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Blog Examines Efforts To Prevent Dengue In Brazil, Other Latin American Countries

Miriam Alvarado, a post-bachelor fellow and global health data specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, writes in a guest post in Humanosphere about how dengue “is rapidly expanding its reach across the planet.” She focuses specifically on dengue in Brazil, writing, “The rapid rise in dengue…

Honduran Government Declares State Of Emergency Over Dengue Fever Outbreak

“The Honduran government declared a state of emergency Tuesday due to the spread of dengue fever, which has killed 16 people this year and infected more than 12,000, local media reported,” Xinhua writes (7/31). “Health Minister Salvador Pineda said Tuesday’s decree means the government is making it a priority to prevent…

President Carter Congratulates Colombia On Eradicating River Blindness

“Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today congratulated President Juan Manuel Santos and the people of Colombia for becoming … the first country in the Americas to eliminate river blindness and … the first country in the world to apply for and be granted verification of elimination of river blindness by…

Blog Examines PEPFAR, Global Fund Collaboration In Haiti

“For the past decade, [PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] have navigated uncharted waters,” Michael Johnson, Global Fund attaché to the permanent mission of the U.S. to the U.N. and other international organizations, writes in the AIDS.gov blog. He provides a brief overview of the…

U.N. Allocates Additional $1.5M In Emergency Funds For Haiti’s Cholera Response

“The United Nations emergency relief fund will allocate an additional $1.5 million to the cholera response in Haiti, at a time when cases are set to rise due to the rainy season,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The latest allocation brings the total amount provided this year by the U.N.…

National Survey Shows Health Improvements In Haiti

“A newly released nationwide health survey of Haiti shows continuing positive trends on key health care indicators, in particular those of Haitian women and children,” Natalia Machuca, a USAID adviser on infectious disease in Latin America and the Caribbean, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” “The latest survey, undertaken by the…

Blog Examines Abortion Laws In Latin America

“In light of the recent case of Beatriz, a 22-year-old Salvadoran woman and mother of a toddler, who, while suffering from lupus and kidney failure and carrying an anencephalic fetus, was denied the right to an abortion, it is relevant to discuss the restrictive abortion laws in Latin America and…