Meet the Feminists of Western Mali
July 10, 2018Contraception, sex ed, fistula, female genital mutilation —this group tackles them all. en fran çaisIt seemed like a strange place for a meeting.We had just parked on a side street in Kayes, Mali, and climbed out of the car. It wasn ’t until we rounded a corner and stepped into a wide alley that we found the group we were scheduled to meet, and I saw why we needed such a big space.More than 60 women and girls, ranging from grandmothers to teenagers to infants in arms, were there waiting for us. They rose to their feet, smiling and gesturing to the plush couches they ’d set out for...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Scientists discover world's oldest colour – bright pink
Pigments found in 1.1bn-year-old rocks beneath the Sahara desert shed light on ‘major puzzle’ about early lifeScientists have discovered what they say are the world ’s oldest colours – and they are bright pink.The pigments were discovered after researchers crushed 1.1bn-year-old rocks found in a marine shale deposit, beneath the Sahara desert, in the Taoudeni basin in Mauritania, west Africa.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 9, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Luke Henriques-Gomes Tags: Science Archaeology Western Sahara Africa Mali World news Australia news Australian universities Research Source Type: news

Africa:Mali Joins Call for Increased Efforts to End the Plight of Child Undernutrition
[African Union] The economy of Mali is losing 265 billion CFA francs (US$450 million) - more than 4 percent of annual GDP - to the effects of child undernutrition, a multi-agency study has found. The Cost of Hunger in Mali (COHA), blames the losses on increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and, further down the line, reduced workforce productivity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

West Africa:As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President
[IFRC] About 5.8 million people across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to get enough food and require immediate assistance. To respond to their needs adequately, humanitarian actors need to manage well the funding they receive from their partners and well-wishers, warned Francesco Rocca, the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), during a visit to Guinea, from 18 to 20 June 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Sahel in the Throes of a Major Humanitarian Crisis
A mother caresses the head of her sleeping malnourished baby, at the mother and child centre in the town of Diffa, Niger. Credit: UNICEF/TremeauBy Mark LowcockUNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2018 (IPS)I am increasingly concerned by the situation in the Sahel. In Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, nearly 6 million people are struggling to meet their daily food needs. Severe malnutrition threatens the lives of 1.6 million children. These are levels unseen since the crisis of 2012, and the most critical months are still ahead. Governments in the region were successful in beating back the crisis six years ago. I a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mark Lowcock Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Women on the Rise in Global Health: Q & A with a Malian Trailblazer
June 14, 2018How can more women rise to leadership positions in global health and beyond? Hawa Diallo has some ideas.en fran çaisWhat will it take to open more leadership positions to women in global health? How can we help more women and girls get the health services they need? And are we anywhere close to achieving gender equality?These are some of the questions we ’re asking in our Women on the Rise in Global Health series. We’re looking for ideas and insights from women leaders throughout the health care and global health fields on how they’ve gotten where they are, and what it will take to cha...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

WHO launches business case for immunization in Africa at the World Health Assembly
Geneva, Switzerland, 23 May 2018 – Today at the 71st World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the business case for WHO immunization activities on the African Continent 2018-2030,which outlines how WHO will support African Member States achieve universal immunization coverage.  While Africa has made tremendous progress in improving access to immunization, most countries are off track to achieve the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) target of 90% national immunization coverage by 2020.Every year, more than 30 million children under-five fall sick due to vaccine-preventable diseases (VP...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 24, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

In search of sensitive and sustainable crisis response
The EU is confronted by numerous conflicts in neighbouring regions and further afield, from the Middle East to Mali. An EU-funded project is examining whether the bloc's response is sensitive to the political and social context in each of these complex crises, and aims to ensure future interventions are efficient and sustainable. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 24, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

After Fifty Long Years with Obstetric Fistula, Two Women Reclaim Their Dignity
May 21, 2018They spent most of their lives with the condition, but now two septuagenarians in Mali are healed —and they’re on a mission.en fran çaisThree days.That ’s how long Malado was in labor. That’s how long she was unable to give birth. She was only 16 years old, after all, and it was her first baby. Her body wasn’t ready.This was back in the 1960s in rural Mali, and there were no cars to take her from her village to a health facility —even today, it’s rare to see a car pass on these dirt roads. Finally someone helped her into a donkey-drawn cart and carried her to a c...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

