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MSF To Begin Ebola Drug Trials In West Africa Next Month

News outlets report on issues surrounding Ebola drug trials and note Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will begin clinical trials for two Ebola drugs in West Africa beginning in December. Nature: Ethical dilemma for Ebola drug trials (Hayden, 11/11). New York Times: Researchers to Test New Treatments in Countries Hit Hardest…

China Tests Malaria Drug On African Island Nation Of Comoros

CBS News: China tests malaria drug on an entire African nation “Malaria kills more than half a million people every year, and in the Comoros, a tiny island nation off Africa’s east coast, it’s been a constant fear. In some villages here, 90 percent of people carried the disease. But…

Vaccine-Resistant Polio Strain Identified As Cause Of 2010 Outbreak In DRC

VOA News: Researchers Identify Vaccine-Resistant Polio Strain “As the world enters the final phase of a global polio eradication effort, French researchers have identified a mutant strain of the virus that is resistant to the polio vaccine. Despite this, an American expert said the war on polio can be won…

FGM Practiced In Rural Kenya Despite Laws Against It

Reuters: In rural Kenya, traditions run deeper than law on cutting girls “…Kenyan law provides for life imprisonment when a girl dies from the procedure, which in addition to excruciating pain, can cause hemorrhage, shock, and complications in childbirth. [The country] set up a prosecution unit in March and is…

Investing In Local Leaders ‘Most Promising Strategy’ To Save Lives Of Mothers, Children

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Why Are Women and Children Still Dying? Denise Raquel Dunning, founder and executive director of Let Girls Lead and Champions For Change, writes, “…Saving the lives of women and children takes financial resources, political will, and savvy advocates who are undaunted by the…

Blog Post Discusses Challenges In Defining, Achieving Malaria Eradication

Humanosphere: Visualizing zero malaria, whatever zero might be In a guest post, Nancy Fullman, policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses malaria eradication efforts and issues around defining and achieving zero malaria (11/12).