Homosexuality bill the nation’s Parliament…

Reaching MDG Child Mortality Target Will Require Continued Investment, Innovation

Devex: Who’s winning the battle against child mortality? “Around the globe, child mortality rates are dropping … thanks to investments and partnerships among governments, investors, aid groups, and other stakeholders. … ‘The data show that tremendous progress has been made during the past few decades’ in improving the well-being of…

Communities Renounce FGM; Surgery Offers Hope To Some Victims

On the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), news outlets report on efforts to stop the practice and help victims. Agence France-Presse: Mali communities renounce female circumcision “Community leaders gathered in Mali Thursday to mark an international day of campaigning against female genital mutilation, publicly renouncing…

UNAIDS Praises Kenyan First Lady’s Maternal, Child Health Campaign

The Star: U.N. praises First Lady’s maternal health project “The United Nations has lauded the Beyond Zero Campaign launched by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. It said the initiative will improve maternal and child health in [Kenya]. ‘Fifteen women die every day due to pregnancy related complications in Kenya and 20…