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President Obama Arrives In Africa To Kick Off 3-Country Visit

“President Barack Obama opened a weeklong trip to Africa on Wednesday, a three-country visit aimed at overcoming disappointment on the continent over the first black U.S. president’s lack of personal engagement during his first term,” the Associated Press reports, noting “Air Force One touched down in the Senegalese capital of…

Nigerian Millionaire Donates $1M To International Polio Eradication Program

“Sir Emeka Offor, a wealthy Nigerian oil baron, has donated $1 million to PolioPlus, an international polio eradication program promoted by Rotary International, Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper has reported,” according to Forbes. “Offor, who is the founder and executive vice chairman of Chrome Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in oil…

Advocacy Groups Urge Obama To Prioritize Development During Trip To Africa This Week

“Starting Wednesday, [President] Obama will visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania on what will be his second trip to the [African] continent as president,” Inter Press Service reports, noting “[h]is advisers say he hopes to focus on increasing trade, investments and other economic opportunities.” However, “[a]dvocacy groups [in Washington] are…

Blogs Address President Obama’s Travel To Africa This Week

President Obama this week will travel to South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania, his second trip to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office. The following is a summary of blog posts addressing the visit. Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) “Smart Global Health” blog: The blog provides video of a CSIS-hosted…

U.K. Aid To Africa Fell Sharply Last Year, ONE Report Says

“U.K. aid to Africa fell sharply last year following a drop in its multilateral contributions, according to ONE, the anti-poverty group,” The Guardian reports. “In a report on the eve of the government’s comprehensive spending review, ONE said U.K. official development assistance (ODA) to the continent fell by 7.4 percent…

Christian Science Monitor Examines HIV/AIDS In South Africa

The Christian Science Monitor Weekly features a cover story on AIDS in South Africa. The article profiles Olga Thimbela and her family, “who became part of an occasional series on South Africa’s AIDS orphans,” the newspaper writes. In addition, the story discusses HIV/AIDS statistics, the success of antiretroviral drug therapy,…

Ambition And Partnerships Can Defeat HIV, TB, Malaria

“Today we are at a turning point for making historical gains in Liberia’s health sector — where no child dies of malaria and every mother living with HIV can give birth to HIV-negative children while living healthy lives themselves,” Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big…