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Concerns Rise Over Food Insecurity In Africa’s Sahel Region

“Despite early indications the Sahel would not suffer pangs of hunger this year, experts now worry that food insecurity could be worse than in 2012 — the year of the West Africa food crisis,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Ten million people in the Sahel remain food insecure, and 4.5 million…

Somalia Launches Pentavalent Vaccine With Support From GAVI, UNICEF, WHO

“Coinciding with World Immunization Week, the Somali government announced on 24 April its intention to vaccinate all children under the age of one with a new five-in-one vaccine, known as a pentavalent vaccine, funded by the GAVI Alliance, with [UNICEF] and the [WHO] as implementing partners,” IRIN reports. “Currently, fewer…

CSIS Panel Discussion Examines Community-Based Health Programs

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on a recent “panel discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies [CSIS] Global Health Policy Center on ‘Using Community-Based Platforms to Provide Integrated Services for Women: The Pathfinder Approach in Tanzania.'” The blog includes comments from Pathfinder…

Guardian Special Report Examines China’s Involvement In African Development

The Guardian on Monday published a special report on China’s involvement in Africa, noting the country “has committed billions of dollars in development finance for Africa over the past decade as Beijing seeks to secure its political and economic clout on the continent.” Among others, the section includes an article…

U.K. To End Bilateral Assistance To South Africa By 2015

“The U.K. Department for International Development [DfID] has decided to end its bilateral assistance to South Africa by 2015, raising concerns among several non-governmental organizations,” Devex’s “The Development Newswire” reports. “DfID has pledged to finish active projects in the country. But by 2015, the United Kingdom’s role will solely focus…

President Obama Meets With 4 African Leaders To Discuss Range Of Development Issues

“President Obama met on Thursday with the leaders of four small countries in sub-Saharan Africa that the White House sees as models for the region,” including “Ernest Bai Koroma, president of Sierra Leone; Macky Sall, president of Senegal; Joyce Banda, president of Malawi; and Jose Maria Pereira Neves, prime minister…

U.S. Agencies Supporting Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Malawi

“U.S. agencies that work to fight HIV this week began a five-year effort with Malawi’s government to improve health care for Malawians infected with the virus,” VOA News reports. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is leading the effort alongside health officials in Malawi, with funding from PEPFAR and the CDC,…

Washington Post Examines How Mobile Technologies Are Transforming Remote Parts Of Africa

The Washington Post examines how new mobile applications are transforming remote parts of Africa. “Across sub-Saharan Africa, technology, particularly mobile technology, has transformed the lives of digital-savvy entrepreneurs,” the newspaper writes, adding, “While many are forging successful high-tech businesses in urban centers, others are finding ways to help people ……

IRIN Interview Examines Implementation Of Financial Transaction Tax In Mozambique

Noting “Mozambique has become the latest African country to implement a financial transaction tax (FTT) and airplane levy to fund health services in developing countries, part of the UNITAID initiative,” IRIN interviews Philippe Douste-Blazy, board chair of the international financing mechanism, “about the state of play in innovative health financing.” According to…