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U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa

President ObamaAs the President has stated, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States.  In order to contain and combat it, we are partnering with the United Nations and other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal respond just as we fortify our defenses at home. Every outbreak of Ebola over the past 40 years has been contained, and we are confident that this one can—and will be—as well.

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How did Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, succeed at reducing child mortality?

Malawi Babies

Today UNICEF released a new report called A Promise Renewed, which includes the latest global figures on child mortality.

One of the Millennium Development Goals is to reduce the figure for under-5 mortality by two-thirds by 2015, and UNICEF’s new report shows how well the international community is doing at achieving that goal.

I recently returned from Malawi, where I saw how the country, despite being one of the poorest in the world, has not only achieved its child survival goal, but reached the milestone a year ahead of schedule.

Malawian man burns to death after furniture shops catch fire

Fire in NdirandeBLANTYRE(MaraviPost)—Residents in Ndirande township responded to an early morning blaze on Friday, which apart from destroying three furniture shops, claimed the life of a man who is yet to be identified.

Reports indicate that the deceased was sleeping in one of the burnt shops, located along the Ndirande-Chinseu road in Blantyre, at the time of the incident.

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Cayo Spice Chishango 20th Anniversary

CondomsPopulation Services International (PSI) Malawi celebrates in style the 20th anniversary of chishango condoms in the country. The Ceremony took place in the Mzuzu,   Kawale based Counselling Adolescent Youth Organisation club (CAYO) from Lilongwe spiced the occasion with skillful dancing magic on Saturday.

Speaking during the event PSI Malawi HIV Program Manager Brenda  Kamanga encouraged the youths  to use condoms effectively in order to reduce the spread of  HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

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African Union Support to Ebola in West Africa (ASEOWA)

ZumaAddis Ababa, Ethiopia 16 September 2014- The African Union is sending a team of health workers and other specialists to tackle the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa under its operation AU Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA).

The first batch of 30 volunteers under ASEOWA, to be deployed to Liberia, is now at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa and is undergoing pre deployment briefing to prepare them for the mission.

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