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New Book, POLITICO Examine Lessons Learned From Ebola Responses

The Guardian: Book lifts lid on litany of mistakes in Ebola outbreak that killed 11,300 people “The World Health Organization and other global agencies have failed to learn sufficient lessons from the 2014 Ebola outbreak that killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa, a British doctor at the center…

‘Science Speaks’ Discusses Report Suggesting Former TB Patients Can Help Identify Active TB Cases In DRC

IDSA’s “Science Speaks”: Former patients aid search for missing TB cases in DRC province Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer at “Science Speaks,” discusses results from a¬†report¬†published in the WHO Bulletin on patient-led active tuberculosis case-finding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Barton writes, “[E]nlisting former tuberculosis patients and…

U.S. State Department Blog Post Discusses How U.S., Other Countries Coordinate Humanitarian Assistance Efforts In Uganda

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Lending a Helping Hand: Assessing Humanitarian Assistance Efforts in Uganda Zachary Blackburn, foreign affairs officer at the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs’ Office of Agriculture Policy, discusses U.S. humanitarian assistance efforts in Uganda and the U.S. government’s participation in the Foreign Assistance…

U.N. Voices Concern Over Recent Violence In Central African Republic

News outlets examine the U.N.’s call to action against the deteriorating humanitarian and social conditions in Central African Republic. New York Times: U.N. Says Aid Crisis Worsens in Central African Republic “The number of people displaced by fighting between Muslim and Christian militias and vigilantes in the Central African Republic…

Nations Must Employ Multiple Tactics To Eliminate Polio By 2018

New York Times: Eradicating Polio Everywhere “It has been three years since the last new case of polio was reported in India. The country can now be declared polio-free. India’s victory is an important milestone in the global effort to eliminate polio. … But the viral disease remains a threat.…

Liberian President Launches Pneumonia Vaccination Campaign

Two news outlets report on the launch of Liberia’s pneumonia vaccination campaign, which aims to reduce the country’s infant mortality rate. Deutsche Welle: Cutting child deaths from pneumonia in Liberia “…The vaccination campaign was launched in Monrovia by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on January 9, 2014. Meanwhile health officials…

Report Examines PEPFAR Transition In South Africa

Health GAP and its partners on Wednesday released a report that “looks at the PEPFAR ‘transition’ in [South Africa] — moving from ‘directly supporting’ over one million people on ARV treatment in South Africa in early 2011 to a near complete withdrawal from support for ‘direct services.’ … The report…

Guinea Worm Disease Nears Eradication

News outlets report on the progress of eradicating Guinea worm, saying that the steep decline in cases indicates that eradication of the parasite is reachable. Carter Center: 148 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide “The Carter Center announced today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013.…

U.N. Fears Genocide In CAR, Appeals For More Assistance

News outlets examine the worsening humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR). U.N. officials express fear over possible genocide, while food aid and funding assistance to the country remain limited. Agence France-Presse: U.N. fears ‘genocide’ in C. Africa: humanitarian chief “The spiraling violence in the Central African Republic could turn…

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