“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Cape Verde on Friday, the final stop on her seven-nation Africa tour in which she emphasized good governance and urged officials to implement reforms,” CNN reports (8/14).
PEPFAR and the global medical technology company BD announced an iniative Tuesday that will work to improve blood collection safety in clinics and hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa â€“ an issue that PANA/Afrique en ligne reports has “become more critical than ever in sub-Saharan nations and other developing countries severely impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.”
HHS announced on Monday that manufacturing and packaging issues have reduced by more than half the number of H1N1 vaccine doses that will be available in October when the U.S. vaccination campaign is set to start, Reuters reports.
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.
During a joint press conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, President Barack Obama announced a new partnership between U.S. and Indian agriculture sectors to help improve food security globally, Press Trust International/Livemint.com reports (11/8). India is the first country on Obama’s 10-day Asia-Pacific tour that began Saturday, IST/Reuters/Economic Times reports (11/7).