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Education, Family Planning Critical To Future of Women, Girls

“As first ladies from around the world, including Michelle Obama, gather in Tanzania on Tuesday to talk about women’s empowerment, it’s crucial that both education and contraception are addressed,” Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO of Population Action International, and Halima Shariff, director of Advance Family Planning Tanzania, write in GlobalPost’s…

Essay Examines Efforts To Combat Substandard, Counterfeit Medicine In Rwanda

In an essay in PLOS Medicine, Agnes Binagwaho of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda and colleagues examine the issue of substandard and falsified medicines, highlighting successful efforts to combat the issue in Rwanda. “Substandard and falsified medicines are major global health challenges that cause unnecessary morbidity and mortality around…

ONE Blog Reflects On Obama’s Africa Trip

Writing in the ONE blog, Erin Hohlfelder, who specializes in infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and global health financing mechanisms for ONE, reflects on the second leg of President Obama’s Africa trip, during which he traveled from Senegal to South Africa. “We were glad that President Obama selected South…

U.N.-Organized Meeting On Food Security In Africa Held In Addis Ababa

“More than 150 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the farming industry met over the weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to establish partnerships to guarantee food security in Africa during a United Nations-organized meeting,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “We hope that this meeting will help us to…

Bush Administration AIDS Policies ‘Overshadowing’ Obama’s Tour Of Sub-Saharan Africa, Washington Post Reports

The Washington Post examines how a focus on policies implemented under President George W. Bush — specifically PEPFAR — are “overshadowing” President Obama’s current three-country tour of sub-Saharan Africa, writing, “Obama has been widely applauded for distinguishing himself from Bush’s policies, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan,” but “across this continent,…

Humanitarian Agencies Appeal For $80M In Aid For CAR As Country Faces Heavy Rains

“Sickness and death rates in the anarchic Central African Republic (CAR), which are already triple the emergency threshold, are likely to soar with the arrival of the rains, nine humanitarian agencies said on Friday, appealing for $80 million in aid,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Despite widespread hunger and the rebels’…

Partnerships Critical To Achieving AIDS-Free Generation

Citing President Obama’s trip to Africa, including a visit to South Africa, Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, writes in a CNN opinion piece, “[A]s President Obama makes this historic trip to Africa, we are at a…

Blogs Discuss U.S. Efforts To Improve Food Security, Nutrition In Africa

The U.S. government recently published several blog posts related to food security and nutrition, highlighting President Obama’s trip to Africa. The following is a summary of those posts. Linda Etim, USAID’s IMPACTblog: Etim, deputy assistant administrator for Africa, highlights Obama’s trip to Africa and USAID’s work on the continent, writing…