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Nigeria Should Investigate Alleged Abuses Of Mental Health Patients, HRW Report Says

The Guardian: Abuse and torture of mental health patients ‘rife’ across Nigeria, says report “…In a report published on Monday Human Rights Watch (HRW) said thousands of Nigerians with mental health conditions face prolonged detention, chaining, physical and sexual violence or forced treatment, including electroshock therapy. The campaigning group said…

European Commission Grants Marketing Authorization For Merck’s Ebola Vaccine

STAT: Ebola vaccine approved in Europe in landmark moment in fight against a deadly disease “…The European Commission granted marketing authorization to Merck’s vaccine, known as Ervebo, on Monday, less than a month after the European Medicines Agency recommended it be licensed. It is currently being used in the Democratic…

ICPD25 Conference Opens In Nairobi Amid Criticism From Faith, Conservative Advocacy Groups

Devex: Abortion, LGBTI rights stir emotions on eve of Nairobi summit “In the lead up to a major global United Nations conference on reproductive and sexual health in Kenya, topics such as abortion, LGBTI rights, and contraceptives for adolescents have stirred controversy among faith communities and conservative advocacy groups. These…

European Commission Provides €55M In Humanitarian Assistance For Sudan

European Commission: Humanitarian Aid: E.U. allocates €55 million in Sudan “The European Commission is mobilizing €55 million to help vulnerable people caught in humanitarian crises in Sudan. The announcement comes as at least 8 million people in Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 6.3 million not having enough…

HIV-Related Discrimination Remains High In African Countries, Says UNAIDS

UNAIDS: HIV-related discrimination far too high “…HIV-related discrimination stops people accessing the HIV services they need to stay healthy and can affect incomes and livelihoods and a whole range of other aspects of people’s lives. Discriminatory attitudes towards people living with HIV remain extremely high in far too many countries.…

Number Of New Ebola Cases In DRC Outbreak Remains Low, Consistent, But Violence Challenges Response; SADC Health Ministers Form Joint Ebola Task Force

Al Jazeera: More Ebola patients being treated in DR Congo “Violence and mistrust are contributing to the spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But health workers say despite the challenges, fewer people are getting sick and many are now being treated…” (11/11). Health Policy Watch: Violence Against…

USAID Provides Nearly $56M In Additional Humanitarian Assistance To Address DRC Ebola Outbreak

USAID: USAID Announces Nearly $56 Million In Additional Humanitarian Assistance To Contain Ebola In The Democratic Republic Of Congo “The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing nearly $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help end the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Eastern…

Drug Makers File With European Medicines Agency For Regulatory Approval Of Investigational Ebola Vaccine; WHO Notes Fluctuating Pattern Of Disease Transmission In DRC Outbreak

CIDRAP News: European regulators consider 2nd Ebola vaccine “Bavarian Nordic [Thursday] announced that it and its partner Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of Johnson & Johnson, have submitted an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for approval of their investigational two-dose Ebola vaccine regimen. The news comes as one new Ebola…

Health GAP Expert Examines PEPFAR COP Process, Proposed Funding Cuts In Kenya

Health GAP: PEPFAR Funding Cuts Threaten the Future of People Living with HIV in Kenya Maureen Milanga, associate director of international policy and advocacy at Health GAP, examines PEPFAR’s Country Operating Plan (COP) process for Kenya and the implications of proposed funding cuts for HIV efforts in the country. Milanga…