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Aid Workers In Somalia Struggle To Contain Polio Outbreak, U.N. Reports

“Aid workers in war-torn Somalia are struggling to contain a dangerous outbreak of the crippling polio virus, with rampant insecurity hampering efforts, the United Nations said Friday,” Agence France-Presse/Fox News reports. “Six years after the Horn of Africa nation was declared free of the virus, at least 105 cases have…

EGPAF, Lesotho Ministry Of Health Launch Mobile Health Clinics

“Last month, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) teamed up with the Lesotho Ministry of Health (MOH) to launch two mobile health care clinics that will provide HIV/AIDS and other health care services to residents in Lesotho’s rural communities,” Mapalesa Lemeke, an EGPAF communications officer based in Lesotho, writes…

Widespread Measles Outbreak Hits CAR

“A severe measles epidemic has affected the whole territory of the Central African Republic [CAR], which lacks any strong health infrastructure, Health Minister Aguid Sounouk has said,” Agence France-Presse/Al Jazeera reports. “The minister blamed the spread of the disease on ‘outbreaks of measles in several administrative districts of the country…

MSF Pulls Out Of Somalia After 22 Years Due To Attacks On Staff

“Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pulling out of Somalia after 22 years because of attacks on its staff, cutting off hundreds of thousands of people from vital treatment,” The Guardian reports. “MSF — also known as Doctors Without Borders — said its hand was forced by ‘extreme attacks on its…

Examining Progress Made Against HIV/AIDS In South Africa

Writing in the Clinton Foundation’s “Up Close” blog, Celicia Serenata, deputy country director in South Africa for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), examines the HIV/AIDS response in South Africa, noting the country has made “great progress.” She writes, “Because of the support of so many stakeholders, including CHAI, South…

Examining Need For Increased Investment Into Africa’s Pharmaceutical Production Industry

Writing in the Global Health Corps “Fellows” blog, fellow Brian Ngwatu from Uganda argues for increased investment in the local pharmaceutical production industry in Africa, which boasts “11 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the global disease burden” but “only one percent share of the world’s pharmaceutical…

DRC To Launch New Polio Vaccination Campaign

IRIN examines polio eradication efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), highlighting a new vaccination campaign scheduled to begin this month. “At one stage, after no cases were recorded between 2001 and 2005, polio was considered eradicated in DRC,” the news service writes. Today, however, “DRC is considered an ‘importation…

U.N. Agencies Voice Concern Over Humanitarian Situation In CAR

“United Nations humanitarian agencies [on Tuesday] voiced deep concern over the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), where hundreds of thousands of people continue to be affected by lawlessness and insecurity, and widespread fear is reported among residents,” the U.N. News Centre reports (8/13). “The U.N. refugee agency [UNHCR]…

Young Scientists Recognized For Development Of Mobile App, Hardware To Detect Malaria

Inter Press Service profiles “[Brian] Gitta, Joshua Businge, Simon Lubambo and Josiah Kavuma, known as team Code 8, [who] were announced the winners of the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Award at Microsoft’s global student software competition, Imagine Cup, … [and] recognized for their development of an application that they call Matibabu,…