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Leadership Like Mandela’s Can Help Transform HIV/AIDS Epidemic Globally

“We are indebted to [Nelson] Mandela for his leadership role in making HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa an issue that the world could no longer ignore. Mr. Mandela’s speech at the International AIDS Conference in Durban in 2000 changed the course of the epidemic in both his country and the continent,”…

Security Concerns Hampering Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan

Al Jazeera examines how “security concerns and negotiated access” are threatening Pakistan’s polio eradication efforts, writing, “Since July 2012, 31 people have been killed in Taliban-led attacks on anti-polio campaigners in Pakistan.” The news service notes, “Most recently, two policemen providing security to polio vaccinators in Swabi were killed when…

Malaysian Authorities Working To Contain Dengue Fever Outbreak

“At least five people have died from dengue fever this month in Malaysia, where authorities are struggling to contain an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus that claims hundreds of lives annually in Southeast Asia,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time” blog reports. “The total number of dengue deaths…

Secretary Kerry Announces Additional U.S. Aid To Typhoon-Hit Philippines

“After touring miles of roofless homes and shattered shantytowns destroyed by one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday announced that additional American humanitarian aid would be sent to the Philippines and described the giant typhoon as a warning of future extreme weather…

China Reports First Human Case Of H10N8 Bird Flu

“Chinese authorities said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Chinese woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the [WHO] called ‘worrisome,'” the Associated Press reports (Wong, 12/17). “The [H10N8] virus has been detected in birds since 1965…

Washington Post Profiles CDC Medical Officer Who Worked On India’s Polio Campaign

The Partnership for Public Service/Washington Post published a profile of Hamid Jafari, a medical officer with the CDC who worked with the WHO in India to manage the country’s program to eradicate polio. “He is now in Geneva, Switzerland, working on programs to eradicate polio in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria,”…

PBS NewsHour Reports On Humanitarian Aid Coordination In Typhoon-Hit Philippines

PBS NewsHour reports on aid efforts in typhoon-hit Philippines. With support from the Under-Told Stories Project at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota, correspondent Fred Sam De Lazaro examines how relief workers are coordinating food and other aid as it flows into Tacloban, one of the hardest-hit areas. “For now, relief…

Efforts Increasing To Treat Cancer In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

News outlets examine efforts to improve access to cancer treatments in Malawi and India. Financial Times: Cancer eclipsed as global donors focus on other diseases “…The international focus on HIV, malaria and tuberculosis — with billions of dollars spent annually under the umbrella of the UN Millennium Development Goals –…

Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccine Worker In Pakistan; Two Others Wounded

News outlets report on the killing of a polio vaccine worker in Pakistan and how the Taliban is hindering efforts to eradicate the disease. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen kill vaccinator in NW Pakistan “Gunmen shot dead a health officer supervising an anti-polio vaccination campaign after storming a hospital where children were…