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West African Nations, U.N. Continue Efforts To Reach Zero Ebola Cases, Prevent Future Disease Outbreaks

Agence France-Presse: Ebola-hit Sierra Leone announces disease control agency “Sierra Leone announced Tuesday the launch of an infectious diseases prevention agency, saying it would convert its Ebola clinics into treatment and research units for some of the world’s deadliest viruses…” (Johnson, 2/10). Associated Press: Liberia president calls for zero Ebola…

Madagascar Plague Outbreak Slows; 71 Dead From Disease, WHO Says

Reuters: Spread of plague slows in Madagascar, death toll at 71: WHO “An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has slowed but 71 people among the 263 known to have caught the disease since last September have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday…” (Miles, 2/11).

PrEP Effective Only When Drugs Taken As Prescribed, Study Shows

Humanosphere: HIV prevention trial exposes adherence challenge Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses results of a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine examining the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infection. “Treatments to prevent the spread of HIV are extremely effective, only when people take…

Ebola Treatment Clinical Trials Face Hurdles As Number Of Patients Shrinks

ScienceInsider: ‘Positive’ results for Ebola drug upsets plans for trials “…The Guinean government has already announced it wants to make [the experimental Ebola drug] favipiravir available to more people, and if the results hold up to greater scrutiny, they could force a change in the design of other clinical trials…

19 Die From Cholera Outbreak In Flooded Parts Of Mozambique

Reuters: Cholera outbreak kills 19 in flood-hit Mozambique “A cholera outbreak in parts of Mozambique hit by floods has killed 19 people, the government said, raising the death toll from one of the worst disasters to hit southern Africa in years…” (Mucari, 2/11).

Ebola Workers Who Return To U.S. Need Proper Support, Care

NPR: Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Is Feeling Kind Of Lost Karin Huster, who spent six weeks as Partner in Health’s clinical manager at the Maforki Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone “…The mental health of those returning from the Ebola battlefield has seldom been addressed. Yet we know all…

Report Highlights Ways African Countries Invest Domestic Resources To Address AIDS, TB, Malaria

Friends of the Global Fight: Domestic Health Investments in Africa Continue Upward Momentum “In a report released [Tuesday], Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria highlights ways in which Global Fund implementing countries are increasing domestic investments in health. The report, titled Innovation for Greater Impact: Exploring…

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