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New Report Examines District-Level Health Data In South Africa

South Africa’s Health-e on Tuesday published six articles highlighting Health Systems Trust’s annual District Health Barometer, which provides district-level data on a wide range of health issues. The first article examines maternal and infant mortality in various provinces and districts (Cullinan, 10/29). A second article lists “some of the worst…

Progress Against Diseases In Africa Must Continue

“One of the leading impediments to freedom and prosperity in Africa has been disease, particularly HIV, tuberculosis and malaria,” a Deseret News editorial states. “The good news is that the world now has th[ese] and other diseases on the run,” the newspaper continues. “Political turmoil, poor education and improper sanitation…

Malaria Deaths In Chad Nearly Double This Year, Aid Groups Say

“Malaria deaths have nearly doubled in Chad this year, with 2,057 fatalities registered so far and around 780,000 cases diagnosed, aid groups say,” IRIN reports. “Erratic rainfall with intermittent dry spells may have encouraged the breeding of mosquitoes and the development of larvae into adult insects,” but [h]ealth experts are…

Syrian Crisis Overshadowing Humanitarian Situations In CAR, DRC, U.N. Official Says

UNICEF Emergencies Director Ted Chaiban “says the dire humanitarian situations in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo are being overshadowed by the crisis in Syria,” VOA News reports. He “was part of an assessment mission to both African countries by the directors of emergencies for seven…

NPR Examines Guinea Worm Eradication Efforts

“[A] report Thursday puts a parasitic worm ahead of polio in the race to extinction,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports. “The world recorded just 89 cases of Guinea worm in the first six months of 2013, the [CDC] said in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That’s a 77 percent…

U.N. Rapporteur On Right To Food Delivers Final Report To General Assembly

“In his final report [.pdf] to the general assembly, Olivier De Schutter, the [outgoing] U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, singled out [Latin America] for remarkable progress over the past decade,” The Guardian reports. He noted that, in Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico have created…

IRIN Examines Impact Of Government Corruption On Malawi’s Health Sector

“Extensive looting of public funds by government officials in Malawi has dangerously undermined the country’s public health sector, with hundreds of public health workers striking in recent weeks to protest late payments of their September salaries,” IRIN reports. “The delays were the result of a financial scandal involving government officials…

Officials Report Cholera Outbreaks Throughout Nigeria

“At least three persons were confirmed dead, while few others were said to have been discharged after treatment in Lagos, following an outbreak of cholera in at least five local government areas,” Nigeria’s Vanguard reports (Akoni, 10/24). “Officials say an outbreak of cholera in Nigeria’s northwest Zamfara state has infected…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address World Polio Day

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces and an editorial marking World Polio Day, which is observed annually on October 24. James Shannon, Huffington Post U.K. blog: “While people are still at risk of contracting this disease, our efforts to eradicate polio — and to keep it at…