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Conflict Contributing To Disease Outbreaks, Humanitarian Crisis In South Sudan

News outlets report on how ongoing conflict in South Sudan is contributing to the humanitarian crisis and disease outbreaks. IRIN: Growing disease burden in South Sudan conflict “Disease burden is growing among people who fled their homes following the outbreak of conflict in South Sudan. The mid-December eruption of fighting…

Guinea Works To Contain Measles Outbreak

IRIN: Guinea rushes to curb measles outbreak “Health authorities in Guinea are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak that has killed one child, infected 37 others, and spread to half of the country’s 33 districts…” (1/27).

Food Aid Delivered To CAR Capital Bangui

News outlets report on the delivery of food aid in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui. Associated Press/USA Today: U.N. food aid arrives in Central African Republic capital “Dozens of vehicles carrying emergency aid from the U.N. World Food Programme are making their way under French military escort to…

Viral Load Monitoring Can Be Successfully Used In Sub-Saharan Africa

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, “Helen Bygrave of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) considers the challenges of making HIV viral load testing an effective reality in sub-Saharan Africa.” She concludes, “In summary, sorting out the technical issues seems, dare I say it, to be the easy part. It…

Liberia, Malawi, Other Countries Overcoming Challenges To Reduce Child Mortality

NiiAmah Stephens, a program officer for Africa on the Global Policy and Advocacy Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “MDG success in Malawi and Liberia is far from complete — both countries are expected to miss at least five out of…

Deutsche Welle Examines Africa’s Plan To Fight Hunger With Genetically Modified Crops

Deutsche Welle: Can genetically modified crops end hunger in Africa? “The U.N. estimates that 223 million people in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from malnutrition. … At an African Agriculture Conference in 2012, 24 African countries agreed to allow the use of genetically modified (GM) crops. But so far, commercial use of…

U.N., Malawi Government Launch Initiative To Combat Childhood Stunting

Inter Press Service: U.N., Malawi Government Collaborate to Fight Against Childhood Malnutrition “The United Nations, working in conjunction with the World Food Programme (WFP), Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Malawi’s government in a series of relief operations, has launched another initiative to combat the effects of stunted child growth…

Warring Factions Must Compromise To Help Prevent Polio’s Spread

Washington Post: Polio is on the rise in war zones worldwide “In Syria, engulfed in civil war, slow and gradual progress is being made in efforts to vaccinate against polio after an outbreak last year, but there are still tens of thousands of children trapped in conflict zones who are…

Kenyan First Lady Will Run London Marathon To Promote Health Care Foundation

Two news outlets report on Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta’s launch of her health care foundation. The Star: First Lady Kenyatta launches foundation for maternal health “First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has embarked on a campaign to fight new HIV/AIDS infections and increase access to maternal and child health services. The…

Aid Agencies Face Challenges To Delivering Supplies In CAR

News outlets report on continuing challenges for aid agencies attempting to deliver supplies in the Central African Republic (CAR). IRIN: Troops deployed to protect aid convoys in CAR “As humanitarian needs mount amid unrelenting violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), getting relief supplies into and across the country is…