After a recent trip to Africa, “to see firsthand the region’s fight against malaria,” Tachi Yamada, the president of the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in a CNN opinion piece that a visit to a pediatric hospital ward in Zanzibar that did not have “a single patient” was the “single most memorable image of the trip.”
Business Day examines efforts currently underway in Africa to bolster the continent’s ability to develop new drugs and diagnostics.
Agriculture Investment In Developing Countries Must Increase By 50% To Feed 9.1B People By 2050, FAO Report Says
Developing countries need agriculture investments of $83 billion per year to meet the food needs of a projected 9.1 billion people by 2050, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reports (10/8).
SciDev.Net examines a recent conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where almost “300 researchers and health policymakers from across the continent” came together and approved a 2010-2015 business plan for the the African Network for Drugs and Diagnosis Innovation (ANDI).
There is a “realistic possibility” that the world could see a repeat of the 2007-2008 upsurge in food prices that “caused a sharp rise in the number of hungry people around the world,” the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday at a forum of experts who are meeting in Rome through Tuesday, Reuters reports. “Food commodities prices are likely to stay high and volatile in the medium term,” according to the FAO.
Secretary of State Clinton Identifies Hunger As “Key Priority” For Obama Administration “For one billion people around the world, the daily effort to grow, buy or sell food is the defining struggle of their lives. This matters to them, and to all of us,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton…
Today marks World Food Day, with the aim of bringing “awareness to the issue of hunger,” as the world faces “more mouths to feed but fewer farmers to grow the needed crops,” Deutsche Welle reports. The news outlet calls hunger an “income problem,” adding that “farmers will continue fleeing their fields for more lucrative opportunities in the urban areas unless incomes improve.”
Legislation that criminalizes homosexual acts in Uganda did not make it to the floor of the country’s Parliament on Friday, meaning “the bill is essentially dead, for the moment,” PRI’s “The World” reports (Porter, 5/13).
Scientific American looks at the possible link between HIV prevalence and a recent increase in the number of children dying from measles in sub-Saharan Africa.
At a World Bank panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on homophobia in developing countries, LGBT advocates from Africa expressed concern that if multilateral development organizations cut aid to Uganda in protest of attempts to make homosexual acts crimes punishable by death, the human rights situation for them could worsen, the Washington Blade reports.