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IRIN Examines TB In Southern African Mines

Noting “South Africa’s gold mines are estimated to have the highest number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world, making the disease a leading export to neighboring countries,” IRIN examines “the declaration meant to change this situation.” The news service notes, “In August 2012, heads of state from the…

Somalia Aims To Provide Universal Basic Health Care By 2016

“Every Somali citizen will have access to basic health care by 2016 if a new, government-led strategic plan achieves its aims,” IRIN reports. The government launched the Health Sector Strategic Plans (HSSPs) for each of the country’s zones on March 21, marking “a move away from the emergency-level health provision that…

Bill Gates Reflects On Visit To Ghana To Learn About Immunization Program

“I arrive in Ghana today to see firsthand why the country’s immunization system is working so well and meet the people involved,” Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog. “Ghana’s approach works so well for a few key reasons: Rigorous…

Guardian Examines African Environmental Outlook Report

The Guardian highlights the African Environment Outlook-3 [.pdf], a report released last month by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that examines “[t]he multifaceted connection between environmental and human health.” The report is the third in a series, with the first published in 2002 and the second in 2006, the…

Researchers Examine Performance Of Africa’s Expanded Programme On Immunization

In a paper published in PLoS Medicine last week, researchers from the Vaccines for Africa Initiative at the University of Cape Town’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine examine the performance of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Africa since its inception in 1974. “With the 2015 deadline…

Blog Examines Implementation Of Health Insurance Program In Rwanda

In Humanosphere, journalist Tom Paulson examines Rwanda’s recent success in implementing a health “insurance program that has covered most of the population with an emphasis on basic, preventative care.” Including comments from Peter Drobac of Partners in Health and Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, Paulson focuses on the role of…

Britain Launches Plan To Fight Use Of Rape As Weapon Of War In DRC

On a trip to Goma, “in the violent south-eastern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC],” British Foreign Secretary William Hague launched the U.K.’s plan to help tackle rape as a weapon of war, “announcing £180 million [$272 million] in new funding for the DRC health system, some…

New Report From ONE Reviews Agricultural Development In Africa Over Past Decade

“In a report launched [on Tuesday] — a valuable yardstick called, ‘A Growing Opportunity: Measuring Investments in African Agriculture’ — ONE reviews the past decade and finds some notable successes in terms of mustering money and political commitment, and the impact of agricultural development,” Roger Thurow, senior fellow on global…

Bill Gates Tours Ghana’s Health System, Discusses Polio Eradication

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “is currently in Ghana to assess the country’s health systems,” Ventures Africa reports. Gates “touched down in Accra March 25, 2013, and says he is in Ghana to get firsthand information on why the country’s immunization system is working so…

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