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U.N. Security Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution Calling For Protection Of Health…

The Guardian: U.N. demands protection for war zone hospitals after ‘epidemic of attacks’ “The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution intended to protect hospitals, medical professionals, and patients from ‘an epidemic of attacks’ on health facilities in war zones…” (Jones, 5/3). New York Times: U.N.

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CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Director Speaks With NPR

NPR: What’s On This Year’s Agenda The “Disease Detectives?” “The Epidemic Intelligence Service, the ‘disease detectives’ of the Centers for Disease Control holds their annual meeting this week. Rachel Martin asks EIS director Josh Mott how they do their work…” (5/1).

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All 155 Countries Make Successful Polio Vaccine Switch, WHO Official Says

STAT: One step closer to a polio-free world “A two-week campaign to phase out a polio vaccine that is now considered harmful to the effort to eradicate the disease appears to have been completed, polio program leaders at the World Health Organization said Monday. There had been worries that a few countries — China and…More

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Hunger, Malnutrition-Related Deaths To Increase In Eastern Ethiopia Through September, FEWSNET…

Bloomberg: Ethiopia Faces Severe Hunger in East Until October, FEWSNET Says “Some eastern areas of Ethiopia will suffer severe hunger and increased deaths through at least September after a drought last year resulted in two harvests being missed, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network said…” (Davison, 5/3).

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U.N. Voices Support For Sri Lankan Top Court’s Ruling Prohibiting HIV Discrimination In…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. hails landmark ruling by Sri Lanka’s top court to outlaw HIV discrimination “The United Nations has welcomed a landmark ruling by Sri Lanka’s highest court prohibiting the discrimination of people living with HIV in education, saying the judgment would set a precedent and help victims seek justice for other forms of…More

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USDA To Provide $6M For Research Into Antimicrobial Resistance

CIDRAP News: USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research “The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) [Monday] announced the availability of $6 million for research on antimicrobial resistance in agriculture, including how resistance develops and spreads and how to combat it…” (Roos, 5/3).

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News Outlets Continue To Report On Health Affairs Study Showing U.S. Funding For Abstinence…

Newsweek: Unsurprisingly, Study Shows Promoting Abstinence Doesn’t Prevent HIV Transmission “…A study published May 2 in Health Affairs provides ample evidence that [abstinence promotion] programs are not effective for changing sexual behavior or reducing rates of HIV transmission and unwanted pregnancies. This study is based on data for 500,000 people in 22 different countries, some…More

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Investing In, Improving Local Data Critical To Achieving SDGs

The Guardian: Tracking the global goals: four steps to make data matter Dustin Homer, director of engagement and partnerships, and Paige Kirby, engagement and partnerships associate, both at Development Gateway “…While international efforts are important, the quality, usefulness, and availability of local data will have the biggest impact on the world’s most vulnerable; local people…More

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As India Continues To Face Drought, Water Must Be At Center Of Country’s Development Agenda

New York Times: India’s Water Crisis Editorial Board “Some 330 million people — about one quarter of India’s population — are reeling from a drought that has turned vast areas of the subcontinent into a dust bowl, withering crops, and forcing farmers from their lands. … [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi’s most urgent task is to…More

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In Syria, U.S. Should Encourage Allies To Respect International Humanitarian Law, Protect…

New York Times: In Aleppo, We Are Running Out of Coffins Osama Abo El Ezz, general surgeon and Aleppo coordinator for the Syrian American Medical Society “…The United States should pressure the Syrian government and Russia to immediately halt airstrikes on civilian areas and hospitals and remove their aircraft from the area, which strike fear…More

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CDC, WHO Release Reports On Zika

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: As Senate breaks without writing a ‘blank check’ for Zika responses, CDC and WHO itemize some of the shopping list Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses the CDC’s MMWR update on Zika in Puerto Rico, as well as a WHO situation report “on the…More

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Blog Post Explores Factors Influencing Family Reproductive Decisions In Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: The complex factors involved in family fertility decisions Anne Bakilana, senior economist for health, and Rifat Hasan, health specialist, both at the World Bank, discuss various factors that influence family reproductive decisions in sub-Saharan Africa, including personal desire and social norms, child mortality rates, knowledge about available family planning options, and…More

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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan Of Florida First House Republican To Support Obama Administration’s…

The Hill: First GOP rep backs Obama’s Zika funding request “Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) on Monday became the first House Republican to publicly back President Obama’s nearly $2 billion emergency funding request for combating the Zika virus. Buchanan, whose home state is at risk of an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus as early as next…More

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PEPFAR Abstinence Programs Not Associated With Reduction In HIV Risk Behavior In Africa, Study…

Bloomberg: It’s Tough to Stop Sex, Study of U.S. AIDS Effort Shows “…The U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion since 2004 telling young people in Africa to abstain from sex before marriage and then commit to a single partner. That funding didn’t influence the number of sex partners people had, the age at which…More

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