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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…

Increased TB Incidence In Zimbabwe Associated With Food Insecurity, Economic Collapse

Results of a study released by the University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health and published in PLOS ONE state that the “rise of tuberculosis (TB) in Zimbabwe during the socio-economic crisis of 2008-9 has been linked to widespread food shortage.” According to the University of Toronto’s press…

Security Threats Negatively Affect Health Care Delivery In Nigeria’s Borno State

IRIN: Violence grinds health care to a halt in Nigeria’s Borno State “Persistent attacks by Boko Haram (BH) militants in Nigeria’s Borno State have forced dozens of clinics to shut down and hundreds of doctors to flee, leaving many residents to seek medical attention across the border in Cameroon, health…

More Aid Needed To Tackle Zimbabwe’s Food Shortage, WFP Says

Deutsche Welle: More aid needed to stave off hunger in Zimbabwe “An estimated two million people in Zimbabwe are said to be facing starvation. The World Food Programme (WFP) has been finding it hard to raise funds to ease their situation due to demands from more recent crisis regions on…