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Congressional Briefing Recognizes World Immunization Week

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes comments made by Robert Clay, deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, and Lucas Otieno, research officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute Walter-Reed Project, who spoke on Monday at a congressional briefing recognizing World Immunization Week (Aziz,…

WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting On Polio

News outlets report on a WHO emergency meeting convened to discuss the cross-border spread of polio in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Agence France-Presse: WHO starts emergency polio talks “The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it had convened emergency talks amid rising concern over polio after cases…

Uganda Drafts New Law Tightening Anti-Gay Legislation, Limiting Foreign NGOs

Reuters: Uganda says planning tougher law limiting gay sex, foreign NGOs “Uganda has drafted a new law that would bar non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from promoting homosexuality, tightening rules further after anti-gay legislation in February was widely condemned as draconian…” (Biryabarema, 4/29).

WFP Warns Over Agricultural, Food Crises In CAR

Devex: CAR ‘can’t wait anymore’ — WFP “With almost its entire population in desperate need of food, the conflict-ridden Central African Republic is on the brink of a total humanitarian catastrophe. … On a visit to the country just two weeks ago, Arif Husain, the World Food Programme’s chief economist,…

New Drug Regimen Can Prevent Seasonal Malaria

New York Times: Even a Few Pills Can Put a Dent in the Malaria Rate “A new way to prevent malaria in areas where it waxes and wanes with the weather appears to be working in West Africa, the medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders said last week. The tactic,…

Preventing Malaria Can Help Release ‘Full Potential’ Of Future Generations

Huffington Post: We Can Be the Generation to End Malaria Deaths Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister and board member for Friends of the Global Fund Africa “Friday [April 25] is World Malaria Day, an opportune moment to recognize the recent, remarkable progress to save lives from malaria as well as…

Car Wash Started By Ethiopian Youth Provides HIV/AIDS Education

Huffington Post: Cleaning up Ethiopia — One Car at a Time Anne Goddard, president and CEO of ChildFund International “…Ethiopia is on track toward meeting all eight MDGs, from eradicating extreme hunger and poverty to improving maternal health to reducing child mortality. … In Gulele, a sub-city of the capital,…

USAID Brings Food To Sudan, Helps Feed Displaced

Agence France-Presse: Ship brings U.S.-donated food to help Sudan’s displaced “A ship loaded with U.S.-donated food that arrived in Sudan on Sunday will help to feed about 300,000 people uprooted by fighting this year in the Darfur region, the U.N. said…” (4/27).

Attack On CAR Hospital Kills At Least 22, Including MSF Staff Members

Agence France-Presse: 22 killed in attack on C. Africa MSF hospital: peacekeepers “At least 22 people including three staff members of medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières were killed during a weekend attack by gunmen on a Central African hospital, an officer from the MISCA peacekeeping force told AFP on Monday…”…

USAID Official Calls For Urgent Humanitarian Assistance In South Sudan

USAID’s “Impact” blog discusses the U.S. call for humanitarian action in South Sudan, highlighting a PBS NewsHour interview with Nancy Lindborg, assistant administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID, and Khalid Medani of McGill University (Ramundo, 4/24). The U.S. State Department’s “DipNote” blog features the…