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South Sudan Cease-Fire Deal Signed, But Aid Groups Continue To Face Challenges

News outlets report progress on a South Sudan cease-fire deal, but humanitarian groups continue to struggle to provide aid and health care. New York Times: South Sudan Cease-Fire Signed After More Than a Month of Fighting “The government of South Sudan and rebels loyal to the country’s ousted former vice…

Scientists In Senegal Make Progress In Preventing Schistosomiasis

Al Jazeera: Scientists make breakthrough on bilharzia “A parasitic disease known as bilharzia, or schistosomiasis, has infected more than 200 million people, but scientists in northern Senegal say they have made a breakthrough in treating it…” (Haque, 1/24).

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 36 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article on the crisis in Central African Republic, one on HIV stigma, and one on malaria control in the Mekong region (1/23).

Stigma Surrounding Leprosy In Africa Propels Spread Of Disease

Agence France-Presse: Fear and ignorance fuel spread of leprosy in Africa “…Between 200 and 300 new cases of leprosy are reported each year in Senegal but doctors believe that only a small proportion of patients are detected. … World Leprosy Day — a period of three days, in fact, aimed…

Crises In South Sudan, CAR May Overshadow African Union Summit

Deutsche Welle: Current crises overshadow African Union summit “…The main theme of the annual meeting of African heads of state and government was to have been ‘agriculture and food security.’ But once again it is the continent’s crises, such as the one in South Sudan, that will dominate the agenda…”…

Tanzania, Pakistan Work To Meet MDGs

Two news sources report on Tanzania’s and Pakistan’s efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).IPP Media: ‘Achievement of MDGs needs strong strategies’ “Tanzania still needs strong and sustainable strategies in order to achieve Millennium Development Goals, especially number four and five…” (Mwachang’a, 1/23).The Nation: Health, education MDGs a far…

AIDS-Related Stigma In Cameroon Proves To Be Public Health Problem

IRIN: Enduring HIV stigma in Cameroon “People living with HIV/AIDS in Cameroon, which has the highest prevalence of the disease in West and Central Africa, endure widespread stigma, with some facing difficulties obtaining bank loans or suffering mistreatment at hospitals, patients and observers say…” (1/23).

‘Science Speaks’ Blog Examines Proposal Against South Africa’s Draft IP Policy

The Center for Global Health Policy’s blog “Science Speaks” reports on a proposal prepared by U.S.-based PhRMA (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America) and the South Africa-based IPASA (Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa) in response to the South African government’s Draft National Policy on Intellectual Property (IP). The “proposal says…

U.N., Partners Launch Program In Malawi To Prevent Childhood Stunting

U.N. News Centre: U.N. and partners launch new project to prevent stunting among children in Malawi “A new United Nations-backed project is being launched today in Malawi to tackle stunting, which affects nearly one million children under the age of five in the southern African nation. The stunting prevention project…