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U.N. Agricultural Agency Announces Plan To End Sheep And Goat Plague

U.N. News Centre: Eliminating sheep and goat plague will boost livelihoods and nutrition, says U.N. official at conference “The United Nations agricultural agency…outline[d] a strategy in Côte d’Ivoire [Tuesday] for the total eradication of sheep and goat plague by 2030 at an international conference that began [Tuesday] in the country’s…

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Trials Show Safety Of Drug, Ability To Trigger Immune Response

Media outlets report on results from two Ebola experimental drug trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. The reports, titled “A Recombinant Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Ebola Vaccine — Preliminary Report” and “Phase 1 Trials of rVSV Ebola Vaccine in Africa and Europe — Preliminary Report”, suggest…

Gambia Adds Inactivated Polio Vaccine To Routine Immunization Program

FORYOYYA Newspaper/allAfrica: Gambia to Introduce Inactivated Polio Vaccine “The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare … on Wednesday, 1st April introduced the Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in line with the global polio eradication initiative spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO) to maintain…

Blog Examines Study Findings On Health Trends In Zambia

Humanosphere: Study: Zambia’s malaria success story masks basic health failures Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses findings from a study examining health trends in Zambia. He writes, “that while Zambia has made great progress against malaria over the past decade or so, it was losing ground on many…

Increasing Vaccine Coverage, Rebuilding Confidence In Health Services Essential To Protecting Children In Liberia

Médecins Sans Frontières: Liberia: No vaccinations for months has put children at risk “Routine vaccination activities in Ebola-affected West African countries have been significantly reduced since the outbreak began. In Montserrado County, Liberia, MSF recently conducted a measles vaccination campaign with adapted safety protocols. Philippe Le Vaillant, MSF representative in…

International Community’s Response To Ebola Outbreak Criticized

Reuters summarizes criticism of the global community’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Ebola response of MSF and ‘boiling frog’ WHO under scrutiny “A decade ago, scientists would have laughed at the idea of Ebola as a public health emergency of international concern. Today, they are shocked…

Nations Worldwide Take Actions To Prevent, Prepare For Ebola

News outlets report on actions undertaken in countries worldwide to prevent or prepare for Ebola. Agence France-Presse: Benin postpones Africa health meet over Ebola “A meeting of African health ministers scheduled for early September in Benin has been postponed because of the Ebola epidemic, an official said Sunday…” (8/24). Bloomberg…

UNICEF Calls For Investment In African Children

Humanosphere: Booming African population leads UNICEF to call for more investments in children Development blogger Tom Murphy discusses a report (.pdf) released by UNICEF that supports the prioritization of investing in children’s health, education, and protection to achieve economic benefits in Africa (8/22).

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