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Rebecca Richards-Kortum is a "genius grant" winner with a very busy schedule. The engineering professor, who encourages students to come up with medical devices that will be valuable in the developing world, is the mother of six and a marathon runner. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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'Genius Grant' Winner Is A Genius At Inspiring Students

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A health official inks a child's finger to indicate she has received a polio vaccine last month at a camp of people displaced by Islamist extremists in Nigeria. Sunday Alamba/AP hide caption

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How Boko Haram Is Keeping Polio Alive In Nigeria

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Maudeline Orelien, 22, with her son, Wilguens Pierre, who was born in July with microcephaly. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Why The Low Zika Numbers In Haiti Might Be Wrong

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Chinashama Sainvilus is one of three babies born with microcephaly at the Mirebalais Hospital in Haiti in July. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Doctors Fear Zika Is A Sleeping Giant In Haiti

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The Terrain Hotel compound was ransacked by South Sudanese troops, who went on to attack foreign aid workers holed up there. Adriane Ohanesian/AP hide caption

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U.N. Report Addresses Gang Rape Of Aid Workers In South Sudan

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Haitians protest in front of a U.N. office on Oct. 15, 2015, demanding reparations for families of people who suffered or died from cholera. The outbreak started in 2010, claiming some 9,000 lives. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Debate Continues Over U.N. Role In Bringing Cholera To Haiti

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Ado Ibrahim carries his son Aminu through a village in northern Nigeria. Aminu was paralyzed by polio in 2012. David P. Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Polio Rears Its Head Again In Africa

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A city worker in San Juan, Puerto Rico, cleans up a vacant lot where mosquitoes could be breeding. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Puerto Rico's Efforts To Stop Zika Are Hampered By Mistrust

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This is what's called a "specimen lot" — a large mason jar holding smaller vials of parasitic worms gathered by a researcher in 1927. The Smithsonian collection has more than 120,000 specimen lots. Kristin Adair/NPR hide caption

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#NPRWormWeek: Worms Are Bottled Up In The Smithsonian's Crawl Space

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Puerto Rican OB-GYNs Offer Free Birth Control To Fight Zika

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A health department pickup truck sprays insecticide against mosquitoes in a San Juan, Puerto Rico, neighborhood in January. Alvin Baez/Reuters hide caption

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Zika Cases Surge In Puerto Rico As Mosquitoes Flourish

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Every day, hundreds of patients wait to be seen at the Munhava health center in Mozambique's port city of Beira. Morgana Wingard hide caption

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The Sole Doctor In The Hospital Shoulders The Burden Of HIV

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Catherine Msimango, 18, takes a nightly pill to protect her against HIV. "It's all about my safety," says the South African high schooler. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Why Healthy Teens Are Taking A Daily Anti-AIDS Pill

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