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Focus On Economic Agenda Important For Africa To Meet MDGs

Sudan Vision: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: What Are the Priorities for Africa? Alula Berhe Kidani, sustainable development advocate “As 2015 and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws near, attention has increasingly turned within the United Nations to the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, a High-Level Panel of…

The Guardian Highlights G8 New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition

The Guardian released a series of articles on the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, including an interactive on the 10 African countries that made a commitment, articles on the controversy surrounding the initiative, and individual articles highlighting Malawi, Ghana, and Tanzania. The Guardian: The G8 and the…

Rwandan Newspaper Highlights Nation’s 10-Year Relationship With Global Fund

New Times Rwanda: Ten years of Global Fund in Rwanda “On February 11, the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health signed an agreement with Global Fund, an international financing organization that aims to attract and disburse resources to prevent and treat HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. … The same…

African Nations Form G5 To Strengthen Development, Security In Sahel Region

Reuters: African nations form G5 to work on Sahel security, development “The leaders of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, and Burkina Faso agreed on Sunday to create a regional organization to strengthen cooperation on development and security in the Sahel region…” (Prieur, 2/16).

Obama, Rice React To Revelation Uganda’s President Will Sign Anti-Gay Bill

News outlets report on U.S. officials’ reactions to an announcement by a Ugandan official that the country’s president plans to sign an anti-gay bill. Associated Press: Obama: Anti-gay bill step backward for Ugandans “President Barack Obama warned Uganda Sunday over its plans to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would ‘complicate…

WHO Taking Steps To Address Health System Failure In CAR

The WHO last week announced it is taking steps to address the devastated health care system in Central African Republic, news outlets report. VOA News: CAR’s Shattered Health System Needs Urgent Repair “The World Health Organization reports the Central African Republic’s shattered health system is in desperate need of repair.…

Australia Stands With S. Africa In Defense Of TRIPS Flexibilities

Huffington Post: Unlikely Allies Sandeep Kishore, chair of the Advisory Council of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, and Kavitha Kolappa, a psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General/McLean Program “The recent Executive Board proceedings of the World Health Organization (January 20-25, 2014) provided new ground for unlikely allies South Africa and…

Experts Call For Urgent Action On Clean Cookstoves

SciDev.Net: Urgent action ‘needed for clean cooking, heating fuels’ “Urgent measures are needed to reduce exposure to smoke from traditional cooking and heating methods such as using solid fuels, which contribute to more than four million deaths a year globally, a conference has heard. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves…

African Officials Attend UNAIDS, Lancet Commission Meeting In London

A Rwandan news outlet and the Government of Ghana report on the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission meeting that took place in London on Thursday. New Times Rwanda: UNAIDS meet discusses global health “The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, [Thursday] joined the other UNAIDS and Lancet Commissioners in London for a meeting…

Despite Ceasefire In South Sudan, Fighting Continues, Challenges Aid Delivery

New York Times: Reports of South Sudan Fighting, Despite Pact, Prompt Worry and Warnings “The ranks of displaced people have swelled to nearly 900,000, close to a tenth of the entire population. Humanitarian groups warn that millions could go hungry if fields remain unplowed before the coming rainy season. Aid…