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British, U.S. Officials, Airlines Address Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on British and U.S. government reaction to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as reaction from airlines and Liberian immigrants in the U.S. Financial Times: Hammond calls emergency meeting on Ebola “Philip Hammond, [British] foreign secretary, is holding an emergency meeting of officials and ministers on Wednesday to discuss the…More

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S. Leone’s Head Ebola Doctor Succumbs To Virus; Other HCWs Infected

News outlets report on the death of a leading physician in Sierra Leone and other health care workers affected by the Ebola outbreak. Health care workers are battling the virus as well as fear from local communities that they are helping to spread the disease. Agence France-Presse: Head doctor at S. Leone Ebola clinic dies…More

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Efforts To Develop Ebola Vaccine Underway But Lack Funding

News outlets report on efforts to develop vaccines and other treatments for Ebola virus, which continues to spread in West Africa. The Atlantic: Where Does Ebola Come From? “The worst Ebola virus outbreak ever is ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. So far, the disease has killed 670 people and infected more than 1,000, including…More

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Human Rights Activists Urge Obama To Include Anti-Gay Discrimination In Africa Summit Agenda

Associated Press: Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda “Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week’s summit in Washington with more than 40 African leaders…” (Crary, 7/29).

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USAID Welcomes Congressional Approval Of Assessing Progress In Haiti Act

News outlets report on the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014, which is awaiting President Obama’s signature to become law. Devex: USAID welcomes Haiti oversight legislation “The U.S. Agency for International Development welcomes the U.S. Congress’s new attempt to assert greater oversight of assistance and reconstruction programs in Haiti. The Assessing Progress in Haiti…More

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NGOs Wonder Whether Resources To End FGM, Child Marriage Will Reach Communities In Need

Devex: Gender equality takes center stage — but will resources reach the grassroots? “…[W]ith new data revealing the extent of both longstanding practices [of female genital mutilation and child marriage], representatives from organizations based in the ‘global south’ questioned whether promised resources would actually trickle down to those working directly with communities at risk…” (Patton,…More

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HIV Epidemic Smaller, Malaria Kills More Than Previously Thought, Study Says

The Guardian: ‘HIV global death estimates are wrong’ “The researcher behind a recent Lancet study says we have overestimated AIDS epidemic and underestimated malaria deaths…” The newspaper interviews Theo Vos, one of the authors of the report and professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle (Young, 7/29).

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Debate Underway On Goals To Replace MDGs

VOA News: Planning Post-2015 Development “The U.N. Millennium Development Goals are due to expire at the end of next year. Debate is underway on what should replace them. One U.N.

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Harvard/UNICEF Poll Shows Pakistani Parents Suspicious About But Allow Child Polio Vaccinations

NPR: Polio’s Surge In Pakistan: Are Parents Part Of The Problem? “Health workers are trying to convince parents to let their children take a vaccine, but the program faces violent opposition. Researchers from Harvard [and UNICEF] polled the parents; the results surprised them. … [The] question that was most important to their poll: If a…More

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Burma’s Rohingya Minority Continue To Face Hunger, Disease In Refugee Camps

Washington Post: Malnutrition, disease rising in camps of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims “…The United Nations says that 135,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims are still stuck in refugee camps on the western coast of Burma, two years after the government rounded them up in the wake of religious violence that left villages scorched, thousands homeless, and more than…More

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Zambia To Be Among First Countries To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation, CDC Country Director Says

News outlets report on a CDC official’s statement that Zambia is on track to become one of the first countries to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Zambia Daily Mail: ‘Zambia on path to HIV-free generation’ “U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outgoing country director Lawrence Marum says Zambia is on a path to becoming…More

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U.N. Opens Meeting On Global Aging

VOA News: U.N. Panel Meets on Global Aging “This week, a U.N. panel opens a three-day meeting on the aging of the global population. It’s part of a process that could lead to a new international treaty to protect the rights of older persons…” (DeCapua, 7/28).

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Obama Speaks Out Against FGM, Calls Young African Leaders To Action

News outlets report on President Obama’s criticism of gender oppression in Africa and his call for young African leaders to empower women. Associated Press: Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa “President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is ‘crippling’ development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first…More

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Health Officials Face Multiple Challenges In Stemming Ebola Outbreak In Africa

News outlets report on the challenges health officials face in stemming the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Associated Press: New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare “No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in…More

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