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Nigeria Races To Contain Spread Of Ebola

News outlets report on the response to the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria. Reuters: Third person dies of Ebola fever in Nigeria “A member of the West African regional body Ecowas has become the third person in Nigeria to die of Ebola fever, Ecowas said on Wednesday…” (Eboh/Onuah, 8/13). Reuters: Nigeria…

IntraHealth Calls For More Investment In Health Systems To Respond To Ebola

IntraHealth’s “Vital”: Ebola Outbreak Underscores Need for Stronger Frontline Health Workforce in West Africa In a blog post, IntraHealth International commends health workers and agencies responding to the Ebola outbreak, calls on countries to embrace the WHO’s International Health Regulations, and calls on the U.S. government and NGOs to intensify…

Better Development Data Needed For Africa

Project Syndicate: Africa’s Necessary Data Revolution Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of Global Health Policy at the Center for Global Development, writes about the lack of accurate data in Sub-Saharan Africa, the underlying political and systemic challenges that cause this lack of data, and suggests a potential strategy to achieve…

Huffington Post Profiles Child Survivor Of Ebola

Huffington Post: Why This ‘Miracle’ Boy Who Beat Ebola Symbolizes Hope For Sierra Leone “While the unprecedented spread of Ebola continues plaguing West Africa, an image of one boy has captured a wave of hope for the people of Sierra Leone. … Vandy, a 7-year-old who contracted the virus more…

Improving Sexual, Reproductive Health In Kenya Will Have Positive Implications

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young adolescents in Kenya Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), discusses the importance of improving access and attitudes around sexual and reproductive health and rights in Kenya and highlights projects that address…

GHTC Highlights Global Health Innovation Takeaways From U.S.-Africa Summit

Global Health Technology Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Four key takeaways from the Africa Leaders Summit Ashley Bennett, senior policy associate at the Global Health Technologies Coalition, discusses key takeaways from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit around global health innovation (8/12).

Canada To Donate Quantity Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine To WHO For Use In Africa

Reuters: Exclusive: Canada to donate its own Ebola vaccine to WHO for use in Africa “Canada will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for use in Africa, the country’s health minister said on Tuesday…” (Nickel/Begley, 8/12).

Africa’s Child Population To Grow Significantly

BBC: Africa’s young to swell to 1bn by 2050, says UNICEF “Africa’s under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new U.N. report says. The findings show a ‘massive shift in the world’s child population towards Africa,’ it says. Its projections indicate that by…

Ethical Questions On Use, Distribution Of Ebola Drugs Remain

New York Times: Opting Against Ebola Drug for Ill African Doctor “The doctor who had been leading Sierra Leone’s battle against the Ebola outbreak was now fighting for his own life, and his international colleagues faced a fateful decision: whether to give him a drug that had never before been…