Legislation that criminalizes homosexual acts in Uganda did not make it to the floor of the country’s Parliament on Friday, meaning “the bill is essentially dead, for the moment,” PRI’s “The World” reports (Porter, 5/13).
Scientific American looks at the possible link between HIV prevalence and a recent increase in the number of children dying from measles in sub-Saharan Africa.
Fourth U.N. Conference On The Least Developed Countries Continues To Examine Development Possibilities For LDCs
“More than 8,000 people â€“ representatives of governments, international agencies, development partners and civil society â€“ are attending the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV), outlining a plan to lessen the burden of poverty, hunger and disease on the world’s most vulnerable people,” Inter Press Service reports (Ngozo, 5/10).
Democracy Provides Good Context To Handle Epidemics After mentioning the riots that broke out in Haiti after the startÂ of theÂ cholera epidemic last year, Richard Evans, aÂ professor of history and president of Wolfson College at theÂ University of Cambridge, writes in a Guardian opinion piece that “popular disturbances during epidemics are nothing…
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday in Istanbul opened the Fourth U.N. Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) “to discuss a new 10-year aid plan to help lift nations out of poverty,” Agence France-Presse reports (5/9).
African Progress Panel Report Highlights Status Of African Economies At World Economic Forum On Africa
Africa’s economies are expanding, but the continent is still too dependent on the export of raw materials, and trade between African nations needs to be increased, the African Progress Panel (APP) said in a report released Thursday at the World Economic Forum on Africa, which is taking place this week in Cape Town, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.
Japan will maintain its aid pledges to African nations, despite reconstruction costs following an earthquake and tsunami, a senior government official said on Sunday at a development conference in Dakar, Senegal, Agence France-Presse reports (5/2).
A growing number of HIV infections in East Africa are linked to injection drug use (IDU), according to a new report (.pdf) from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, VOA News reports (DeCapua, 4/29).
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Lack Of Access To Sanitation In Asia Causing Preventable Diseases Though Asia’s economies have quickly rebounded from the 2008-2009 global recession, “dismal sanitation facilities are causing preventable diseases in poor communities where people would readily spend money on a mobile phone â€“ but not on a latrine,” according to social…
Cote d’Ivoire In Need Of Additional Humanitarian Assistance, On Verge Of Health Crisis, U.N. Agency Says
Though post-election violence in Cote d’Ivoire has ended, thousands of people remain in need of humanitarian assistance, including health care, education, water, shelter and protection, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement (.pdf) on Wednesday, the U.N. News Centre reports.