Jason Beaubien http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat http://news.stlpublicradio.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. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:59:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 33699 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Stopping Microbes Not Missiles: U.S. Plans For Next Global Threat Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide http://news.stlpublicradio.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 33479 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia http://news.stlpublicradio.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. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 17:29:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 32709 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Simple, Cheap Health Remedies Cut Child Mortality In Ethiopia Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 http://news.stlpublicradio.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 21:54:37 +0000 Jason Beaubien 31987 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 U.S. Military Helps Transport Typhoon Survivors http://news.stlpublicradio.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 10:47:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 31432 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Do For-Profit Schools Give Poor Kenyans A Real Choice? http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31382 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Do For-Profit Schools Give Poor Kenyans A Real Choice? Aid Groups Struggle To Reach Survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31357 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Aid Groups Struggle To Reach Survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31027 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa To Keep Polio At Bay, Israel Revaccinates A Million Kids http://news.stlpublicradio.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 29567 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org To Keep Polio At Bay, Israel Revaccinates A Million Kids In South Africa, A Clinic Focuses On Prostitutes To Fight HIV http://news.stlpublicradio.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 29476 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In South Africa, A Clinic Focuses On Prostitutes To Fight HIV