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Experimental Ebola Drug Shows Promise In Treating Early Infection, Study Shows

Agence France-Presse: Limited promise in early results from Ebola drug trial “Early results from an Ebola trial using the experimental drug Avigan (favipiravir) showed it was somewhat effective at saving lives if given early in the illness, but not later…” (2/23). Reuters: Ebola drug in Guinea helps some, stirs debate…

Cancer Mortality Increasing In Africa, But Donors Continue Focus On Infectious Diseases

EurActiv: Cancer is the poor parent of development aid “The absence of prevention, poor infrastructure, lack of medical staff, and late diagnoses, but also an increase in life expectancy in low-income countries, have made cancer Africa’s new health scourge. … As for developed countries, who are public aid providers to…

WFP Begins Aid Delivery In Flood-Hit Malawi

U.N. News Centre: As Malawi reels from devastating floods, U.N. food agency delivers vital supplies “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the delivery of a first round of emergency supplies to more than 288,000 people in flood-affected Malawi, providing much needed relief amid continuing rains…” (2/23).

More Concerted Global Effort Needed To Reduce Maternal, Newborn Mortality

Washington Post: In much of the world, the survival of newborns cannot be taken for granted Michael Gerson, opinion writer “…[T]he best way to strengthen a health system (as we’ve seen in vaccination campaigns and efforts to fight AIDS and malaria) is to pick and pursue an ambitious, achievable health…

Health Officials, Doctor Concerned About Ebola Eradication, Rebound Of Disease

New York Times: Leaders of Ebola Fight at U.N. Express Worry About Eradication “The top two health officials managing the Ebola epidemic cast doubt Friday on a pledge by West African leaders to reduce new cases to zero by mid-April, and expressed concern about a possible rebound of the disease…”…

West African Nations Should Develop, Control Post-Ebola Recovery Plans, Donors Say

The Guardian: Aid donors say Ebola-hit countries must direct effort to rebuild their economies “Leaders of the three West African countries worst affected by Ebola will meet donors and partners in March to discuss how to regenerate their economies. … One message coming from traditional donors is that the recovery…

WHO Approves Quick Test For Ebola

NPR: 15-Minute Ebola Test Approved For Fighting The Epidemic “…The World Health Organization approved the first quick test for Ebola Friday. The test gives results in about 15 minutes, instead of hours. So people infected can get treatment and be quarantined more quickly…” (Doucleff, 2/20). Reuters: WHO approves 15-minute Ebola…

HIV/AIDS Patients In Burkina Faso Face Potential Cuts To Food Aid, WFP Says

Associated Press: Burkina Faso: Food aid shortage threatens HIV patients “Thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in Burkina Faso could soon face cuts in food assistance because of a funding shortage, the World Food Programme has warned. The shortage threatens more than 12,000 patients and other people affected by HIV/AIDS,…