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Additional Assistance Announced For West African Nations’ Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on several announcements of additional international assistance for the West African Ebola outbreak. Reuters: AfDB offers $150 million to help West Africa handle Ebola fallout: Le Monde “The African Development Bank (AfDB) told West African countries hardest hit by an Ebola epidemic they were willing to give…

Mosquito-Borne Viruses Reach Japan, U.S.

New York Times: Mosquito-Borne Viruses Hit Japan and the U.S. “Mosquito-borne viruses are showing up unexpectedly in affluent countries where they have been largely unknown. Yoyogi Park, a popular oasis in downtown Tokyo, was closed last week after authorities realized it was the center of Japan’s first outbreak of dengue…

2.81M Affected By Drought In Central America, WFP Says

Reuters: Drought leaves up to 2.81 million hungry in Central America: U.N. “A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America and as many as 2.81 million people are struggling to feed themselves, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, though the region’s coffee crop has been…

Brazil Leads In Maternal Milk Bank Development

Associated Press: Brazil’s maternal milk banks model for globe “Thirty years ago, poor Brazilian women were paid for their breast milk, leaving their children at risk of malnourishment. Equipment at the few milk collection centers was so costly it limited the country’s ability to expand the program’s reach. That has…

U.N. Supports Cholera Vaccination Campaign In Haiti

Prensa Latina: U.N. Supports Anti-Cholera Vaccination Campaign in Haiti “The United Nations is supporting with funds a vaccination against cholera campaign, implemented by the government in Haiti, the organization reported [Wednesday]…” (9/3).

CDC Blog Post Highlights Central American Partnership To Improve Public Health

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: An Important Partnership in Central America CDC Central American Regional Office Director Nelson Arboleda discusses the work and impact of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America’s (COMISCA), which has “emerged as an important — and effective — mechanism for improving public health across…

September 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The September 2014 WHO Bulletin includes an editorial on the Ebola outbreak, a perspective piece on vaccine safety, and news and research articles on various topics  (September 2014).

Blog Post Discusses Increasing Tropical Disease Rates In Venezuela

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Venezuela: An Emerging Tropical Disease and Humanitarian Emergency? Peter Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Jennifer Herricks of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University,…

Malaria Prevalent In Venezuela’s Mining Regions

BBC News: The malaria mines of Venezuela “Venezuela used to be a world leader in managing malaria, but is now the only country in Latin America where incidence of the disease is increasing. Around 75,000 people were infected last year, and according to government figures, 60 percent of cases were…

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…