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Blog Discusses Various Topics On HIV/AIDS

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses articles on various topics regarding HIV/AIDS, including synopses on a UNAIDS letter addressing Russia’s drug policies; health promotion by sex workers in Bangladesh; Zambia’s HIV efforts; and Uganda’s anti-gay law (Barton, 5/2).

Save The Children Releases Annual State Of The World’s Mothers Report

News outlets report on findings from Save the Children’s annual State of the World’s Mothers report, which was released on Monday. Agence France-Presse/Global Post: Somalia worst place to be a mother “Somalia is the worst country on Earth to be a mother, according to a report published by Save the…

U.S. Provides Humanitarian Aid In CAR

Writing in the U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard discusses the U.S. response to the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic. “…In addition to diplomatic efforts, State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and the humanitarian offices of…

Reporting Continues On Maternal, Child Mortality Issues

News coverage on maternal and child mortality continues, following the release of several reports this week. Devex: Niger’s persistent problem “Niger, a poor landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa, has ranked a total of nine times at the bottom of Save the Children’s annual Mothers’ Index since the launch of the…

PLOS Collection Examines Issues Surrounding VMMC

“With new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa occurring at a rate of 2.3 million each year, this new collection, featuring research published in PLOS Medicine and PLOS ONE, presents interim results from a large public health intervention of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) performed by health care practitioners in low-resource…

Skepticism, Lack Of Clean Water Challenge Rotavirus Vaccine Efforts In Cameroon

Inter Press Service: Vaccinating Against Their Will “The growing number of child deaths from diarrhea in Cameroon has necessitated the introduction of a new vaccine (RotaTeq) designed to protect babies under five against common types of rotaviruses that cause diarrhea. But growing skepticism over new vaccines, and lack of potable…

HIV Researchers On Alert Following Anti-Gay Raids On Ugandan Project

Nature: HIV researchers on edge after anti-gay raids across Africa “A police raid on an established research program in Uganda has left scientists worried that their projects may be targeted by authorities granted sweeping powers under the country’s harsh new anti-homosexuality law…” (Shuchman, 5/7).

Aid Agencies Warn Somalia Showing Warning Signs Of Famine

Media sources report on a warning from aid agencies that Somalia faces a looming hunger crisis. Agence France-Presse: Spectre of Somalia hunger crisis returns, aid agencies say “War-torn Somalia risks sliding back into acute crisis less than three years since a devastating famine, aid agencies warned Wednesday, amid failing rains,…

HIV Prevention Campaign Promoting Male Circumcision Reaches 6M In Africa

NPR: Snip Decision: Africa’s Campaign To Circumcise Its Men “…This week researchers announced that [an unprecedented campaign in Africa over the past several years to promote circumcision as a way to prevent HIV] has reached a remarkable milestone: Six million men and teenagers were convinced…” (Aizenman, 5/7).