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2M Children Under Five Die Each Year In Central, Western Africa, UNICEF Says

Agence France-Presse: Two million under-fives die each year in central, west Africa “Two million children under five die each year in central and western Africa, accounting for almost a third of all deaths worldwide in that age range, the U.N. children’s agency said Sunday…” (6/22).

Health Experts, Officials Discuss Control Of West African Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Ebola spread due to ‘relaxation’ of efforts “The recent rapid spread of Ebola in three countries in West Africa has come in part because efforts to contain the deadly virus have been relaxed, Pierre Formenty, a World…

Devex Interviews NTD Experts On Shift To Elimination Strategy For River Blindness

Devex: The next steps to eliminate river blindness “Simon Bush, director of NTDs at SightSavers, and Helen Hamilton, NTDs policy adviser at the U.K.-based NGO, … shared with us a few insights on what will be the biggest challenges in [shifting onchocerciasis control] to an elimination strategy, how they plan…

Researcher Examines Whether Water Access Linked To FGM Prevalence In Africa

Inter Press Service: Improved Access to Water May Hold the Solution to Ending FGM in Africa “Could it be possible that if women in Africa had access to water, it could save them from undergoing the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM)? It seems that according to yet-to-be released…

U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Uganda Over Anti-Gay Law

Media sources report on U.S. actions to implement sanctions on Uganda in response to the country’s anti-gay laws. The Hill: U.S. slaps sanctions on Uganda for anti-gay law “The United States will discontinue some aid and implement travel bans against Ugandan officials in protest of the country’s recently enacted anti-gay…

South Sudan Facing Food Crisis Amidst Ongoing Conflict

IRIN: War, rain and money — an anatomy of South Sudan’s food crisis “…[S]ix months of war has uprooted so many [South Sudanese] and destroyed their meager livelihoods that some four million require humanitarian assistance. Relief workers scrambling to avert a famine report daunting obstacles: from the failure of South…