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West African Cholera Epidemic Exacerbated By Flooding; More Than 1,800 Deaths Reported

The WHO “says 1,879 deaths have been reported” from Cholera in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger, the Associated Press reports. “The wave of cholera started a few months ago” and “nearly 40,500” cases have been reported in the region so far. Nigeria alone has experienced nearly 1,200 deaths, “its worst cholera outbreak in two decades,” according to the article (10/12).

Also In Global Health News: Disasters In Indonesia; Maternal Health In Pakistan; Gates Grand Challenges Grants; Development Innovation Ventures; Dengue Fever Treatment

Death Toll Rises From Two Disasters In Indonesia; Minister Says Aid Not Needed Yet The death toll from two recent disasters in Indonesia – a tsunami and volcano eruption – “rose to more than 340 Thursday” and hundreds were reportedly missing, the Associated Press reports. According to an official, “a warning system installed…

Opinions: Defense, Diplomacy, Development; PMTCT In Africa; Perils Of DIY Aid; Cholera In Haiti

Diplomacy, Development Need Equal Footing With Defense In a Foreign Affairs essay, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton writes of “the need to elevate diplomacy and development alongside defense – a ‘smart power’ approach to solving global problems.” Clinton outlines the efforts underway – from the hiring of new Foreign…

Also In Global Health News: Concurrent Partners And HIV; Disease Concerns In Pakistan; Mozambique’s Chronic Hunger Problems; Family Planning And Food In Niger; Maternal Health In Sierra Leone; Malaria In Myanmar

IRIN/PlusNews Examines Debate On The Impact Of Concurrent Partners On HIV Transmission Researchers have begun to “explore concurrency as a possible explanation for why parts of the continent have been so hard hit by HIV,” however “not everyone in the scientific community accepts the theory,” IRIN/PlusNews writes in an article…

Cholera Outbreak In Haiti Shows ‘Slight Slowing,’ But Experts Say Interventions Should Continue

Nearly 300 people have died from cholera and 3,612 diagnosed in Haiti’s week-old epidemic, Reuters reports, citing numbers from Haitian health authorities. The news service reports that “the U.N., the [Haitian] government, and its foreign aid partners are expecting the disease to spread further in its epidemic phase. They have launched a combined treatment, containment and prevention strategy for the whole country.”

Also In Global Health News: Flooding, HIV Treatment Adherence, and Economic Growth In Africa; China Detects Superbug; U.S. Aid To Myanmar; Cash-Transfer Programs

1.8M Now Affected By Flooding In West And Central Africa; Hardest Hit-Benin Struggles With Disease, Damaged Health Centers Flooding continues to devastate Central and West Africa – more than 1.8 million people have been affected and 400 killed, according to the U.N., United Press International reports. “The nation of Benin has…

Also In Global Health News: Foreign Aid In Ethiopia; Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Health In Myanmar; Poverty In Zambia; Rwanda’s Progress on MDGs; Men Involved In PMTCT Of HIV

Ethiopian Government Restricting Opponents’ Access To Development Aid, Report Says Ethiopia’s government has been restricting access to food and other types of foreign aid among opposition supporters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Tuesday, Reuters reports (Malone, 10/19). The report is based on more than 200 interviews, conducted over…