Jason Beaubien Jason Beaubien is NPR's Global Health and Development Correspondent on the Science Desk.

WHO Leader Says End Of Ebola Outbreak Is Near, But Hard Work Remains

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How do siblings get around the "no touching" rule during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone? Alex and Jen Tran grabbed a rare hug when they were geared up for training. Courtesy of Alex Tran hide caption

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The Brother Went To Fight Ebola. So Did His Sister. Mom Was 'A Wreck'

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A mother holds her ailing son at a special clinic for malaria in Myanmar. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images hide caption

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The World Could Be On The Verge Of Losing A Powerful Malaria Drug

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In this 2012 photograph, Adamu Ali carries his 4-year-old son, Omar, who was stricken with polio earlier that year. They live in the Nigerian village of Minjibir. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Nigeria Is On The Verge Of Bidding Goodbye To Polio

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Boys run from blowing dust as a U.S. Marine vehicle takes off from an Ebola treatment center under construction in Liberia in October. In the end, the centers weren't always needed, but the military's ability to ferry supplies was critical in fighting the outbreak. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. Helped Beat Back Ebola — Only Not In The Way You Might Think

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This World Health Organization map shows the percent of the population vaccinated for measles in each country in 2013. Dark green is at least 90 percent. Light green is 80 to 89 percent. Orange is 50 to 79 percent. Red is less than 50 percent. Courtesy of WHO hide caption

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Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, has said of Ebola: "It overwhelmed the capacity of WHO, and it is a crisis that cannot be solved by a single agency or single country." Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Critics Say Ebola Crisis Was WHO's Big Failure. Will Reform Follow?

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A new study finds that strenuous labor in the sugar cane fields of Central America is contributing to a mysterious form of kidney failure. Above: Workers harvest sugar cane in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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A Vietnamese boy is treated for measles in a state-run hospital in April 2014. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Measles Is A Killer: It Took 145,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year

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In November, women in El Salvador marched for the freedom of 17 women accused of abortion, including Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana. She was pardoned this week. Luis Galdamez/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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A miner holds a nugget of mercury mixed with gold. The mercury is used to extract gold from river sludge. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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Going For The Gold Sends Mercury Down The River

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