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Access To Clean Water, Sanitation Indispensable To Stop Cholera In Haiti, PAHO Says

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Thomson Reuters Foundation: Cholera will plague Haiti until water, sanitation crisis solved: experts “Cholera will continue to kill and infect Haitians as long as they lack access to clean water and sanitation, with a thousand new cases reported each week, health experts say. … ‘We cannot be complacent. We can’t take our eyes off the…More

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Malawi Shifts Global Fund HIV/AIDS Money Away From National AIDS Council

Reuters: Global Fund redirects $574 million from Malawi AIDS council “The Global Fund [as well as the Malawi Country Coordinating Mechanism,] has redirected $574 million in HIV/AIDS funding away from Malawi’s National AIDS Council (NAC) after allegations of financial mismanagement, including the purchase of vehicles that were not budgeted for, [the Global Fund] said on…More

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Global Fund To Begin Year-Long Process To Develop Strategy Through 2021

Devex: Global Fund: Back in gear or spinning wheels? “The past five years have not been kind to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. … But the Global Fund is optimistic of brighter prospects in the coming years. … This month, the Global Fund will begin a yearlong process to set its…More

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WHO Reports Lowest Weekly Total Of New Ebola Cases This Year; West Africa Must Maintain…

New York Times: Health Agency Reports Lowest Weekly Total of New Ebola Cases “The World Health Organization on Wednesday reported the lowest weekly total of new Ebola cases so far this year in the three nations of West Africa that have been afflicted by the deadly virus…” (Gladstone, 3/26). Reuters: New Ebola infections continue to…More

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Guinea Begins Ebola ‘Ring Vaccination’ Trial; Chinese Researchers Report Results From…

CIDRAP News: Ebola vaccine trial launches in Guinea; Chinese vaccine test detailed “In an effort to see if a vaccine might be used to drown out Ebola flare-ups, a new trial launched in an area of Guinea where cases have occurred recently, while Chinese researchers reported the first human trial results for a different type…More

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Ugandan Government Paid U.S. Firm To Neutralize Negative Publicity From Anti-Homosexuality…

Agence France-Presse: Uganda paid U.S. PR firm ‘to clean up image’ after anti-gay bill “A row over a law banning homosexuality in Uganda has been reignited after it emerged that the government paid a U.S. public relations firm to offset negative publicity, a report said Monday. Uganda’s Observer newspaper said the government had spent 614…More

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Typhoid Fever Outbreak Infects Hundreds In Uganda’s Capital, Health Official Says

Associated Press: Ugandan official: Typhoid sickens hundreds in capital “An outbreak of typhoid fever has infected hundreds of people in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, and looks likely to spread as the rainy season gets under way, a senior health official said on Wednesday…” (Muhumuza, 3/25).

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Zimbabwe Alert As Cholera Spreads From Neighboring Mozambique To Border Towns

IRIN: Zimbabwe on alert over cholera threat “…[W]ith the emergence of a cholera outbreak in neighboring Mozambique, which has already infected 14 people in Zimbabwe’s border towns, the question is whether the authorities are ready and better able to cope should cholera spread to Harare…” (3/25).

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With Biodegradable Toilet Powder, Indian WASH Advocates Hope To Speed Waste Breakdown In Safer…

Wall Street Journal: This Poo Powder Aims to Help India’s Diarrhea Problem “…As part of a ‘Stop Diarrhea’ program run by the non-profit Save the Children, a biodegradable toilet powder that speeds up the breakdown of excrement has been developed by Reckitt Benckiser — makers of toilet cleaning products such as Harpic and Dettol. ……More

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The Guardian Examines Progress On Gender Equality Under MDG3

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The Guardian: What is the Millennium Development Goal on gender equality all about? This fact sheet discusses MDG3 on gender equality, progress toward the targets, shortcomings of the goal, and how MDG3 will be represented in the Sustainable Development Goals (Ford, 3/26). The Guardian: Have the Millennium Development Goals empowered women? “…Six of the eight…More

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U.K. Parliamentary Group, Pharmaceutical Leaders Call For Investment In Health Systems To…

Devex: Pharmaceutical leaders call for greater investment in health systems “Aid agencies must invest more in strengthening health systems and infrastructure to avoid many millions of people losing their lives to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis by 2050, a group of U.K. members of Parliament said on World Tuberculosis Day. Their call to action is backed by senior…More

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U.K., Scottish Ministers Apologize To Those Infected With HCV, HIV Through Contaminated Blood…

The Guardian: Cameron apologizes to those infected with hepatitis C and HIV 30 years ago “Ministers from the U.K. and Scottish governments have apologized and pledged extra funding after it emerged that more than 3,000 people were infected by hepatitis C and HIV via contaminated blood more than 30 years ago. David Cameron formally apologized…More

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Lessons Learned From Ebola Epidemic, Next Steps For Disease Preparedness

Huffington Post: Why Ebola Won This Round…And If We’re Smart, Why We Will Win The Next Michael J. Nyenhuis, president and CEO of AmeriCares “…To exact its toll of 10,000 lives, Ebola took advantage of weak health systems in West Africa — hospitals with empty shelves, remote clinics without running water, and at the start…More

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Ending Corruption In Angola Would Help More Children Survive

New York Times: An Unsettling Complicity Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “There are parasites of all kinds in poor countries. One variety is intestinal, the worms that afflict countless children. … The other kind of parasite afflicting Angolan children is the crooked official, often working with Western executives. It’s not a coincidence that Angola…More

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