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Our ode to commodes on World Toilet Day

No matter where you go Toilets around the world have a few things in common: they’re rarely uniform and they’re often customized. And those, gentle reader, are but two reasons why they make great subjects for photos. This marks the second year a toilet-shaped, loo-themed calendar has been published … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA novel contraceptive makes life easier in Uganda and beyondFriday Think: you can bank on this breast milk appWhat is “frugal science?” A visit to the home of the $1 folding paper microscope ;

Cynthia GoldsmithThis colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image.Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America.

Doctor Dies Of Ebola In U.S.; Importance of Early Treatment

Washington Post: Death of second Ebola patient in U.S. shows need for early, accurate tests, experts say “…[Ebola doctor Martin] Salia’s death highlights what experts say is a critical need in the ongoing fight against the worst Ebola outbreak in history: the ability to quickly and accurately diagnose the disease in order to halt its…More

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Malaria Eradication Requires Targeting Mosquitoes

Washington Times: Money alone, public or private, won’t eradicate malaria Editorial Board “…Earlier this month, [Bill Gates] wrote a check for $500 million to eradicate malaria. … His goal is to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease that kills an estimated 627,000 annually, mostly in Africa, by distributing mosquito nets and developing a ‘next-generation vaccine.’ It’s a…More

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Women’s Access To Safe Toilets ‘Moral’ Imperative, Investment In WASH Critical, U.N. Says

The U.N. News Centre reports on findings from a U.N. report on water and sanitation released in connection with events marking World Toilet Day, which takes place annually on November 19. U.N. News Centre: Ensuring women’s access to safe toilets is ‘moral’ imperative, says Ban marking World Day “With one out of three women worldwide…More


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I was so not going to enter the BandAid30 fray. In my opion, BandAid30 is little more than a tacky sideshow, noteworthy only for the fact that it may well overshadow the main circus. The Circus in this case is the international, interagency Ebola response. * The digital space is lit up right now with […]


Billions Lack Clean Drinking Water, Sanitation; Funding Gaps Hamper WASH Progress, U.N. Says

News outlets report on the findings of a U.N. report, released on World Toilet Day, showing nearly two billion people use water contaminated by feces and funding gaps are hampering the progress toward access to clean water and sanitation. Bloomberg News: 10 Million Child Deaths Attributed to a Lack of Toilets “In a world in…More


Our ode to commodes on World Toilet Day

Image toilet-480.jpg

No matter where you go Toilets around the world have a few things in common: they’re rarely uniform and they’re often customized. And those, gentle reader, are but two reasons why they make great subjects for photos. This marks the second year a toilet-shaped, loo-themed calendar has been published … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA novel contraceptive makes life easier in Uganda and beyondFriday Think: you can bank on this breast milk appWhat is “frugal science?” A visit to the home of the $1 folding paper microscope ;


Doctor Dies Of Ebola In U.S.; Importance of Early Treatment

Cynthia GoldsmithThis colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image.Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America.

Washington Post: Death of second Ebola patient in U.S. shows need for early, accurate tests, experts say “…[Ebola doctor Martin] Salia’s death highlights what experts say is a critical need in the ongoing fight against the worst Ebola outbreak in history: the ability to quickly and accurately diagnose the disease in order to halt its…More


Government Partnerships With Private Foundations Become Critical In Ebola Response

Washington Post: In Ebola fight, private foundations provide critical financial aid “…The unpredictable nature of the Ebola virus has made the government’s partnerships with private donors critically important in the crisis response. Working outside the politically charged federal appropriations process and the sometimes sluggish bureaucracy, foundations and private individuals have been able to offer much-needed…More


Washington Post Interviews USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah On Ebola In Liberia

Washington Post: Q&A with Rajiv ‘Raj’ Shah, USAID administrator dealing with Ebola in Liberia “The Ebola crisis has incited a massive global response, and it’s not easy to figure out who is running the whole operation. But one key figure is Rajiv ‘Raj’ Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. … Shah is…More


$4B In Mid-Term Election Spending Could Go Far In Global Health

Huffington Post: 3 Things We Could Do With the Money Spent on the 2014 Midterm Elections Claire Standley, senior research scientist for the Global Health Security Program at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, and Sarah Kornblet, senior researcher in the program “This year’s mid-term election in the United States…More


Malaria Eradication Requires Targeting Mosquitoes

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Washington Times: Money alone, public or private, won’t eradicate malaria Editorial Board “…Earlier this month, [Bill Gates] wrote a check for $500 million to eradicate malaria. … His goal is to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease that kills an estimated 627,000 annually, mostly in Africa, by distributing mosquito nets and developing a ‘next-generation vaccine.’ It’s a…More


Most Money for Health Is Subnational, But What Will Donors Do About It?

In the big federal countries where global disease burden is concentrated, most public money for health isn’t ultimately spent by the national ministry of health, the traditional counterpart for global health funders and technical agencies. Instead, most money is programmed and spent subnationally (see figure 1).


Governments, Aid Groups Try To Keep Pace With Shifting Ebola Epidemic

Washington Post: Governments, groups striving to become as agile as the Ebola virus “The news out of West Africa in recent days — good and bad — has demonstrated a fundamental challenge in the fight against Ebola: The virus is more nimble than the human response to it. … The looming question now is whether…More


U.N. Should Take Responsibility For Haitian Cholera Outbreak

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GlobalPost: In denying Haiti cholera deaths, U.N. risks violating its core purpose Tim Howard, professor of international law at Cambridge Graduate University and lead attorney on a lawsuit filed against the U.N. on behalf of more than 2,600 Haitian families “Late last month, attorneys argued before the U.S. Federal District Court in Manhattan that the…More


Honor Among Thieves (shameless book self-promotion)

It’s that time of year again: The time when I begin the mad sprint toward an imaginary publishing deadline. On tap this time, Honor Among Thieves, sequel to Missionary, Mercenary, Mystic, Misfit, and Part II in the Mary-Anne humanitarian fiction (#humfiction) trilogy.* Mary-Anne has traded in her dusty cargo pants for business suits and lattes […]


Opinion Pieces Discuss Continuing Ebola Efforts In West Africa, U.S. Aid To Region

Washington Post: The world is still far from the finish line on Ebola Karen Attiah, Washington Post Opinions deputy digital editor “…As the Ebola hysteria dies down, it is imperative to remember that the world is still in a race against time with the virus. Institutions such as USAID, WHO, and MSF should be held…More


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