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Warring Factions Must Compromise To Help Prevent Polio’s Spread

Washington Post: Polio is on the rise in war zones worldwide “In Syria, engulfed in civil war, slow and gradual progress is being made in efforts to vaccinate against polio after an outbreak last year, but there are still tens of thousands of children trapped in conflict zones who are…

Kenyan First Lady Will Run London Marathon To Promote Health Care Foundation

Two news outlets report on Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s launch of her health care foundation. The Star: First Lady Kenyatta launches foundation for maternal health “First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has embarked on a campaign to fight new HIV/AIDS infections and increase access to maternal and child health services. The…

Aid Agencies Face Challenges To Delivering Supplies In CAR

News outlets report on continuing challenges for aid agencies attempting to deliver supplies in the Central African Republic (CAR). IRIN: Troops deployed to protect aid convoys in CAR “As humanitarian needs mount amid unrelenting violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), getting relief supplies into and across the country is…

U.N. Urges Global Community To Continue Support For Unstable DRC

Agence France-Presse: U.N. urges world not to forget ‘crisis’ in eastern DR Congo “The United Nations on Friday called for continued support for the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, amid fears that aid efforts risked being overshadowed by the crises in Syria and the Central African Republic…” (1/25).

South Sudan Cease-Fire Deal Signed, But Aid Groups Continue To Face Challenges

News outlets report progress on a South Sudan cease-fire deal, but humanitarian groups continue to struggle to provide aid and health care. New York Times: South Sudan Cease-Fire Signed After More Than a Month of Fighting “The government of South Sudan and rebels loyal to the country’s ousted former vice…

Scientists In Senegal Make Progress In Preventing Schistosomiasis

Al Jazeera: Scientists make breakthrough on bilharzia “A parasitic disease known as bilharzia, or schistosomiasis, has infected more than 200 million people, but scientists in northern Senegal say they have made a breakthrough in treating it…” (Haque, 1/24).

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 36 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article on the crisis in Central African Republic, one on HIV stigma, and one on malaria control in the Mekong region (1/23).

Stigma Surrounding Leprosy In Africa Propels Spread Of Disease

Agence France-Presse: Fear and ignorance fuel spread of leprosy in Africa “…Between 200 and 300 new cases of leprosy are reported each year in Senegal but doctors believe that only a small proportion of patients are detected. … World Leprosy Day — a period of three days, in fact, aimed…

Crises In South Sudan, CAR May Overshadow African Union Summit

Deutsche Welle: Current crises overshadow African Union summit “…The main theme of the annual meeting of African heads of state and government was to have been ‘agriculture and food security.’ But once again it is the continent’s crises, such as the one in South Sudan, that will dominate the agenda…”…