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Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Zika

Huffington Post: The Zika Virus Is Hitting Poor Women The Hardest Julie Delahanty, executive director of Oxfam Canada “…The response of the international community [to the Zika virus] so far has been to tell women not to get pregnant. … Are you kidding me? It’s not as if many of…

Rapid Diagnostic Tests Should Be Used To Screen Patients For Ebola

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Testing for Ebola Ranus S. Dhillon, internist and health systems/policy specialist in developing countries; Devabhaktuni Srikrishna, founder of Patient Knowhow; and Robert F. Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University and member of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium “…Rapid tests should…

Ebola Outbreak Prompted Guineans To Make Progress On Campaign To End FGM

New York Times: Leveraging Ebola to Tackle FGM Liriel Higa, assistant to Nicholas Kristof and Charles Blow at the New York Times “The outbreak of Ebola [in Guinea] … seems to have led to surprising progress in the movement to curb female genital mutilation [FGM] in the poor West African…

Sierra Leone’s Last Known Ebola Patient Released From Hospital; Ebola Widows Struggle To Survive In Liberia

Reuters: Sierra Leone discharges last known Ebola patient “Sierra Leone’s last known Ebola patient has been released from hospital, medical officials said on Monday, allowing authorities to begin a six-week countdown before declaring the West African country free of the virus once more…” (Fofana, 2/8). Thomson Reuters Foundation: Liberia’s Ebola…

Questions Remain About Power Africa’s Long-Term Development Implications

Devex: Power Africa: Deals or development? 5 questions for the U.S. government Dahlia Rockowitz, policy adviser at American Jewish World Service “…[M]issing among all the data-driven discussions of megawatts and connections, feasibility and financial closure, are concrete projections on how this increased energy access [from Power Africa] will help African…

Stigma Surrounding HIV/AIDS Persists In South Africa’s Rural Villages

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Despite treatment advances, AIDS stigma lingers in rural South Africa “…Over the last decade, an HIV-positive diagnosis has turned from a death sentence to a manageable problem in South Africa, due to cheap, widely available antiretroviral treatment. … But the stigma surrounding the disease has barely budged,…

Former U.S. President Carter Hopes To Witness Guinea Worm Eradication

The Economist: Going, going… “…[Former U.S. President Jimmy] Carter says he hopes to outlive the last Guinea worm. Though he is now 91, that is a plausible ambition. All 22 of the worms that were recorded last year have now emerged, and are dead. It is therefore likely that Mali,…

Malawi Experiencing Food Shortages After Fertilizer Grant Program Scaled Back

Reuters: In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hope and hunger “…Drought and floods have hit the maize crop, exposing the fragility of gains which had seen Malawi’s rates of malnutrition slashed in the past two decades. That progress was partly rooted in a fertilizer grant for small-scale…