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Humanitarian Situation Continues To Worsen In CAR; Food Security Deteriorating, FAO Says

“The humanitarian situation in the conflict-wracked Central African Republic (CAR) is deteriorating, with 450 people killed in the capital Bangui and 159,000 others driven from their homes in Bangui in the last week alone, United Nations agencies reported [Friday], as the largest airlift of emergency supplies since the violence erupted…

Invest In Health Workers For Better Health Care Delivery

In a guest post in IntraHealth’s “Vital” blog, Vanessa Kerry, founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, examines the need to invest in health workers, writing, “For essential caregivers — whether they’re physicians, midwives, or skilled birth attendants — training can mean the difference between life and death.” She highlights…

Mandela Would Approve Of Global AIDS Progress

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Michel Kazatchkine, the U.N. secretary general’s special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, reflects on Nelson Mandela’s role in the global AIDS response. He recounts Mandela’s attendance at the July 2003 International Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and…

Nigeria’s Kano State Faces Cholera Outbreak

“Ten people in Nigeria’s Kano State have died from cholera and another 300 have been hospitalized with the disease, health officials said,” United Press International reports. “Tijjani Hussein, the deputy director of the state’s ministry of health, said the government is advising residents to rush their family members to the…

Guardian Examines Access To Abortion Services In Ethiopia

The Guardian examines access to abortion services in Ethiopia, noting, “In 2005, Ethiopia legalized abortion in cases of rape or incest, for all young women under the age of 18, and in a number of other situations. Guidelines from the ministry of health in 2006 went further, expanding the range…

NPR Examines Efforts To Eradicate Polio In 2013

“The lowest number of polio cases ever recorded in the world was 223. And 2013 was on track for an even lower number, on the road to complete eradication of the virus,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports, adding, “But this was a year when polio pushed back. Hard.” The blog examines…

Mail & Guardian Highlights Mandela’s Evolution As AIDS Activist

The Mail & Guardian examines Nelson Mandela’s evolution as an AIDS activist, writing, “After stepping down as president, Mandela openly regretted not doing more about the pandemic, but also about the lack of time to do so.” The newspaper adds, “The South African Press Agency reported that he said: ‘It’s…

Proactive Health Care System Can Save Lives

“What if, instead of waiting for patients to overcome the many obstacles they face to come in for care, health systems were proactive, and went searching for patients door-to-door?” Ari Johnson, a co-founder of Muso and a physician at the University of California San Francisco, asks in the Bill &…

Proactive Health Care Model Reduces Child Mortality In Mali, Study Shows

“The mortality rate among children under age five living in Yirimadjo, Mali, southeast of the capital, Bamako, decreased by nearly tenfold over three years after the Malian Ministry of Health and NGOs Tostan and Muso introduced a new health care model: proactively seeking out patients and treating them early,” IRIN…

Bill Gates Reflects On Polio Vaccination Efforts In Nigeria

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writing in a post in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, reflects on a recent trip to Nigeria, where he “was able to learn firsthand about how work is going on polio eradication and immunizing kids against preventable diseases.” Gates writes,…