Jason Beaubien http://ktep.org en Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa http://ktep.org/post/polio-hits-equatorial-guinea-threatens-central-africa Health officials are worried.<p>After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">reported</a> two cases of the disease.<p>The children paralyzed are in two distant parts of the country. So the virus may have spread widely across the small nation.<p>The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:29:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 38810 at http://ktep.org Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift http://ktep.org/post/global-aid-health-hits-record-high-though-total-aid-dipping International development aid has hit an all-time high, despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets. As patterns of international assistance shift, an increasing amount of money is being invested in improving health in the developing world.<p>Donors from wealthy nations, aid groups, U.N. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:05:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 38247 at http://ktep.org Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs http://ktep.org/post/save-her-husbands-life-woman-fights-access-tb-drugs One year ago Pavel Rucsineanu was running out of options.<p>Drug-resistant tuberculosis was ravaging his lungs. And the disease had evolved into an incurable form, doctors said.<p>It's like an "infectious cancer," Dr. Tetru Alexandriuc <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/03/186072305/love-in-the-time-of-tb-a-young-family-fights-an-ancient-foe">said</a> at the time. "We have no other medicines" to treat Pavel, the doctor added. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 36988 at http://ktep.org To Save Her Husband's Life, A Woman Fights For Access To TB Drugs Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat http://ktep.org/post/stopping-microbes-not-missiles-us-plans-next-global-threat Spot the next plague before it arrives. Predict the next swine flu outbreak before it makes headlines. Even detect a biological weapon before it's launched.<p>These are the goals of an ambitious initiative, launched Thursday, to build a worldwide surveillance system for infectious diseases.<p>Spearheaded by the U.S. government, the <a href="http://www.globalhealth.gov/global-health-topics/global-health-security/index.html">Global Health Security Agenda</a> brings together 26 countries, the World Health Organization and several other international group. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:58:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 34777 at http://ktep.org Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide http://ktep.org/post/global-cancer-cases-rising-alarming-rate-worldwide As countries modernize around the world, they're increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.<p>There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization <a href="http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2014/pdfs/pr224_E.pdf">reported</a> Monday. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 34159 at http://ktep.org Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries http://ktep.org/post/overweight-people-developing-world-outnumber-those-rich-countries People are getting fatter around the world. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 32075 at http://ktep.org Overweight People In Developing World Outnumber Those In Rich Countries Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets http://ktep.org/post/why-ending-malaria-may-be-more-about-backhoes-bed-nets Wiping out malaria is a top goal for many leaders in global health.<p>Fewer people are dying now from the mosquito-borne disease than at any other time in history. "And there's a very, very strong belief now that malaria can be eliminated," says <a href="http://www.who.int/woman_child_accountability/ierg/members/Phumaphi/en/index.html">Joy Phumaphi</a>, who chairs the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.<p>But when you look at the overall numbers on malaria, eradication almost seems like a pipe dream.<p>In 2010, malaria was ranked as the seventh biggest killer in the developing world. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 08:24:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 32054 at http://ktep.org Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia http://ktep.org/post/simple-cheap-health-remedies-cut-child-mortality-ethiopia Poor countries are starting to realize something that richer ones sometimes forget: Basic, inexpensive measures can have dramatic impacts on the health of a country. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 31962 at http://ktep.org Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan http://ktep.org/post/rushing-toward-chaos-covering-aftermath-typhoon-haiyan It felt like a dream.<p>The Marines kept flying over us all night long. Their hulking C-130 cargo planes rattled the tarp we'd jerry-rigged above our heads. NPR photographer David Gilkey and I were lying in sleeping bags next to the runway of the destroyed Tacloban airport. We'd arrived a few hours earlier in the back of one of those military aircraft. Now we were just waiting for daybreak.<p>Typhoon Haiyan had ripped the airport apart, killed the soldiers based there and left it flooded with seawater. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 31720 at http://ktep.org Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013 http://ktep.org/post/they-shot-zero-couldnt-squash-polio-2013 <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. Numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. Over the next two weeks, you'll hear the stories behind numbers, ranging from zero to 1 trillion. </em><p>The lowest number of polio cases ever recorded in the world during one year was 223. And 2013 was on track for an even lower number.<p>But this was a year when polio pushed back. Hard. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:23:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 30934 at http://ktep.org They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio In 2013 Forgiveness And Reconciliation, Mandela's Legacy http://ktep.org/post/forgiveness-and-reconciliation-mandelas-legacy Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. It takes a moment to realize just what made former South African President Nelson Mandela so much more memorable than other leaders. He was not the only man to fight for racial equality. