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Sierra Leone Promotes Breastfeeding To Reduce Child Stunting, Malnutrition

The Guardian: Nutrition: in Sierra Leone breast is best “…As the country moves from post-conflict (the civil war ended in 2002) to emerging market (GDP growth was 15 percent in 2012), the government realizes that it must shift from treatment of malnutrition to prevention. Agriculture, education, gender equality and sanitation…

Cholera Vaccine Becomes Accepted Tool In Outbreak Responses

Humanosphere: The Cholera Vaccine: from shunned idea to celebrated response Development blogger Tom Murphy examines how research using the cholera vaccine in local outbreaks has helped the vaccine become an accepted prevention tool during outbreaks (6/16).

U.N. Appeals For More Than $1B In Aid To South Sudan

News outlets report on the U.N.’s appeal for more than $1 billion in aid to South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: S. Sudan crisis ‘deteriorates’ after six months of war “Aid agencies warned Sunday that starvation and diseases like malaria and cholera were set to intensify the crisis in South Sudan, which…

Rwandan First Lady Calls For End To HIV Stigma

New Times: First Lady reaffirms resolve to end HIV stigma “First Lady Jeannette Kagame has urged all Rwandans, irrespective of status in society, to join the fight against HIV/AIDS, saying it is crucial to ensure that HIV-positive persons are not stigmatized…” (Musoni, 6/13).

Ugandan Foreign Minister To Be Next U.N. General Assembly President

New York Times: Ugandan Official to Be Next General Assembly Chief “The United Nations General Assembly chose Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s foreign minister, as its next president on Wednesday, bypassing concerns of rights advocates and Western officials over Uganda’s law criminalizing homosexuality, which took effect four months ago…” (Gladstone, 6/11).

S. Africa Introduces New TB Drugs; Activists Urge Public Health Emergency Declaration

News outlets report on discussions around the South African TB Conference in Durban, where results from new drugs were presented and activist groups urged the country to declare the TB epidemic a public health emergency. Health-e: Government to introduce new drug-resistant TB drugs “Government’s small-scale introduction of the first new…

Old Wives’ Tale Creates Delays In Measles Treatment In Somalia

Associated Press: In Somalia, a wives’ tale delays measles treatment “…Somalia is suffering from an outbreak of measles that the World Health Organization and the U.N. children’s agency labels ‘extremely alarming.’… Many children in the country are malnourished and few have access to medical care, making an outbreak potentially dangerous…

Lack Of Donor Funding Threatens Humanitarian Relief In CAR, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: Relief funds nearly exhausted for crisis in Central African Republic — U.N. agencies “Less than a week after an urgent funding appeal by the heads of the lead U.N. food and refugee agencies, lack of donor attention threatening to cut off aid to thousands trying to escape…

Algeria Records First MERS Case

Reuters: Algeria reports first MERS death “Algeria said a 66-year-old man died from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the first deadly case of the virus in the North African country…” (6/11).