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Prevention Failing To Prevent HIV Among Young East, Southern African Women

Inter Press Service: The Young, Female Face of HIV in East and Southern Africa “Experts are raising alarm that years of HIV interventions throughout Africa have failed to stop infection among young women 15 to 24 years old. … Among women in East and Southern Africa, four out of 10…

U.N. Should Take Responsibility For Haitian Cholera Outbreak

GlobalPost: In denying Haiti cholera deaths, U.N. risks violating its core purpose Tim Howard, professor of international law at Cambridge Graduate University and lead attorney on a lawsuit filed against the U.N. on behalf of more than 2,600 Haitian families “Late last month, attorneys argued before the U.S. Federal District…

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Trials Could Begin In West Africa In January

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. says experimental vaccine trials in West Africa could begin by January “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) [Thursday] said the Ebola crisis response ‘needs to scale up, get better, and perform faster,’ as the U.N. health agency reported that if judged safe, larger scale…

Water Essential Element To Global Peace, Development Agenda, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Water central to global peace, development, U.N. deputy chief tells London summit “The most basic of all human rights — water — is also a central element in global affairs and the development agenda with wide implications on international peace and security, the deputy secretary-general [Jan Eliasson]…

U.N. Lacks Resources To Defeat Ebola, U.N. Ebola Coordinator Says

BBC News: Ebola outbreak: U.N. ‘lacks resources’ to fight deadly virus “The head of the U.N. mission charged with fighting Ebola in West Africa has told the BBC he does not yet have the resources necessary to defeat it. Tony Banbury said more help was urgently needed, despite significant contributions…

WHO Asks Canada, Australia To Justify Ebola Travel Restrictions

News outlets report on the WHO’s request for Canada and Australia to justify their decisions to restrict travel from Ebola-hit West African countries. Agence France-Presse: Canada, Australia must explain visa block on Ebola nations “The World Health Organization said Wednesday it had asked Canada and Australia to justify their decisions…

WHO Revises Ebola Death Toll Downward Due To Change In Data Source

Reuters: WHO revises Ebola death toll lower, virus slowing in Liberia “The World Health Organization said on Wednesday it continued to see a slowdown in weekly Ebola cases in Liberia, although incidence of the disease was still rising in Sierra Leone and stable in Guinea. … It said the revision…

Media Sources Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Drug, Vaccine R&D

Media sources report on various issues surrounding research into Ebola vaccines and treatments. Associated Press: U.S. officials unveil plan to test Ebola drugs (Marchione, 11/5). CIDRAP News: FDA, industry officials vow to minimize barriers to Ebola vaccines (Roos, 11/5). Reuters: U.S. Ebola researchers plead for access to virus samples (Steenhuysen,…

WHO AFRO Nominates Agency Veteran Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti As Next Regional Director

News outlets report the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) on Wednesday nominated Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, a physician from Botswana, as the agency’s next Regional Director for Africa. Agence France-Presse: WHO appoints new Africa chief after Ebola criticism “The Africa arm of the World Health Organization — which has been…

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