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Exclusive Breastfeeding Is Best, But Challenges Remain In Swaziland

Inter Press Service: Breast Is Best, But Not in Swaziland “…Exclusive breastfeeding — giving the baby nothing but breast milk — for six months is recommended by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), by [the Swaziland Infant Nutrition Action Network (SINAN)] and by the Ministry of Health. … Yet many…

Half Of CAR’s Population Left Homeless, In Need Of Aid

News outlets report on the continuing strife in Central African Republic (CAR). The U.N. has resumed delivery of food aid to camps and aid organizations have begun a measles emergency response vaccination campaign. Al Jazeera: U.N. warns CAR on brink of catastrophe “U.N. officials are warning the Security Council that…

USAID Announces Award To Address Obstetric Fistula

“Taking one more step toward improving maternal health globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and its institutional partner, the Population Council. … Fistula Care Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement with a ceiling of $74.49M. The overall…

Group In Cameroon Advocates Against Breast Ironing

The Guardian: Empowering girls to speak out against breast ironing Gabriella Jozwiak, a freelance journalist and the Africa programs support volunteer at Y Care International Jozwiak writes about “Came women and girls development organization (Came W&G), which encourages girls to advocate against the practice of breast ironing in Cameroon. ……

Violence In South Sudan Affecting NTD Efforts

Epoch Times: South Sudan Crisis Threatens to Derail Tropical Disease Efforts James Smith and Pete Kingsley of the University of Edinburgh “…South Sudan — after half a century of intermittent conflict and underdevelopment — is unique in suffering from virtually all of the World Health Organization’s list of [neglected tropical…

WHO Urges Donors To Scale Up Operations In South Sudan

The WHO has called for international donors to scale up their operations in South Sudan as the humanitarian situation escalates and poor conditions in camps pose health risks to displaced persons. Vaccine News Daily: WHO calls for funding for health initiatives in South Sudan “The World Health Organization announced on…

CAR Conflict Could Escalate Into Religious War, U.N. Official Warns

U.N. News Centre: Strife in Central African Republic could turn into religious war and spill over borders, U.N. warns “The worsening strife in the Central African Republic (CAR) with its Muslim-Christian overtones risks escalating into sustained violence along religious lines and spilling beyond the country’s borders, further destabilizing the whole…

Renewed Violence In South Sudan Could Cause Cessation Of NTD Programs

Huffington Post: South Sudan’s Forgotten People and Their Forgotten Diseases Peter Hotez, founding dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine; president, Sabin Vaccine Institute “Based on a past and horrific legacy, the renewed hostilities in South Sudan could portend a public health crisis from neglected tropical diseases.…

Continued Violence in South Sudan Proves Challenging For Aid Organizations

News outlets examine the continuing violence and deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan. Relief organizations struggle to provide assistance to the thousands of displaced people with no access to clean water, food and shelter. U.N. News Centre: South Sudan: U.N. ramps up aid efforts, urges conflict parties to ensure humanitarian…

U.N. Voices Concern Over Recent Violence In Central African Republic

News outlets examine the U.N.’s call to action against the deteriorating humanitarian and social conditions in Central African Republic. New York Times: U.N. Says Aid Crisis Worsens in Central African Republic “The number of people displaced by fighting between Muslim and Christian militias and vigilantes in the Central African Republic…