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Guardian Examines African Environmental Outlook Report

The Guardian highlights the African Environment Outlook-3 [.pdf], a report released last month by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that examines “[t]he multifaceted connection between environmental and human health.” The report is the third in a series, with the first published in 2002 and the second in 2006, the…

Researchers Examine Performance Of Africa’s Expanded Programme On Immunization

In a paper published in PLoS Medicine last week, researchers from the Vaccines for Africa Initiative at the University of Cape Town’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine examine the performance of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Africa since its inception in 1974. “With the 2015 deadline…

IRIN Examines How Mining Industry In Mozambique Increasing Fears Of HIV

IRIN examines how “[e]very mining boom brings the fear of a rising HIV infection rate, particularly in a country like Mozambique, where the estimated prevalence is already 11.3 percent.” The news service looks at how the promise of a large coal mining operation in the Tete province of Mozambique could affect…

Country Representatives, Development Agencies Gather In Johannesburg For Global Newborn Health Conference

“Representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation attended the world’s first global newborn health conference in Johannesburg on Monday,” Business Day Live reports (Magubane/Rapetswane, 4/15). “Representatives from 50 countries are participating in the four-day conference which…

Mozambique Launches New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition

Paul Weisenfeld, assistant to the administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, writes in the Feed the Future blog about the recent “official launch of Mozambique’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Maputo.” He says, “While the country’s poverty and undernutrition rates remain high, Mozambique has the potential to grow…

Regional Meeting To Scale Up Collaborative TB/HIV Activities Begins In Maputo

“The regional meeting to scale up collaborative TB/HIV activities in Africa kicked off in Maputo last week with presentations scheduled for 14 African country representatives to share progress and challenges in confronting TB/HIV co-infection in the most highly impacted region of the world,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science…

India, China Deny Claims Of Supplying Counterfeit Medications To Africa, Guardian Reports

“India has denied claims that it has exported large quantities of counterfeit medication to Africa, after the Guardian published a front-page exposé on the phenomenon,” the Guardian reports in a follow-up article. The original article “cited experts and NGO reports as saying that up to a third of anti-malarial drugs in Uganda and Tanzania might be fake or substandard, and the majority of them were manufactured in China and India,” the newspaper writes, adding, “The fake medications have led to deaths, prolonged illness and increased drug resistance in parts of east Africa, the article said.” According to the Guardian, “The Indian health ministry launched a huge campaign last month to check the quality of medication manufactured across the country.” In addition, “Chinese officials also denied the charges made in the report,” the newspaper notes, citing another article published on December 28 (Burke, 1/2).

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