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USAID Commits $15M Toward Maternal Health In Zimbabwe

Bernama: Zimbabwe Receives US$15 Million For Maternal Health “The U.S. government will provide US$15 million as support towards the reduction of maternal and child deaths in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean news agency New Ziana reported. U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton said at a closing ceremony of the USAID’s Maternal and Child…

Cameroon To Regulate Illegal Clinics In Effort To Address Health Care Crisis

NPR: As Health Crisis Looms, Cameroon Cracks Down On Illegal Clinics “…Cameroon is tackling a health care crisis. … But public health care is too expensive, or simply not available, for many families. So they’ve turned to unauthorized clinics for care. … [However,] the government sees these private, unauthorized facilities…

FAO Outlines Critical Food Security Issues In Near East, North Africa

U.N. News Centre: Water scarcity among critical food security issues in Near East and North Africa — U.N. “The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [Thursday] warned that water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing countries of the Near East and North Africa, with…

UNAIDS Executive Director Expresses Concern Over Crisis In CAR

Business Day: UNAIDS boss alarmed at looming CAR humanitarian tragedy “Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director, on Wednesday night expressed concern at the looming humanitarian tragedy in the Central African Republic (CAR), characterized by the unprecedented political, social, and security crisis. Sidibé, who was visiting CAR to participate in a joint…

News Outlets Report On Anti-Gay Laws, Actions In Several African Nations

News outlets report on several issues surrounding anti-gay laws in African nations. Associated Press: Quiet diplomacy faulted for Africa’s anti-gay laws “…The anti-gay bills are overwhelmingly supported by the general public in both Uganda and Nigeria, providing opportunities to win political points for two presidents eyeing re-election. But international gay…

Ugandan Scientist Responds In Open Letter To Country’s Proposed Anti-Gay Law

New York Times: An Open Letter on Homosexuality to My Fellow Ugandan Scientists Dean Hamer, scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health “President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda is about to sign into law a vehement anti-gay law after ‘medical experts presented a report that homosexuality is not genetic but…

Integrating TB, HIV Programs Will Lead To Efficiency In Life-Saving Treatments

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses findings of a “four-year South Africa study of co-infected patients [that] showed starting treatment for HIV during the course of anti-tuberculosis treatment, rather than waiting until TB treatment was completed, improved survival rates among those whose tuberculosis was responsive to…

PATH Blog Reports On MenAfriVac Study Results

Kathleen Donnelly, content manager for PATH, writes in the organization’s blog about “[t]he first mass vaccination campaign conducted in Africa with a vaccine that doesn’t require constant refrigeration … The MenAfriVac vaccine was developed through the Meningitis Vaccine Project, a partnership between PATH and the World Health Organization. It used…

Survey Shows Gaps In Workplace Safety For S. African Health Care Workers

News sources highlight survey data presented recently showing gaps in workplace safety for South African health care workers. Vaccine News Daily: South African health care workers at greater risk for HIV, TB “South African health care workers have major gaps in workplace protection against HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis, according to…