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Military Spending In African Countries ‘Dwarfs’ HIV/AIDS, Health Budgets

Inter Press Service: What’s More Important, the War on AIDS or Just War? “They say there is a war on and its target is the deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This war runs worldwide but its main battleground is sub-Saharan Africa … With many competing health problems, funding for AIDS…

Blog Provides ‘Roundup’ Of Global Health Issues, Related Politics

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: While Museveni mulls ‘harmonized’ homophobia, no news from Nigeria is bad news, Kenya considers death by stoning, and smiling faces hide ugly truths… We’re reading about politics over public health Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at…

Five Myths On Ebola Debunked

Huffington Post: Stop Worrying About Ebola (And Start Worrying About What it Means) Adam C. Levine, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Brown Medical School “…Of course, we should care a great deal about the Ebola outbreak, but not for the reasons propagated by cable news and bloggers alike. We should…

U.S. Government To Provide Emergency Food Aid To South Sudan

News outlets report on the announcement that the U.S. government will provide special funding to South Sudan to help address the country’s food crisis. Devex: For first time since 2008, U.S. taps special funding pool to feed South Sudan “South Sudan currently faces the ‘worst food security situation in the…

Numerous East, Central African Countries Facing ‘Acute Food Insecurity’

IRIN: Food security alarm for east, central Africa “Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in Eastern and Central Africa, with most of them being at ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency’ levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013. The affected countries…

Sierra Leone, Liberia Struggle To Respond To Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the challenges surrounding the response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone appeals for $18m to plug Ebola funding gap “Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma appealed to the international community on Tuesday for help filling an $18 million (13…

Nigeria Races To Contain Spread Of Ebola

News outlets report on the response to the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria. Reuters: Third person dies of Ebola fever in Nigeria “A member of the West African regional body Ecowas has become the third person in Nigeria to die of Ebola fever, Ecowas said on Wednesday…” (Eboh/Onuah, 8/13). Reuters: Nigeria…

IntraHealth Calls For More Investment In Health Systems To Respond To Ebola

IntraHealth’s “Vital”: Ebola Outbreak Underscores Need for Stronger Frontline Health Workforce in West Africa In a blog post, IntraHealth International commends health workers and agencies responding to the Ebola outbreak, calls on countries to embrace the WHO’s International Health Regulations, and calls on the U.S. government and NGOs to intensify…

Better Development Data Needed For Africa

Project Syndicate: Africa’s Necessary Data Revolution Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of Global Health Policy at the Center for Global Development, writes about the lack of accurate data in Sub-Saharan Africa, the underlying political and systemic challenges that cause this lack of data, and suggests a potential strategy to achieve…

Huffington Post Profiles Child Survivor Of Ebola

Huffington Post: Why This ‘Miracle’ Boy Who Beat Ebola Symbolizes Hope For Sierra Leone “While the unprecedented spread of Ebola continues plaguing West Africa, an image of one boy has captured a wave of hope for the people of Sierra Leone. … Vandy, a 7-year-old who contracted the virus more…