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Short-, Long-Term Responses To Haitian Cholera Outbreak Still Needed

Huffington Post: Don’t Forget Cholera Pedro Medrano Rojas, U.N. assistant secretary general and senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti “…Cholera remains a crisis in Haiti and the recent attention to the Ebola outbreak should be a reminder that we cannot drop our guard. … [B]oth feed on weak public…

Mexico Reports First Locally Transmitted Case Of Chikungunya Virus

Reuters: Mexico detects first case of mosquito-borne chikungunya virus “Mexico has detected its first domestic case of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease chikungunya in the southwest of the country, the state government of Chiapas said on Saturday…” (Gomez/Graham, 11/15).

U.S. Should Rethink Cuban Medical Defection Program

New York Times: A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S. Editorial Board “…It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by…

U.N. Official Calls For More Funding For Cholera Elimination Efforts In Haiti

U.N. News Centre: ‘Haiti cannot wait 40 years’ to eliminate cholera, warns U.N. envoy as response lags “The top United Nations coordinator for cholera response in Haiti says support for initiatives to combat the disease has been ‘disappointing,’ noting that while it may be possible to eliminate cholera in about…

El Salvador’s Abortion Ban Causing Teens Pregnant From Rape To Commit Suicide

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Rape, abortion ban drives pregnant teens to suicide in El Salvador “El Salvador’s ban on abortion is driving hundreds of girls who become pregnant after being raped to commit suicide every year because they see no other option, a government official said. Teenage pregnancy is one of…

Blog Post Discusses Challenges In Defining, Achieving Malaria Eradication

Humanosphere: Visualizing zero malaria, whatever zero might be In a guest post, Nancy Fullman, policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses malaria eradication efforts and issues around defining and achieving zero malaria (11/12).

El Salvador’s Abortion Ban Wrongly Jails Women, Rights Groups Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: El Salvador’s abortion ban puts women behind bars for decades “…[H]undreds of women [are] believed wrongly jailed in El Salvador for defying a ban on abortion, accused of inducing abortions when in fact they suffered miscarriages, stillbirths, or pregnancy complications, women’s rights groups say…” (Moloney, 11/11).

U.N. Should Take Responsibility For Haitian Cholera Outbreak

GlobalPost: In denying Haiti cholera deaths, U.N. risks violating its core purpose Tim Howard, professor of international law at Cambridge Graduate University and lead attorney on a lawsuit filed against the U.N. on behalf of more than 2,600 Haitian families “Late last month, attorneys argued before the U.S. Federal District…

Cuba’s ‘Doctor Diplomacy’ Payment Scheme Questioned

Wall Street Journal: Cuba’s Slave Trade in Doctors Mary Anastasia O’Grady, editor at Wall Street Journal “…Cuba is winning accolades for its international ‘doctor diplomacy,’ in which it sends temporary medical professionals abroad — ostensibly to help poor countries battle disease and improve health care. But the doctors are not…