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U.S. Launches ‘Beyond The Grid’ Energy Investment Framework In Africa

Media sources report on the U.S. Department of Energy’s announcement of its “Beyond the Grid” investment framework to bring power to Africa. Agence France-Presse: U.S. launches $1 billion push for off-grid Africa power “U.S. companies have promised $1 billion for off-grid power projects in Africa, putting a growing focus on…

Number Of Ebola Cases, Deaths Continue To Rise In Guinea, Sierra Leone

News outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Agence France-Presse: Guinea Ebola death toll rises above 200 “More than 200 people have died from the highly contagious Ebola virus in Guinea, making it one of the worst ever outbreaks of the disease, the World…

South African Officials Hope To Prevent Unsafe Circumcision Rituals

Associated Press: In South Africa, old custom becomes health crisis “This month, youths in some rural areas will head to secluded huts for circumcision rituals meant to usher them into manhood, an annual rite of passage during the current South African winter, and in the summer at year’s end. Officials…

Liberian President Makes Reducing Maternal Death Top Priority

VOA News: Liberia’s Sirleaf Tackles One of Africa’s Highest Maternal Death Rates “Upon assuming the presidency in 2006, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promised to tackle many national problems made worse by a decade of civil war. One of her goals was to curtail the maternal death rate, which has soared…

Declining Aid, Ongoing Conflict Leave Millions Hungry In DRC

News outlets continue coverage on the humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). U.N. News Centre: Insecurity, funding shortfall leaves millions hungry in DR Congo — U.N. “Senior United Nations officials for the Great Lakes region of Africa are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to draw…

Group Helps Zambian Women With HIV Raise Goats To Support Families

Christian Science Monitor: International Fund for Agricultural Development helps Zambian women with HIV raise goats “In the Batoka area of Southern Province, Zambia, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is providing support to the Harmony Women’s Club, which helps women living with HIV raise goats…” (Ng, 6/3).

Letter Asks U.N. SG Not To Appoint Ugandan Official As Head Of General Assembly

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: With Uganda foreign minister set to lead United Nations General Assembly, human rights, HIV treatment advocates urge action Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses an open letter addressed to…

BBC News Examines Lack Of Access To Palliative Care In Africa

In a series of reports, BBC News examines a lack of access to palliative care in Africa. BBC News: ‘Millions denied end-of-life drugs’ “…Lack of access to pain relief for dying patients is a ‘public health emergency,’ say experts. Figures suggest almost 18 million people — mainly in developing countries…

Somalia’s Food Security Situation Worsens As Country Experiences Late Rains

U.N. News Centre: Late rains give rise to concerns about harvest prospects, food security in Somalia — U.N. “The United Nations today voiced increasing concern over the food security situation in Somalia, as food stocks from the previous harvest become depleted and prices continue to rise sharply, and the country…

Number Of Ebola Cases, Deaths Continue To Rise In West Africa

News outlets report on an ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse/News24: Sierra Leone raises Ebola death toll “Sierra Leone raised its death toll from the highly contagious Ebola virus on Monday, sparking fears that the deadly epidemic gripping west Africa is spreading…” (6/2). Associated Press/ABC News: Sierra…