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Global Community Should ‘Confront Our Fears,’ Address Zika To Protect All Individuals

The Guardian: We are menaced by ever more diseases. But Zika, like most, hits the poor hardest Mark Honigsbaum, Wellcome Trust research fellow at Queen Mary University of London and author “…Zika is not a ‘fright and flight’ disease like Ebola; it does not spread rapidly from person to person…

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International Regulations Needed For Gene-Editing Systems Used To Alter Disease-Carrying Vectors Such As Mosquitoes

The Guardian: Gene drives need global policing Matthew Cobb, professor of zoology at the University of Manchester “…Using [the gene-editing technique known as] CRISPR to combat disease-transmitting mosquitoes could have a massive health benefit for millions of people around the world, and would probably prove less ecologically destructive than our…

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WHO Needs $25M For 6-Month Program To Address Zika; E.U. Establishes Drug Regulator Task Force To Advise On Virus Vaccines, Treatments

Reuters: WHO seeks $25 million for six-month fight against Zika, official says “The World Health Organization will seek $25 million for a six-month program to fight the Zika virus linked to birth defects, including studies on whether it is spread by sex or by blood transfusion, a senior WHO official…

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Zika Virus, Including Women’s Rights, Economic Cost, Outbreak Containment

The Interpreter: The Zika Virus won’t be ‘Ebola 2.0’ Allira Attwill, health policy and health economics consultant “…[T]he world is fixated on Zika, wondering if it will be ‘Ebola 2.0.’ But it won’t be, partly because of its mode of transmission, partly because Zika is unfolding in a post-Ebola world,…

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WHO Executive Board Addresses R&D Agenda Items In Preparation For World Health Assembly

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: WHO Board addresses health R&D, sets March meeting to discuss CEWG resolution Jana Armstrong, a consultant for GHTC, discusses R&D agenda items for the WHO Executive Board meeting that took place at the end of January in preparation for the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA)…

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International Response To Zika Must Be Rational, Humane, Coordinated, Collaborative

TIME: Gates Foundation: Fear Must Not Dictate Zika Policy Chris Elias, president of the Global Development Program, and Trevor Mundel, president of the Global Health Division, both at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “The spread of Zika virus across the Americas reminds us that a health crisis anywhere can…

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At Least 200M Women, Girls Have Undergone FGM In 30 Countries, UNICEF Report Shows, Adds Data From Indonesia

News outlets discuss findings from a UNICEF report released to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on February 6. Al Jazeera America: UNICEF: At least 200 million girls and women have undergone FGM “There are at least 200 million girls and women around the world…

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Sierra Leone Releases 55 People From Ebola Quarantine, Seeks Nearly 50 Others For Testing

Agence France-Presse: U.N. urges missing Sierra Leone people to come for Ebola testing “United Nations officials in Sierra Leone on Thursday appealed to nearly 50 people wanted for Ebola testing to come forward, as the country seeks to stamp out a fresh outbreak of the virus…” (2/4). Agence France-Presse: Sierra…

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Global Food Prices At Near 7-Year Low To Begin 2016, U.N. Agency Says

Reuters: World food prices start 2016 at near seven-year low “World food prices fell to near a seven-year low in January, weighed down by declines for agricultural commodities, particularly sugar, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday…” (Binnie, 2/4).

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Coordinated Global Action Needed To Respond To Cancer

The Lancet: Tackling cancer: time for a global response Franco Cavalli, scientific director of the Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland and chair of the Scientific Committee of the European School of Oncology “…Huge efforts have … been made to encourage action on cancer in the global political agenda. … Despite…

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