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Study Examines Increasing Extent Of Emigration Among African Doctors

“The number of African doctors working in the U.S. soared by almost two-fifths over a decade, according to a study showing the increasing extent of the ‘brain drain’ from developing nations,” the Financial Times reports. “More than 10,000 medical graduates born or trained in sub-Saharan Africa were registered to practice…

Countries Must Work Together To Defeat AIDS, TB And Malaria

“Liberia and Sweden might seem to be worlds apart. But in today’s interconnected world, the challenge of defeating poverty, gender inequality and infectious diseases is truly part of a single universal aspiration,” Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlson write in the Huffington Post’s…

Fathers’ Participation Important To Reducing Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

In a Reuters opinion piece, Mary Mwanyika-Sando, the maternal and child health coordinator at Management and Development for Health and a New Voices fellow at the Aspen Institute, writes that fathers are key to preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT). “[W]ith the right [antiretroviral (ARV)] treatments, we can reduce the risk…

PRI Interview Examines Family Planning in Africa

In this edition of The Takeaway — a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International (PRI), in collaboration with New York Times Radio and WGBH Boston — correspondent John Hockenberry interviews Anders Kelto, Africa correspondent for PRI’s “The World,” about “the issues Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa face when it comes to…

New Meningitis Vaccine Nearly Eliminated Disease In Chad, Study Says

“Use of a new vaccine in Chad has all but eliminated meningitis, according to a study that boosts the prospects for defeating one of the most feared infections across central Africa,” the Financial Times reports. “Just 57 cases of meningitis were identified last year in regions of Chad where MenAfriVac had…

Thomson Reuters Foundation Examines Breakthrough In Combating Seasonal Malaria In West Africa

“A new way of using an old drug is proving to be a breakthrough in combating seasonal malaria in West Africa, which kills tens of thousands of children every year according to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “The medical charity says seasonal malaria chemoprophylaxis or SMC, a pioneering approach…

Kenya’s AIDS Indicator Survey Shows Country Making Progress In Prevention, Treatment

“Kenya is making great strides in tackling HIV/AIDS, with a fall in the HIV-positive population and a surge in the number of people getting tested and receiving treatment, according to a government survey released on Tuesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “[T]he number of Kenyans living with the disease fell from…

‘Solutions At Hand’ To Achieve Fistula-Free Generation

“We are thrilled to be in Uganda to recognize the achievements of EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care project, the largest U.S. government-funded initiative to treat and prevent obstetric fistula in more than 10 countries throughout Africa and Asia,” Pamela Barnes, president and CEO of EngenderHealth, and Joseph Ruminjo, a consultant obstetrician-gynecologist and…

South Africa Publishes Draft Intellectual Property Policy With Potential Effects For Pharma Patents

“South Africa’s government has published a draft intellectual property policy with potential far-reaching effects for pharmaceutical patents, which rights groups hailed Monday as a move towards lower medicine costs,” Agence France-Presse reports. “If accepted, the reforms will facilitate the production of cheaper, generic medicines, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF)…