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 30341 at http://ktep.org Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 http://ktep.org/post/nelson-mandela-inspiration-world-dies-95 Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.<p>President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.<p>From his childhood as a herd boy, Mandela went on to lead the African National Congress' struggle against the racially oppressive, apartheid regime of South Africa. For his efforts, he spent 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:55:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 30310 at http://ktep.org Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 A Chronic Problem In Disaster Zones: No Fuel http://ktep.org/post/chronic-problem-disaster-zones-no-fuel In the wake of any natural disaster, there are almost always shortages of fuel. Even in the United States, gas stations shut down during blackouts because there's no electricity to run their pumps.<p>It was no different in the Philippines, where practically no fuel was available after Typhoon Haiyan struck. Aid agencies said the lack of gasoline was a major impediment to relief efforts.<p>One small American nonprofit called the Fuel Relief Fund is trying to change that.<p>Immediately after Haiyan hit, all the gas stations in Tacloban were shut, along with everything else. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:27:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 29421 at http://ktep.org A Chronic Problem In Disaster Zones: No Fuel For Filipinos Displaced By Haiyan, The Struggle Continues http://ktep.org/post/filipinos-displaced-haiyan-struggle-continues Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>The United Nations now estimates almost two million people were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:44:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 29281 at http://ktep.org Catholics In Philippines Turn To Church To Cope With Typhoon http://ktep.org/post/catholics-philippines-turn-church-cope-typhoon Across the ravaged center of the Philippines on Sunday, people flocked to Mass, often in churches that had been severely damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.<p>In many villages in Leyte province, the only structures that survived the storm were churches. Spires and statues of angels look out over fields of smashed houses and twisted typhoon debris.<p>In Tacloban, the typhoon ripped the roof off the once-stately Santo Nino Catholic Church. There's still mud in among the pews, and one of the large stained-glass windows hangs precariously from its frame above the congregation. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 29237 at http://ktep.org Catholics In Philippines Turn To Church To Cope With Typhoon Photos: A Crippled Hospital Aids Desperate Survivors http://ktep.org/post/photos-crippled-hospital-aids-desperate-survivors In the typhoon-ravaged heart of the Philippines, many hospitals were badly damaged or destroyed by the storm. NPR photojournalist David Gilkey and reporter Jason Beaubien visited one battered hospital that continues to serve patients.<p>More than a week after the storm, the staff at Divine Word Hospital are simultaneously trying to patch up the hospital and take care of patients.<p>In the courtyard of the hospital, men fight thick, black mud that was left behind by the storm surge. Typhoon Haiyan ripped the roof off this solid, four-story hospital and threw it down in the courtyard. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:12:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 29184 at http://ktep.org Photos: A Crippled Hospital Aids Desperate Survivors Typhoon Survivors In Tacloban Desperate For Food, Clean Water http://ktep.org/post/typhoon-survivors-tacloban-desperate-food-clean-water Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>One week after a typhoon crashed into the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports from the city of Tacloban, where people are getting desperate for food and clean water.<p>JASON BEAUBIEN, BYLINE: This morning a long line of people snaked out of the parking lot of the Astrodome, one of the only buildings still standing along the bay front of Tacloban. The queue extended for several hundred yards up a street piled high with debris from the storm. People waited patiently all morning. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 29085 at http://ktep.org U.S. Military Helps Transport Typhoon Survivors http://ktep.org/post/us-military-helps-transport-typhoon-survivors Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Stories of survival are emerging from the Philippines after the devastation brought by Typhoon Haiyan. Twenty-three-year-old Marcelo Maloon(ph) was studying nursing in Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the storm. And on the day of the typhoon, Maloon took shelter in a hotel with friends.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>From a third floor window, Maloon filmed videos he then posted to his Instagram account, showing debris flying through the air and cars being swept through the flooded street below. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:44:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 28981 at http://ktep.org Do For-Profit Schools Give Poor Kenyans A Real Choice? http://ktep.org/post/do-profit-schools-give-poor-kenyans-real-choice <a href="http://www.bridgeinternationalacademies.com/">Bridge International Academies</a> has set up more than 200 schools in Kenya over the past four years, and plans to open 50 more in January.<p>Using a school-in-a-box model, Bridge's founders say it gives primary schoolkids a quality education for roughly $5 a month.<p>"We believe that we can be educating at least 10 million pupils around the world that come from families who live on less than $2 a day," says Bridge co-founder Jay Kimmelman. "We believe that we can give them an education ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:22:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 28860 at http://ktep.org Do For-Profit Schools Give Poor Kenyans A Real Choice? Aid Groups Struggle To Reach Survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan http://ktep.org/post/aid-groups-struggle-reach-survivors-typhoon-haiyan Aid agencies are scrambling to try to get water and food to people in the Philippines who've been left homeless or injured by Typhoon Haiyan.