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Malawi President Joyce Banda Leads Campaign Against Sexual Violence

New York Times: Can One of Africa’s Most Powerful Women Stop Sexual Violence? Patrick Adams, freelance journalist “What hope is there for girls in Africa if, in the country led by one of the most powerful women on the continent, rape is repeated with ‘terrifying regularity’? That’s how UNICEF has…

Gold Mining Farmers In Northern Nigeria Choose Lead Poisoning Over Poverty

The Guardian: Nigerian gold mining: farmers choose death by lead poisoning over poverty “… Villagers who make 10 times as much money mining as they do from farming have told [environmental scientist, Simba] Tirima they would rather die of lead poisoning than poverty. ‘They are not going to stop. I…

Zimbabwe Government To End Food Aid Program

CAJ News: Zimbabwe: Zim Plans to Discontinue Food Relief Scheme “The Zimbabwean government will soon scrap the drought relief food aid to thousands of villagers in Masvingo in anticipation of bumper harvests. Government officials said following good rains forecasts had indicated that nearly all households would have enough food by…

Family Planning Program In Senegal Encounters Resistance With Religious Leaders

Washington Post: Family planning program in Senegal drawn into conflict with religious leaders In Senegal, “a government program to increase contraceptive use and reduce family sizes … is part of a global campaign that aims to give 120 million more women around the world access to contraception by 2020. For…

UHC In Africa Post-2015 Is Possible

A blog from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, “International Health Policies,” reports from the Africa Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) conference that took place last week in Nairobi. Discussing the opportunities and challenges of universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa in post-2015, the blog notes, “…UHC…

Insecurity Hinders Humanitarian Response In Northern Nigera

IRIN: Humanitarian response gap grows in northern Nigeria “Humanitarian needs are mounting in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram attacks have displaced 350,000 people since 2013, 290,000 of them internally; the rest are sheltering in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. But the national response is inadequate and the international response minimal due…

More Polio Cases Reported In Cameroon

Global Dispatch: Polio Transmission Continues In Cameroon “The transmission of polio continues into 2014 in the west Central African country of Cameroon, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Wednesday. Two new wild poliovirus 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week, with onset of paralysis on 6…

UNHCR Increases Aid To CAR Refugees In Cameroon

U.N. News Centre: Cameroon: U.N. steps up measures to address alarming health situation of Central African refugees “The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners said [Friday] that they are stepping up efforts to help the growing numbers of Central African refugees arriving ill in Cameroon due to hunger…

Gender Equality Necessary For Food Security

IRIN: How equal rights boost food security “Eliminating the gender gap in agriculture is widely seen as crucial to alleviating poverty and improving food security, and the effects of inequality are likely to be further compounded by climate change. ‘For global development to be sustainable, the issues of climate change,…

Cameroon Struggles To Keep Up With Influx Of CAR Refugees

IRIN: CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon “Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say local officials and aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx…” (3/12).