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African Nations Must Work To End Child Marriage

Inter Press Service: Why Ending Child Marriage in Africa Can No Longer Wait Julitta Onabanjo, regional director of UNFPA East and Southern Africa Region; Benoit Kalasa, regional director of UNFPA West and Central Africa; and Mohamed Abdel-Ahad, regional director of UNFPA North Africa and Arab States “…Of the 41 countries…

Ebola Threatens To Spread Further In West Africa

News outlets report on a resurgence of Ebola cases in West Africa. CIDRAP News: Ebola resurges with cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone “After leveling off over the past few weeks, Ebola virus activity in West Africa sparked up again on two fronts, in a newly affected area of Guinea and…

Guinea, Sierra Leone Report New Ebola Cases, Signaling Virus’ Spread

News outlets report on Ebola in West Africa, including new cases in areas previously unaffected. Al Jazeera: Ebola spreads to Sierra Leone; five reported dead “At least five people have died in Sierra Leone’s first confirmed outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday…” (5/26).…

Labor Strikes In Kenya Threaten Roll Out Of HIV Treatment

Inter Press Service: Divided Opinions on Feasibility of Kenya’s Option B+ Roll Out “Kenya’s health sector has been facing significant challenges, ranging from a shortage of health care providers to a series of labor strikes. The problems have not only disrupted health services, but have HIV experts divided on whether…

Anti-Gay Law, New Bill Threaten AIDS Response In Uganda

Devex: After anti-gay law, new bill threatens fight against HIV in Uganda “Three months after it was signed by President Yoweri Museveni, the real implications of Uganda’s controversial anti-gay law are starting to be truly felt by the international aid community. … [N]ow another bill threatens to criminalize intentional transmission…

Kenya Receives $2M Donation For Obstetric Fistula Treatment; U.N. Calls For End To Injury

Media outlets report on Kenya’s receipt of a $2 million donation to treat obstetric fistula and the U.N.’s call to eradicate the injury. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Kenya gets ‘game changing’ record donation for fistula treatment “A ‘game changing’ $2 million donation will help Kenyan surgeons to give 1,200 women life-transforming…

Funding, Political Resolution Critical To Addressing Cholera, Hunger In S. Sudan

New York Times: South Sudan’s Plight Andrea Tamburini, director of operations at Action Against Hunger In a letter to the editor, Tamburini notes a cholera outbreak and increasing food insecurity in South Sudan, stating, “…Emergency teams must swiftly address cases of cholera and prevent its fatal spread. Nutrition teams must…

African Governments Working To Vaccinate Continent’s Children

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Continental Shift Ghana President John Dramani Mahama discusses the role of African governments in improving vaccine coverage on the continent in order to reduce child deaths, including their work with the GAVI Alliance (5/23).

Donors Must Step Up Efforts In S. Sudan ‘To Save This Generation’

Huffington Post: South Sudan: We Must Not Miss This Opportunity to Save Lives Toby Lanzer, U.N. assistant secretary-general and in Juba, South Sudan as deputy special representative and development and humanitarian coordinator “On 9 May, South Sudanese leaders signed an ‘Agreement to Resolve the Crisis’ that has gripped their country…

Gates, Sachs Debate Millennium Villages Project In Opinion Pieces

Humanosphere: Jeff Sachs bets Bill Gates he can reduce child mortality anywhere Development blogger Tom Murphy writes about two recently published opinion pieces by Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to the…