$100 million contingency fund launched by World Health Organization

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The World Health Organization, sharply criticized for its missteps responding to Ebola in West Africa, announced a $100 million contingency fund to better respond to crises in the future. It is the latest reform undertaken by the U.N. agency in the wake of an Ebola epidemic…

Closing the education gender gap worldwide

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By Amy VanderZanden, special to Humanosphere One of the international community’s primary anti-poverty and pro-equity goals has been to increase the proportion of children receiving education, starting with ensuring all children at least get a primary education. Significant progress has been made in many parts of…

Cholera strikes Burundian refugees in Tanzania

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At least 29 Burundian refugees are dead from a cholera outbreak in Tanzania. Some 70,000 people have crossed from Burundi into Tanzania in the past month; the result of political protests and a failed coup attempt in the country’s capital. “To date some 3,000 cases have…

Malaria vaccine disappoints, shifts strategy for eradication

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By Robert Fortner, special to Humanosphere For this year’s World Malaria Day, April 25, the big news is mostly bad news. An experimental malaria vaccine the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had long championed and that many had characterized as the ‘most promising’ such vaccine, a…

Tourists abandon Ghana despite its successes against Ebola

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ELMINA, Ghana – Each evening the fishermen set out in their hand-carved wooden boats. By nightfall, the horizon is dotted by a long row of small lights, their own constellation. Fish are caught, the haul is sold in markets and life continues. But one group is noticeably…

Another earthquake strikes Nepal killing dozens

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A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Everest region of Nepal less than three weeks after a similar-sized earthquake killed more than 8,000 people. Today’s earthquake caused buildings to shake in the capital city of Kathmandu and was felt as far away as New Delhi, India. Aftershocks followed in…

Poor people are not lazy, so stop debating it

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A major misconception about poverty persists in America. Some people hold onto the idea that the poor suck what they can from the government and do little to improve their own situation. The idea gained traction in the 1960s and 70s as stories about people taking…