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U.N., Aid Agencies Ask for $274M To Help CAR Refugees

News outlets report on relief agencies’ pleas for additional humanitarian aid funding for Central African Republic (CAR). New York Times: Central African Republic: Aid Sought for Those Fleeing Unrest “The United Nations refugee agency said Wednesday that it was working with 14 other humanitarian relief groups to seek $274 million…

Australia Commits Additional Funds For Humanitarian Aid In S. Sudan

Australian Associated Press/The Guardian: Australia commits extra $7.8m humanitarian aid to South Sudan “Australia will provide an extra $7.8 million for South Sudan communities confronting the dire humanitarian crisis. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that would take Australian aid to South Sudan to $50 million…” (4/11).

Ebola Virus In West Africa Is New Strain, Study Says

News outlets reference a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggesting the Ebola virus in West Africa is a new strain. Associated Press: Ebola virus in Africa outbreak is a new strain “The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a…

Equatorial Guinea Reports 2 Polio Cases After 15 Years Of Being Disease-Free

NPR: Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa “Health officials are worried. After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has two cases of the disease. … The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent…”…

People In African Countries Among Most Morally Opposed To Contraception

Michael Lipka, assistant editor at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, writes in the center’s “Fact Tank” blog about a recent Pew Research Center survey of people in 40 countries examining views on contraception. “Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, and Senegal ranked among the nine countries with the…

Children Receive Less Effective Diarrhea Care In Private Sub-Saharan African Hospitals

“Children in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer from diarrhea are receiving lifesaving treatment at a lower rate when visiting private hospitals as compared to public ones. Closing that gap would save an estimated 20,000 lives each year,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in a post on Humanosphere. Murphy examines the findings…

Improved Access To Clean Water Plays Role In Gender Equality In Africa

GlobalPost: In fight for gender equality in Africa, clean water plays a key role “An average woman in Africa spends about 60 percent of her day fetching water for her household. The chore not only forces women to walk miles to the nearest water source — which is highly likely…

Africans Must Raise Voices Against Anti-Gay Law

In the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s “Voices” blog, Edwin Cameron, justice of the constitutional court of South Africa, discusses the impacts of anti-gay laws in Nigeria and Uganda. Urging Africans to speak up, Cameron writes, “Africans of goodwill must raise their voices. The right to justice…