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Improving Sexual, Reproductive Health In Kenya Will Have Positive Implications

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young adolescents in Kenya Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), discusses the importance of improving access and attitudes around sexual and reproductive health and rights in Kenya and highlights projects that address…

GHTC Highlights Global Health Innovation Takeaways From U.S.-Africa Summit

Global Health Technology Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Four key takeaways from the Africa Leaders Summit Ashley Bennett, senior policy associate at the Global Health Technologies Coalition, discusses key takeaways from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit around global health innovation (8/12).

Canada To Donate Quantity Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine To WHO For Use In Africa

Reuters: Exclusive: Canada to donate its own Ebola vaccine to WHO for use in Africa “Canada will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for use in Africa, the country’s health minister said on Tuesday…” (Nickel/Begley, 8/12).

Africa’s Child Population To Grow Significantly

BBC: Africa’s young to swell to 1bn by 2050, says UNICEF “Africa’s under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new U.N. report says. The findings show a ‘massive shift in the world’s child population towards Africa,’ it says. Its projections indicate that by…

Ethical Questions On Use, Distribution Of Ebola Drugs Remain

New York Times: Opting Against Ebola Drug for Ill African Doctor “The doctor who had been leading Sierra Leone’s battle against the Ebola outbreak was now fighting for his own life, and his international colleagues faced a fateful decision: whether to give him a drug that had never before been…

West African Countries Use Cordon To Contain Ebola Outbreak

New York Times: Using a Tactic Unseen in a Century, Countries Cordon Off Ebola-Racked Areas “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is so out of control that governments there have revived a disease-fighting tactic not used in nearly a century: the ‘cordon sanitaire,’ in which a line is drawn around…

Uganda National Academy Of Sciences President Speaks About Anti-Gay Law

Science Magazine: Ugandan academy president speaks out on anti-gay law “…In the days before [Uganda President Yoweri] Museveni signed the [anti-gay] bill, the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS) avoided being drawn into the controversy by declining a request from the government to conduct a rushed review of the scientific…

Liberia To Receive Experimental Drug To Treat Two Doctors With Ebola

News outlets report on Liberia’s announcement that it would receive sample doses of an experimental drug to treat two doctors infected with Ebola. Associated Press: Liberian doctors to get experimental Ebola drug “Liberia announced Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to…