IntraHealth International ’s SwitchPoint Conference to Spotlight New and Creative Advances in Social Good
Roya Mahboob presents at SwitchPoint 2017. Photo by Ted Richardson for IntraHealth International.April 12, 2018 Chapel Hill, NCOn April 26-27, experts and pioneers from humanitarian efforts around the world will come together in Saxapahaw, NC, for IntraHealth International ’s 7th annualSwitchPoint conference.SwitchPoint brings together hundreds of leaders in global health, humanitarian response, technology, media, and more to report on advances in social good across disciplines and to seed ideas and partnerships for future collaborations. The event will feature more than 30 stage talks by speakers from IBM, Faceboo...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Mali:Mali - Vaccinating 10,000 Children Over 60,000KM of Desert Roads
[MSF] Being vaccinated against diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and other potentially fatal illnesses is a commonplace event for many children. But in northern Mali, where a combination of insecurity, isolation, and limited health infrastructure means that many communities cannot access health facilities, it can prove difficult to protect children against these illnesses. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mali: Traveling 37,000 miles on desert roads to vaccinate 10,000 children
Field newsMali: Traveling 37,000 miles on desert roads to vaccinate 10,000 childrenApril 09, 2018 (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - April 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Ready for the WhatsApp Revolution in Health Care Communications?
March 20, 2018Twenty percent of the world's population is using it already. Time for us to catch up.Facebook announced in January that WhatsApp has more than 1.5 billion monthly active users —20% of the world’s population!—who send more than 60 billion messages every day.Of course, quickly messaging people via computing technology is not new. However, this communications medium could revolutionize the way we communicate with health workers and their clients.To give you a sense of WhatsApp ’s reach and potential for improving global health:In India and Brazil, 80% of small businesses are already usin...
Source: IntraHealth International - March 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Variability in cross-domain risk perception among smallholder farmers in Mali by gender and other demographic and attitudinal characteristics - Cullen AC, Anderson CL, Biscaye P, Reynolds TW.
Previous research has shown that men and women, on average, have different risk attitudes and may therefore see different value propositions in response to new opportunities. We use data from smallholder farm households in Mali to test whether risk percept... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

Armed rebellion, violent extremism, and the challenges of international intervention in Mali - Bere M.
The French-led military intervention and the UN peacekeeping mission in northern Mali have helped preserve Mali's territorial integrity. However, international interventions have had mixed outcomes in the areas of security, human rights, and humanitaria... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

New Project to Improve Health and Nutrition in Nine West African Francophone Countries
February 14, 2018IntraHealth International will implement a new regional project to improve nutrition and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) in the nineOuagadougou Partnership countries of West Africa, thanks to a three-year, $7 million award from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation.Francophone West Africa has among the highest maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 303,000 women died in 2015 due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, more than one-third of them in West and Central Africa. The global maternal mortali...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Global Health: Promising Malaria Drug Has a Striking Drawback: Blue Urine
Methylene blue, a laboratory dye, safely kills parasites before mosquitoes can pass them on — but has a vivid side effect that patients dislike. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Malaria Parasites Lancet Infectious Diseases, The (Journal) Radboud University Nijmegen Mali Source Type: news

Dye kills malaria parasites at speed not seen before
(Radboud University Nijmegen) Research shows that the dye methylene blue is a safe antimalarial that kills malaria parasites at an unprecedented rate. Within two days, patients are cured of the disease and no longer transmit the parasite if they are bitten again by a mosquito. This discovery was made by Radboud university medical center scientists and international colleagues during a research project conducted in Mali. The results will be published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Feb. 6. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

