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Guinea Worm Nears Extinction

NPR: Going, Going, Almost Gone: A Worm Verges On Extinction “…The world is closer than ever to wiping the [Guinea worm] parasite off the face of the Earth. There were only 17 cases of Guinea worm in the first five months of this year, the Carter Center reported Monday. That’s…

Health Workers In Sierra Leone Hit Hard By Ebola Outbreak, IRIN Reports

IRIN: A Sierra Leone hospital battles Ebola “…[Sierra Leone], alongside neighboring Guinea and Liberia, is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of Ebola on record, with 481 people having died from the incurable disease in the three countries as of 2 July. Seven health workers infected with Ebola at the hospital…

Displaced Persons, Those Living With HIV Face Challenges In South Sudan

News outlets report on the challenges people living with HIV face in accessing treatment in South Sudan, as well as worsening living conditions among persons displaced by the nation’s ongoing violence. Key Correspondents: South Sudan: huge drop in treatment rates for people living with HIV “South Sudan’s Ministry of Health…

USAID Committed To Helping South Sudanese Build ‘Peaceful And Secure Future’

USAID’s “Impact”: Responding to Dire Needs in South Sudan Three Years after Independence Linda Etim, deputy assistant administrator for Africa who oversees the Office of Sudan and South Sudan Programs and the Office of East African Affairs, discusses USAID’s efforts in conflict-ridden South Sudan, writing, “As we reflect on South…

WHO Reports 50 New Ebola Cases, 25 Deaths In West Africa

News outlets highlight the growing number of Ebola cases in West Africa and some of the factors underlying outbreaks. Associated Press: U.N.: 50 new Ebola cases in 2 African nations “The U.N. health agency says there have been 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia since last week…

South Sudan’s Independence Day Overshadowed By Effects Of War, Hunger

The Guardian: South Sudan: little to celebrate as war and hunger mar independence day “…As [South Sudan] prepares to mark the third anniversary of its independence from Sudan on Wednesday, the U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon’s, prophecy that half of South Sudan’s 12 million people could be either ‘displaced internally, refugees abroad,…

CGD Examines New Report On Africa’s Data Revolution

Center for Global Development: Africa’s Data Revolution — Amanda Glassman Lawrence MacDonald, vice president of communications and policy outreach at the Center for Global Development (CGD), speaks to Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, about a new report that examines Africa’s data revolution and…

Uganda Says Donors Who Withheld Aid ‘Misinterpreted’ Anti-Gay Law

Reuters: Uganda says anti-gay bill misunderstood by donors who halted aid “International donors who withheld aid over Uganda’s anti-gay bill ‘misinterpreted’ the law whose main focus was to stop promotion of homosexuality to children and others, the government said on Tuesday. Widely condemned by donor countries, the law imposes jail…