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Airport Passengers In Guinea Screened For Ebola; Mob Attacks Treatment Center

News outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, including precautions taken at airports and a mob attack at a treatment center. Associated Press: Guinea: Airport passengers screened for Ebola “Health officials in Guinea say all passengers departing from the capital city’s airport must fill out a health…

Carter Center Working To Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease

VOA News: Carter Center Marks Progress in Fight Against Guinea Worm, River Blindness “Guinea worm disease and river blindness are among 17 tropical diseases the World Health Organization considers neglected. Thanks to the efforts of the Atlanta-based Carter Center — founded by former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn…

Counterterrorism Measures Must Stop Using Vaccination Teams As Covers

Foreign Policy: The Shots Heard Around the World Laurie Garrett, journalist and senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “New shots are jeopardizing humanity’s battle to eradicate polio, and they don’t include syringes or vaccines. Rather, they’re the gunshots of Islamic terrorists. … The collective forces…

Capitol Hill Briefing Highlights Impacts Of Anti-Gay Laws In Africa

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes a recent Capitol Hill briefing at which a panel of experts discussed the public health impacts of emerging laws in Africa criminalizing homosexuality. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Population Council Vice President Naomi Rutenberg, Ugandan HIV treatment and gay rights advocate…

U.N. Appeals For More Aid To S. Sudan As Food Crisis Worsens

News outlets report on South Sudan’s worsening food crisis. Agence France-Presse: South Sudan on verge of Africa’s worst famine since 1980s: U.N. “War-torn South Sudan could become the scene of the worst famine catastrophe in Africa in decades without more aid and a ceasefire to let farmers reach their fields,…

Rwanda’s Health Sector Progress Since Genocide Provides Hope For Nation’s Future

The Lancet features a public health paper and an editorial on Rwanda’s health sector progress since the genocide 20 years ago. The Lancet: Rwanda 20 years on: investing in life Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s minister of health, Paul Farmer of Harvard Medical School, et al. “…The Rwandan Constitution of 2003 formalized…

Ban Urges African Leaders To Fund Malaria Eradication Efforts

U.N. News Centre: U.N. chief, in Brussels, urges scaled-up investment in fight against malaria “Highlighting the critical importance of keeping investments in health high on the international development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged African decision-makers today to fund programs for the eradication of malaria…” (4/3).

Ebola Continues To Spread In West Africa, With Mali Reporting Suspected Case

Media outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: Ebola patients await death in Guinea wards “Ebola is so virulent that those who do test positive can only wait to die in a special ward where they are treated by medical personnel wearing protective suits…

Ethiopia Challenges Assumption That Decline In Fertility Must Precede Economic Advancement

The Lancet: Scaling up of family planning in low-income countries: lessons from Ethiopia Daniel Halperin of the Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Puerto Rico and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill “…[A]lthough there is widespread agreement that fertility decline is often associated with other aspects of…