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Donor Funding Vital For Humanitarian Situation In Somalia, Says U.N. Official

U.N. News Centre: Funding critical for ‘fragile’ humanitarian situation in Somalia, stresses U.N. official “Despite some stabilization, the humanitarian situation in Somalia remains fragile and it is vital that the international community stays the course to ensure that millions of people in the Horn of Africa nation receive the assistance…

Ghana Has Low HIV Prevalence But High Stigma, Low Levels Of HIV Knowledge

Inter Press Service: Hope for HIV-Positive Teenagers in Northern Ghana “…Ghana has a relatively low HIV prevalence of 1.4 percent, down from 2.3 percent in 2001. Low prevalence brings its own problems: lack of familiarity with managing the disease, high levels of stigma and low levels of tolerance. … MICS…

BBC News Reports On Efforts In Kenya To Stop ‘Sex For Fish’ Practice

BBC News: Kenya’s battle to end ‘sex for fish’ trade “It is estimated that around one and a half million people in Kenya are living with HIV/AIDS. Part of the problem is in rural areas where fishermen trade their catch with poor women market-sellers for sex, rather than money. Now…

HPV Vaccine Program Begins In Kenya, But Access To Cervical Cancer Treatment Still Low

The Guardian: Kenyan girls get cervical cancer vaccine but women’s wait for treatment goes on “Life is rough for women with cervical cancer in Kenya. Some of those attending the country’s only public treatment facility sleep on benches and concrete floors outside the hospital to save money for their treatment.…

UNAIDS Denounces Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

News outlets report on the controversy surrounding Uganda’s anti-gay law. Although the country faces threats of foreign aid cuts, other African countries, including Gambia, announce their support of similar stances. U.N. News Centre: Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill has ‘serious human rights implications’ — UNAIDS “The United Nations agency leading the global…

Climate Change Impacting Spread Of Infectious Diseases

News outlets report on how climate change is impacting the spread of infectious diseases. ClimateWire/Scientific American: How the Spreading Symptoms of Climate Change Can be Deadly “The hallmarks of a warming climate, heavier rains, more severe droughts, rising sea levels and longer growing seasons, are spreading a variety of pathogens…

Meningitis Vaccine Tolerates African Heat Without Refrigeration

A study published in the journal Vaccine shows that a vaccine against meningitis A can be successfully stored and delivered without refrigeration in Africa, news services report. The Guardian: Meningitis vaccine withstands African heat without damage “The first immunization campaign in Africa using a vaccine that does not have to…

Focus On Economic Agenda Important For Africa To Meet MDGs

Sudan Vision: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: What Are the Priorities for Africa? Alula Berhe Kidani, sustainable development advocate “As 2015 and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws near, attention has increasingly turned within the United Nations to the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, a High-Level Panel of…

The Guardian Highlights G8 New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition

The Guardian released a series of articles on the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, including an interactive on the 10 African countries that made a commitment, articles on the controversy surrounding the initiative, and individual articles highlighting Malawi, Ghana, and Tanzania. The Guardian: The G8 and the…

Rwandan Newspaper Highlights Nation’s 10-Year Relationship With Global Fund

New Times Rwanda: Ten years of Global Fund in Rwanda “On February 11, the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health signed an agreement with Global Fund, an international financing organization that aims to attract and disburse resources to prevent and treat HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. … The same…