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Saving Mothers, Giving Life’s 2015 Mid-Initiative Report Shows Progress Made In Maternal, Child Health, Provides Model

USAID’s “Impact”: Saving Mothers, Giving Life Claudia Morrissey Conlon, USAID’s senior maternal and newborn health adviser and the U.S. government lead for Saving Mothers, Giving Life, discusses the success of the Saving Mothers, Giving Life initiative and highlights the results of the 2015 Mid-Initiative Report, writing, “The organizing principles employed by…

8M People Need Food Assistance In Ethiopia, Facing Worst Drought In 30 Years

GlobalPost: Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 30 years. Can the government stop famine this time? “…Government officials say this year the drought is just as bad as those infamous events that sparked famines in 1965/66, 1972/73 and 1984/85. … The annual meher rains fell only for three days.…

DRC Measles Outbreak Kills More Than 400, Infects At Least 30K, U.N. Says

International Business Times: Congo Measles Outbreak 2015: At least 428 People Killed, 30,000 Infected In Mining Region, U.N. Says “A measles outbreak in southeast Democratic Republic of the Congo has killed at least 428 people and infected some 30,000 others since the start of this year, the United Nations said…

Opinion Pieces Recognize World Food Day, Highlight Efforts To Improve Smallholder Agriculture

National Geographic: Opinion: We Can End Hunger. Here’s How José Graziano da Silva, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization “…We need to integrate [social protection programs] with pro-poor agricultural investment programs to derive more virtuous synergies [to eradicate hunger by 2030]. Political commitment, partnerships, and adequate funding…

Global Fund Adviser Discusses Impacts Of Ebola Outbreak On Malaria Efforts, Health Systems

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Malaria in the time of Ebola: Alleviating health system impacts during crises In a guest post, True Claycombe, policy manager at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, discusses a recent webinar interview with Susie Nasr, disease adviser for malaria…

Study Examines Possible Ebola Immunity Among Some Women In Guinea

The Guardian: Ebola study finds women in Guinea who appear immune to the virus “A study of Ebola survivors in West Africa has found a group of women who appear to be immune to the deadly virus. The discovery was made by a team of British and European scientists who…

Guinea Reports 2 New Ebola Cases After 2 Weeks With None, WHO Says

Reuters: Two new Ebola cases in Guinea, WHO says “Two people have fallen ill with Ebola in Guinea after two weeks with no new confirmed cases of the disease in West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Friday. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a U.N. briefing in Geneva that…

Ethiopian Government Asks For International Food Aid For 8.2M People After Poor Harvest

Associated Press: Ethiopia appeals for food aid following poor crop yields “Ethiopia’s government is calling for international assistance to help feed 8.2 million people after erratic rains devastated crop yields. Climate shocks are common in Ethiopia and often cause poor or failed harvests that lead to acute food shortages…” (Meseret,…

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