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Also In Global Health News: Germany HIV/AIDS Grant; Sumatra Water Situation; India’s Unlicensed Doctors; Land Ownership, Food Security

Germany Grants $34M For HIV/AIDS Work In Central Africa The Organisation for the Coordination of the Struggle Against Epidemics in Central Africa (OCEAC) on Tuesday announced that the German government has granted $34 million to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in central Africa, Agence France-Presse reports. “The Germany-backed project…

For World Toilet Day, News Outlets Examine Poor Sanitation Conditions Around World

In light of World Toilet Day Thursday, several news outlets examine the impact of poor sanitation on health. Reuters examines the challenges of poor sanitation in Mumbai, India, “where more than half its 18 million residents live in slums and where the average ratio of people to toilets is 81:1.”…

Also In Global Health News: Cell Phones Reduce Maternal Mortality; Kenya Cholera Outbreak; Drug-Resistant Salmonella

Cell Phone Program Reduces Maternal Mortality In Ghana IRIN looks at local programs in Ghana that “have cut dramatically the number of women dying during childbirth” by facilitating medical care through cell phone use. The publication writes that three years ago as part of the Millennium Villages project, “mobile handset producer Ericsson…

Sudan Referendum Approaches, Highlighting Health, Development Challenges Facing The South

“Southern Sudan is scheduled to start voting on January 9 on whether to become an independent country or remain part of Sudan, Africa’s largest nation which has been wracked by decades of conflict,” CNN reports (Wilkinson, 1/5). On Tuesday during a visit to the southern capital of Juba, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir “said he would celebrate the results of the referendum even if the south chooses to secede, and pledged last week to help build a secure, stable and ‘brotherly’ southern state if it votes for independence,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Seattle Times Looks At Response To Haitian Cholera Outbreak On The Ground

Though Haiti’s cholera “epidemic continues to spread, infecting more than 125,000 people and killing more than 3,200,” it seems to have “stabilized in” the town of Mirebalais, which is close to the “U.N. camp of Nepalese peacekeepers who are under investigation as a possible source” of the outbreak, the Seattle Times reports in a story outlining how aid groups and health workers are dealing with the situation.

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