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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…

NPR Examines Global Rise Of Sickle Cell Anemia

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition” program examine the global rise of sickle cell anemia, noting, “[E]very year, hundreds of thousands of babies around the world are born with this inherited blood disorder. And the numbers are expected to climb.” According to the blog, “The number of sickle cell anemia…

Community Conversations Key To Ending Practice Of Female Circumcision

“UNICEF estimates (.pdf) that between 70 million and 140 million girls and women globally are circumcised. The practice is widespread throughout Africa, and in some countries of Asia and the Middle East,” author and columnist Tina Rosenberg writes in the New York Times “Opinionator” blog. However, she notes, “In the…

CGD Blog Examines ‘Power Africa’ Initiative

“On a sub-continent where 600 million people don’t have regular access to electricity, an initiative that would bring electricity to 20 million households in six countries might feel like a drop in the proverbial unlit bucket, but it’s an exciting start — and one that could be amped up by…

Lack Of Focus On Sanitation In Africa A ‘Shortcoming’ Of Global Health Policy

“With all the attention given to AIDS, malaria and TB in Africa, are we losing sight of other basic services?” Azad Essa, an online producer at Al Jazeera, asks in the news service’s “Africa” blog. He highlights a meeting between journalists and “the Chief Macha of Choma, leader of the…

African Governments Fall Short On Health Spending Pledges, WHO Data Show

“Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to health care by 2015, just six countries have met this goal,” IRIN reports. “Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are…

New Issue Of Lancet Global Health Available Online

Writing in a Lancet Global Health editorial, journal editor Zoë Mullan describes the content of the August 2013 issue. “Osman Sankoh and fellow INDEPTH Network colleagues announce a new freely accessible repository of Health and Demographic Surveillance System data generated by its member centers across Africa, Asia, and the Pacific”;…

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