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New WHO Regional Director For Africa Vows Reform

New York Times: Botswana Doctor Is Named to Lead WHO in Africa “…’There is no question that, as a region, we need to up our game,’ [Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s new regional director for Africa,] said. ‘The WHO is reforming, and one of my intentions is to fast-track reform in…

USAID Ramps Up Efforts To Inform, Educate Liberian Public About Ebola

Devex: USAID broadens effort to correct Ebola misinformation in Liberia “In the scramble to reach the most remote residents of Ebola-hit Liberia, the U.S. Agency for International Development has signed on Mercy Corps as lead in a consortium of more than 70 other organizations to spread information about the disease…

Vigilance Must Remain High, Gaps Filled In West African Ebola Response, MSF Says

The Hill: Groups warn ‘critical gaps remain’ in Ebola response “One of the largest groups fighting Ebola in West Africa is warning the world not to slow down its response to the disease even as the number of cases continues to plummet across the region…” (Ferris, 1/26). Reuters: Single new…

Scientists Question Whether Ebola Immunity Contributing To Decline In Case Numbers

Reuters: Scientists ask if Ebola immunizes as well as kills “…So-called ‘asymptomatic’ Ebola cases — in which someone is exposed to the virus, develops antibodies, but doesn’t get sick or suffer symptoms — are hotly disputed among scientists, with some saying their existence is little more than a pipe dream.…

In Landmark Ruling, Egyptian Doctor Convicted Of Manslaughter In Death Of Girl Following FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Egypt doctor convicted over girl’s death in landmark FGM case “An Egyptian doctor has been convicted of manslaughter after a 13-year-old girl died in a botched female genital mutilation procedure, campaigners said on Monday following the country’s first FGM trial. Equality Now called the ruling a ‘monumental…

Blog Posts, President’s Malaria Initiative Discuss NYT Article On Malaria Bednet Misuse

Malaria Matters: Insecticide treated nets, a fishy subject In his blog, Bill Brieger of Johns Hopkins University discusses the New York Times article and writes insecticide-treated net misuse “will persist until national malaria control programs focus less on the total numbers of nets distributed and more on the actual factors…

Increased Resources, Political Will To Bolster Small-Scale Agriculture Can Prevent Food Insecurity In Post-Ebola West Africa

Huffington Post: After Ebola: Why Rural Development Matters in a Time of Crisis Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development “…A food crisis seems increasingly likely to follow in the wake of the [Ebola] epidemic, which has devastated small-scale farmers. Without investment in their long-term development,…

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