The VOA News audio program “Explorations” on Tuesday discussed international humanitarian aid in the Horn of Africa. The program features interviews with Kurt Tjossem, the International Rescue Committee’s regional director for the Horn of Africa and East Africa; Shannon Scribner, Oxfam America’s humanitarian policy manager; and Nancy Lindborg, USAID’s assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance.
Climate Change, Environmental Destruction Threaten Improvements Among World’s Poorest, UNDP Report Warns
“Unchecked environmental destruction will halt — or even reverse — the huge improvements seen in the living conditions of the world’s poorest people in recent decades,” the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warns in its 2011 Human Development report, which was released on Wednesday, the Guardian reports (Carrington, 11/2). “[T]he annual report, titled ‘Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,’ said that environmental sustainability can be ‘fairly’ reached if disparities in health, education, income and gender are addressed,” Xinhua writes (11/2). VOA News adds, “It says inaction on climate change and habitat destruction is jeopardizing health and the pursuit of higher income in developing countries” (Schlein, 11/2.)
Malawi’s health care system is “facing major setbacks” after the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) made its final aid disbursement to the country in March and decided not to renew a six-year spending commitment that ends this month, IRIN reports.
Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the first published report of the disease that came to be known as AIDS, the Los Angeles Times reports. Though the “promise” of a vaccine “has not materialized,” “[s]ome progress has been made on other fronts,” the newspaper writes (Healy/Maugh, 6/5).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is embarking on a weeklong trip to sub-Saharan Africa, CNN reports.
Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Development Julie Howard writes on State’s “DipNote” blog about attending the 10th annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum in Zambia and an announcement from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that the U.S. will provide “up to $30 million per year for four…
The New York Times reports on the success of a new meningococcal vaccine in West Africa, where very few cases of the disease have been detected in countries that use MenAfriVac, which costs 50 cents per dose.
GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines how physicians in Uganda are using nitric oxide gas as an experimental treatment for cerebral malaria, “a severe form of the disease in which malaria parasites clog the blood vessels of the brain.” In Mbarara, Uganda, researchers from Epicentre, the research arm of Médecins Sans Frontières,…
President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton “are currently traveling through Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, and South Africa to advance various Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) goals,” the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog reports. “After helping to promote malaria awareness and HIV testing, the high-profile duo visited Cyugaro…
Researchers at a hospital in Kenya are testing an experimental combination therapy to treat visceral leishmaniasis, also known as kala azar or black fever, Think Africa Press reports. “[D]espite the spread of the disease and fatalities related to it, a long-standing lack of interest from pharmaceutical companies has meant that…