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The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

15 April 2019

Uganda

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In rural parts of Africa, where access to quality medical attention is hard to come by, a hand-held portable ultrasound scanner is revolutionizing care. Although primarily being used to diagnose cases of pneumonia, do...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

17 December 2018

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Drones can deliver vaccines and medicines to isolated and underserved areas. The South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu now relies on drones to distribute vaccines to children in remote locations. Flights by drone are c...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

10 December 2018

Zambia

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Malaria disproportionally impacts young children and toddlers, oftentimes leaving parents in remote villages with little time to act before their child is at risk of dying. A pilot program coupled with other various e...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

16 July 2018

Geta, Nepal

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To combat trachoma in Nepal, the W.H.O. has partnered with pharmaceutical companies to provide access to services. In addition to drug donations and affordable services, W.H.O. is building trust by empowering local he...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

10 November 2017

Uganda

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Pregnant women in rural African villages tend not to seek medical services until they are in labour, but there are many services that should be performed earlier in the pregnancy in order to help ensure the survival o...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

7 October 2017

Nairobi, Kenya

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Two major pharmaceutical companies are offering discount cancer drugs in some African countries in an initiative modeled on the aids campaign. In African countries access to cancer treatment is scarce due to high pric...

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Donald G. McNeil Jr.

31 October 2016

Colombia

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In Brazil, more than 2,000 babies have been born with microcephaly, abnormally small heads and brain damage caused by the Zika virus. Colombia is the second hardest hit country by Zika but abortions lowered the microc...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

12 September 2016

Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has been fighting malaria for decades with more than 500,000 cases a year. Since 2013 the country has been malaria free by putting mobile clinics near the camps of itinerant workers and offering diagnosis an...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

15 December 2015

Cairo, Egypt

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A new approach to distributing pharmaceuticals in Egypt could become the blueprint for providing cutting-edge medicines to the poor. The approach, developed to fight Hep. C, capitalizes on local networks and involves ...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

5 October 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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The H.I.V. infection rate in San Francisco dropped drastically after the city increased testing and created programs like Rapid, which immediately offer public health insurance, antiretroviral drugs, and personal coun...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

10 November 2014

Kayes, Mali

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When a case of the Ebola disease struck a little girl in Africa, health officials in Mali collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to contain the illness and q...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

9 May 2011

Zambia

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Providing simple training to midwives in Zambia has resulted in a statistically significant decline in infant mortality. A small pilot project costing only $20,244 saved the lives of an estimated 97 infants.

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