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NIH Still Feeling Budgetary Pinch, As Emergency Ebola Funding Excluded From Federal Spending…

The Lancet: NIH budget shrinks despite Ebola emergency funds “…Congress narrowly approved the US$5.4 billion emergency Ebola funding contained in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that kept the U.S. government running. But so far, it has done little to loosen the budget constraints on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — even as a global…More

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Governments, International Organizations To Work On Plan To Rebuild Ebola-Hit West Africa At…

Reuters: March meeting to plan rebuilding of Ebola-hit states “… ‘The plans at the moment are for a conference to look at the needs of reconstruction organized by the countries themselves, by the United Nations, by the African Union, and by the European Union,’ said David Nabarro, the U.N. special envoy on Ebola. He told…More

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Examining Cultural Beliefs, Providing Information Crucial To Successful Anti-Ebola Campaigns

IRIN: Ebola — is culture the real killer? “…What is the value of ‘traditional beliefs’ when they are harmful: why can’t people just act more rationally? The simple answer is: ask the communities. The growing number of researchers that do, find that people are acting as responsibly as they can in desperate circumstances. The lack…More

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In Second Phase, ‘Saving Lives At Birth’ Grand Challenge To Focus On Transitioning…

Devex: The next phase of Saving Lives at Birth “A new call under the pioneering grand challenge seeking solutions that could save the lives of mothers and newborns could be out very soon, Devex has learned. … Under the relaunched, $50 million phase, Saving Lives at Birth will focus more on helping innovators transition to…More

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Shortage Of Sufficiently Trained Personnel Remains Challenge In Ebola-Hit West Africa

Devex: Training health workers yet another challenge in battling Ebola “While the World Health Organization declared this week that the Ebola epidemic has finally reached a ‘turning point,’ international organizations working on the ground are struggling to cope with staffing challenges, including how to train the best foreign and local specialists to treat patients and…More

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Underused Ebola Clinics In West Africa Could Be Used For Future Outbreaks

Foreign Policy: An Empty, Underused Medical Outpost Could Be the Future of the Ebola Fight “…U.S.-built [Ebola] treatment centers are sitting mostly empty around [Liberia], prompting criticism that the large international response was too slow to be of any real use in the fight. The facilities could still be of value, though, because they increase…More

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Despite Some Improvements In Somalia’s Hunger Levels, 730K Face Acute Food Insecurity, U.N….

Agence France-Presse: Over 38,000 Somali children facing starvation: U.N. “Over 38,000 Somali children are at ‘high risk’ from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, U.N. experts said Thursday…” (1/29). U.N. News Centre: U.N

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Health Care Services, Clean Water Access Declining In ISIS-Controlled Areas Of Iraq,…

SciDev.Net: ISIS-held Iraq plagued by health problems “Residents of Iraqi areas under Islamic State (ISIS) control are suffering from health problems due to a breakdown in local health services, shortages of medicines, and contaminated drinking water. Iraq’s Ministry of Health has confirmed that health care is declining in areas held by the militant Islamic group…”…More

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Despite Relaxation Of One-Child Policy In Shanghai, Few Women Choose To Have Second Child

New York Times: In Shanghai, Easing of One-Child Rule Isn’t Seen as Cure for Challenges Ahead “…With one of the lowest fertility rates in China and the country’s fastest-aging population, the city is growing anxious about the demographic and social welfare challenges ahead, researchers say. Under relaxed family planning rules put in place in Shanghai…More

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Upcoming Delhi Conference Presents Opportunity To Review, Strengthen Global Strategy For Women,…

The Lancet: Women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health: who will lead? Editorial Board “…In less than a month in Delhi, India (Feb. 26–27), a consultation will take place on transitioning the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-15) into a post-2015 environment. … Although these changes should ensure a much stronger post-2015 environment for women…More

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International Community Should Place Elimination Of Hunger, Malnutrition At Center Of SDGs

Huffington Post: Developing New Strategies for Nourishing the World Shenggen Fan, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute “…The need for a healthy and inclusive global food system that can sustainably meet the world’s growing demand was central to many of the discussions I had at Davos. To be more specific, we must…More

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Congress Must Recognize Investment In Biomedical Research Now Will Pay Off In Future Outbreaks

The Hill: Will support for biomedical research be dead on arrival? Claire Pomeroy, president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation “…The investments that the NIH and other U.S. funders made in the 1990s are paying off today … But I worry about the future. If it takes 15-to-25 years for fundamental discoveries to turn…More

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Improved Education, Alternative Prevention Methods Can Reduce Malaria Bed Net Misuse

Huffington Post: Education, Follow-up Helps Prevent Bed Net Misuse Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications “Bed nets intended to prevent malaria are used in fishing communities in Zambia to fish for food, which is sold in the local market, according to a report in the New York Times. … The root of…More

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Tsetse Fly Impacts Development In Africa, Working Paper Shows

Humanosphere: This insect is causing a lot of problems in Africa (and it’s not the mosquito) Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy highlights the tsetse fly’s impact in Africa, as discussed in a working paper by Marcella Alsan. “…By taking a historical look at progress in Africa, economist [and physician] Marcella Alsan discovered that there is a…More

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