Investments in agricultural technology should be directed to Africa’s smallholder farmers in an effort to increase food security after decades of low funding, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in a report on Wednesday, Reuters reports (Lynn, 5/19).
In a recent report, Oxfam “outlines how aid has contributed to economic growth in poor countries by getting 33 million more children into school, boosting access to HIV drugs tenfold, funding tens of millions of anti-malaria bed nets, and building up health services,” Reuters AlertNet reports (Rowling, 5/20).
Also In Global Health News: Water Purification In Kenya; Indonesian Malaria Program; Health Worker Shortages In Africa
Water Purification Unit Aims To Deliver Clean Water To Rural Kenyans Business Daily reports on new water purification unit that canÂ make 45,000-75,000 litres of potable water daily. Multi Purpose Industries, which is marketing the purifier,Â hasÂ installed one in aÂ market in Kenya.Â Â The company will work with the Ministry of Local Government to…
Globe And Mail Special Issue Examines Africa, Includes Look Ahead At G20 Meeting, Interview with Pres. Obama
The Globe and Mail examines Ethiopia and Malawi’s role in next month’s G20 talks in Toronto, Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has invited both countries to participate in the meeting, which could significantly affect Africa because it has become the “premier forum for confronting global economic problems and for co-ordinating solutions,” according to the Globe and Mail.
Several articles in the New York Times examine the global fight against HIV/AIDS. “Uganda is the first country where major clinics routinely turn people away” because of funding, the newspaper writes in an article that reports “money for [HIV/AIDS] treatment has stopped growing.” According to the newspaper, “American officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the financing freeze” in Uganda. The article explores reasons for the U.S. funding cap there, including corruption.
The New York Times notes that other countries in Africa have reported not being able to enroll new HIV patients into treatment programs. “I’m worried we’ll be in a ‘Kampala situation’ in other countries soon,” the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby said.
Also In Global Health News: Laura Bush; Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill; Maternal, Child Health In Senegal; Birth Control; Zimbabwe’s Orphans Of HIV/AIDS
Former First Lady Laura Bush Comments On Global Health During Q&A With Politico Politico features a Q&A with former first lady Laura Bush,Â in whichÂ she reflects on her involvement with PEPFAR and the President’s Malaria Initiative, during her husband’s presidency, and her continued interest in the health issues facing Sub-Saharan Africa.…
Also In Global Health News: Bird Flu; Burundi’s Global Fund Grant; Maternal Mortality In Ghana; Food Security In Africa; Messaging Strategy Of Charities
WHO Warns Bird Flu Continues To Pose Threat Despite a reduction in the number of cases of avian flu (H5N1) since its peak in 2006, the WHO said in a statement Wednesday that “the newly confirmed human and poultry cases of avian influenza this year are a reminder that the…
Experts meeting in Montpellier, France for the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) are calling for restructuring agriculture “to focus as much on new seed varieties as on good governance, women’s empowerment and things like curbing commodities speculation,” Reuters/Independent Online reports. According to the news service, the conference aims to formulate “a road map to reform agricultural research to meet development goals” (Goering, 3/31). VOA News reports that the plan will be presented to G8 leaders (DeCapua, 3/29).
At a meeting this week in Nigeria to address African agriculture production, “African leaders and donor agencies have endorsed an ambitious plan to generate employment, income and food security in Africa by developing agribusiness and agro-industries,” Punch reports. The event was organized by the AU, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDP), FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), according to the newspaper (Ibrahym, 3/12).
Lancet Comment Asks: What’s Next For Global Fund? Reflecting on the recent annual report by the Global FundÂ to FightÂ AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a Lancet comment writes, “Two big challenges remain [for the Global Fund]: first, to show, reliably and independently, that the Fund’s investments have delivered the benefits that it…