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U.N. Appeals For Polio Funding For Horn Of Africa; Disease Detected In Cameroon

“Two U.N. agencies on Friday called on countries in the Horn of Africa region to remain watchful as [a] polio outbreak has significantly slowed down,” Xinhua reports. “The [WHO] and UNICEF also appealed for $88 million to support [regional] governments’ polio eradication efforts in 2014 and maintain the momentum built…

Humanitarian Crisis Worsening In CAR

IRIN examines the worsening crisis the Central African Republic (CAR) “has faced since a rebel alliance known as Seleka took power by force in March 2013,” writing, “Humanitarian and development indicators were dire before the coup, but now, amid increasing violence by armed groups and between communities and religious faiths,…

Humanitarian Crisis Continues In Mali Nearly 1 Year After French Intervention

“Eleven months after French forces dislodged Islamist militants from northern Mali, the region’s humanitarian crisis is far from over,” IRIN reports, noting, “Hunger levels are higher this year than last, … [b]anditry is preventing herders throughout the north from accessing grazing land, and insecurity is barring some aid agencies from…

UNAIDS Reports Improved Access To ARVs Helping More People With HIV Live Longer

“On Wednesday, in the run-up to World Aids Day on December 1, UNAIDS said an estimated 35.3 million people worldwide were living with HIV last year, a slight increase on previous years but a reflection of the higher number of people receiving antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs,” The Guardian reports. “Record numbers…

Haitian Health Minister Says Donor Countries Failing To Deliver Cholera Aid

“Most donor countries have failed to deliver on their promise to help Haiti fight cholera, making it difficult to combat the disease, reports … quoted Haitian Health Minister Florence Duperval Guillaume as saying on Thursday,” Xinhua reports. “Some 238 million dollars in promised aid were never delivered, Guillaume said, adding…

WHO Confirms 2 Polio Cases In Cameroon

“The [WHO] confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 in Cameroon on Thursday, marking the first human cases there since 2009,” TIME reports (Katz, 11/21). “According to WHO, wild poliovirus was isolated from two acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) cases from Cameroon’s West Region,” RTT News writes (11/21). “An emergency…

Blog Examines Health, Development Consequences Of Adolescent Pregnancies

In the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) “Development Channel” blog, Lynn ElHarake, research associate for CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program, “discusses how motherhood in childhood undermines economic growth, health, gender equality, and development.” She discusses a report published by the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) last month that examines the…

U.N. Urges Early Testing Of More Children At Risk Of HIV Infection

“More than a quarter of a million children each year are born infected with the virus that causes AIDS, but too few are being tested early to receive treatment and prolong their lives, the United Nations said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. “Children are the ‘forgotten’ victims of the AIDS epidemic,…

UNAIDS Reports Overall Progress Against HIV/AIDS, But Says Some Regions Falling Behind

UNAIDS on Tuesday “reported accelerated progress in combating HIV/AIDS in much of the world, with significant decreases in new infections and deaths, but worrying signs persist that some regions and countries are falling behind in the global battle,” the U.N. News Centre reports (11/20). “In a report [.pdf] launched ahead…