IBM on Monday announced the expansion of the company’s Corporate Service Corps, which sends teams of professionals around the world “to work pro bono with local organizations and businesses on projects that intersect business, technology and society,” Daily Independent/allAfrica.com reports.
The Economist examines how Africa’s economic growth is resulting in a demographic transition “that others have already traced: as people get richer, they have fewer children” and poses the question: “Can Africa capitalise on the demographic dividend?”
The Globe and Mail writes that “[w]hen India announced in 2007 that it had 2.3 million people living with HIV, rather than the 5.7 million reported the year before, the government first attributed much of the change to better data collection. Many in the AIDS field were skeptical.”
Despite Financial Crisis, Africa Must Focus On Health, Rwandan President Says At WHO Regional Meeting
Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the opening of the 59th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, urged delegates from across the continent to focus on promoting health, New Times/allAfrica.com reports.
Luis Gomes Sambo, WHO regional director for Africa, on Tuesday at the 59th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, presented a nine-point guide suggesting malaria control strategies for African countries, Agencia AngolaPress reports.
Global Economic Downturn Increases Malnutrition, Death Rates Among African Children, U.N. Assessment Indicates
The global economic downturn is “raising malnutrition and death rates among Africa’s children” and restricting their access to health care, according to a U.N. assessment released ahead of a G20 leaders meeting later this month that will focus on ways to minimize the effect of the downturn on the world’s poorest people, VOA News reports.
Also In Global Health News: Sanitation In Asia; Cholera In Cameroon; Drought In Ethiopia; Namibia, Angola Malaria MoU; Typhoid Treatment
Lack Of Access To Sanitation In Asia Causing Preventable Diseases Though Asia’s economies have quickly rebounded from the 2008-2009 global recession, “dismal sanitation facilities are causing preventable diseases in poor communities where people would readily spend money on a mobile phone â€“ but not on a latrine,” according to social…
Japan will maintain its aid pledges to African nations, despite reconstruction costs following an earthquake and tsunami, a senior government official said on Sunday at a development conference in Dakar, Senegal, Agence France-Presse reports (5/2).
A growing number of HIV infections in East Africa are linked to injection drug use (IDU), according to a new report (.pdf) from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, VOA News reports (DeCapua, 4/29).
African Progress Panel Report Highlights Status Of African Economies At World Economic Forum On Africa
Africa’s economies are expanding, but the continent is still too dependent on the export of raw materials, and trade between African nations needs to be increased, the African Progress Panel (APP) said in a report released Thursday at the World Economic Forum on Africa, which is taking place this week in Cape Town, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.