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Upcoming Elections Could Threaten Nigeria’s Current Polio-Free Status, Experts Worry

TIME: Nigerian Elections Threaten Campaign to Make Africa Polio-Free “…If [Nigeria] can stay [polio-free] another six months it will be removed from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) polio-endemic list, leaving just Pakistan and Afghanistan behind. But the general election, on February 14, has global public health officials worried that Nigeria…

Madagascar, Malawi Face Continuing Threats Related To Flooding, U.N. Agencies Say

Bloomberg News: Madagascar Faces Triple Threat From Disasters as Hundreds Die “Madagascar is confronting a triple threat: an outbreak of the plague, drought-induced starvation, and the aftermath of a tropical storm that have killed at least 250 people and forced tens of thousands more to flee their homes. Making a…

Experimental Ebola Drug Being Tested In Guinea Shows Promising Early Results

Agence France-Presse: ‘Encouraging’ Ebola drug trial results in Guinea “For the first time since the West African Ebola outbreak began over a year ago, a clinical trial with a candidate treatment has yielded ‘encouraging’ results, researchers announced Thursday…” (Thibault, 2/5). The New York Times: Ebola Drug Aids Some in a…

Reasons For Optimism In Ebola Fight, Concerns Over Long-Term Impact On West Africa

The Guardian: Experts raise hope of end to Ebola outbreak Simon Allison, writer for Daily Maverick, part of the Guardian Africa network “…[I]t is worth taking a moment to congratulate everyone involved in the effort to slow down the spread of Ebola, which at one time looked unstoppable. But even…

International Community Marks World Cancer Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Cancer Day, U.N. says ‘goal must be equitable access for all patients, in all countries’ “As the international community pauses on World Cancer Day to remember the millions of preventable deaths caused by the disease, the head of the U.N. agency that contributes nuclear techniques…

New Ebola Cases Increase For First Time This Year, WHO Says

Associated Press: World Health Organization Says Ebola Cases Increase Slightly “The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has gone up for the first time this year, the World Health Organization says, warning that the coming rainy season could complicate efforts to contain the disease…” (2/5). BBC News: New Ebola…

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