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African Governments Must Honor Previous Commitments To Women’s Rights, Health

“Significant global and regional progress has been made to reduce the number of preventable maternal deaths: data released in 2012 by the United Nations shows that the number of women worldwide dying of pregnancy and childbirth-related complications has almost halved in the last 20 years,” but sub-Saharan Africa “bears a…

International Donors Pledge More Than $4B To Fund Mali Development Plan

“An E.U.-led donor conference agreed on Wednesday to provide €3.25 billion [$4.18 billion] to fund a sweeping development plan for Mali, but European donors made clear that the interim government must live up to its promises to implement democratic and social reforms in exchange for the international lifeline,” The Guardian…

Decline In AIDS-Related Deaths In S. Africa Attributed To Expanded Treatment Program

“One in 10 South Africans is HIV-positive but AIDS-related deaths are falling as ramped-up treatment begins to have an impact, the country’s official statistics agency said Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse reports. According to data from Statistics South Africa’s mid-year report, HIV/AIDS “will be responsible for 32 percent of all deaths this…

Somalia Reports First Wild Poliovirus Case Since 2007

Somalia has recorded its first wild poliovirus case since 2007, the WHO announced on May 11, Nature’s “News Blog” reports. “Genetic testing to determine the virus’s origin is underway and should be complete this week, according to a WHO representative,” the blog writes. Polio immunization campaigns have not taken place…

MAMA Initiative Using Mobile Technologies To Help Mothers, Newborns In South Africa

PBS Newshour’s “The Rundown” blog examines “the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, affectionately known as MAMA — a global movement that uses mobile technologies to improve the health and lives of mothers in developing nations.” According to the blog, “MAMA provides pregnant women and new mothers with vital information and…

Africa, Asia Most Difficult Places To Be A Mother, Save The Children Report Finds

“A new report [released on Tuesday] by Save the Children gauges and ranks the conditions for mothers in almost every country in the world,” the Washington Post reports (Fisher, 5/8). “This year, the index calls attention to child survival in addition to maternal health,” Humanosphere notes (Murphy, 5/7). “Nearly three…

China, Africa Explore Cooperation On Health Issues At Roundtable

“China has reiterated its commitment to help Africa improve its health sector amid various challenges faced by the African continent through deepening existing health cooperation,” Xinhua reports, noting the 4th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Cooperation kicked off in Gaborone, Botswana on Monday (5/7). “During the two-day meeting, officials will…

IPS Examines Reaction To Introduction Of Fixed-Dose ARVs In South Africa

Noting “a serious supply shortage [of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in South Africa last May], the most recent of several stockouts that have plagued the state-funded ARV treatment program since its launch in 2004,” Inter Press Service examines reaction to the introduction of fixed-dose ARVs (FDAs) in the country last month.…