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PSI-Zimbabwe Says Cervical Cancer Screening Demand Up Among Women

Newsday: Demand for cervical cancer screening surges “A Population Services International-Zimbabwe (PSI) top official [on Monday] said demand for cervical cancer screening had surged over the past months as more and more women were now keen to know their health status…” (Nyela, 7/29).

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Discuss Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Financial Times: Ebola stirs noise while silence greets other killers Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine “…Maternal mortality and other scourges like it may not fit the typical public health professional’s definition…

Obama Speaks Out Against FGM, Calls Young African Leaders To Action

News outlets report on President Obama’s criticism of gender oppression in Africa and his call for young African leaders to empower women. Associated Press: Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa “President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is ‘crippling’ development in some countries, speaking out…

Health Officials Face Multiple Challenges In Stemming Ebola Outbreak In Africa

News outlets report on the challenges health officials face in stemming the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Associated Press: New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare “No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in…

Heightened Security Situation Affects Aid Work Along Kenyan Coast

Devex: Insecurity hampers aid work in coastal Kenya “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to do any type of aid work in certain parts of Kenya, especially near the coast close to the Somali border where al-Shabaab militants are very active…” (Ravelo, 7/28).

Economic Threats Of Ebola Should Draw Additional Global Support To End Outbreak

Financial Times: Africa needs help to fight Ebola “As a terrifying outbreak of Ebola virus spreads across West Africa, the world is beginning to wake up to the threat of a public health disaster in the region — and possibly more widely — but efforts to contain the epidemic require…

Global Community Must Act Before Famine Declared In Somalia

Huffington Post: Warning Signs of Another Famine, Lessons to Be Learned From the Past Shukri Harbi, founder of Miles for Water “…Without urgent aid the future of those who’ve survived [Somalia’s 2011 famine] remains bleak. Recently, in a joint NGO statement, including Oxfam and International Rescue Committee, it was reported…

USAID, Donors Should Integrate Sustainability Into All Programs

Huffington Post: When Donor Driven Programs Work Fron Nahzi, global business development director, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University “Next week the White House will host the first Africa Leaders’ Summit. The Summit will focus on expanding U.S. support for Africa’s democratic development and solidify America’s commitment to…