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Child mortality worldwide is down, but it’s not always clear why

Somali mother cradles her malnourished, ill child UN Child mortality is widely recognized as an indicator of a community’s overall health, with reductions in child deaths often cited as evidence of the impact of a particular intervention. Two high-profile events in Washington, DC, and Johannesburg, South Africa recently celebrated the progress made worldwide in reducing maternal … Continue reading →

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Interactive Map: Africa’s mixed progress on water and sanitation access

If all goes according to plan, every person in the world will have access to clean water and sanitation by 2030. Only 30% of people living in sub-Saharan Africa have access to sanitation. Water is doing slightly better with 66% access in the region. They both have the fact that they are off track for … Continue reading →

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The World Health Assembly

Dear Colleagues, This week Remco van de Pas flew back and forth between the Netherlands (European elections), Antwerp (ITM) and Geneva (World Health Assembly), and he mailed me it’s been a gruelling week. Read below some of his first comments on the WHA, or ‘The World Health Theatre’, as he calls it.  More might follow early next week. … And finally it has arrived, The World Health Assembly in Geneva! This is something of an annual ritual for me.

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Issue Brief Discusses Integration Of WASH, Water Conservation, Climate Resilience

National Resources Defense Council’s “Switchboard”: USAID Needs to Bring Together Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience in Development Assistance Elizabeth Shope, an advocate with the NRDC, discusses an issue brief she authored, titled “Connecting Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience: The Need to Facilitate…More


Aid Groups Preparing To Deliver Food To West African Nations Affected By Ebola Outbreak

Washington Post: Groups rush to avoid food crisis in Ebola-stricken areas “With food stocks running low in Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, international organizations are preparing for a looming food crisis amid concerns that imports are being affected and farmers in areas quarantined will not be able to harvest and deliver their crops…” (Hogan,…More


Scientists Attempting To Identify Animal Reservoir Of Current Ebola Outbreak

Washington Post: The animal source of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eludes scientists “Along with struggling to stem the spread of Ebola in West Africa, scientists are racing to figure out where the disease came from. … If researchers can figure out which animal carries the virus and how it made the leap to…More


George W. Bush To Return To Washington To Participate In AIDS Event

Washington Post: George W. Bush plans return to Washington in September for AIDS event “Since leaving office in 2009, former President George W. Bush hasn’t seemed too nostalgic for his days in the White House. But next month, Bush 43 will return to Washington to participate in an event focused on one issue he has…More


The High Fives Project: Designing Healthy Homes in Bangladesh

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By ARCHIVE Global  | Jaclyn Hersh | jh@archiveglobal.org |  New York, NY – ARCHIVE Global, the New York based nonprofit working around the world to combat Read More


Ebola Taking Heavier Toll On Women

Washington Post: Ebola striking women more frequently than men “As the number of lives claimed by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa rises above 1,000, the rate of infection among women is outpacing that among men because women are the caregivers, nurses, and cross-border traders, health officials report…” (Hogan, 8/14).


One Lesson for Ebola from HIV: Donors Must Help Protect Health Workers

As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa endures, some parallels are being drawn between the virus and HIV/AIDS.  Both are spread by quite specific human behavior which is under conscious control: HIV by unprotected sex, Ebola by unsanitary burial practices, and both by contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.


‘Impossible Dilemma’ Posed By Use Of Experimental Ebola Drug

Associated Press/Washington Post: Doctors: Ebola Drug Poses ‘Impossible Dilemma’ “Doctors treating a Sierra Leone physician with Ebola defended their decision not to give him an experimental drug, saying Wednesday they feared it was too risky. Calling it ‘an impossible dilemma,’ Doctors Without Borders explained in detail last month’s decision in response to a New York…More


Lancet Series Shows Decriminalizing Sex Work Vital To Preventing Spread Of HIV

RH Reality Check: The Evidence Is In: Decriminalizing Sex Work Is Critical to Public Health Anna Forbes, Washington, D.C.-based writer, policy analyst, organizer, and women’s health activist, and Sarah Patterson, executive director of Persist Health Project, discuss a recently released Lancet series of articles on HIV and decriminalizing sex work (8/13).


How To Encourage Drug Industry To Tackle ‘Neglected’ Diseases

Washington Post: Why the drug industry hasn’t come up with an Ebola cure Jason Millman, Washington Post reporter “The lack of an Ebola cure amid the deadliest outbreak in the disease’s history is highlighting a significant challenge in the public health world: developing life-saving cures to those who need them the most. In many cases,…More


Coverage Continues On U.N. Panel’s Endorsement To Use Untested Ebola Drugs

News outlets continue coverage on the U.N.’s endorsement of and ethics around the use of untested Ebola drugs. Associated Press/Washington Post: U.N.: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak “The World Health Organization declared it’s ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, although the tiny supply…More


Ebola Death Toll Tops 1,000

News outlets report on the growing death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press/Washington Post: Ebola death toll in West Africa passes 1,000 “The World Health Organization says the death toll in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 1,000…” (8/11). Reuters: West African Ebola outbreak death toll reaches 1,013: WHO…More


Humanosphere Examines HIV/AIDS Trends In Southern, East Africa

Humanosphere: HIV-AIDS Trends in Southern and East Africa: A Mixed Bag Katie Leach-Kemon, policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses HIV/AIDS trends in Southern and East Africa using data visualization maps and graphs (8/11).


Ugandan President Not Rushing Reintroduction Of Anti-Gay Law, Lawmaker Says

News outlets report on the upcoming reintroduction of the controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated by the Ugandan court earlier this month. Associated Press/Washington Post: Uganda president not keen on rushing anti-gay law “President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is urging parliamentarians not to rush to reintroduce a controversial anti-gay law that was invalidated earlier this…More


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