Fatimata Sy on Partnering to Expand Access to Contraceptives
By Ruchika Tulshyan, Contributor, The OptimistJanuary 17, 2019Fatimata Sy  talks to The Optimist about her work, the future of family planning, and her own audacious personal goal.When it launched in 2011, theOuagadougou Partnership set an audacious goal for 2020: Increase the number of women using modern contraceptives by at least 2.2 million in nine francophone West African countries.Historically, not many women in the region used contraceptives because of socio-cultural factors and infrastructure challenges. But members of the Partnership were determined to prove that with the right approach, family planning could ...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

Beyond rebellion: uncaptured dimensions of violent conflicts and the implications for peacebuilding in - Ebiede TM.
Disagreements between indigenous communities and the Nigerian state on natural resource management constitute a major source of conflicts in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Though armed militancy targeting oil infrastructure constituted a major form of the confl... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Ouagadougou Partnership Countries on Track to Meet 2020 Family Planning Goals
December 19, 2018At the 7th annual meeting of theOuagadougou Partnership last week, about 350 delegates from more than a dozen countries came together to celebrate the partnership ’s successes and progress toward its goals, including reaching 2.2 million more people in nine francophone West African countries with modern family planning methods by 2020.The Ouagadougou Partnership is a coalition of government officials, religious leaders, civil society members, and youth representatives from nine countries —Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo—working in collaboratio...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

Africa: A Transit City in Niger Extends HIV/Aids Care to Migrants
[Deutsche Welle] The movement of people in Africa is driving the HIV/AIDS rate up. In one city Nigerien authorities have included migrants in their program to curb and treat the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 1, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Niger closes UK charity's health centers, says they performed abortions
Niger's health ministry has ordered two family planning centers run by British charity Marie Stopes International (MSI) to close because it performed abortions, the ministry said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

When working ants take a sick day, the whole colony benefits
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Scientists have shown that the social insect Lasius niger (or black garden ant) changes its behavior following exposure to a fungus, a strategy that protects the most vulnerable and important members of the colony from infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Social network plasticity decreases disease transmission in a eusocial insect
Animal social networks are shaped by multiple selection pressures, including the need to ensure efficient communication and functioning while simultaneously limiting disease transmission. Social animals could potentially further reduce epidemic risk by altering their social networks in the presence of pathogens, yet there is currently no evidence for such pathogen-triggered responses. We tested this hypothesis experimentally in the ant Lasius niger using a combination of automated tracking, controlled pathogen exposure, transmission quantification, and temporally explicit simulations. Pathogen exposure induced behavioral c...
Source: ScienceNOW - November 22, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Stroeymeyt, N., Grasse, A. V., Crespi, A., Mersch, D. P., Cremer, S., Keller, L. Tags: Epidemiology, Evolution reports Source Type: news

Nigeria: Gas Flaring Continues Scorching Niger Delta
[Deutsche Welle] In Nigeria's Niger Delta, gas flares are killing crops, polluting water and damaging human health. The Nigerian government has promised to tackle the problem -- but new data shows flaring has even gone up. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Niger
From July through September 2018, six cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported from Niger, genetically linked to a cVDPV2 case in Jigawa and Katsina States, Nigeria. The virus was isolated from children with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) from Zinder region, located in the south of Niger and on the border with Nigeria, with dates of onset of paralysis ranging from 18 July through 16 September 2018. This outbreak has also affected Jigawa, Katsina, Yobe, Gombe, and Borno states in Nigeria, with 17 cases reported since April 2018. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 30, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

The Right to Choose
Manes Feston, flanked by her children, holds her four-month-old son Fedson. He was one of triplets but his siblings died because of a lack of welfare support. High fertility rates can be seen in much of Africa with four or more births per woman. Generally, these countries are poorer with limited access to quality healthcare and contraception. Credit: Travis Lupick/IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 2018 (IPS)Reproductive choice can transform the world and our goals towards a sustainable society, a new report says.Every year, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) examines the state of the world populatio...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations fertility Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Patient's fungal infection causes black blobs of mould to grow inside his ear canal
A patient at Hai Duong Hospital near Hanoi, Vietnam, developed an infection from the fungus aspergillus niger, which caused spores of mould to grow in his ear. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Niger: Three Cases of Polio Detected in Niger
[Vanguard] Health officials have detected three cases of polio in southern Niger, near the border with Nigeria, the health ministry said Friday, just months after a major UN vaccination operation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - October 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Niger:Three Cases of Polio Detected in Niger
[Vanguard] Health officials have detected three cases of polio in southern Niger, near the border with Nigeria, the health ministry said Friday, just months after a major UN vaccination operation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 9, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Cholera – Niger
On 15 July, the outbreak of cholera was officially declared by the Ministry of Public Health of Niger. The first three cases were residents of Nigeria from Jibiya Local Government Area (LGA) in Katsina State on the border with Niger. The cases were all from the same family and reportedly had an onset of symptoms in Jibiya LGA before seeking treatment on 5 July 2018 at a health facility in a bordering town in Niger. Vibrio cholerae serotype O1 Inaba was confirmed in stool samples from all three cases, one of which died within minutes of admission. In addition to these cases, six cases were reported in the following two days...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - October 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news