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Media Outlets Continue Coverage Of DRC Ebola Outbreak; Treatment Trial Expands In Country

CIDRAP News: Ebola treatment trials move to hot spot centers “Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced [Tuesday] that an ongoing trial of four experimental Ebola treatments will begin enrolling participants at treatment centers in Katwa and Butembo, the current hot spots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) seven-month-long Ebola…

Research Examines GBV, Sexual Exploitation Of Women In DRC Amid Ebola Outbreak; Media Outlets Continue To Cover Outbreak’s Impact On Children

The Guardian: Ebola vaccine offered in exchange for sex, say women in Congo “An unparalleled Ebola vaccination programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become engulfed in allegations of impropriety, amid claims that women are being asked for sexual favours in exchange for treatment. Research by several NGOs…

New Research Investments, Political Will Critical To Addressing TB

Scientific American: Stopping the World’s Biggest Infectious Killer Madhukar Pai, Canada Research Chair in epidemiology and global health at McGill University “Diseases that have plagued humanity since ancient times continue to hold billions of people back, and tuberculosis is one of the most significant among them. … While training as…

Death Toll In DRC Ebola Outbreak Surpasses 500, Health Minister Says

Al Jazeera: Ebola death toll in DR Congo passes 500: Health ministry “More than 500 people have died from the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but a vaccination program has prevented thousands more deaths, the country’s health minister said…” (2/9). CBC Radio: ‘Whack-a-mole’ Ebola outbreak…

Human Diet Drugs Make Mosquitoes Less Likely To Feed, Spread Diseases, Study Shows

BBC News: Mosquitoes ‘put off biting’ by human diet drugs “Scientists say they may have found a way to reduce the appetite of blood-hungry mosquitoes, by giving them human diet drugs. This left them feeling full and bloated and put them off biting, U.S. researchers said. They said the technique…

Prior Dengue Infection Might Have Protective Effect Against Zika, Study Shows

CIDRAP News: Study: Dengue immunity may have offered protection against Zika in Brazil “A new study published [Thursday] in Science shows that prior dengue infection may have protected some Brazilians from severe Zika infections during the 2015-2016 epidemic in the Americas. The study findings could have major implications for both…

Film Producer Discusses How Virtual Reality Videos Could Play Role In Addressing HIV Stigma

Open Society Foundations’ “Voices”: Can a Virtual Reality Video Help Fight Anti-HIV Stigma? Film producer Sydelle Willow Smith discusses the role of virtual reality (VR) videos in addressing HIV stigma, writing, “Projects like this are vital to help address the myths and misinformation that fuel the stigma and discrimination that…

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