Archive for the Crisis Efforts Category

Finding heartbreak, delivering hope in Puerto Rico

Finding heartbreak, delivering hope in Puerto Rico Source: CNN (CNN) The plan was to deliver hope. Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating. “I’m really worried about the rain,” Andrea Dunne-Sosa whispers to one of her Project Hope volunteers in Puerto Rico. “We’re only going to be able to get to about 15

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Sierra Leone addresses potential cholera outbreak with vaccine program

Sierra Leone addresses potential cholera outbreak with vaccine program After mudslides killed hundreds of people in Sierra Leone in August, the country is taking steps to prevent an outbreak of cholera. The government, UNICEF and WHO requested assistance from the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

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Gates Foundation Hopes to Share Lessons Learned in Polio Eradication Effort

Gates Foundation Hopes to Share Lessons Learned in Polio Eradication Effort The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation requested proposals last month to help future generations use best practices found from polio eradication efforts in addressing other public health issues. Foundation staff acknowledge they have learned both dos

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Disaster Modules: How a Single Kit Has the Potential to Help Save Lives Around the World

In the late 1800s, Johnson & Johnson made history by producing the first-ever commercial first aid kits, packed with items like cotton, bandages and adhesive plaster. But there’s another, lesser-known kit the company makes that has also helped countless people around the world: disaster modules.

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Voices From Iraqi Kurdistan

Voices From Iraqi Kurdistan Iraqi Kurdistan is hosting over two million displaced people and refugees. This includes 300,000 Syrian refugees. In the last twelve months, IHP has shipped over 1.1m treatments of long dated medicines and supplies to partners on the ground. Health services in Hassan Sham

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WHO Working on Malaria in Nigeria

WHO working on malaria in Nigeria After 8 years of conflict in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, 8500 people are infected with Malaria each week, with the WHO estimating another 3.7 million at risk. That number is expected to rise as the transmission season lasts through October.

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Rapid spread of cholera in Yemen causes changes in vaccination plan and funding focus; PQMD Member Direct Relief Shipping Cholera Treatment Kits

Rapid spread of cholera in Yemen causes changes in vaccination plan and funding focus; PQMD Member Direct Relief Shipping Cholera Treatment Kits Cholera has infected 313,000 people and taken the lives of 1,700 in Yemen. The severe outbreak began in the spring. The outbreak’s spread outpaced vaccination efforts,

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Sri Lanka dealing with massive outbreak of dengue fever; PQMD member Americares responding to need

Sri Lanka dealing with massive outbreak of dengue fever; PQMD member Americares responding to need At least 227 people have died and thousands infected with dengue fever in Sri Lanka. More than 79,000 infections have been reported since the beginning of 2017. The outbreak comes after large

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Democratic Republic of Congo Declares Ebola Outbreak Over

Democratic Republic of Congo Declares Ebola Outbreak Over The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared its two month Ebola outbreak over in early July. Having initially reported the disease to the World Health Organization in May, the WHO immediately activated emergency protocols. Two major factors contributed to

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Venezuelan Economic Crisis Affects Acclaimed HIV Treatment Program

Venezuelan Economic Crisis Affects Acclaimed HIV Treatment Program Venezuela’s current economic crisis affects one of its most well-known public health achievements, its HIV treatment program. Beginning in 1999, Venezuela’s government offered free, public HIV treatment, including importing generic medicines and distributing condoms. That same socialist government’s focus

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