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As citizens of our respective countries, most of us lead a prosperous life. We have houses, air-conditioning, and access to fresh water. Most of us are accustomed to a life of pleasure and comfort.     Many do not know the true meaning of poverty and the underlying effects it has o...
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Although completely preventable, malaria is endemic in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the consequences of its persistence are staggering. World Health Organization (WHO) reported 429,000 malaria deaths in 2015, 90% of which occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa. These statistics may be discouraging, but at risk p...
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Sub-Saharan Africa has faced health related challenges for many years, including Ebola, which gained worldwide attention a few years ago when it spread beyond the continent of Africa and threatened lives abroad. Thankfully, the 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak has been contained, but as much of the world st...
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Many of us take our access to running water for granted. In the U.S., the average family of four uses about 400 gallons of water per day and the toilet is responsible for about 27% of that.[1] We often forget that access to safe water is a luxury to many people; in 2015, 683 million people did not h...
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An African child dies every 35 seconds from pneumonia [1,2]. Every minute one child dies from malaria [3], one child dies from measles [4], and six children die from pneumonia or diarrhea [2]. As of 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates five children under the age of five die every min...
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Barring a zoo escape or a visit to Mike Tyson’s house, I think we are safe from becoming the victim of one of Africa’s indigenous predatory animals. But our geographic separation from the African continent does not insulate us from the most deadly animal in Africa—the mosquito. ...
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Living in a fast-food-filled Western society, diabetes isn’t necessarily a condition that one would immediately correlate with African nations. Surprisingly, diabetes is “on the rise everywhere and now most common in developing countries” according to Dr. Margaret Chan of the World H...
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Health authorities have responded to last week’s Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) flare-up in Guinea by working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies to identify people who have been in contact with the recent victims. Additionally, campaigns to increase public awareness are again u...
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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared over last year but the risk of infection and future outbreaks remains very high. Two new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) were reported in Sierra Leone in January, but quick action on the part of first-responders and health officials helped prevent fu...

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