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Media Outlets Cover Various Aspects Of West African Ebola Outbreak

Listed below are recent news stories regarding various aspects of the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Americans With Ebola To Be Evacuated To U.S. ABC News: Two Americans With Ebola to Be Flown Back to U.S. ABC News: Ebola-Stricken Doc Gives ‘Experimental Serum’ to Coworker Politico: Ebola patient expected…

Food Insecurity Continues To Worsen In South Sudan As Funds Decline

News outlets report on the worsening food security situation in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: Tutu plea to world leaders: Don’t forget South Sudan “South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu on Thursday urged world leaders focused on conflict in the Middle East and Ukraine not to forget the ‘ghastly suffering’…

U.N. Calls For Renewed Emergency Funds To Address Food Shortages In Sahel

The Guardian: Refugees and patchy rains trigger new Sahel hunger crisis “About $100 million of funding is needed from international donors to pay for food security programs in the Sahel, the U.N. has warned, as more than 20 million people continue to face shortages…” (Anderson, 7/31).

Life Expectancy In South Africa Rises To 61.2 Years Due To ARV Program

Agence France-Presse: South Africa’s life expectancy jumps to 61.2 years “Life expectancy in AIDS-hit South Africa has shot up sharply over the past decade, thanks to life prolonging antiretroviral (ARVs) treatment, latest estimates from the country’s statistics agency showed Thursday…” (7/31).

U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit Should Focus On Establishing Maternal, Child Health Plan

The Hill: Concentrate on Africa’s Children Mark Shriver, senior vice president for strategic initiatives with Save the Children, and Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete “…The U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit on August 5 and 6 offers an opportunity to boldly commit to prioritizing maternal, newborn and child survival in Africa. The good…

Momentum Generated In Achieving MDGs Must Not Be Wasted

Devex: 500 days: Make them count Charles Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation “Five hundred days sounds like a long time, but compared with 15 years, it is the blink of an eye. And in fewer than 500 days we will reach Dec. 31, 2015,…

Lessons From Three Countries In Africa On Preventing, Treating HIV/AIDS

New York Times: On AIDS: Three Lessons From Africa Tina Rosenberg, author and Pulitzer Prize winner “…[W]e’re interested in what separates success from failure. We’re especially interested in positive deviants — the people, places, and institutions that are doing much better than others with the same resources. What are they…

VMMC Scale-Up In Africa Will Help Reach AIDS-Free Generation

Huffington Post: A Lesson in Health: Scaling Up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of Jhpiego “…[M]ore than one million men and youth in sub-Saharan Africa … have chosen to protect themselves and reduce their lifetime risk of contracting HIV by participating in Jhpiego-supported VMMC [(voluntary medical…

Kenyan Activists, Government Officials Worry PEPFAR Scale Back Will Affect HIV Programs

IRIN: HIV funding worries in Kenya “The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the biggest funder of HIV programs in Kenya, is set to significantly scale down its funding, a move activists and government officials believe could negatively affect the country’s fight against the disease…” (7/30).

Michelle Obama Calls On Young African Leaders To Improve Progress For Women, Girls

News outlets report on First Lady Michelle Obama’s call for young African leaders to continue to improve attitudes toward and opportunities for girls and women on the continent. Associated Press: First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes “Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and…