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WFP Expects To Feed 6.5M Ethiopians In 2014

Reuters: U.N. expecting to feed 6.5 million Ethiopians this year “The World Food Programme will help to feed nearly 6.5 million Ethiopians this year, the U.N. agency said on Tuesday, with the country hit by locusts, neighboring war, and sparse rainfall…” (Miles, 5/13).

Power Africa Initiative Should Take China’s Model To Next Level

Devex: Power Africa: Taking China’s model to the next level Rebecca Regan-Sachs, communications manager at AMGlobal Consulting, and Evan Roe, research associate at AMGlobal Consulting “…Whether Power Africa is ultimately a floodlight or a flickering candle will come down to sustainability — creating energy not just in the power lines,…

South Sudan On Course Toward ‘Hunger Catastrophe,’ Aid Agencies Warn

The Guardian: South Sudan food security crisis could spiral into famine, agencies warn “The conflict in South Sudan has set the country on course towards a ‘hunger catastrophe,’ with almost four million people already in dire need of food and humanitarian assistance, and aid agencies warning of a possible famine…

Blog Post Highlights Importance Of Electrify Africa Act

Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy”: Three Reasons House Passage of the Electrify Africa Act Is Big News Erin Collinson, a policy outreach associate at CGD, outlines three reasons why the House of Representatives’ passage of the Electrify Africa Act (HR 2548) — a bill aimed at improving…

Schistosomiasis Could Make African Women More Vulnerable To HIV

New York Times: A Simple Theory, and a Proposal, on HIV in Africa “While around the world a vast majority of AIDS victims are men, Africa has long been the glaring exception: Nearly 60 percent are women. And while there are many theories, no one has been able to prove…

West Africa Sees Improvement In Controlling Ebola Outbreak

Associated Press: Dramatic improvement in controlling Ebola outbreak “Health workers have made dramatic progress in controlling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa in recent weeks, a doctor with the World Health Organization said Friday. The outbreak has been blamed for the deaths of at least 168 people in Guinea and…

Food Aid Delivery Faces Challenges In DR Congo

Al Jazeera: DR Congo faces food insecurity despite aid “…It seems like a clear problem with an easy solution — people are starving, and relief organizations have food. But the issue of aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is mired by social, political and economic stakes in a…

Kidnapped Nigerian Girls Face Myriad Health Threats, PBS Reports

PBS NewsHour: Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls face serious risks “The [276] Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by the extremist group Boko Haram face serious risks including malaria-carrying mosquitoes, unsafe drinking water and poisonous snakes. That’s according to Michelle Faul of the Associated Press, who spoke with Hari Sreenivasan from Lagos, Nigeria, about the…

WASH Should Be Integrated With Maternal Health, AMREF Official Says

Wilson Center Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Lisa Meadowcroft on Integrating Water and Sanitation With Maternal Health Goals in Kenya Donald Borenstein of the Wilson Center discusses a podcast featuring Lisa Meadowcroft of the African Medical and Research Foundation, who talks about integrating WASH with maternal health…