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Muslim Clerics In Nigeria Mobilize Communities In Polio Vaccination Initiative

Washington Post: Muslim clerics in Nigeria advocate for polio vaccination and mobilize community “A few years ago, northern Nigeria was a global epicenter of polio transmission, but a program that mobilized local Muslim clerics, who were once opposed to immunization and are now advocates for vaccination, has helped radically reduce…

Stigma Associated With HIV Adversely Affects Children In Senegal

Inter Press Service: Children, the Biggest Losers in Senegal’s Fight Against AIDS “Children living with HIV in Senegal suffer because of the taboo associated with this disease in a country which is, however, praised for its fight against the pandemic…” (Cru, 8/2).

South Sudan On Verge Of ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe,’ Says U.N.

News outlets report on the U.N.’s efforts to address the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. International Business Times: South Sudan Faces Hunger, Malnutrition And Unending Conflict “South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, is on the verge of a ‘humanitarian catastrophe,’ warned Edmond Mullet, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for peacekeeping…

WHO Reassesses Threat of Polio; Meets With Country Leaders To Evaluate Polio Efforts

Vaccine News Daily: WHO reassesses spread of wild poliovirus as designated international threat “Last week, the World Health Organization met with leaders from Cameroon, Guinea, Pakistan, and Syria to reevaluate the efficiency of efforts to combat the international spread of wild poliovirus…” (Villareal, 8/6).

Bush Calls For Renewed HIV/AIDS Efforts In Africa

News outlets report on former President George W. Bush’s visit to Washington, D.C. this week to talk with African leaders about HIV/AIDS efforts in Africa. CNN: George W. Bush calls on Africa’s ‘first spouses’ to break down stigmas in fighting cancer, AIDS “Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday it…

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Highlights Food Security, Resilience, Demographics

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Africa’s Trifecta: Food Security, Resilience, and Demographics at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Roger-Mark De Souza, director of population, environmental security, and resilience at the Wilson Center, discusses highlights from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, including the announcements of new partnerships,…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Discuss U.S. Approach To Ebola, African Aid

Opinion pieces and an editorial discuss the U.S. government’s approach to fighting Ebola and sending aid to Africa. Washington Post: Why Ebola worries the Defense Department Rick Noack, Arthur F. Burns Fellow at the Washington Post “While the public discourse on Ebola has so far been fixated on the public…

Suspected Ebola Case in Saudi Arabia Dies; Health Officials Awaiting Test Results

Reuters: Saudi Arabian man being tested for Ebola virus dies “A Saudi Arabian man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said. Saudi authorities and international laboratories certified by the World Health Organization…

Response To Ebola Outbreak Illustrates Challenges To Confronting Global Health Threats

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Ebola outbreaks, response … We’re reading about new and persistent challenges to confronting global health threats Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the Ebola outbreak in Africa and how…