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Devex Interviews NTD Experts On Shift To Elimination Strategy For River Blindness

Devex: The next steps to eliminate river blindness “Simon Bush, director of NTDs at SightSavers, and Helen Hamilton, NTDs policy adviser at the U.K.-based NGO, … shared with us a few insights on what will be the biggest challenges in [shifting onchocerciasis control] to an elimination strategy, how they plan…

Researcher Examines Whether Water Access Linked To FGM Prevalence In Africa

Inter Press Service: Improved Access to Water May Hold the Solution to Ending FGM in Africa “Could it be possible that if women in Africa had access to water, it could save them from undergoing the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM)? It seems that according to yet-to-be released…

U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Uganda Over Anti-Gay Law

Media sources report on U.S. actions to implement sanctions on Uganda in response to the country’s anti-gay laws. The Hill: U.S. slaps sanctions on Uganda for anti-gay law “The United States will discontinue some aid and implement travel bans against Ugandan officials in protest of the country’s recently enacted anti-gay…

South Sudan Facing Food Crisis Amidst Ongoing Conflict

IRIN: War, rain and money — an anatomy of South Sudan’s food crisis “…[S]ix months of war has uprooted so many [South Sudanese] and destroyed their meager livelihoods that some four million require humanitarian assistance. Relief workers scrambling to avert a famine report daunting obstacles: from the failure of South…

African Union Leaders Must Bolster Agricultural Sector To Achieve Peace, Food Security

The Guardian: A healthy, peaceful and secure Africa is now within our grasp Kanayo Nwanze, president of the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development “…African economies have grown impressively. But it is time to stop focusing on GDP figures and instead focus on people. The majority of our people are…

Ebola Death Toll Rises To 337 In West Africa, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola death toll hits 337: WHO “The death toll in west Africa’s three-nation Ebola outbreak has risen to 337, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, making it the deadliest ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever…”…