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USAID Announcements At African Leaders Summit

USAID: USAID Announcements At The African Leaders Summit For Monday, August 4th A USAID press release lists announcements made by the agency on food security, climate-smart agriculture and resilience, health, civil society, gender, and wildlife trafficking at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C (8/4).

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit To Cover Food Security, Climate Change, U.S. Private Sector Role in Africa

News outlets continue to report on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which takes place in Washington, D.C. this week. Topics being discussed include health, food security, climate change, and the U.S. role in Africa’s development. Associated Press: Business, Ebola discussed at U.S.-Africa summit “The Obama administration sought Monday to strengthen ties with Africa…

Uganda Court Ruling Step Forward For LGBT Community

Devex: Court ruling over anti-gay law ‘fragile gain’ for anti-HIV aid in Uganda “There were ‘tears, dancing, and celebration’ in Uganda on Friday after the Supreme Court declared null and void the country’s anti-homosexuality law, giving LGBT activists and civil society groups respite from a long battle over Ugandans’ human…

Tackling Health, Poverty Essential For Growth, Prosperity In Africa

Reuters: Africa’s about more than Ebola, it’s about optimism, too Michael Elliott, president and chief executive officer of The ONE Campaign “…[I]t’s key to avoid slipping into a discussion of African policy that is riddled with false dichotomies — as if then it was about tackling health and poverty, while…

U.S. Using Mobile Technology To Improve Health In Africa

Politico: Mobile tech on the Africa health frontier “Billions have been spent to bring AIDS medicines to patients in Africa, but a technology with just as much lifesaving potential can be had for pennies: the text message. As African leaders gather for a summit with President Barack Obama this week,…

Nigeria Approves Funding For Maternal, Child Health

The Guardian/AllAfrica: Nigeria: Govt Approves Subsidies for Pregnant Women, Children, Health Care Funding “The federal government has approved the implementation of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) subsidy funding for pregnant women and children under the age of five year[s]. The measure is aimed at enlarging the number of beneficiaries of the…

South Sudan Peace Talks Resume Amid Warnings Of Impending Famine

The Guardian: South Sudan peace talks begin as spectre of famine lurks “Talks between rebels and the government to try to end seven months of bloodshed in South Sudan resumed in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. The session begins amid continuing reports of fighting and increasingly dire warnings from…

Nigeria Struggles With HIV Infection Rate

Inter Press Service: Nigeria Wakes Up to its AIDS Threat “…Nigeria’s HIV infection rate of 3.2 percent appears low in comparison to southern Africa’s, but with a population of 173 million, it translates into huge numbers — 3.4 million Nigerians lived with HIV in 2013…” (Olukoya, 8/4).

Child Malnutrition Robs Africa Of Up To 16% Of Continent’s Potential Growth

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Child malnutrition costs Africa its future growth “Poorly fed children rob Africa of up to 16 percent of its potential growth, making investment in programs to end malnutrition as critical to the continent’s future as building bridges and roads, African leaders and development officials said on Monday…”…

UNICEF Promotes Breastfeeding Campaign

U.N. News Centre: U.N. promotes ‘effective’ breastfeeding, aims to cut on breast-milk substitutes “The United Nations children’s agency [Monday] said it is working with governments, the private sector, and local communities to make it easier for women to breastfeed their infants, and to end false marketing of breast milk substitutes…”…