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International Community Marks World Cancer Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Cancer Day, U.N. says ‘goal must be equitable access for all patients, in all countries’ “As the international community pauses on World Cancer Day to remember the millions of preventable deaths caused by the disease, the head of the U.N. agency that contributes nuclear techniques…

New Ebola Cases Increase For First Time This Year, WHO Says

Associated Press: World Health Organization Says Ebola Cases Increase Slightly “The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has gone up for the first time this year, the World Health Organization says, warning that the coming rainy season could complicate efforts to contain the disease…” (2/5). BBC News: New Ebola…

$1.09B Of $2.89B Pledged Ebola Funding Made It To Africa By End-2014, Study Shows

International Business Times: Ebola Outbreak: A Third Of Promised International Aid Not Delivered “Only two-thirds of the $2.89 billion in aid promised to Ebola-stricken countries by the international community had been delivered as of the first of the year, a study published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal found. Furthermore,…

Conflict Continues To Endanger Food Security In South Sudan, UNICEF Says

Bloomberg News: South Sudan Food Shortages Risk Worsening If Peace Falters “Food shortages in South Sudan risk worsening if the country’s warring factions fail to implement a cease-fire agreement, the United Nations Children’s Fund said…” (Okech, 2/4).

IMF’s Loan Conditionalities Constrain Investment In Public Health Services In West Africa

Bretton Woods Project: The IMF’s role in the Ebola outbreak Julia Robinson and James Pfeiffer of Health Alliance International discuss how “[d]ecades of IMF lending to Ebola-affected countries in West Africa led countries to prioritize debt payments over investment in public services.” They conclude, “…[W]e’ve got to learn the true…

Maternal Mortality Continues To Plague Zimbabwe

Inter Press Service: Dying in Childbirth Still a National Trend in Zimbabwe “…An estimated 3,000 women die every year in Zimbabwe during childbirth and at least 1.23 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) is lost annually due to maternal complications, according to Maternal Mortality in Zimbabwe, a United Nations issue…

Reduction In Cancer Mortality Feasible In Developing Countries With Political Will, Funding

Project Syndicate: Cancer Care for the Developing World Lawrence N. Shulman, chief of staff and director of the Center for Global Cancer Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School “…[S]teady progress has been made using chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation to treat and cure an increasing number of cancer…

ILO Using Workplace Strategies To Reach Those Living With, Affected By HIV

Huffington Post: On the Road to Ending HIV Alice Ouedraogo, chief of the HIV/AIDS program at the International Labour Organization “…The vast majority — over 90 percent — of those who are living with or are affected by HIV, either work for a living, or have links to the workplace.…

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