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Almost 25M People In Sahel Experiencing Food Insecurity, OCHA Estimates

IRIN: Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel “Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)…”…

Zimbabwe Doctors Strike To Demand Pay Increases

Agence France-Presse: Zimbabwe doctors strike for better pay “Patients waited in long queues while others were being turned away at state hospitals in Zimbabwe on Tuesday as hundreds of doctors staged a strike to press for higher pay. Around 300 junior doctors went on strike at the lapse of a…

South African Researcher Wins Prize For Work On HIV Prevention

The Guardian: The South African HIV scientist who gave girls back control of their bodies “Last weekend Quarraisha Abdool Karim, one of South Africa’s top HIV researchers, became the first woman to receive a US$100,000 (£62,000) prize for developing world scientists. The prize is a welcome recognition for the 54-year-old…

Opinion Pieces Examine Various Angles Of Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces examine various angles of the Ebola epidemic, including international efforts to contain the outbreak, the response in the U.S. and Europe, the science of Ebola, and Ebola’s potential impact on development goals. USA TODAY: USAID chief: We will stop Ebola in West Africa Rajiv Shah, USAID…

International Community Steps Up Efforts Against Ebola

Associated Press: International community ramps up Africa Ebola aid “…Accra, the capital of Ghana, has become the main staging area and headquarters for the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER. The establishment in September of what the U.N. describes as its first-ever emergency health mission comes as international…

U.S. Soldiers Isolated For Ebola Monitoring After West Africa Mission

News outlets report on the Pentagon’s decision to place American soldiers who served in West Africa under isolation at a U.S. military base in Italy to monitor them for Ebola. Foreign Policy: Will the Pentagon Split With the White House on Ebola Response? “As the federal government maintains that quarantines for…

Australia Bans Visas For People From Ebola-Affected West African Countries

News outlets report on Australia’s decision to issue a blanket ban on visas for people from Ebola-affected West African nations. Reuters: Australia issues blanket visa ban on Ebola-hit countries “Australia came under fire on Tuesday from health experts and rights advocates after it issued a blanket ban on visas from…