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Despite Sufficient Supplies, HIV Medications Often Do Not Reach Sub-Saharan African Patients, MSF Report Says

Agence France-Presse: HIV drug stocks not reaching African patients: report “Efforts to get lifesaving antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at ‘the last mile,’ an international medical group said on Monday. Despite stocks being available, the drugs often do not reach clinics because…

Gambian President Announces Immediate FGM Ban

The Guardian: The Gambia bans female genital mutilation “The Gambia has announced it will ban female genital mutilation (FGM) after The Guardian launched a global campaign to end the practice. The president, Yahya Jammeh, said [November 23] that the controversial surgical intervention would be outlawed. He said the ban would…

Editorials, Opinion Piece Discuss Reforms To Strengthen WHO’s Responses To Ebola, Other Disease Outbreaks

The Lancet: Ebola: lessons for future pandemics Editorial Board “…[A report from the Harvard-London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola] endorses 10 recommendations across four themes: preventing major outbreaks, responding to outbreaks, research, and governing a global health system that has overall…

OIC Nations Should Work With U.S. Partners, Others To Scale Up NTD Control, Elimination

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: Impact of the Neglected Tropical Diseases on Human Development in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Nations Peter J. Hotez, co-editor in chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and U.S. science envoy for the Middle East and North Africa; and Jennifer R. Herricks, postdoctoral fellow at Rice…

Pope Francis Should End Catholic Church’s Condom Ban To Help Halt Spread Of HIV

Slate: Pope Francis Should End the Ban on Condoms Justin Lynch, editorial fellow at the New America Foundation and journalist “…[T]he Catholic Church, where its intervention is needed most, has taken a fundamental stance against any use of contraception. … When Pope Francis visit[ed] Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African…

Health Screenings At West African Borders Help Detect Ebola, Prevent Spread

USAID’s “Impact”: Strong Border Management is Vital to the Fight against Ebola Al Dwyer, the USAID Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team leader, discusses the importance of health screening stations at border crossings between West African countries as part of USAID’s and partners’ efforts to detect new Ebola cases and prevent…

Liberian Boy Dies Of Ebola; Father, Brother Continue Treatment For Disease

Reuters: Boy dies of Ebola in Liberia, first such fatality in months “A 15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, the first such fatality for months in a country declared free of the disease in September, Chief Medical Officer Francis Kateh said on Tuesday. Nathan Gbotoe tested positive last…

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