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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…

Central American Drought Leading To Rising Food Insecurity, Hunger

Reuters: Central America braces for drought-linked food crisis “Low rainfall linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon has led to drought in parts of Central America, causing widespread damage to crops, shortages and rising prices of food, and worsening hunger among the region’s poor…” (Moloney, 8/14).

Cuba’s Health Care System Can Serve As Example To Other Countries

Huffington Post: Cuba’s Health Care System: a Model for the World Salim Lamrani, doctor, Paris Sorbonne Paris IV University, and lecturer, University of La Réunion “According to the U.N.’s World Health Organization, Cuba’s health care system is an example for all countries of the world. … Despite extremely limited resources…

Venezuelan Bill Would Outlaw HIV Discrimination

Inter Press Service: Bill to Fight Discrimination Against HIV-Positive Venezuelans “Venezuela is gearing up to pass a new law to combat discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS, in a country where the epidemic claims nearly 4,000 lives and infects 11,000 mainly young people every year, including increasing numbers of women…”…

USAID Welcomes Congressional Approval Of Assessing Progress In Haiti Act

News outlets report on the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014, which is awaiting President Obama’s signature to become law. Devex: USAID welcomes Haiti oversight legislation “The U.S. Agency for International Development welcomes the U.S. Congress’s new attempt to assert greater oversight of assistance and reconstruction programs in Haiti.…

Chagas Disease Gains Traction Among Immigrants In U.S.

The Atlantic: Northern Virginia: ‘Ground Zero’ for Kissing Bug Disease “…The number of people with Chagas disease just outside the nation’s capital is small — about two dozen cases, according to interviews with local physicians — but doctors and experts say they wouldn’t be surprised if the numbers were higher.…

25% Of C. American HIV-Positive Women Being Pressured Into Sterilization, Study Shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation: One in four HIV-positive women in Central America pressured to sterilize — study “HIV-positive women in Central America are being pressured to undergo sterilization by prejudiced health workers and misled about the risk of the virus being transmitted to their unborn children, a study showed…” (Nguyen, 7/23).

Haiti Overcomes Challenges Toward Goal Of Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Haiti National Program for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis — A Model of Success in the Face of Adversity Roland Oscar of the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Haiti and colleagues discuss the many challenges faced in achieving success toward eliminating lymphatic filariasis in…