383,000 Women in Francophone West Africa Started Using Modern Contraception in 2017
A client receives a contraceptive implant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.January 31, 2018In 2017, the nine countries of theOuagadougou Partnership together prevented 100,000 unintended pregnancies, 32,000 unsafe abortions, and 400 maternal deaths in francophone West Africa by bringing modern contraceptives to over 383,000 new users. In two years, the partnership has reached 41% of its goal of an additional 2.2 million women in the region using contraceptives by 2020.Burkina Faso and Cote d ’Ivoire are leading the way, reporting last month at the partnership’san...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Mali:Achieving Better Nutrition, One Cookery Class At a Time
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] A recently published research paper reveals how technology, knowledge and effective communication can help to address dietary misconceptions and encourage better nutritional practices in rural settings. The paper reports on the success of the innovative methodology used for knowledge transfer (collective cooking) among women in rural communities in Mali during the An Be Jigi ('Hope for All' in Bambara) nutrition project. The intervention, driven primarily by women, resulted in a significant increase in ado (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 25, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Data Revolution Should Not Leave Women and Girls Behind
Most African farmers are women. Credit: IPSBy Jemimah NjukiOTTAWA, Canada, Jan 9 2018 (IPS)If there is one political principle that has been constant throughout the history of human civilization it is the fact that land is power. This is something that is particularly true, and often painfully so, for women who farm in Africa. Though women in Africa are far more likely to farm than men, they are also much less likely to have secure rights to the land where they cultivate crops and they typically hold smaller plots of inferior quality.As a researcher who studies the role of gender in agriculture, I want to do my part to add...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Jemimah Njuki Tags: Africa Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Gender Global Governance Globalisation Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & In Source Type: news

Tanzania:Paid-for Schooling Can Keep Tanzanian Girls From Early Marriage
[Citizen] Sub -Saharan Africa is home to four of the top five countries in early marriage - or child marriage - rates: Niger, Chad, Mali and Central African Republic. Despite decades of campaigning to restrict or forbid early marriage, little has changed for the world's poorest women. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 27, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Picture It: Welcome Mali ’s Newest #FP Advocates
(Source: IntraHealth International)
Source: IntraHealth International - October 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Mali: Rising Number of Children Prey to Deadly Malnutrition in Conflict-Hit Mali - UN
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -About 165,000 children are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition across Mali next year (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 10, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

A Special Delivery for Mali's Moms
October 09, 2017New hospital equipment and supplies will help health workers give comfort and care to women in need.Health workers and local government officials gathered to welcome an unprecedented special delivery in Koulikoro and Kayes regions in Mali this summer: essential hospital equipment and supplies worth over US$200,000.It ’s the first time this volume of new surgical equipment and supplies has been delivered to health facilities here. And what arrived wasn’t just a donation—it was a targeted contribution of the most-needed medical supplies identified by the health centers themselves.We think th...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

A Special Delivery for Women in Mali
October 09, 2017New hospital equipment and supplies will help health workers give comfort and care to women in need.Health workers and local government officials gathered to welcome an unprecedented special delivery in Koulikoro and Kayes regions in Mali this summer: essential hospital equipment and supplies worth over US$200,000.It ’s the first time this volume of new surgical equipment and supplies has been delivered to health facilities here. And what arrived wasn’t just a donation—it was a targeted contribution of the most-needed medical supplies identified by the health centers themselves.We think th...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

UNICEF warns of nutrition crisis affecting 165,000 children in Mali
A nutrition crisis, exacerbated by continuing violence, instability and displacement, is threatening the lives and futures of thousands of children in Mali, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

In West Africa, Youth Ambassadors Serve as Family Planning Advocates
The objective is simple: to work with community leaders, religious leaders and government officials in building stronger communities and reducing the number of pregnancy-related deaths among youth. In educating young men, fathers-to-be also understand the high risk of unspaced births and possible health repercussions on women.Not only do local communities benefit, but so do individual ambassadors.Sociocultural barriers, however, often prove a lingering deterrent to contraception adoption in places such as Mali, where religious and community norms push women to average 6.1 children each. Religious pressure has made abortion...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Three U.S. Army Commandos Have Been Killed in Niger
(WASHINGTON) — U.S. officials said three U.S. Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday and two others were wounded when they came under fire in southwest Niger. The officials said the two wounded were taken to Niamey, the capital, and are in stable condition. The officials were not authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. The officials said the commandos, who were Green Berets, were likely attacked by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb militants. In a statement, U.S. Africa Command said the forces were with a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol north of Niamey, near the M...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lolita C. Baldor / AP Tags: Uncategorized Africa Military onetime U.S. Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Will Keep Ravaging Nigeria Unless Better Surveillance Is Put in Place
[The Conversation Africa] Lassa fever was first discovered nearly 50 years ago in Nigeria. Since then, it has been reported in other West African countries including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. There is also evidence of Lassa fever presence in southern Mali, Burkina Faso, C ôte d'Ivoire and Ghana, all of which share a similar tropical wooded savanna ecological zone. But there is still no vaccine against the disease. A new outbreak in 19 Nigerian states and in Lagos city - the most populated city on the continent - has sp (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials Involve Gene Therapy
Treatment options for malignant mesothelioma may soon include customized gene therapy, according to thoracic surgeon and scientist Dr. Prasad Adusumilli at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Gene therapy involves a laboratory reprogramming of a patient’s own T cells, which are a type of white blood cell, to recognize and destroy the cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first gene therapy specifically for pediatric leukemia, signaling the start of a new approach to cancer treatment in this country. The newly approved treatment is also known as chimeric antigen rece...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 19, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: CAR T cell therapy checkpoint blockade chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy Dr. Andy Haas Dr. Prasad Adusumilli Dr. Scott Gottlieb FDA Commissioner gene therapy cancer gene therapy for mesothelioma immunotherapy clinical trial mali Source Type: news

