Spread of the plague in Madagascar concerns WHO

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The WHO warned an outbreak of plague in Madagascar could spread rapidly throughout the country. Madagascar’s health ministry reported Tuesday that the disease has killed 47 people and said the number of suspected cases is up to 138. From VOA: The plague is not new to Madagascar. It recurs annually. However, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier

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Spread of Chikungunya throughout the Americas eclipsed by Ebola coverage

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The debilitating mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus has infected almost one million people since it first emerged in South America and the Caribbean less than a year ago, but it is getting much less attention due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  From the Guardian: The Dominican Republic, the most popular Caribbean island for tourists last

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UN committee issues call to end child marriage

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The committee of the 193-nation General Assembly that deals with human rights adopted by consensus a resolution urging all states to take steps to end “child, early and forced marriage.” From Reuters: There are now more than 700 million women who were married before their 18th birthday, many in conditions of poverty and insecurity, according

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The hampered Ebola response in Liberia explained

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An article in the New York Times describes how infighting has slowed down the effort to contain and end the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. An excerpt: American military helicopters ferrying doctors to remote areas were forbidden to fly back not only patients but even blood samples; recently samples from a village had to be walked

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End of AIDS by 2030 possible if fight fast-tracked – UNAIDS

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A five-year, fast-track battle against HIV could end the global threat of the AIDS epidemic by 2030, averting some 28 million new infections, but failing to move quickly might allow the deadly virus to spring back, said UNAIDS. From Reuters: “If we invest just $3 a day for each person living with HIV for the

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Major water and sanitation gaps around the world, says UN

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A new report released by the WHO today shows that there are still major gaps in access to clean water and sanitation, especially in rural areas. From the press release: “Water and sanitation are essential to human health. Political commitment to ensure universal  access to these vital services is at an all-time high,” said Dr Maria Neira,

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Preterm birth emerges as leading killer of children, new study

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Preterm birth complications killed more than one million children last year, says a new study published in the Lancet on Monday. From VOA: The vast majority the deaths from direct complications of preterm births occurred within the first 28-days of life – with an additional 125,000 deaths occurring between one month and five years. Dr.

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Liberia aims for zero new Ebola cases by Christmas

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The hardest hit of the West African nations facing the deadly Ebola outbreak, Liberia, has set a national goal of recording no new cases by Christmas, December 25.  From VOA: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said in a nationwide radio address Sunday that her country’s path to recovery will be difficult. She said Liberia’s health care

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Child measles deaths increased in 2013, says the WHO

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The number of children killed by measles rose by more than 27,000 in 2013, said the WHO in a new report. From VOA: WHO reports about 145,700 children died from measles in 2013, an increase of 23,700 from the previous year. WHO says a decline in routine measles vaccine coverage has resulted in large outbreaks

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Mali scrambles to control Ebola after new case arises

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Mali is racing to control a fresh Ebola outbreak after confirming its second death from the disease, just when it appeared the country would be given the all clear.  From the Guardian: Officials said a 25-year-old nurse died on Tuesday after treating a man who arrived from Guinea at a clinic in the Malian capital,

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Botched sterilizations leave 10 women dead in India

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Ten women have died in India and dozens more are in a critical condition after a state-run sterilization program designed to control the country’s billion-plus population went badly wrong, officials said Tuesday. AFP reports: Sterilisation is one of the most popular methods of family planning in India, where the government provides cash and other incentives to

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South Sudanese experience “unspeakable abuse and violence” – IRC

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Residents of war-torn South Sudan are enduring “unspeakable abuse and violence” as well as the threat of famine, said a report from the International Rescue Committee.  From AFP: “Yet again we are seeing a humanitarian catastrophe where the most vulnerable are bearing the lethal brunt of a man-made political crisis that must be resolved immediately,”

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