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PBS FRONTLINE Film Prompts Media Coverage Of TB Epidemic

News sources examine the growing threat of multidrug-resistant TB, highlighted this week in a FRONTLINE special presentation. PBS FRONTLINE: TB Silent Killer The full-length video report on tuberculosis (TB) is available online, in addition to several accompanying news stories. “From the valleys of Swaziland in Southern Africa, the story of…

USAID Working To Meet Water, Food, Health Needs In Kenya

Chris Holmes, global water coordinator and deputy assistant administrator at USAID, writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog about “how USAID’s water programs around the world contribute to integrated approaches that meet the objectives of the Agency’s Water and Development Strategy, as well as the Feed the Future and the…

TB Becomes Increasing Priority In South Africa’s Health Agenda

Devex: Is emerging South Africa ready to fight TB on its own? “This week, as the aid community observed World Tuberculosis Day, all eyes turned to South Africa, which despite its booming economy continues to hugely suffer from this old and preventable disease. A decade after launching a national strategic…

HIV-Positive Widows Must Have Property Rights To Ensure ‘Safety And Survival’

The Guardian: HIV-positive widows in Kenya fight for their land rights Gina Alvarado, gender and evaluation specialist at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) “…The [HIV] epidemic, in combination with women’s lack of land rights, has resulted in a growing number of widows being cast aside by their…

Ethiopia Expected To Pass Anti-Gay Law

News outlets report on proposed legislation in Ethiopia that would make homosexuality a “non-pardonable” offense. Associated Press: Ethiopian lawmakers to pass bill deemed anti-gay “Ethiopia’s lawmakers are set to pass a bill that puts homosexuality on a list of offenses considered ‘non-pardonable’ under the country’s amnesty law, a measure that…

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Brings Cuts To Foreign Aid, Research

SciDev.Net: Uganda’s anti-gay law may threaten its research “… The [Ugandan anti-gay] legislation has been met with outrage in the West, and several countries and international organizations immediately pulled the plug on aid that has been helping Uganda to sustain its economy. Donors have so far withheld a total of…

Health Officials Work To Contain Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

News outlets report on continuing efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. IRIN: Curbing West Africa’s Ebola outbreak “As health authorities and aid groups work to contain the spread of Ebola in Guinea which has killed 59 people and infected scores of others since January, suspected cases have…

U.N. Officials Express Concern Over Humanitarian Crises In Sudan, S. Sudan

News outlets report on the worsening food security and humanitarian crises in Sudan and South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: S. Sudan facing major food crisis: U.N. “Millions of people in war-wracked South Sudan are facing a food shortage as the rainy season approaches, a top U.N. official warned Tuesday, denouncing inadequate…

Burkina Faso Should Rethink, Improve Family Planning Services, Study Says

IRIN: Staunching Burkina’s abortions “One-third of all pregnancies in Burkina Faso are unintended and a third of them end in abortion, according to a study published this month by the University of Ouagadougou and the reproductive health think tank Guttmacher Institute, which also found that more than 100,000 abortions were…

Activists Question Whether U.S. Should Cut Aid To Uganda

News outlets discuss the implications of Uganda’s anti-gay law on U.S. foreign aid to the country. New York Times: Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Complicates U.S. Aid in Rebel Hunt “On the February day that President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda signed a law making homosexuality a crime punishable by life in prison, the…