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Terror Groups Hindering Polio Eradication Efforts

International Business Times: Boko Haram Versus Bill Gates: Terror Groups Battle Efforts To Eradicate Polio “Despite more than $1 billion in annual funding from Bill Gates and others to eradicate polio, the disease is still endemic in some regions of the world that are dominated by anti-Western extremist groups like…

Sierra Leone Successfully Reducing NTD Rates For 7 Reasons

The Guardian: 7 reasons why Sierra Leone is winning against neglected tropical diseases Mary Hodges, Sierra Leone country director for Helen Keller International “…While sustained funding from USAID is one explanation behind the country’s success, other countries like Nigeria, with strong funding and better resourced health sectors and public communications…

Activists Call On U.N. To Investigate Human Rights Violations Against Women In Egypt

VOA News: Activists Call for Sexual Abuse Investigation in Egypt “A group of Egyptian human rights activists is calling on the United Nations to send a fact-finding mission to Egypt to investigate human rights violations against women, including sexual abuse and rape. The group is attending the U.N. Human Rights…

Oral Cholera Vaccine Effective In Africa, MSF Reports

New York Times: Oral Vaccine for Cholera Found Effective in Africa “A new, inexpensive, easy-to-use cholera vaccine that is stockpiled for emergencies worked very well during a cholera outbreak in Africa, Doctors Without Borders reported recently…” (McNeil, 6/23).

Egypt’s Men Must Stand With Women Against Gender-Based Violence

New York Times: Egypt Has a Sexual Violence Problem Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American writer and author “…Mohamed Ibrahim, [Egypt’s] interior minister, said this week that he would create a new department to combat violence, including sexual assault and harassment, against women. But throwing men in jail must not be considered a…

Beninoise Singer-Songwriter Urges African Mothers To Vaccinate Children Against Polio

Al Jazeera: War on polio: A call to African mothers Angelique Kidjo, Beninoise singer-songwriter, activist, Rotary polio ambassador, and founder of Batonga Foundation “…I urge every African mother: Be sure to have your children vaccinated against polio, for that is the only way we can wipe out the disease permanently.…

Coca-Cola Announces Public-Private Partnership Expansion To Provide Medicines In Africa

Coca-Cola Company: “Project Last Mile” Expands to Improve Availability of Life-Saving Medicines in Additional Regions of Africa “The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation [on Monday] announced the…

2M Children Under Five Die Each Year In Central, Western Africa, UNICEF Says

Agence France-Presse: Two million under-fives die each year in central, west Africa “Two million children under five die each year in central and western Africa, accounting for almost a third of all deaths worldwide in that age range, the U.N. children’s agency said Sunday…” (6/22).

Health Experts, Officials Discuss Control Of West African Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Ebola spread due to ‘relaxation’ of efforts “The recent rapid spread of Ebola in three countries in West Africa has come in part because efforts to contain the deadly virus have been relaxed, Pierre Formenty, a World…