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Blog Highlights Debate Around South Africa’s Delayed Patent Reforms

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses details on “Pharmagate,” a plan with the aim “to derail proposed patent reforms in South Africa, [however,] those involved indicated that the plan, dubbed ‘genocidal’ by South Africa Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, was the product of a misunderstanding…” (Barton, 2/11).

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 37 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article on Rwanda’s advancements in public health as well as one on Belarus’ efforts to address TB. The issue also discusses core features of the…

S. African President Praises Country’s HIV/AIDS Policies In National Speech

South African news outlets report on President Jacob Zuma’s mention of HIV/AIDS policies in his State of the Nation address. SAPA/Independent Online: Zuma proud of HIV/AIDS turnaround “A turnaround in South Africa’s HIV and AIDS policies was a great achievement by the country’s government, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.…

U.N. Continues Humanitarian Aid Efforts In CAR

News outlets report on ongoing U.N. humanitarian aid operations in Central African Republic (CAR). Agence France-Presse: U.N. starts food airlift to restive Central Africa “The U.N. food agency on Wednesday launched one of its largest-ever emergency food airlifts, flying in aliments to the Central African Republic…” (2/12). U.N. News Centre:…

Despite Ceasefire In South Sudan, Fighting Continues, Challenges Aid Delivery

New York Times: Reports of South Sudan Fighting, Despite Pact, Prompt Worry and Warnings “The ranks of displaced people have swelled to nearly 900,000, close to a tenth of the entire population. Humanitarian groups warn that millions could go hungry if fields remain unplowed before the coming rainy season. Aid…

African Officials Attend UNAIDS, Lancet Commission Meeting In London

A Rwandan news outlet and the Government of Ghana report on the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission meeting that took place in London on Thursday. New Times Rwanda: UNAIDS meet discusses global health “The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, [Thursday] joined the other UNAIDS and Lancet Commissioners in London for a meeting…

Experts Call For Urgent Action On Clean Cookstoves

SciDev.Net: Urgent action ‘needed for clean cooking, heating fuels’ “Urgent measures are needed to reduce exposure to smoke from traditional cooking and heating methods such as using solid fuels, which contribute to more than four million deaths a year globally, a conference has heard. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves…

The Guardian Highlights G8 New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition

The Guardian released a series of articles on the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, including an interactive on the 10 African countries that made a commitment, articles on the controversy surrounding the initiative, and individual articles highlighting Malawi, Ghana, and Tanzania. The Guardian: The G8 and the…