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UNESCO, Partners Release Report On Youth Health, Education In Eastern, Southern Africa

Last week, UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and other bilateral partners launched a report (.pdf) focused on youth in Eastern and Southern Africa, titled “Young People Today: Time for Action Now,” a UNESCO press release states. The report shows “adolescents and young people — especially young women — face a…

AVAC Analysis Examines AIDS ‘Tipping Point’ In Hard-Hit Countries

Although “[a]bout a dozen countries hit hard by AIDS have reached a ‘tipping point’ that means they are winning their battles against the disease … the world as a whole — and Africa in particular — is still losing the fight,” according to a new analysis (.pdf) from AVAC, the…

Reports, Projects Address Maternal Health Care

“From donkey ambulatory services for pregnant women in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan to free caesarean sections in Congo, reports about global efforts to improve maternal health were showcased in the past week as development experts gathered in various forums here during the U.N. General Assembly session from September 17…

Nigeria Plans To Vaccinate 3M Children For Measles, Polio

“Nigeria’s northern Kano state is starting to vaccinate three million children against polio and measles with tight security because of fears of attack by Islamic extremists,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. “[T]he vaccinations will be administered at 2,700 community centers — apparently ensuring more protection,” according to Shehu Usman Abubakar,…

IRIN Examines Damage Done To Mali’s Health Care System During 2012 Coup

“Health care has been severely impaired throughout northern Mali, where the militant Islamists seized key towns during the” country’s March 2012 coup, IRIN reports, adding, “The rebels were ousted by French forces in January, but recovery of the sector has been slow.” The news service examines how the fighting affected…

U.N., Malawi Government, Partners Pledge To Help Those In Need Of Food Assistance

“With nearly one and a half million people in need of food assistance in Malawi, the United Nations, the government and other partners have launched a relief operation to meet growing needs owing to bad weather and high food prices,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “It is widely believed that…

USAID Program Assists Delivery Of Contraceptives To Rural Nigeria

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Emmanuel Ogwuche, senior logistics adviser and manager of the agency’s Direct Delivery and Information Capture (DDIC) system, examines what it takes to deliver contraceptives to people in rural Nigeria through USAID’s Deliver Project. “Through DDIC, the project currently delivers 24 public health commodities, including…

Ensuring Sexual, Reproductive Rights For All Key To Development In Africa

“African government leaders meet this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to chart a forward-looking agenda building on commitments made at the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994,” Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique and co-chair of the High Level Task Force for ICPD –…

Secretary Kerry Commends U.S., Botswana Partnership Against AIDS

In a message to Botswana on the occasion of its 47th independence anniversary on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the partnership between the U.S. and Botswana in the fight against HIV/AIDS “has made ‘important strides,’ but that the battle is not over,” PANA/AfriqueJet reports (10/1). “Our shared…