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Complications From Preterm Births Leading Cause Of Death Among Children Under Five, Study Shows

News outlets report on a recent study showing complications from preterm birth are the leading cause of mortality among young children worldwide. The Guardian: Complications from preterm births now the main killer of under-fives “Complications associated with preterm births have become the leading single killer of children under five, outpacing…

South Africa To Spend $2.2B Over 2 Years On HIV Antiretrovirals

Reuters: South Africa to spend $2.2 billion on HIV drugs in next two years “South Africa plans to spend $2.2 billion over two years to buy HIV/AIDS drugs for public hospitals, a government minister said on Monday, as a study shows the prevalence of the virus is rising…” (Motsoenen, 11/17).

Sudan Again Denies U.N. Access To Darfur To Investigate Mass Rape Allegations

Reuters: Sudan denies U.N. access to Darfur village to check rape accusations “Sudan has refused to let U.N. and African Union peacekeepers visit a village in the western Darfur region to investigate allegations of mass rape for the second time this month, saying it was skeptical about the motives for…

Humanitarian Aid Workers Fear Corruption, Terrorist Prosecution In Somalia, Expert Says

Reuters: Terrorism fears cripple rotten aid system in hungry Somalia — expert “Aid workers in Somalia, which faces worsening hunger three years after famine struck the country, believe the humanitarian system is ‘rotten’ and are hamstrung by fears of being prosecuted for aiding terrorists, an expert said…” (Migiro, 11/17).

USAID Working With West African Governments To Maintain Economic Growth Amid Ebola Epidemic

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Recapturing Growth in Ebola-Stricken West Africa Stephen O’Connell, chief economist for USAID, discusses how the Ebola epidemic is affecting the economies of the three worst-hit nations and the work being done to counteract those effects. “…New Ebola cases continue to be recorded in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone,…

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