GSK making rapid progress towards Ebola vaccine

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Britain’s biggest drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said on Saturday work to develop a vaccine to combat Ebola, which has killed thousands in West Africa, was moving at a rapid pace. From Reuters: “Development of the vaccine candidate is progressing at an unprecedented rate, with first phase 1 safety trials with the vaccine candidate underway in the USA,

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South Sudan takes on malnutrition, with help from aid groups

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South Sudan’s health ministry is teaming up with aid agencies to screen tens of thousands of children for malnutrition.  From VOA: The first-ever such screenings in South Sudan will be conducted in Central Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap states. The information gathered will give the government an idea of how many children are

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Liberian health workers call off strike

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A two-day slow down by Liberian health workers who are leading the Ebola response is over for now. From VOA: Joseph Tamba, president of the National Health Workers Association, said they ended the strike Tuesday after receiving appeals from Liberians and the international community. Tamba said the health workers did not want to be responsible

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Food Rations cut in Afghanistan, 1 million at risk due to funding shortfall

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Funding shortfalls forced WFP to cut rations for up to one million people in Afghanistan, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds down. From the Guardian: The UN food assistance agency, which runs on donations from member countries, faces a gap of about $30m (£19m) for its programme in Afghanistan,

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16 countries with “extremely alarming” or “alarming” hunger levels

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The latest edition of the Global Hunger Index shows promising progress, but some countries are suffering from hidden hunger. AFP reports: “More than two billion people worldwide suffer from hidden hunger, more than double the 805 million people who do not have enough calories to eat,” the Washington-based institute said in its report. “This shortage

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Global Ebola response is too slow, says Sierra Leonean President

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Sierra Leone’s president on Thursday assailed the global community’s slow response to Ebola as United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon called for a “20-fold” increase in resources to battle the epidemic. From AFP: President Ernest Bai Koroma told Ban and the heads of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank that the global reaction “has been

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More cases of Ebola will reach Europe, says WHO

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More cases of the deadly Ebola virus will almost inevitably spread in Europe but the continent is well prepared to control the disease, the World Health Organisation’s regional director said on Tuesday. Reuters reports: “Such imported cases and similar events as have happened in Spain will happen also in the future, most likely,” Jakab told

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ONE Campaign report shows uneven trend of foreign aid

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Some $250 billion in foreign aid did not leave the shores of donor countries between 2000 and 2012. That is one of a series of findings in a new report from the ONE Campaign on foreign aid investments. The Guardian reports: “While it can be argued that some of this spending benefits developing countries, it

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Promising advances in Pneumonia prevention

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The New York Times highlights two new developments on preventing pneumonia that are reason to be encouraged. An excerpt: First, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just issued new vaccination recommendations for older adults that should bolster their protection against this dangerous lung infection. Second, a large-scale study has found that when older

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GSK and NewLink boost capacity to make Ebola vaccines

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Pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and NewLink Genetics say they are increasing their efforts to make Ebola vaccines. Reuters reports: Even under the best conditions, if the experimental vaccines are proven to be safe and confer protection in clinical trials, a significant number of doses will not be available until late in the first quarter of 2015, the

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Drug shortages put 150,000 HIV/AIDS patients at risk in India

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India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs program in three weeks due to bureaucratic bungling, a senior government official said, leaving more than 150,000 sufferers without life-saving drugs for about a month. Reuters has the exclusive report: Missed dosages for long durations can increase patients’ drug resistance and result

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