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Guinea Worm Close To Eradication As Incidence Declines

Slate: Tug of War “…From 3.5 million cases in 21 countries in 1986, incidence [of Guinea worm] dropped to just 126 cases in 2014, with more than half of those occurring in South Sudan. Vanquishing Guinea worm would be arguably the first great public health triumph of the 21st century.…

Boko Haram In West, Central Africa Poses Threat To NTD Gains

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Boko Haram and Africa’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, writes, “I am concerned that the expansion of Boko Haram into West and Central Africa…

WHO, WFP To Collaborate To Reach Zero Ebola Cases In West Africa

U.N. News Centre: Two U.N. agencies combine expertise in new partnership to reach zero Ebola cases “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) [Wednesday] announced they are combining their expertise in public health and logistics in a new partnership to bring the Ebola outbreak…

Ebola Epidemic Could End By Summer If Funding, Efforts Are Sustained, WHO Official Says

New York Times: Ebola Outbreak Could Be Ended by Summer, U.N. Says “The Ebola outbreak that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives over the past 15 months could be halted by the summer, but only if international financial support is sustained, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday…” (Cumming-Bruce, 3/11). Reuters:…

Liberian President Acknowledges Shortcomings In Nation’s Ebola Response

New York Times: Liberian Leader Concedes Errors in Response to Ebola “The president of Liberia acknowledged on Wednesday that she had erred in ordering a tough security crackdown at the height of the Ebola crisis last year, describing the deadly virus as an ‘unknown enemy’ that had frightened her. The…

USGLC Highlights Public-Private Partnership That Supports Refugees In South Sudan

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: A Public-Private Partnership that’s Saving Refugees and Rescuing Aid Workers David Stein, policy associate at USGLC, marks Global Partnership Week and discusses how “forward-thinking businesses and nonprofits have been working with the U.S. government in innovative ways to tackle some of the toughest challenges in global…

Researchers Hit Snags In Testing Ebola Treatments, Vaccines

Al Jazeera America: Why we’re still waiting on an Ebola vaccine “Since Ebola hit [Freetown, Sierra Leone,] last summer, nurses at Connaught Hospital have put their lives on the line by working with patients at risk of the deadly disease. Now researchers aim to recruit them as well as ambulance…

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