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New Vaccine Used in Latest Ebola Outbreak

New Vaccine Used in Latest Ebola Outbreak  Last week, health workers from the World Health Organization and their partners began administering vaccines in the northwest regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 49 suspected cases of Ebola have been reported there since early April and

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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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action medeor supports health care facilities in Syria

action medeor supports health care facilities in Syria Since the beginning of 2018, action medeor has sent large deliveries of essential medicines and medical supplies to health care facilities in Syria’s Idlib Province. Hospitals in the region are in urgent need of assistance: many health care facilities

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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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After the Storm: Insulin Donations in Puerto Rico

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After the Storm: Insulin Donations in Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria was one of the worst hurricanes ever recorded. It slammed into Puerto Rico on September 19 and 20, knocking out power, causing major flooding and leaving roads impassable for weeks. In the wake of this disaster and

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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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WHO Working to Contain Outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria

WHO Working to Contain Outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria The World Health Organization is working to contain an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. The outbreak has spread to 17 states in Nigeria and is responsible for infecting up to 450 people. WHO Nigeria deployed staff

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South Sudan declares cholera epidemic over

South Sudan declares cholera epidemic over South Sudan declared a recent cholera outbreak over on February 7, 2018. No new cases of cholera were reported since the last confirmed cholera patient was discharged in December 2017. The outbreak began in June 2016 and spread to many parts

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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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