Don’t squander lessons learned from Ebola outbreak, say advocates

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is not over, but it appears to be winding down. Liberia  announced today the discharge of its last Ebola patient. No new infections were reported in the past week, signaling the end of the outbreak is near for the country. Health advocates…

Hundreds of abducted South Sudanese boys used as child soldiers

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Armed militiamen aligned with the government of South Sudan are using boys they abducted in late February as child soldiers, said the U.N.’s Children’s Fund.  The number of children taken may be in the hundreds, said UNICEF communication officer for South Sudan John Budd. “Most of these…

Soccer star takes off his shirt for hunger awareness

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It is a rare occasion when the issue of global hunger takes center stage on the soccer pitch. Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is no stranger to scoring goals nor getting tattoos. The striker for Paris Saint-Germain celebrates emphatically when he scores, but keeps on his…

Visualizing violence in El Salvador

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By Amy VanderZanden, special to Humanosphere With wars taking place in several regions of the world right now, and regular news accounts of violent deaths in the United States, it seems like it would be easy to tally up the countries where people face the highest…

U.S. suspends major contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan over misconduct

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The largest non-profit contractor for the United States government in Iraq and Afghanistan was suspended from receiving future contracts. The United States Agency for International Development, USAID, announced late Monday that International Relief and Development, IRD, was guilty of “serious misconduct,” based on a review of…

Media and NGOs: African media tell their own stories

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This is the fourth part in a series on the relationship between NGOs and the media. This week saw the founding of the African News Agency (ANA). Backed by $20 million, the South Africa-based news service has plans to expand to 15 new countries on the continent…