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WHO Ebola Report Shows No New Cases For Week Ending October 4

News outlets discuss the latest WHO Ebola situation report showing no new cases were reported during the week ending October 4. Agence France-Presse: WHO hails first full week with no new Ebola cases since March 2014 “No new Ebola cases were confirmed last week, marking the first full week without…

The Economist Examines Efforts To Eradicate Malaria

The Economist: Eradicating disease “To exterminate a living species by accident is normally frowned on. To do so deliberately might thus seem an extraordinary sin. But if that species is Plasmodium falciparum, the sin may be excused. This parasitic organism causes the most deadly form of malaria…” (10/10). The Economist:…

WASH Resources, Education Helps Liberian Communities Prevent Ebola, Other Diseases

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition/Medium: Untouched: How 284 Liberian Communities Remained Ebola-Free Piet deVries, senior adviser for water, sanitation, and hygiene at Global Communities, discusses how the organization’s efforts to eliminate open defecation in 284 Liberian communities helped those places remain Ebola-free during the epidemic. “…[P]eople who had been exposed to…

Ugandan Program For Lake Victoria Fishermen Employs ‘Test And Treat’ HIV Strategy

The Guardian: Uganda’s test and treat HIV program hauls in fishermen of Lake Victoria “…Anyone living [in Uganda’s Ssese Islands] who is diagnosed with HIV immediately receives [antiretroviral therapy (ART)] — a process known as ‘test and treat.’ The policy puts Uganda on track toward World Health Organization recommendations released…

UNICEF Calls For Joint Vaccination Operation To Reach Sudanese Children Cut Off From Aid

U.N. News Centre: UNICEF calls for a joint vaccination plan in Sudan “Calling for a joint vaccination operational plan in Sudan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) [Tuesday] outlined the dire situation for thousands of children living in the Nuba Mountains, which remain inaccessible after four years while conflict in…

‘High Quality Relevant Data’ Helping World Eradicate Polio

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: The march to polio eradication is on Raj Ghosh, deputy director of India vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation India, discusses multiple factors helping the world progress toward global polio eradication. “These include strong political and bureaucratic commitment, seamless coordination…

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