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Carter Center Continues Quest To Eradicate Guinea Worm

New York Times: Progress in Jimmy Carter’s Quest to End Guinea Worm Disease “Only 22 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2015, the Carter Center announced last week, a significant drop from the 126 cases reported in 2014. … When the campaign began, there were an estimated 3.5…

7.5M In DRC Need Humanitarian Aid, Including Food, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: 7.5 million need humanitarian aid in DR Congo: U.N. “Decades of successive crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo have left 7.5 million people — nine percent of the population — in need of humanitarian aid including food, the United Nations said Monday…” (1/11).

Donor Countries Should Not Divert Aid Money For LDCs To Refugee Crisis

The Guardian: The world’s poor lose out as aid is diverted to the refugee crisis Larry Elliott, The Guardian’s economics editor “…Continued political support for aid is important because 2016 is going to be a tough year for many [least-developed countries (LDCs)]. … So what needs to be done? First,…

Nigeria Reports 86 Suspected Lassa Fever Cases, Including 40 Deaths

Agence France-Presse: Suspected Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria ‘kills 40’ “Forty people have died in Nigeria in a suspected outbreak of Lassa fever in 10 states across the country, Health Minister Isaac Adewole said Friday. … The minister said that so far, laboratory tests have confirmed that 22 of the…

South Sudan Records 5 Guinea Worm Cases In 2015, 90% Drop Over 2014

Agence France-Presse: Flesh-burrowing worm nearly ‘eradicated from South Sudan’ “… ‘South Sudan is on the verge of eliminating guinea worm disease,’ South Sudan Minister of Health Riek Gai Kok said in a statement, after workers recorded just five cases last year, a more than 90 percent drop from 2014, when…

NEJM Studies Show Promise In Malaria Regimen For Ebola Treatment, Failure Of Survivors’ Blood To Help Patients, Differences In Survival Rates Between Sexes

News outlets report on several articles looking at various Ebola treatment outcomes that were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Agence France-Presse: Shortage of malaria drug points to better tool vs Ebola “…The results of a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine show that…

Drought, Conflict Exacerbating Food Shortages, Hunger In Ethiopia, South Sudan

Los Angeles Times: People are starving in East Africa — again — as the world looks away “Humanitarian groups are growing increasingly concerned about two hunger emergencies unfolding in East Africa — one caused by drought, the other by war. Millions of people in Ethiopia and South Sudan are short…

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