Health Care Heroes Volunteer finalist: Mamadou Souare
After fleeing the West African nation of Mali, Mamadou Souare took English classes and enrolled in the Army National Guard, serving for four years. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 25, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Janet Perez Source Type: news

Effort Index Tool Offers a Way to Measure Health Workforce Progress
Photograph by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth InternationalAugust 15, 2017National decision-makers in the health sector can now take stock of their health workforces and the systems that support them using theHuman Resources for Health (HRH) Effort Index, a tool developed byIntraHealth International with support from the US Agency for International Development. Results from four countries where the index was applied are now available inHuman Resources for Health.The HRH Effort Index measures health workforce status and progress, provides information that can help leaders build consensus and prioritize strategic investments, a...
Source: IntraHealth International - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Escalating Violence Hinders Aid Operations in Northern Mali - Agencies Escalating Violence Hinders Aid Operations in Northern Mali - Agencies
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - August 9, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

IntraHealth International to Lead $4.9 Million Health Workforce Strengthening Effort in Mali
Photograph by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth InternationalJuly 17, 2017Through a new $4.9 million, three-year award from the US Agency for International Development,IntraHealth International will partner with the government of Mali to strengthen its health workforce, scale up progress in maternal and child survival, and protect its citizens from emerging health threats such as Ebola and pandemic influenza.Mali has significantly reduced itsmaternal,newborn, andunder-five mortality rates in the last twenty years. But despite these efforts, the country continues to have some of the highest rates of preventable maternal and chil...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Extreme gardening to help tackle malaria
Mali villages removed flowers from shrubs and saw a big drop in mosquito numbers. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Removal of invasive shrub could be an easy way to help reduce malaria transmission
(BioMed Central) Removing the flowers of an invasive shrub from mosquito-prone areas might be a simple way to help reduce malaria transmission, according to a new study published in the open access Malaria Journal. Removing the flowers from villages in Mali decreased the local mosquito vector population by nearly 60 percent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 4, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tetanus associated with road accidents in the infectious diseases department of Point G University Hospital, Bamako, Mali - Traor é AM, Coulibaly I, Dabo G, Cissé H, Diallo K, Soukho-Kaya A, Diango MD, Cissé T, Dembélé M, Traore HA, Pichard E, Minta DK.
The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiological, clinical, and prognostic aspects of tetanus associated with road accidents and to make recommendations. This observational study collected retrospective clinical data over a 9-year period about adu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Africa: Mali Study Finds Simple Malaria Intervention Boosts Students' Performance
[VOA] New research suggests that the ability of children in Africa to perform well in school could be dramatically improved through the provision of basic malaria education and treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 30, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Celebrating Love without Unwanted Pregnancy
The objective of our campaign was to attract attention to the real risks associated with unprotected sex and to encourage youth to use health services that are available to them without discrimination. My fellow youth ambassadors and I talked to a total of 1,674 youth over the course of the campaign. Of these, over 1,000 young people benefitted from free reproductive health services.As young people ourselves, we know that to reach our peers we need to find creative ways to spread our messages. Some prefer a face-to-face interaction; others might be more receptive to discussing sensitive topics through a computer or smartph...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

