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Working To Improve Sanitation Practice, Safe Water Supply In Liberia

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Pieter DeVries, chief of party of the Improved Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (IWASH) Project, examines the program’s efforts to improve sanitation practices and safe water supply in Liberia, where “open defection is the most common sanitation practice.” He notes, “This fact, coupled with a…

Examining Global Need For Trained Midwives To Meet Infant Mortality MDG

Highlighting discussions from the Africa regional conference of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) held last month in Nairobi, Kenya, Rene Kiamba, manager of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies corporate contributions community support programs and initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” “In order to meet the…

Researchers Examine Feasibility Of Preventing Rotavirus Through Genetically Modified Rice

“A genetically modified strain of rice might one day be used to prevent life-threatening rotavirus infections among children in the developing world, according to researchers,” the Los Angeles Times’ “Science Now” blog reports. “A study published Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation concluded that genetically modified rice seeds helped…

Recognizing Health Improvements In Uganda

In a post in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, CDC Director Tom Frieden reflects on a recent trip to Uganda, “the only country served by [PEPFAR] with a rising HIV incidence,” writing, “Although Uganda will have challenges for many years as a result of increased HIV infections over the past…

Examining Need For Integrated HIV, Maternal Health Solutions

According to recent estimates, HIV-positive pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa “had eight times the risk of death during pregnancy than HIV-negative pregnant women,” Senior HIV/AIDS Technical Adviser Jennifer Albertini, Health Program Adviser for the Office of Sustainable Development’s Health Team Karen Fogg, and Senior Maternal Health (MH) Adviser in the…

Israel To Expand Polio Vaccination Drive To Entire Country

Israeli Health Minister Yael German on Friday said a meeting of experts has decided to expand to the entire country a polio vaccination campaign that began last week in the nation’s southern region, Agence France-Presse reports. German said “thousands” of people in southern Israel were found to be carriers of…

GlobalPost Blog Features Last Post In Series Examining Child Health In India

In the fifth in a series of posts in GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog, health reporting fellow Harman Boparai reflects on a recent trip to the country, “where he once practiced as a physician, to take a deeper look at child health.” Highlighting the issue of malnutrition in the country, where “one…

Despite Challenges, Experimental Malaria Vaccine Offers Hope

In a Washington Post opinion piece, columnist Michael Gerson reflects on the development of an experimental malaria vaccine which U.S. researchers last week reported proved highly effective in a small, early-stage human clinical trial. He details the research and writes, “If the vaccine works as promised, it would be an…