USAID Administrator Shah announces he will step down in Feb

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The worst kept secret in Washington is now official – USAID administrator Raj Shah will step down from his position in February. From the Washington Post: Shah spoke to us Tuesday night, but gave very little insight into why he was leaving now other than the oft-cited government official reason that after six years working in

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Sudanese forces carrying out gang rapes in Blue Nile, says HRW

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Sudanese government forces are gang raping teenage girls and women in government-held areas of Blue Nile state in a pattern of terror against civilians, a rights group said. From Reuters: “Entire communities are trapped in camp-like conditions behind government lines, terrorised by government forces,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch (HRW). Researchers said

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Famine looms in South Sudan a year after fighting began

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A year has passed since fighting in South Sudan sent the country into crisis. The conflict has yet to be resolved and the resulting instability is putting people at risk of hunger. From the New York Times: The international aid community had feared famine, but an injection of food supplies by the World Food Program

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Mali appears to have Ebola under control

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The last patient with Ebola in Mali has been successfully treated, said the country’s Ministry of Health. With no other known cases, it appears the West African nation has defeated Ebola. From the AP: Mali has recorded eight cases of Ebola, all of them linked to people who crossed from neighboring Guinea. The country now

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Anti-malaria campaign launched by Sierra Leone and MSF

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Doctors Without Borders and the Ministry of Health are distributing malaria drugs to one-and-a-half-million people in Sierra Leone. It’s being done because many infected with malaria parasites have the same symptoms as those with Ebola. From VOA: Teresa Sancristóval is emergency desk manager for the medical aid group, also known as MSF. She’s in Freetown and

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Ebola responders named TIME person of the year

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The international and domestic health workers responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa were named the 2014 person of the year by TIME magazine. CNN reports on the announcement: Foday Gallah saw the sick child was distressed and felt he had to do something. So he picked the kid up to comfort him. And

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Malaria deaths fell dramatically since 2000

The number of people killed by malaria fell sharply since 2000, says the World Health Organization. From VOA: Sub-Saharan Africa bears the brunt of malaria, with 90 percent of global deaths occurring there. But this year’s World Malaria Report says Africa’s population has grown by 43 percent since 2000, with fewer people getting infected. WHO

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Typhoon strikes Philippines, causes less damage than feared

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At least three people were killed when Typhoon Hagupit made landfall this weekend, but the storm was not a severe as many had feared. Still, the experience of the Philippines is informing ongoing climate negotiations and is offering other Island states a glimpse into their potential future. From the Thomson Reuters Foundation: Mary Ann Lucille

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Investing in reproductive health can save millions of lives – report

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Spending on average $25 a woman annually on sexual and reproductive health services would drastically lower the number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth, and the number of newborn deaths, says a report that calculates the cost and benefits of healthcare provision. From the Guardian: The report, published on Thursday by the Guttmacher Institute and

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CDC mulls male circumcision counseling recommendation

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The growth of evidence regarding the health benefits of male circumcision is behind the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s proposal that doctors counsel parents of baby boys, teenagers and men about the benefits and risks of circumcision. From NPR: “The compiling of the different data sources may really be sufficient for someone who

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Ebola outbreak destroying health systems in West Africa

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The ongoing outbreak of Ebola has damaged the health systems of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, said the World Health Organization. From VoA: Ebola has killed about 6,000 people. But WHO Coordinator of Health Systems, Dr. Gerard Schmets said the deaths of many more people suffering from malaria, chronic diseases and other illnesses probably can

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