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Drought, Financial Instability May Play Role In Increased Risk Of HIV Infection, Study Says

VOA News: Drought-Related Hardship Raises HIV Risk, Study Finds “…New research concludes buffering people from financial shocks may help keep them from resorting to risky behaviors that spread the virus. … The study says measures such as better access to savings accounts and credit, weather-indexed crop insurance, and more drought-tolerant…

South Sudan Marks Progress Toward Eliminating Guinea Worm

Agence France-Presse: Medics celebrate ‘remarkable’ step to eliminating flesh-burrowing worm “Health workers celebrated Friday a key step towards eradicating the flesh-burrowing Guinea worm after South Sudan, once by far the worst affected country, said it had recorded no cases this year…” (6/19).

Nurses Play Vital Role In Community Health Systems

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Nurses Are Global Citizens and Community Heroes Allison Annette Foster, senior adviser for human resources for health at IntraHealth International, writes about the importance of nurses in community health care and an innovative program in Tanzania that helps connect nurses to those who need care (6/19).

Experts Stress Need For Improvements In Aid Delivery After Ebola

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Ebola showed aid delivery desperately needs an overhaul “The Ebola epidemic exposed long-standing holes in aid delivery, which desperately needs an overhaul before the next international emergency hits, aid experts said on Thursday. Many of the shortcomings seen during the Haiti earthquake of slow responses and uncoordinated…

News Outlets Examine Violence Against Children In South Sudan Conflict

International Business Times: South Sudan Violence: 129 Children Killed In May; Girls Raped And Boys Castrated, Says U.N. “A South Sudanese military spokesperson reportedly questioned the credibility of a statement issued Wednesday by [UNICEF], in which it alleged that at least 129 children were killed during clashes between government and…

WHO Works To Address Cholera Outbreak In Tanzania

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency ramps up efforts against Tanzania cholera outbreak “The cholera outbreak in Tanzania continues to spread among the populations in the country’s western Kigoma region amid an influx of refugees from neighboring Burundi, the United Nations health agency warned [Thursday] as it detailed its ongoing…

Obama Should Link U.S. Africa Policy To Health Of Women, Girls

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Obama’s Kenya Trip Should Elevate Focus on Women and Girls Janet Fleischman, senior associate at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses President Obama’s upcoming trip to Africa and writes, “the President could cement a lasting legacy by explicitly linking U.S.…

Liberia Launches Study To Assess Ebola’s Long-Term Health Effects; Drugmakers Struggle To Assess Ebola Vaccines In Clinical Trials Due To Lack Of Qualified Volunteers

Agence France-Presse: Thousands of Liberians in ‘post-Ebola syndrome’ study “Liberia launched a five-year study on Wednesday to unravel the mystery of the long-term health effects that plague Ebola survivors and assess how long they should go without sex…” (Dosso, 6/17). Reuters: Ebola vaccines in limbo expose need for more speed…