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South Africa Begins Test-And-Treat Strategy For All People Living With HIV

Associated Press: South Africa to give free HIV treatment to all infected “South Africa said Thursday it will now provide free treatment to all people infected with HIV, regardless of the condition of their immune system. The country leads the world in infections. Before the announcement by the country’s health…

La Niña Weather Pattern Could Exacerbate Drought, Hunger In Somalia, U.N. Says

Reuters: U.N. worried La Niña will worsen ‘dire’ drought in Somalia “The La Niña weather phenomenon is likely to worsen drought and hunger in Somalia, especially in the north where many people and their animals are migrating in search of water after four failed rainy seasons, the United Nations said…

Acute Malnutrition Rates ‘Critical’ In Northeast Nigeria, Experts Say

The Economist: Nigeria’s food crisis: Hunger games “…All told, the U.N. estimates that 240,000 children in Borno are suffering from severe acute malnutrition — the deadliest category of it. More than 130 will die each day without assistance. Across the wider northeast of Nigeria, a population equivalent to New Zealand’s…

The Guardian Profiles mothers2mothers Group That Mentors HIV-Positive Mothers

The Guardian: Pregnant and diagnosed with HIV: the group providing support for mothers “…[mothers2mothers (M2M)] started in 2001 and has helped 1.4 million HIV-positive mothers in nine sub-Saharan African countries. It currently operates in Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Lesotho, Uganda, Swaziland, and Zambia — seven countries where it has virtually…

Egypt’s Parliament Strengthens Penalties For FGM Involvement

Associated Press: Egypt parliament toughens penalties for female circumcision “Egypt’s parliament on Wednesday toughened penalties for female genital mutilation, adopting amendments that punish perpetrators with up to 15 years in prison if a child dies and up to seven years for performing the procedure. … Wednesday’s vote came four days…

Snakebites Growing Public Health Concern, Affecting About 5M People Worldwide Annually

Nature: Vipers, mambas, and taipans: the escalating health crisis over snakebites “…Snakebites are a growing public health crisis. According to the World Health Organization, around five million people worldwide are bitten by snakes each year; more than 100,000 of them die and as many as 400,000 endure amputations and permanent…

Ebola Virus Particles Detected In Survivors’ Semen More Than 1 Year Post-Infection

Reuters: Ebola virus lasts in semen for up to 565 days: study “The largest analysis yet has found Ebola virus particles present in semen as long as 565 days after recovery from an infection, highlighting the potential role of sex in sparking another outbreak, researchers reported on Tuesday. The study,…

WASH Efforts Essential To Humanitarian Efforts, Protecting Health Workers In South Sudan

Frontline Health Workers Coalition: WASH on the Front Line Assumpta Nantume, communications associate at the Global Health Council, discusses the role of WASH efforts in South Sudan, where conflict and violence has resulted in a worsening humanitarian crisis. She writes, “Ensuring access to WASH services plays an important role in…

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