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WHO Should Streamline Response To Disease Outbreaks, Germany’s Merkel Says, Pledges Disease Preparedness Support For Developing Nations

Reuters: Merkel urges tighter WHO management after ‘Ebola catastrophe’ “German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday the World Health Organization must streamline its management to respond quickly to crises like West Africa’s ‘Ebola catastrophe’ that has killed more than 11,000 people. … Merkel said Germany would contribute 200 million euros…

Kenya’s HIV Efforts Hindered By Discrimination; Country Must Protect LGBTI Rights

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Homophobic violence hinders HIV response in Kenya Patrick Mutisya, member of the Key Correspondents network supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance “…In Kenya, as in many countries, men who have sex with men are cursed, rejected, and even criminalized. Living in such a society prevents many from…

Global Leaders, Public Health Experts Look To Bolster Health Systems, Disease Outbreak Response Systems In Ebola’s Wake

GlobalPost GroundTruth: After Ebola, will a pledge to improve health systems be realized? “…[Global leaders] have made an increasing call for ‘health system strengthening’ — the building up of all facets of a health care system, including training medical staff, improving information systems and providing hospitals with adequate equipment and…

Global Hearings Gather Recommendations On MCH For U.N., World Health Assembly

The Guardian: ‘My mother did everything but she was left to bleed to death after giving birth’ “…Last week’s citizens’ hearing [in Kampala, Uganda,] was one of several that have been organized around the globe in recent months to garner support for reproductive health and childcare. … On Thursday, the…

Child Malnutrition Strains Malawi’s Development Efforts, Study Says

News outlets report on a study commissioned by the African Union and supported by the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa and the World Food Programme describing the effects of malnutrition on Malawi’s development. Agence France-Presse: Malawi pays high price for child hunger “Child malnutrition costs Malawi about $600 million a…

Italian Nurse Tests Positive For Ebola Virus After Returning From Sierra Leone

Agence France-Presse: Nurse becomes Italy’s second Ebola case “An Italian nurse who had recently been working in Sierra Leone with [the Italian] medical charity Emergency tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday in the country’s second case of the virus…” (5/12). New York Times: Italian Nurse Who Worked in Sierra Leone…