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Despite Challenges From Ebola Epidemic, Sierra Leone’s NTD Program Sees Progress

Global Network of Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Celebrating NTD Success Stories: Sierra Leone’s Inspiring Progress in the Face of Ebola Emily Conron, the Global Network’s resource development associate, discusses “Sierra Leone’s progress against NTDs despite the challenges posed by the Ebola epidemic” (10/21).

Cholera Outbreak In Iraq Spreads To Kurdish Region, Infects More Than 1,800

Agence France-Presse: Iraq cholera cases grow, spread to Kurdish region “The number of cholera cases in Iraq has risen to more than 1,800 as the epidemic spread to the northern autonomous Kurdish region, health officials said Tuesday. … Authorities have blamed the cholera outbreak mostly on the poor quality of…

U.S., Saudi Arabia Officials Discuss MERS Vaccine Development, WHO’s Chan Says

Reuters: World health chief says U.S., Saudi discussing MERS vaccine “The United States and Saudi Arabia may prepare a vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to try and head off the next outbreak of the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Margaret Chan…

Strong Health Systems Critical To Success Of Ebola, All Vaccination Efforts

Devex: Ebola vaccine impact depends on a strong health system Samuel Kargbo, director of health systems, policy, planning, and information at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone “…[E]ven once [an Ebola] vaccine is approved for widespread use, it will be no silver bullet. The gaps in our…

DRC Measles Outbreak Kills More Than 400, Infects At Least 30K, U.N. Says

International Business Times: Congo Measles Outbreak 2015: At least 428 People Killed, 30,000 Infected In Mining Region, U.N. Says “A measles outbreak in southeast Democratic Republic of the Congo has killed at least 428 people and infected some 30,000 others since the start of this year, the United Nations said…