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Somalia Launches Pentavalent Vaccine With Support From GAVI, UNICEF, WHO

“Coinciding with World Immunization Week, the Somali government announced on 24 April its intention to vaccinate all children under the age of one with a new five-in-one vaccine, known as a pentavalent vaccine, funded by the GAVI Alliance, with [UNICEF] and the [WHO] as implementing partners,” IRIN reports. “Currently, fewer…

Concerns Rise Over Food Insecurity In Africa’s Sahel Region

“Despite early indications the Sahel would not suffer pangs of hunger this year, experts now worry that food insecurity could be worse than in 2012 — the year of the West Africa food crisis,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Ten million people in the Sahel remain food insecure, and 4.5 million…

PBS Blog Features Stories Looking At Mobile Technology And Health In Africa

PBS’s “Rundown” blog features two stories as part of the “Cheers Report,” a “series of reports on the impact of mobile technology and health in 10 African countries.” In the first story, Imani Cheers, the director of educational resources and a multimedia producer for the PBS NewsHour, describes how mobile…

Continued Political, Financial Support Needed To Reduce Global Malaria Incidence

“With the globally agreed target of reversing the incidence rate of malaria by 2015 now in sight, top United Nations officials [on Thursday] urged the international community to stay committed to protecting people from this preventable disease and to scale up key interventions such as the provision of insecticide-treated mosquito…

DKT Ethiopia Using GIS Technology To Improve Family Planning, HIV Prevention Programs

“In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa,” David Olson, a global development communications consultant, writes in…

Fighting Schistosomiasis Would Help Reduce HIV Incidence, Researchers Say

“The transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa could be slashed if efforts are made to combat the spread of the waterborne disease schistosomiasis by providing clean water, sanitation and health education, a study reports,” SciDev.Net writes. Schistosomiasis can cause genital ulcers in women, making them more susceptible to HIV infection,…

New York Times Profiles Carter Center’s Leader For Guinea Worm Eradication

The New York Times on Monday profiled Donald Hopkins, who is leading the fight to eradicate Guinea worm in his role as “vice president for health programs at the Carter Center, the group founded by former President Jimmy Carter to advance human rights and fight disease.” The article examines the…

Top South Africa Aims To Close Drug Patent Loophole That Allows For ‘Ever-Greening’

“South Africa plans to overhaul its intellectual property laws to improve access to cheaper medicines by making it harder for pharmaceutical firms to register and roll-over patents for drugs, a senior official said on Monday,” Reuters reports. The efforts to close “a loophole known as ‘ever-greening,’ whereby drug companies slightly…

U.K., International Community Should Follow Africa’s Lead On Efforts To Stop FGM

“Last month the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID) announced that £35 million [$53.3 million] would be provided to help eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa and elsewhere,” Efua Dorkenoo, advocacy director of the FGM program for Equality Now, writes in the Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network.” She continues,…

Partnership And Accountability Among Countries Will Lead To Global Health Successes

In remarks at the Africa Health Forum on Friday in Washington, D.C., Deputy Secretary of State William Burns discussed the evolution of foreign assistance and cooperation “from a donor-recipient relationship to more of a partnership,” according to a speech transcript provided by the U.S. State Department. “This partnership — based…