<p>But reaching some of the areas ravaged by the intense storm is proving difficult. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 28808 at http://ktep.org Aid Groups Struggle To Reach Survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan Polio In The Middle East And Africa Could Threaten Europe http://ktep.org/post/polio-middle-east-and-africa-could-threaten-europe Polio outbreaks in the Middle East and Africa could spread to Europe if precautions aren't taken, researchers say.<p>The recent discovery of the poliovirus in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/10/22/238693328/first-polio-cases-since-1999-suspected-in-syria">Syria</a>, Somalia and Israel should be a wake-up call for European health officials, according to epidemiologist <a href="http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/modeling/Mod_Eichner_Intro_en.html">Martin Eichner</a> at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.<p>"There are more and more countries where polio is being transmitted, and there Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:34:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 28652 at http://ktep.org Polio In The Middle East And Africa Could Threaten Europe Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa http://ktep.org/post/violence-chaos-let-polio-creep-back-syria-and-horn-africa <strong>Update on Thursday<strong>, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. ET:</strong></strong><p><blockquote><p>A spokesman for the World Health Organization <a href="../blogs/health/2013/10/31/242150843/polio-has-not-returned-to-south-sudan?live=1">said Thursday</a> that it was mistaken about the polio outbreak in Somalia spreading to South Sudan. The virus has been detected in Kenya and Ethiopia this year. But South Sudan has not recorded a polio case since 2009.<p></blockquote><p>Global efforts to eradicate polio have made impressive progress over the past decade. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:03:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 27985 at http://ktep.org Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa Polio Returns To Syria As Health System Crumbles http://ktep.org/post/polio-returns-syria-health-system-crumbles Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>After weeks of uncertainty, the World Health Organization today confirmed that polio has reemerged in Syria for the first time in 14 years. Earlier this month, health officials reported that 22 children in eastern Syria were paralyzed by what appeared to be polio. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 27963 at http://ktep.org First Polio Cases Since 1999 Suspected In Syria http://ktep.org/post/first-polio-cases-1999-suspected-syria The World Health Organization is investigating a cluster of possible polio cases in an eastern province of Syria.<p>If the cases are confirmed, they'd be the first ones in the war-torn nation in more than a decade. The country eliminated polio in 1999.<p>Syria used to have one of the highest polio vaccination rates in the region. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:27:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 27431 at http://ktep.org First Polio Cases Since 1999 Suspected In Syria Kenyan President: Mall Attackers 'Defeated' After Four-Day Fight http://ktep.org/post/kenyan-president-mall-attackers-defeated-after-four-day-fight Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The bloody siege of an upscale mall in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is over. Islamists had seized the shopping center on Saturday with guns blazing, killing shoppers indiscriminately. Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta, made the announcement in a televised address to the nation this evening. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:52:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 25700 at http://ktep.org Relief Agencies Brace For Fallout From Syria Strikes http://ktep.org/post/relief-agencies-brace-fallout-syria-strikes Humanitarian groups are stockpiling supplies and readying a new refugee camp in Jordan. The conflict in the region is already the largest ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world with millions of Syrians displaced from their homes. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 09:13:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 24666 at http://ktep.org Tuberculosis Hitched A Ride When Early Humans Left Africa http://ktep.org/post/tuberculosis-hitched-ride-when-early-humans-left-africa Dogs often get credit for being humans' constant companions. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:54:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 24444 at http://ktep.org Tuberculosis Hitched A Ride When Early Humans Left Africa Chronic Illnesses Outpace Infections As Big Killers Worldwide http://ktep.org/post/chronic-illnesses-outpace-infections-big-killers-worldwide People around the world are getting healthier and living longer.<p>Infectious diseases are declining around the globe. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:33:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 24352 at http://ktep.org Chronic Illnesses Outpace Infections As Big Killers Worldwide To Keep Polio At Bay, Israel Revaccinates A Million Kids http://ktep.org/post/keep-polio-bay-israel-revaccinates-million-kids Israel is in the midst of a massive, emergency immunization drive of all children under the age of 9 against polio.<p>Why?<p>Health workers detected the virus in southern Israel in February. Since then, they've found it in 85 different sewage samples across the country, the <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/">Global Polio Eradication Initiative</a> said Wednesday. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 24217 at http://ktep.org To Keep Polio At Bay, Israel Revaccinates A Million Kids In South Africa, A Clinic Focuses On Prostitutes To Fight HIV http://ktep.org/post/south-africa-clinic-focuses-prostitutes-fight-hiv South Africa has come a long way in dealing with AIDS. The country has been successful in getting drug treatment to millions of people infected with HIV.<p>But the country still has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world — and the virus continues to spread. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 23948 at http://ktep.org In South Africa, A Clinic Focuses On Prostitutes To Fight HIV