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PSI, UNFPA Report On Studies Examining Condom Use In 6 African Countries

“PSI and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) teamed up over the past year to study and report on the state of [male condom use] in six African countries. The results are out in six new case studies that will be presented during a consultative meeting on the Total Market Approach that…

BBC News Examines Polio’s Resurgence In Africa, Middle East

BBC News examines polio’s resurgence in some parts of the world. In a 60-second video report, the news service “outlines the struggle against polio,” noting that, “[d]espite a quarter-century-long vaccination program … experts fear it could make a comeback in countries riven by conflict” in the Middle East and Africa…

U.S. Ambassador To U.N. Visits CAR To Assess Ongoing Violence, Next Steps

“The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations arrived Thursday in Central African Republic [CAR] in the highest profile American effort to date to quell the cycle of violence in this impoverished country that has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced at least 10 percent of the population,” the Associated Press…

IPS Profiles Advocacy Group For Sexual Minorities With HIV In Uganda

Inter Press Service profiles the “Come Out Post-Test Club,” which was established earlier this year as “a safe space and advocacy group for trans women sex workers living with HIV” in Kampala, Uganda. “The club’s executive secretary, Bad Black, says it is helping to fill a desperately needed gap in…

Director Of CDC-Malawi Reflects On Country’s HIV Efforts

In a post in the CDC’s “Our Global Voices” blog, Sundeep Gupta, the director of CDC-Malawi, reflects on HIV efforts in the country. Noting the CDC’s partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health — which is “ensuring quality in our programming, keeping our technical discussions grounded and practical, and helping…

Blog Examines Immunization Efforts In Ethiopia

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, David Ferreira, managing director for innovative finance and head of the Washington, D.C., office of the GAVI Alliance, examines immunization efforts in Ethiopia. “Just a decade ago, Ethiopia’s immunization coverage rate was as low as 28 percent,…

Women Lack Access To Female Condoms In Gulu, Uganda, UPI Reports

“The fight against AIDS has been waged for more than three decades, with more people becoming infected each day, yet preventive measures such as female condoms are not being embraced in some areas of Gulu, a post-conflict region in northern Uganda, said the district’s planner, John Luwa,” United Press International…

Global Health Challenges Best Addressed By Locally Driven Solutions

In a three-part series in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, Eric Silfen, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Philips Healthcare, proposes “that many of the ‘global’ health care challenges we face can best be addressed by developing affordable, accessible and cost-effective solutions that satisfy patients’ needs,” or…

Media Outlets Examine Food Security In Urban Areas

“According to the United Nations human settlements program, U.N. Habitat, … [b]y 2050, 60 percent of all Africans will be living in cities,” The Guardian reports in an article examining urban poverty and a program by the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) to address urban food security issues (Van Ark, 12/17).…

NPR Examines History, Future Of PEPFAR

NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Tuesday profiled the history of PEPFAR, including its creation, successes, and evolution. The program includes comments about the state of the AIDS epidemic before PEPFAR’s creation from Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Laura Guay, vice president of research…