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Global Fund’s New Funding Model Launched In West, Central Africa

Media sources discuss the launch in West and Central Africa of the new funding model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Bernama: African Countries Discuss New Funding Model To Fight Diseases “Twelve countries from the eastern and southern African regions met here over the past four…

Food Security Deteriorating In CAR As U.N. Approves Peacekeeping Mission

News outlets report on food security in the Central African Republic (CAR), as the U.N. approves a peacekeeping mission for the country. IRIN: Priced out of food in the CAR “The mass exodus of Muslims from the Central African Republic (CAR) amid insecurity is having an adverse impact on access…

Aid Organizations Work To Contain Spread Of Ebola In West Africa

News outlets report on international aid organizations’ efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Aid groups take emergency steps against Ebola onslaught “International aid organizations launched a series of emergency measures across west Africa on Thursday in a bid to contain one of the worst ever…

UNICEF’s ‘Take Poo To The Loo’ Campaign In India Meets Criticism

Wall Street Journal: U.N. Campaign Targets Open Defecation in India “He’s lumpy and brown. But, boy, can he dance. Meet the unlikely face of UNICEF’s latest public health campaign in India: Mr. Poo. The anthropomorphized feces is part of a campaign — ‘Take Poo to the Loo’ — that tries…

MSF Criticizes U.N. For ‘Shocking Indifference’ Toward Displaced In S. Sudan

News outlets report on Médecins Sans Frontières’s criticism of the U.N. over the living conditions in displacement camps in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse/Al Jazeera: U.N. accused of ‘shameful attitude’ in S. Sudan “A leading international aid agency has issued a stinging attack on the United Nations mission in South Sudan,…

WHO Releases Hepatitis C Treatment Guidelines Amid Calls For Lower Cost Treatment

Media sources report on the WHO’s first-ever hepatitis C treatment guidelines and increased efforts to lower the cost of the most effective treatments. Financial Times: Price of hepatitis C drug attacked “Gilead Sciences is facing mounting pressure over its new $1,000-a-day hepatitis C drug after the World Health Organization joined…

Anti-Gay Laws, Cultural Attitudes Prevent Access To HIV/AIDS Programs In Caribbean

Reuters: Anti-gay laws undermine fight against HIV/AIDS in Caribbean — experts “Anti-gay laws and cultural attitudes are preventing the most vulnerable people accessing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs in parts of the Caribbean, UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has said…” (Moloney, 4/9).

Devex Interviews U.N. Official About Steps To Reach Women’s Health MDGs

Devex: Leith Greenslade: We have a long way to go on women’s health “As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, there has been ‘fairly strong’ progress in some health areas — but not all. In particular, we have a long way to go in many aspects…

Health Workers To Search For Possible Ebola Patients In Guinean Capital

Reuters: Health workers in Guinea’s capital to hunt for Ebola cases “Health workers will fan out in Guinea’s capital of Conakry to try to identify people who may have been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Nebehay, 4/10).

Ebola Outbreak In West Africa Is ‘Challenging,’ Expected To Last Months, WHO Says

News outlets report on the spread of an Ebola outbreak that continues to claim lives in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola outbreak among ‘most challenging’ ever: WHO “West Africa’s Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the ‘most challenging’ for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa…