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WHO Reports 50 New Ebola Cases, 25 Deaths In West Africa

News outlets highlight the growing number of Ebola cases in West Africa and some of the factors underlying outbreaks. Associated Press: U.N.: 50 new Ebola cases in 2 African nations “The U.N. health agency says there have been 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia since last week…

South Sudan’s Independence Day Overshadowed By Effects Of War, Hunger

The Guardian: South Sudan: little to celebrate as war and hunger mar independence day “…As [South Sudan] prepares to mark the third anniversary of its independence from Sudan on Wednesday, the U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon’s, prophecy that half of South Sudan’s 12 million people could be either ‘displaced internally, refugees abroad,…

CGD Examines New Report On Africa’s Data Revolution

Center for Global Development: Africa’s Data Revolution — Amanda Glassman Lawrence MacDonald, vice president of communications and policy outreach at the Center for Global Development (CGD), speaks to Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, about a new report that examines Africa’s data revolution and…

Uganda Says Donors Who Withheld Aid ‘Misinterpreted’ Anti-Gay Law

Reuters: Uganda says anti-gay bill misunderstood by donors who halted aid “International donors who withheld aid over Uganda’s anti-gay bill ‘misinterpreted’ the law whose main focus was to stop promotion of homosexuality to children and others, the government said on Tuesday. Widely condemned by donor countries, the law imposes jail…

WFP, UNHCR Launch Appeal To Close Funding Shortfall Causing Food Aid Cuts

IRIN: New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa “The World Food Programme (WFP) and the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June,…

Somali Capital Facing Imminent Hunger Crisis, U.N. Warns

Agence France-Presse: Somali capital one step short of famine: U.N. “War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency levels just short of famine, the United Nations warned Monday…” (7/7).

‘DR-TB Manifesto’ Demands More Action Against Drug-Resistant TB

The Guardian: Meet the 23-year-old TB survivor taking on South Africa’s patent laws Phumeza Tisile, co-author of the DR-TB Manifesto and XDR-TB survivor “…The DR-TB Manifesto makes three demands: first, everyone should have access to testing and treatment for drug-resistant TB. Even though new rapid diagnostics are becoming more available,…

Building Health Systems’ Capacity Can Prevent Future Health Emergencies

The Guardian: Ebola cannot be cured but West Africa’s epidemic may have been preventable Lisa Denney, research fellow in the politics and governance program at the Overseas Development Institute “…[Ebola] is plaguing three of the countries least equipped to cope with it [– Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone]. … To…