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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Spread In West Africa

News outlets report on the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed at least 660 people and infected more than 1,000. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO “The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases…

U.N. Agencies Call For More Support To Fight Food Insecurity In Africa’s Sahel

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agencies urge greater support to fight mounting hunger crisis in Africa’s Sahel region “Two United Nations agencies today urged the international donor community to renew its commitment to fight hunger and food insecurity in the Sahel by strengthening the resilience of destitute families in the region…”…

U.N. Reports Alarming Rates Of Malnutrition In Somalia

News outlets report on food shortages in Somalia and the country’s acute need for food aid. Agence France-Presse/New York Times: U.N. Warns of a Food Shortage 3 Years After Somalia’s Famine “More than 350,000 people here in Somalia’s capital are in acute need of food aid as the government and…

U.N. Calls For Increased Efforts To Stop Potential Famine In South Sudan

News agencies report on the worsening food crisis in South Sudan, as the United Nations calls for increased donor efforts to fight potential famine. Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns of world inaction as South Sudan famine looms “Top U.N. aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming…

Indonesian Health Minister Questions UNAIDS Gap Report

The Jakarta Post: Indonesia questions new UNAIDS report “Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has strongly questioned the validity of a Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) GAP Report released in Geneva on July 16, which categorized Indonesia as a country of concern given its increase in HIV new infections,…

Forced Sterilization Mistakenly Believed To Stop HIV Transmission

The Guardian: Women with HIV fight crushing injustice of forcible sterilization “…Speaking at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, [South African human rights activist Sthembiso] Mthembu said global action was needed to stop women being forced into the procedure [of sterilization], in the mistaken belief it stopped HIV transmission. ……

Affordable Hepatitis C Medicine Can Cut Number Of New Infections

Financial Times: Global push can bring remedies within reach of all who need them Stefan Wiktor, team leader of the WHO’s global hepatitis program, and Gottfried Hirnschall, director of WHO’s HIV department “We are witnessing a remarkable transformation in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection (HCV). Intensive research is…

New Development Goals Should Be ‘Discrete, Quantitative, Achievable’

Wall Street Journal: Smart Aid for the World’s Poor Matt Ridley, member of the British House of Lords and author “…The lesson, surely, from this first round of setting development goals is the need to be even more ruthlessly selective next time. A list of eight goals is too long…