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USAID Blog Examines Efforts To Control, Eliminate Cholera In Hispaniola

Writing in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Natalia Machuca, infectious disease adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean, examines efforts to control and eliminate cholera in Hispaniola, noting USAID on Friday “became an official member of the Coalition on Water and Sanitation for the Elimination of Cholera in Hispaniola.” She writes, “To add…

NPR Examines Haiti’s National Campaign Against Lymphatic Filariasis

NPR’s “Shots” blog examines a nationwide campaign in Haiti “to get rid of the parasitic worms that cause elephantiasis,” also called lymphatic filariasis (LF). According to the news service, “Haiti has waged other campaigns against the condition, characterized by severe disfiguration of the legs and arms. But until now, it…

Haiti’s ‘Remarkable Progress’ Toward Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis

In the Huffington Post’s “World” blog, CDC Director Tom Frieden examines efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in Haiti, writing, “For decades, poverty, government instability and other realities often stood in the way of success. This is why the recent data showing Haiti is protecting its entire population from lymphatic filariasis…

Haiti Faces Food Shortages As Hurricane Season Begins, WFP Says

“Poverty-stricken Haiti faces a new crisis amid fears of a poor harvest as hurricane season looms in the Caribbean nation, the World Food Programme [WFP] warned Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports. “Launching an appeal for $17.2 million, Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the U.N. food agency, said 1.5 million people in Haiti…

Recognizing Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Rachel Albalak, director of the CDC’s Caribbean Regional Office, and Jean Wysler Domercant, acting director of clinical services in Haiti at the CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS, recognize Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, observed in the U.S. on June 8, and examine HIV/AIDS in the region in the AIDS.gov blog. “According…

Wall Street Journal Examines Global Shortage Of TB Drugs

“The U.S., India and other nations are facing shortages of tuberculosis [TB] drugs — threatening to reverse decades of progress against a deadly disease that is becoming increasingly untreatable,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Worldwide, TB is becoming increasingly drug-resistant, and drug shortages are ‘one of the main reasons,’ said…

New York Times Examines Case Of Salvadoran Woman Who Sought Abortion

Highlighting the case of Beatriz, a woman in El Salvador who sought an abortion in “a challenge to one of the strongest anti-abortion laws in the world,” the New York Times examines whether “doctors in a country that bans abortion under any circumstances manage[d] to terminate the pregnancy without violating…