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WHO Reports Lowest Weekly Total Of New Ebola Cases This Year; West Africa Must Maintain Vigilance, Agency Says

New York Times: Health Agency Reports Lowest Weekly Total of New Ebola Cases “The World Health Organization on Wednesday reported the lowest weekly total of new Ebola cases so far this year in the three nations of West Africa that have been afflicted by the deadly virus…” (Gladstone, 3/26). Reuters:…

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Guinea Begins Ebola ‘Ring Vaccination’ Trial; Chinese Researchers Report Results From Another Vaccine Trial

CIDRAP News: Ebola vaccine trial launches in Guinea; Chinese vaccine test detailed “In an effort to see if a vaccine might be used to drown out Ebola flare-ups, a new trial launched in an area of Guinea where cases have occurred recently, while Chinese researchers reported the first human trial…

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With Biodegradable Toilet Powder, Indian WASH Advocates Hope To Speed Waste Breakdown In Safer Way

Wall Street Journal: This Poo Powder Aims to Help India’s Diarrhea Problem “…As part of a ‘Stop Diarrhea’ program run by the non-profit Save the Children, a biodegradable toilet powder that speeds up the breakdown of excrement has been developed by Reckitt Benckiser — makers of toilet cleaning products such…

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Lessons Learned From Ebola Epidemic, Next Steps For Disease Preparedness

Huffington Post: Why Ebola Won This Round…And If We’re Smart, Why We Will Win The Next Michael J. Nyenhuis, president and CEO of AmeriCares “…To exact its toll of 10,000 lives, Ebola took advantage of weak health systems in West Africa — hospitals with empty shelves, remote clinics without running…

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Blog Post Examines CGD Papers On Maximizing Gavi’s Impact

Development Policy Centre’s “DevPolicy Blog”: Maximizing effectiveness of Gavi aid: when less can mean more Camilla Burkot, a research officer at the Development Policy Centre, discusses “a blog, working paper, and policy brief recently published by the Center for Global Development (CGD) … [on] identifying opportunities for maximizing Gavi’s impact,…

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Monsanto Requests Meeting With WHO Senior Officials Regarding Claim Of Herbicide’s Probable Carcinogenicity

Wall Street Journal: Monsanto Bites Back at Glyphosate Findings “Monsanto Co. escalated its criticism of a World Health Organization agency’s finding last week that a commonly used herbicide probably has the potential to cause cancer in humans. The St. Louis-based agribusiness giant — a major seller of the weed killer…

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U.N.’s Ban Encourages Governments To Increase Efforts To End TB By 2035

U.N. News Centre: U.N. chief urges governments intensify efforts to end tuberculosis by 2035 “With some 37 million lives saved between 2000 and 2013 through the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, it is possible to end the epidemic by 2035, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Tuberculosis Day, urging leaders…

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Experts Disagree Over Feasibility Of WHO’s ‘End TB’ Strategy

Deutsche Welle: A world without tuberculosis? “If it’s up to the WHO, the number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths is to decrease by 95 percent over the next twenty years, the number of those contracting the disease by 90 percent. These are without doubt lofty targets. Serious efforts will have to…

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Syrian Aid Delivery Proves Difficult As Islamic State Group, Syrian Government Slow Humanitarian Efforts, U.N. Says

Associated Press: Both Islamic State group, Syria government slow down aid: U.N. “A new U.N. report says the delivery of aid to millions inside Syria is becoming even more difficult as the Islamic State group closes down humanitarian efforts and Syria’s government puts more obstacles in the way…” (3/24).

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More Than 2.5M Face Hunger In South Sudan Because Of Violence, Poor Harvests, Aid Groups Warn

Agence France-Presse: South Sudan’s hungry see little hope for peace “…Across South Sudan, frustration and anger is growing over the humanitarian toll from the 15-month-old feud between President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, his former deputy and now the main rebel leader. … For the displaced in and around Ganyiel,…

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