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S. Leone’s Head Ebola Doctor Succumbs To Virus; Other HCWs Infected

News outlets report on the death of a leading physician in Sierra Leone and other health care workers affected by the Ebola outbreak. Health care workers are battling the virus as well as fear from local communities that they are helping to spread the disease. Agence France-Presse: Head doctor at…

Efforts To Develop Ebola Vaccine Underway But Lack Funding

News outlets report on efforts to develop vaccines and other treatments for Ebola virus, which continues to spread in West Africa. The Atlantic: Where Does Ebola Come From? “The worst Ebola virus outbreak ever is ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. So far, the disease has killed 670 people and…

HIV Infection Rate In Uganda’s Fishing Communities Higher Than National Average

VOA News: Uganda’s Fishing Communities Encounter Higher HIV/AIDS Risks “More than 130,000 people who live in 42 fishing villages along Uganda’s shores of Lake Victoria have an HIV infection rate that is three to four times higher than the national average in this country of 36 million people…” (Lewis, 7/28).

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…