Improving knowledge and data on migration -- new migration profile of Mali
(European Commission Joint Research Centre) One year from its conception, the European Commission's Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography is publishing a new migration profile of Mali. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa – More than Just Conflicts, Corruption, Disasters
A woman in El Fasher, North Darfur, uses a Water Roller for easily and efficiently carrying water. Credit: UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran.By IPS World DeskROME, May 25 2017 (IPS)Natural and man-made disasters, armed conflicts, widespread corruption and deep social inequalities have been so far a dramatic source for most news coverage when it comes to Africa, the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent on Earth, which hosts 54 states spreading over 30 million square kilometres that are home to over 1.2 billion people. Nevertheless, an often neglected fact is that this vast continent with huge natura...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: IPS World Desk Tags: Africa Development & Aid Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Population Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

A Clean Bed, Anesthesia, and Other Small Comforts We Can Give Mali ’s Moms
May 23, 2017An assessment of health facilities found entire wards devoid of equipment and supplies. We can do better.Can you imagine walking into a hospital room, pregnant and scared, and seeing broken medical monitors, stained beds, and sticks being used as IV poles?For many women in rural Mali, this is a reality —and one of the only alternatives to suffering at home, away from the watchful eyes and skillful hands of trained health workers.In Mali, high fertility, low use of modern contraceptive methods, early marriage, and a tendency for women to give birth at home place an estimated 2,400 women per year at high ri...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

17 Stories of Health Workers on the Front Lines of Care
April 03, 2017Health workers are real people, helping other real people. Their stories are complicated, frustrating, and inspiring.This is our favorite time of year.*It ’sWorld Health Worker Week, when all eyes are on the nurses, midwives, physicians, and other health workers we rely on throughout our lives.Well, notall eyes.Most people don ’t realize there’s a global shortage of18 million health workers on the way. Or that the 20 countries with the highest child mortality rates are also those with the most severe health worker shortages. Or that right now,70% of countries are unprepared to handle infecti...
Source: IntraHealth International - April 3, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Investigational PfSPZ malaria vaccine demonstrates considerable protection in Malian adults for duration of malaria season
In 2015, 212 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide, and 429,000 people with malaria died. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - February 16, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Disease That Causes 3-Foot Worm To Grow In Body Eliminated From Mali
This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. Former President Jimmy Carter is close to checking off a major bucket-list item: ending a horrific and ancient disease. Together with his eponymous foundation, Carter, 92, announced on Wednesday that dracunculusm, known as Guinea worm disease, has been eliminated from Mali and that there were just 25 reported cases in three African countries last year. Through its partnerships and community programs, the Carter Center has played a key role in the disease’s decline. The dis...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ume å epidemiologist joins UN expert mission to confront Rift Valley fever outbreak
(Umea University) A Rift Valley fever outbreak was recently reported at the border between Niger and Mali in West Africa. So far, 64 human cases including 23 deaths have been confirmed in Niger, according to the World Health Organization. Ume å University infectious disease epidemiologist Osama Ahmed Hassan recently joined an international expert fact-finding mission to Mali as a consultant with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 15, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Stand Up For Human Rights by Fighting Fistula
December 10, 2016Obstetric fistula is an especially important example on Human Rights Day 2016 because it is an underrepresented and often unheard of condition that affects a population that is also underrepresented and unheard: impoverished women.Over 2 million women around the world are living with obstetric fistula. So why haven ’t you heard of it?A fistula is a hole that forms between the vagina and the bladder and/or rectum during prolonged or protracted labor. It results in incontinence of urine and/or feces, pain, and more for the mother and, most often, stillbirth.Up to 100,000 women develop fistulas each yea...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: cbales Source Type: news

Young People in West Africa Are Leading Their Own Movement for Family Planning
November 28, 2016They're role models, advocates, and watchdogs. And they're making their expectations clear.The designation of “youth ambassador” may have started as a simple title, but as I witnessed at the Civil Society for Family Planning (CS4FP) Regional Workshop this month, it has grown to symbolize a movement.Since 2011, theCS4FP project has engaged dynamic, dedicated, impassioned young people from across francophone West Africa as family planning youth ambassadors. They ’re tasked with educating and mobilizing their peers around reproductive health and family planning in particular—what it is...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news