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G20 Countries Account For ‘Lion’s Share’ Of NTDs, Expert Says

The Guardian: Wealthier countries home to ‘lion’s share’ of neglected tropical diseases “The international community needs to stop looking at neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as a sub-Saharan African problem and realize that the G20 countries are now home to the ‘lion’s share’ of the dangerous, debilitating, yet low-profile illnesses, a…

Ethiopia Hosts Largest Number Of Refugees In Africa; U.N. Camp Conditions Inhumane, MSF Says

The Guardian reports on the refugee crisis due to conflict in South Sudan, including Ethiopia’s soaring refugee population and allegedly inhumane U.N. camp conditions. The Guardian: Ethiopia hosts largest number of refugees in Africa “Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become Africa’s largest refugee-hosting country after hundreds of thousands of South…

Ebola Response Must Incorporate Gender Lens

Foreign Policy: Why Are So Many Women Dying From Ebola? Lauren Wolfe, journalist and director of Women Under Siege “Sitting in her house in Massachusetts, [Martha Anker, a former statistician in communicable disease surveillance and response at the WHO,] had a gut feeling: that Ebola, as it had in the…

Commitment To Security Of Health Workers In Nigeria Needed To Deliver Necessary Care

Huffington Post: Health Care Workers Need Security in Northern Nigeria Toyin Ojora-Saraki, founder-president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “Access is already one of Africa’s biggest health care provision challenges, and the militant insurgency in the north of Nigeria is adding a layer of difficulty and hampering potential progress. … The…

U.N., U.S., African Development Bank Assist Nations Hit By Ebola

News outlets report on international efforts to assist West African nations affected by Ebola. Agence France-Presse: U.N. Ebola czar heads to West Africa “The U.N.’s new pointman on Ebola said Tuesday he will travel to West Africa this week to shore up health services in the four countries hit by…

MSF Officials Say International Community Must Do More To Address Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on statements from Médecins Sans Frontières officials encouraging a more robust international response to the West African Ebola outbreak. The Guardian: World leaders ‘failing to help’ over Ebola outbreak in Africa “The international community has made ‘almost zero’ response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with…

West African Nations Take Measures To Stem Spread Of, Treat Patients With Ebola

News outlets report on West African nations’ efforts to stem the spread of Ebola and treat patients. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone cool on Ebola drugs as it pleads for aid “Sierra Leone on Monday urged caution over the use of experimental drugs to combat Ebola as the United Nations launched…

WHO Says Encouraging Signs Of Ebola Control In Nigeria, Guinea But Warns About Liberia

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. health agency reports encouraging signs in Nigeria, Guinea “While the trends of the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria and Guinea, where the virus made its first appearance in West Africa last December, have shown encouraging signs, the United Nations health agency today expressed concern about…

Ebola Outbreak Will Affect African Economy, Politics For Years, Experts Say

Foreign Policy: Ebola Wreaking Havoc on African Economy “The death toll in the worst Ebola outbreak in history topped more than 1,200 as of Tuesday, according to the World Health Organization. The good news is that, for now, new cases appear to be limited to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and…

Ugandan President Signs Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission

BuzzFeed: Ugandan President Signs Law Criminalizing HIV Transmission “Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a bill into law to criminalize HIV transmission and impose other measures public health activists say will make it even harder to get Uganda’s severe epidemic under control…” (Feder, 8/19).