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Access To Sanitary Pads Allows Girls In Africa To Attend School

Agence France-Presse: Sanitary freedom keeps African schoolgirls in class “…[Sue] Barnes works through her non-profit organization, Project Dignity … to help girls stay in school by providing economical sanitary pads. … [In Uganda,] girls missing school during menstruation was a ‘big problem’ that led some to fall behind or even…

Liberia, Sierra Leone Show Progress In Ebola Fight; Guinea Sees Mixed Results

Agence France-Presse: Last Cuban Ebola medics leave S. Leone, new clampdown for Easter “The last remaining Cuban medics sent to Sierra Leone in October last year to help in the fight against Ebola left the country on Wednesday, as the number of infections there is falling. But President Ernest Bai…

USAID Mission Director To Liberia Urges Communities To Stop Rape

Liberia News Agency/allAfrica: Liberia: USAID Official Urges Communities to Work to Stop Rape “An official of the United States Agency For International Development (USAID), John Mark Winfield, has urged community leaders [in Liberia] to identify ways to stop rape in their communities…” (Dixon, 3/31).

Gambia Adds Inactivated Polio Vaccine To Routine Immunization Program

FORYOYYA Newspaper/allAfrica: Gambia to Introduce Inactivated Polio Vaccine “The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare … on Wednesday, 1st April introduced the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in line with the global polio eradication initiative spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO) to maintain…

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Trials Show Safety Of Drug, Ability To Trigger Immune Response

Media outlets report on results from two Ebola experimental drug trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. The reports, titled “A Recombinant Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Ebola Vaccine — Preliminary Report” and “Phase 1 Trials of rVSV Ebola Vaccine in Africa and Europe — Preliminary Report”, suggest…

U.K. Scientists, NHS Medics Develop Rapid Ebola Diagnostic Kit In Sierra Leone

The Guardian: Ebola rapid diagnostic kit developed by U.K. scientists in Sierra Leone “A rapid Ebola diagnostic kit similar to a pregnancy kit has been developed by British military scientists and NHS medics in Sierra Leone. It can be administered at the bedside and return its first results within 20…

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