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- Central Mediterranean: MSF Physician Recounts Finding Deaths at Sea
Voice from the FieldJuly 22, 2016
Dr. Erna Rijnierse is an MSF physician onboard the search and rescue vessel the MV Aquarius, which is run in partnership between MSF and SOS MEDITERRANEE. She gave the following account of a rescue operation in the central Mediterranean on July 20, in which 209 people were rescued from two small boats in distress, and 22 people (21 women and one man) were found dead.
- Sharp Increase in Violence Against Migrants and Refugees in the Wake of Balkans Border Closings
Field newsJuly 22, 2016
On March 9, 2016, European leaders announced that the so-called "Balkan route" was closed after Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Slovenia completely shut their borders to people trying to pass through to seek asylum in northern Europe. For thousands of people fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, this route represented one of very few ways to reach safety and protection in Europe.
- Trapped in Transit: Refugees, Migrants, and Asylum Seekers Stranded and Suffering in Libya
Field newsJuly 22, 2016
"Libya is a very dangerous place. There are a lot of armed people. People are killed and kidnappings are common. Arriving in Tripoli, we were locked in a house with 600 to 700 other people. We had no water to wash ourselves, we had very little food, and we were forced to sleep on top of each other. It was very difficult for my daughter—she fell sick many times. There was a lot of violence. I was beaten with bare hands, with sticks, and with guns. If you move, they beat you. If you talk, they beat you. We spent months like that, being beaten every day."
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- Tanzania: Successful Surgery Marks Major Milestone in Tanzania
[Daily News] LAST weekend, two major things happened in the history of heart surgery in the country, one, our local doctors together with friends from America were able to perform the first successful heart pacemaker implant to a child, and second, a life was saved.
- Zimbabwe: Child Hunger and Death Rising Due to Drought, Charity Says
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -Child hunger and deaths are rising in Zimbabwe due to the worst drought in two decades, with thousands facing starvation by the end of the year without additional aid, an international charity said on Thursday.
- Kenya: 14 Health Facilities Closed in Crackdown
[Nation] Fourteen health facilities have been closed in Mandera town for operating illegally.
BBC News - Health
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- Double hand transplant: UK's first operation 'tremendous' success
The UK's first double hand transplant operation has taken place at Leeds General Infirmary and the patient says his new hands look "tremendous".
- Chlamydia vaccine 'shows promise'
Canadian researchers have developed a promising vaccine prototype against chlamydia, a study in mice suggests.
- Unusual US Zika virus case baffles experts
Experts are trying to work out exactly how a US carer has caught Zika after tending to a dying elderly man with the virus.
Science – TIME
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- WHO encourages countries to act now to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis
Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO urges countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the disease, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Today, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated.
- Countries start to act on noncommunicable diseases but need to speed up efforts to meet global commitments
A new WHO report highlights the need to intensify national action to meet the global targets governments have agreed to protect people from heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and lung diseases. Globally, these 4 noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) represent the largest cause of death in people aged under 70 years, posing a major threat to sustainable development.
The global survey, “Assessing national capacity for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases”, shows that some countries are making remarkable progress. A number of countries have put in place measures to protect people from exposure to tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Some have created new financing opportunities to build strong public health systems by taxing tobacco products.
- WHO flags key challenges to global HIV response at International AIDS Conference
The World Health Organization is flagging 4 key challenges as the international community meets at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, from 18–22 July 2016. The Organization is highlighting the need to renew attention to HIV prevention, whilst maintaining momentum on scaling up access to HIV treatment. It is also signalling the growing emergence of antiretroviral (ARV) drug resistance and the need for sustainable financing of the global response.
“The enormous progress on HIV, particularly on treatment, is one of the big public health success stories of the century,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO. “But this is no time for complacency. If the world is to achieve its goal of ending AIDS by 2030, it must rapidly expand and intensify its efforts.”