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Sierra Leone Officials Announce New Ebola Death Less Than Week After Country’s Last Known…

Associated Press: Sierra Leone: Officials confirm new Ebola death “Health officials in Sierra Leone on Sunday confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country’s last known patient was discharged from a hospital. Samples from the body of a 67-year-old woman who died recently in Kambia district in the country’s north came back…More

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India Reports 530 Dengue Cases In Capital New Delhi; Highest Number Since 2010

International Business Times: India: New Delhi reports highest number of dengue fever cases in five years “The Indian capital of New Delhi reported 477 cases of dengue fever in August, the highest number since 2010, bringing the total number of cases this year to more than 530, according to local health authorities…” (8/28).

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WHO, Tanzanian Health Officials Work To Stem Cholera Outbreak Affecting More Than 400 People

VOA News: WHO: Tanzania Cholera Epidemic Worsens “The World Health Organization and Tanzanian Ministry of Health are stepping up efforts to contain and discover the source of a cholera epidemic that so far has killed eight people and infected more than 400 others. WHO data indicate the fast-spreading epidemic broke out in the Dar es…More

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U.N. Security Council Condemns Use Of Sexual Violence, Sexual Enslavement In Iraqi, Syrian…

U.N. News Centre: Security Council condemns use of sexual violence as ‘tactic of war’ in Iraq and Syria “The United Nations Security Council [on Friday] condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence ‘related to or resulting from forced marriage, committee, including as a tactic of war, in Syria and…More

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India’s 15-Year Campaign Leads To Virtual Elimination Of Maternal, Newborn Tetanus Deaths

New York Times: India Virtually Eliminates Tetanus as a Killer “A year after eliminating polio, India has scored another public health victory. Following a 15-year campaign, the country has virtually eliminated tetanus as a killer of newborns and mothers…” (McNeil, 8/28).

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Singapore Lifts Restrictions On Short-Term Visits By People Living With HIV; Ban Remains In…

Associated Press: Singapore softens ban on HIV-positive visitors “Singapore said Monday it has lifted a two-decade ban on HIV-infected people from entering the country, but will limit their stay to a maximum of three months. The Health Ministry said the ban was lifted on April 1, ‘given the current context with more than 5,000 Singapore…More

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U.S., Pharmaceutical Companies Should Work With, Not Against, Indian Drug Industry

SciDev.Net: Focus on Private Sector: India’s generic drug wars Maha Rafi Atal, PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge “…Indian companies provide cheap generic drugs to countries across the world and account for 80 percent of donor-funded HIV treatment — a set-up now threatened by U.S. pressure [to introduce ‘data exclusivity,’ which could restrict generic…More

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Global Parliamentary Summit Attendees Must Listen To Developing Nations To Promote Peace,…

Xinhua News: Commentary: Global parliamentary summit important platform to promote peace, development Editorial Board “…While contributing their wisdom to post-MDG development strategies, representatives [of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting this week at the 4th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament] should be reminded they must listen to the voices of developing nations and the least-developed…More

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U.K. Public Should Contribute More To Protect Yemen’s Children

Huffington Post: Childhood Under Attack in Yemen David Bull, executive director of UNICEF U.K. “…Yemen’s children did not start this war, but are bearing the worst of its terrible impact. Despite the grave needs, [UNICEF U.K.’s] response is woefully underfunded. We have only 16 percent of the funds we require — and need more than…More

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State Department Blog Post Discusses USAID’s Maternal, Child Health Efforts

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Around the World in Videos: How USAID is Helping Curb Child and Maternal Deaths Alfonso E. Lenhardt, deputy administrator and acting administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), discusses USAID’s efforts to curb maternal and child deaths globally and presents four videos that represent snapshots of USAID’s efforts…More

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USAID’s Global Development Lab Announces $10M For 45 New Global Research Projects

USAID: USAID Announces $10 Million in New Global Research Collaboration “The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) U.S. Global Development Lab [on Friday] announced $10 million for 45 new research projects that will address evidence gaps and advance technical capacity in critical areas of development. Spanning 23 USAID partner countries, the 45 new projects are…More

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Humanosphere Blog Posts Examine Attacks On Aid Workers

Humanosphere: Visualizing the disturbing trend of aid workers under attack Humanosphere founder Tom Paulson and Mugdha Galande, a Masters student at the University of Washington, present information and data visualizations on attacks on aid workers. “…As the interactive map below illustrates (based on data from the Aid Worker Security Database), these kind of attacks are…More

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Disease Transmission Model Provides Estimates For Wild Poliovirus Elimination Probability In…

PLOS ONE: Has Wild Poliovirus Been Eliminated from Nigeria? Michael Famulare of the Institute for Disease Modeling “provides estimates for the probabilities of poliovirus elimination in Nigeria” using data based on a poliovirus disease transmission model. The results of the study suggest “the probability of [wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1)] elimination in Nigeria is 84…More

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Millions Face Ongoing Humanitarian Needs In Ukraine As Winter Approaches, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. relief wing cites major access challenges in eastern Ukraine, where millions need supplies ahead of winter “Sounding the alarm on behalf of relief agencies working to meet ongoing needs and jump-start critical preparations for winter in strife-riven eastern Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian wing has reported that aid organizations are facing…More

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