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Spotlight Is On Experimental Ebola Drugs; FDA Warns Public About Fake Treatments

News outlets report on efforts to dispel myths about Ebola, prevent fake treatments, and approve experimental therapies for use in the African outbreak. The Hill: FDA seeks to dispel Ebola outbreak fears “The Food and Drug Administration has posted a Web page with quick facts about the Ebola virus and…

Access To Contraception Controversial In Philippines Amid Growing Population

PBS NewsHour: Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines “In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in…

WFP Warns N. Korea Food Aid Program May Be Shut Down Due To Lack Of Funding

Associated Press: U.N. warns its food aid program in N. Korea at risk “The World Food Programme may have to shut down its operations in North Korea by early next year unless it gets more funding from international donors by this autumn, the U.N. agency’s director for Asia said Friday…”…

Blog Highlights Progress In Eliminating VL In India

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Working Together to Stop Kala-azar Lance Gordon, director for neglected infectious diseases in the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program, discusses progress being made around eliminating visceral leishmaniasis (VL), also known as kala-azar, in India (8/24).

Politics Will Not Interfere With Health Policy, India’s Health Minister Says

Business Insider: Politics Will Not Come In Way Of Health Policy: Harsh Vardhan “[India's] Health Minister Harsh Vardhan [Thursday] said that politics would not affect the health program and policies of the country. ‘For the health of the nation, the health of government departments needs to be improved. I will…

Double Vaccine Offers Better Protection Against Polio, Study Says

News outlets report on a study’s findings that using two types of polio vaccines could give better protection and speed up efforts to fight polio. Associated Press/The Guardian: Polio double vaccine gives better protection, study finds “For decades, there’s been a tug-of-war between the oral and inactivated polio vaccines over…

Private Investment Needed To Improve Sanitation In India

Huffington Post: Creating Enterprises to Provide Sanitation Solutions in India John Sauer, head of external relations for international programs at Water For People “It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think of the sanitation situation in India. … But there is reason for optimism if you look at the story…

G20 Countries Account For ‘Lion’s Share’ Of NTDs, Expert Says

The Guardian: Wealthier countries home to ‘lion’s share’ of neglected tropical diseases “The international community needs to stop looking at neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as a sub-Saharan African problem and realize that the G20 countries are now home to the ‘lion’s share’ of the dangerous, debilitating, yet low-profile illnesses, a…

Anti-Polio Campaign Faces Challenges As Conflict Escalates In Afghanistan

Reuters: Amid Afghanistan’s escalating war, a battle to beat polio “Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children…” (Mahr/Harooni, 8/21).

Despite Anti-Child Marriage Law, India Home To One In Three Child Brides Globally

Inter Press Service: India: Home to One in Three Child Brides “…A recent United Nations report entitled ‘Ending Child Marriage — Progress and Prospects’ found that, despite the existence of a stringent anti-child marriage law, India ranks sixth among countries with the highest prevalence of child marriages across the globe…”…