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USAID’s Shah Discusses U.S. Partnership With Africa

The Center for Global Development recently hosted USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah for an hour-long discussion of the U.S. partnership with Africa, according to a summary of the video of the discussion. “Shah was just back from accompanying President Obama in Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania,” and he “discussed the administration’s…

West Africa Should Use Human Rights Model To Improve Food Security

“When the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, governments are likely to set themselves a challenge no less ambitious than eradicating hunger and extreme poverty by 2030. West Africa has the potential to match this ambition and spearhead the global fight against hunger,” Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special…

BuzzFeed Examines HIV Among Women Who Have Sex With Women In South Africa

BuzzFeed examines the issue of HIV among women who have sex with women in South Africa, highlighting a recent study that found “around 10 percent of women who have sex with women in four Southern Africa countries are HIV-positive.” According to BuzzFeed, “The study suggests that the main source of…

A.U. Special Summit On HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria Concludes In Abuja

“The Special Summit of the African Union on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ended in Abuja Tuesday with the leaders recommitting themselves to the declaration they made at a similar meeting in 2001, to increase funding towards finding solution to the diseases,” Nigeria’s The Guardian reports. “In April 2001, African Union…

‘Power Africa’ Initiative Holds Promise, But Obama Must Follow Through

“President Obama’s ‘Power Africa’ initiative, unveiled during his recent trip there, has the potential to make a major impact on a continent where millions of people — including more than two-thirds of those in the sub-Saharan region — live every day without reliable access to affordable electricity,” a New York…

PRI Examines Efforts Against Malaria In Malawi

Reporting on PRI’s “The World,” Amy Costello, host of Tiny Spark, “a podcast that investigates the business of doing good,” examines efforts against malaria in Malawi, writing, “Malaria is incredibly common here, despite a multibillion-dollar effort that has drastically reduced the incidence in other parts of Africa.” She continues, “There…

GlobalPost Blog Examines How Civil War In CAR Affecting Child Health

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog reports on how civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR) is affecting the public health system, leading to higher rates of child malnutrition and malaria. Citing a report (.pdf) from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the blog writes, “During the first quarter of 2013, MSF treated 33…