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Blog Examines Study Findings On Health Trends In Zambia

Humanosphere: Study: Zambia’s malaria success story masks basic health failures Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses findings from a study examining health trends in Zambia. He writes, “that while Zambia has made great progress against malaria over the past decade or so, it was losing ground on many…

Increasing Vaccine Coverage, Rebuilding Confidence In Health Services Essential To Protecting Children In Liberia

Médecins Sans Frontières: Liberia: No vaccinations for months has put children at risk “Routine vaccination activities in Ebola-affected West African countries have been significantly reduced since the outbreak began. In Montserrado County, Liberia, MSF recently conducted a measles vaccination campaign with adapted safety protocols. Philippe Le Vaillant, MSF representative in…

Death Of Liberian Man Underscores Challenges Of Containing Ebola

Newsweek: Time Bomb: Ebola Returns to the Ghetto “Over the past year, Ebola has killed 10,000 people. Almost half of those have died in Liberia, including 200 health workers. The government and international donors have been desperately trying to care for the sick, while at the same time, prevent the…

Access To Sanitary Pads Allows Girls In Africa To Attend School

Agence France-Presse: Sanitary freedom keeps African schoolgirls in class “…[Sue] Barnes works through her non-profit organization, Project Dignity … to help girls stay in school by providing economical sanitary pads. … [In Uganda,] girls missing school during menstruation was a ‘big problem’ that led some to fall behind or even…

Liberia, Sierra Leone Show Progress In Ebola Fight; Guinea Sees Mixed Results

Agence France-Presse: Last Cuban Ebola medics leave S. Leone, new clampdown for Easter “The last remaining Cuban medics sent to Sierra Leone in October last year to help in the fight against Ebola left the country on Wednesday, as the number of infections there is falling. But President Ernest Bai…

USAID Mission Director To Liberia Urges Communities To Stop Rape

Liberia News Agency/allAfrica: Liberia: USAID Official Urges Communities to Work to Stop Rape “An official of the United States Agency For International Development (USAID), John Mark Winfield, has urged community leaders [in Liberia] to identify ways to stop rape in their communities…” (Dixon, 3/31).

Gambia Adds Inactivated Polio Vaccine To Routine Immunization Program

FORYOYYA Newspaper/allAfrica: Gambia to Introduce Inactivated Polio Vaccine “The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare … on Wednesday, 1st April introduced the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in line with the global polio eradication initiative spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO) to maintain…

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Trials Show Safety Of Drug, Ability To Trigger Immune Response

Media outlets report on results from two Ebola experimental drug trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. The reports, titled “A Recombinant Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Ebola Vaccine — Preliminary Report” and “Phase 1 Trials of rVSV Ebola Vaccine in Africa and Europe — Preliminary Report”, suggest…

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