Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Sunday invited several leaders from Africa, the Caribbean and South America “to a meeting on development and security issues, to be held on the sidelines of the G8 summit later this month,” Agence France-Presse reports.
U.N. MDG Summit Draft Conclusions Call For Aid Promise Follow Through, Highlight Progress And Challenges
The draft conclusions for the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit in September were distributed to governments last week and call upon world leaders to follow through on promises of aid money to help countries reach the benchmarks established in 2000 , Reuters reports.
A report (.pdf), released Wednesday by the group ACTION (Advocacy to Control TB Internationally), finds that the World Bank and its partners’ programs to fight tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa are “not achieving intended outcomes” and have been mostly ineffective, Agence France-Presse reports.
The European Union on Wednesday sent $29 million worth of food and medical aid to help “millions facing hunger” across the drought-stricken Sahel region of West Africa, Reuters reports. “Failed rains have left over 10 million people at risk in Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and other countries in the semi-arid belt stretching across the southern edge of the Sahara,” the news service writes. “Niger last month forecast that 3.3 million people, or 22 percent of its population, would face severe food shortages, with a further 3.8 million vulnerable to a lesser degree” (John, 6/2).
U.N. Secretary-General Calls For African Nations to Invest 15% Of National Budgets To Fight HIV/AIDS
During a tour of the Joint Clinical Research Centre in Kampala, Uganda, on Monday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for countries in Africa to invest 15 percent of their national budgets on HIV/AIDS programs, the Daily Monitor reports.
Two-Day Africa-France Business Relations Summit Begins, Food Security, Fighting Poverty Will Be Discussed
The 25th Africa-France Summit, a two-day gathering “aimed at developing better business relations between” the regions began Monday in the French city of Nice, All Headline News reports. According to the news service, 38 African leaders and 250 business executives have gathered for the summit, that is expected to feature discussions on “the problems of climate change, piracy, terrorism” as well as “the demand of African countries’ for a bigger say in the UN Security Council and the G20 forum” (Gagelonia, 6/1).
“While the G8 is putting maternal health at the top of its agenda for next month’s summit, fears are growing that the club of wealthy nations is neglecting one of the biggest killers of women: AIDS,” the Globe and Mail reports in a piece that examines the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and what the newspaper describes as the G8’s “backtracking” on previous pledges to provide universal access HIV/AIDS drugs.
Research published in the Lancet online Thursday “provides the strongest evidence to date” that antiretroviral therapy (ART) might also be used to prevent transmission of HIV, Agence France-Presse reports. The observational study found that treating HIV-positive patients with ART reduced the risk of HIV transmission to their sexual partners by 92 percent (5/26).
KPBS reports on researchers’ efforts to develop novel methods to protect women from HIV infection that have been examined at the International Microbicides Conference (M2010) in Pittsburgh this week. In sub-Saharan Africa, one of the region’s hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, “six out of ten adults living with the virus are women,” KPBS writes. The piece names several factors that increase women’s vulnerability to HIV transmission in the region and the need “for protection [against HIV] that women can use discreetly,” such as microbicides.
An increase in the number of injection drug users (IDUs) in eastern and southern Africa stands to harm efforts to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in the region, warned experts gathered at the World Forum Against Drug conference in Sweden on Monday, Agence France-Presse reports.