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WHO Validates Cuba As First Nation To Eliminate Mother-To-Child HIV, Syphilis Transmission

News outlets report on the WHO’s validation of Cuba as the first nation to eliminate mother-to-child HIV and syphilis transmission. Agence France-Presse: Cuba becomes first nation to eliminate mother-to-child HIV “Cuba on Tuesday became the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, the World…

Californian, Mexican Counties Sign Agreement To Cooperate In TB Efforts

Times of San Diego: California and Mexico to Battle TB Problem Together “Public health officials from both sides of the border Friday signed an agreement for a joint effort to battle tuberculosis. … The agreement by health officials from San Diego and Imperial counties formalizes a comprehensive strategy to combat…

Improved, Modern Housing Can Help Reduce Malaria Risk, Study Says

Reuters: Modern housing could cut risk of malaria by up to half — study “Modernizing mud huts and other traditional housing could significantly cut the risk of malaria for people living in some of the highest risk areas of Africa, Asia, and South America, according to new research. Scientists who…

The Guardian Examines Brazil’s Public, Private Efforts To Curb Dengue Epidemic

The Guardian: Brazil considers vaccines and GM mosquitoes to tackle dengue fever “…Since January, Brazil’s health ministry has spent R$150m (US$50m) fighting dengue. Most of the money has gone to health authorities in towns like Estrela d’Oeste, to fund preventative measures, such as house visits and education programs. … But…

NPR Interviews PIH Official On Efforts To Control Cholera In Haiti

NPR: Haiti Sees Spike In Cholera Cases 4 Years After Outbreak Began “Haiti has been struggling to control a cholera epidemic that began after the 2010 earthquake. Renee Montagne talks to Dr. Louise Ivers, the senior health adviser for Partners in Health…” (Montagne, 6/2).

LAC Region Achieves MDG Hunger Targets, But Challenges Remain

Inter Press Service: Latin America’s Relative Success in Fighting Hunger “The Latin American and Caribbean region is the first in the world to reach the two global targets for reducing hunger. Nevertheless, more than 34 million people still go hungry. ‘This is the region that best understood the problem of…