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Health Workers Say Water Shortages Contribute To Rotavirus Infections In Cameroon

VOA News: Cameroon Medics Battle Rotavirus “In the past 12 months, thousands of children in Cameroon have died of severe diarrhea caused by rotavirus, with thousands more said to be hospitalized. Although the United Nations has come in to help with a vaccine, local medics say the situation is difficult,…

Number Of Confirmed Ebola Cases Grows In West Africa

News outlets report on the growing number of Ebola cases in West Africa. Associated Press: Guinea reports Ebola death toll rises to 78 “Health authorities in Guinea are facing an ‘unprecedented epidemic’ of Ebola, an international aid group warned Monday as the death toll from the disease that causes severe…

Spread of Hunger, Displacement In South Sudan Is ‘Alarming,’ U.N. Reports

News outlets report on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. U.N. News Centre: U.N. relief officials arrive in South Sudan amid ‘alarming’ spread of hunger, displacement “Senior United Nations relief officials began a visit to South Sudan [Monday] to meet conflict-affected people and to review the ongoing response and needs…

Ugandan President Dismisses Western Aid Cuts At Rally Supporting Anti-Gay Law

News outlets report on a Ugandan rally supporting the country’s anti-gay law, at which President Yoweri Museveni dismissed Western aid cuts. Associated Press: Uganda holds ‘thanksgiving’ event for anti-gay law “President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has launched fresh condemnation of gays, saying they deserve punishment because homosexuality ‘is criminal and…

‘Development Impact Bonds’ Can Drive Malaria Control Programs Forward

The Guardian: Malaria in Mozambique: trialing payment by results Lily Han, investment principal with Dalberg Global Development Advisers, a private sector partner working to launch the Mozambique Malaria performance bond “Malaria control programs in recent decades offer overwhelming evidence that integrated, sustained malaria-eradication protocols that cover prevention, diagnosis, and treatment…

Guinea, Neighboring Countries Work To Contain Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ABC News: Ebola, Crossing Borders in Africa, Could Land in U.S. “An Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 78 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., health officials warned today…” (Moisse, 4/1).…

South Africa’s National HIV Prevalence Increasing, Report Shows

News outlets highlight a new report (.pdf) showing South Africa’s HIV prevalence is rising. Health-e News: South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence & Behavior Survey, 2012 “The latest national HIV survey in South Africa finds increases in HIV prevalence, decreases in condom use and earlier sexual debut for boys among…

Public, Private Firms Investing In African Health, Manufacturing, R&D

Media sources discuss recent efforts by public and private entities to invest in African health, manufacturing, and research and development. Financial Times: Drugmakers learn to blend commerce with philanthropy in Africa “Africa has rarely been a source of good publicity for big pharma. But two events this week suggest the…

Responsible Business Practices Enable Commercial Successes

The Telegraph: Business has the power to do immense good Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline “For business, behaving responsibly doesn’t compromise commercial success, it enables it. … Collectively, the private sector has the power to do immense good, using its innovation, resources and reach to create prosperity, provide employment and…

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