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New Commitments Announced in Global Fight Against Malaria

New Commitments Announced in Global Fight Against Malaria Government officials, private sector and NGOs announce new commitments in the fight against malaria today. The announcement also includes a call for commitment from the 53 Commonwealth nations to halve the number of malaria cases worldwide within the next

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World Health Organization Issues New Guidelines for Tuberculosis Testing

World Health Organization Issues New Guidelines for Tuberculosis Testing Advocates urge new efforts to address TB The World Health Organization recently issued new guidelines for expanding tuberculosis testing. WHO also wants to improve treatment times for those with latent TB infection. Advocates hope the new guideline will

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Global Fight Against Tuberculosis Has Unlikely Animal Ally

Global Fight Against Tuberculosis Has Unlikely Animal Ally The global fight against tuberculosis, the leading lethal infectious disease in the world, has a new unlikely ally – rats.  Rats are currently being used as part of a research partnership between nonprofit APOPO, based in Tanzania, and the

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South Sudan Announces Halt of Guinea Worm Disease Transmission

South Sudan Announces Halt of Guinea Worm Disease Transmission In a press conference at The Carter Center in Atlanta, South Sudan’s minister of health announced the interruption of guinea worm disease transmission in the country. Guinea worm disease, also called Drancunculiasis, is characterized by painful blisters that

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Venezuelans Lack Proper Nutrition and Medical Resources

Venezuelans Lack Proper Nutrition and Medical Resources Organ donation patients especially at risk   A new university study on the impact of Venezuela’s economic crisis and food shortages found Venezuelans have lost an average of 11 kilograms of body weight last year. Almost 90 percent now live

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World Economic Forum Held in Davos, Switzerland

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Held in Davos, Switzerland Achieving Sustainable Development Goals Discussed The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held late last month in Davos, Switzerland brought together global leaders to discuss the world’s issues. Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), only featured once on the

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Vaccination Campaign Addressing Polio in Afghanistan Under Challenging Conditions

Vaccination Campaign Addressing Polio in Afghanistan Under Challenging Conditions Four of the twenty polio cases worldwide this year occurred in Shahwalikot, a district in southern Afghanistan largely controlled by the Taliban. A new vaccination campaign began recently in the area, after pleas from United Nations officials for

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Kenya Close to Guinea Worm Free Certification

Kenya Close to Guinea Worm Free Certification Following comprehensive evaluation by the International Certification Team (ICT), Kenya is close to achieving Guinea worm free certification. Guinea Worm Disease, also known as Drancunculiasis, is characterized by blistering that erupts with Guinea worms. The disease is considered a neglected

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US to leave Global Compact on Migration

US to leave Global Compact on Migration The United States recently informed the United Nations that it will leave the Global Compact on Migration. The 193 members of the U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted the non-binding declaration last year. The compact, the New York Declaration for Refugees

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Reaching the Last Mile Fund Established to Raise $100 Million to Combat Disease

Reaching the Last Mile Fund Established to Raise $100 Million to Combat Disease His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, recently launched the Reaching the Last Mile Fund. The Fund is to raise $100 million with the goal to eliminate and

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