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FAO Calls For Stronger Efforts To Improve Food Security In Africa

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency calls for concrete measures to end hunger in Africa by 2025 “The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warn[ed Monday] that despite notable recent economic progress, Africa remains the world’s most food insecure continent and calls on all African agriculture ministers to focus their…

Ebola Outbreak In Guinea Threatens To Spread To Nearby Nations

News outlets report on the response to an Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Agence France-Presse: African health workers battle Ebola; suspected Canada case “Health officials in Guinea battled to contain west Africa’s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as neighboring Liberia reported its first suspected victims and a traveler returning…

USAID Announces Partnership With GE To Support Kenyan Health Facilities

GlobalPost: USAID’s partnership with GE in Kenya will help health facilities buy high-tech equipment “… Earlier this year, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a partnership with the industrial behemoth [General Electric] that will make up to $10 million in credit available for Kenyan health facilities to buy…

U.S. Issues Memo On Aid Projects In Response To Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

BuzzFeed: U.S. Adds New Review To Ugandan Aid Projects In Response To Anti-Gay Law “The U.S. Agency for International Development has sent a signal to grant recipients in Uganda that it will consider delaying major initiatives in response to the Anti-Homosexuality Act…” (Feder, 3/21).

Guinea Confirms Hemorrhagic Fever Outbreak Is Ebola; More Than 50 Dead

News outlets report on an Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Associated Press: Ebola detected in Guinea victims, 50 dead “Samples from victims of a viral hemorrhagic fever that has killed more than 50 people in Guinea have tested positive for the Ebola virus, government officials said Sunday, marking the first time…

News Outlets Highlight World TB Day

In recognition of World TB Day, which takes place annually on March 24, news outlets report on the progress and challenges surrounding the disease. Al Jazeera: Tuberculosis makes a comeback “… TB kills 1.3 million people per year — more than any other infectious disease apart from HIV/AIDS. It’s caught…

Improving WASH For Better Health

In advance of World Water Day on Saturday, March 22, news outlets discuss WASH. The Guardian: The water-energy-food nexus: experts tackle the complexities “The triple challenge of energy supplies, water stress, and food security is becoming increasingly important at a global level. In a recent live chat on the water-energy-food…

Intra-Regional Trade In West Africa Can Improve Food Security

IRIN: Trading away West Africa’s hunger “Severe food shortages in the Sahel and West Africa are often the result of droughts and poor harvests. But inefficient intra-regional trade also places significant strain on food availability, exacerbating hunger. Poor roads and railways, high transaction costs, lack of sufficient market information, incoherent…

Rights Activists In Mozambique Dispute Law Allowing Rapists To Marry Victims

Agence France-Presse: Outrage as Mozambique keeps law allowing rapists to wed victims “Rights activists in Mozambique Thursday marched through the capital Maputo to protest a colonial era law still included in new legislation that allows rapists to go unpunished if they marry their victims…” (Jackson, 3/20).

Mental Health Issues Result From Liberia’s 14-Year Civil War

GlobalPost: The lingering wounds of Liberia’s 14-year civil war “In Nimba County, northeastern Liberia, the most visible signs of the country’s 14-year civil war are finally fading. … But the deepest wounds of the conflict are difficult to see and slower to heal. They are the psychological scars of war,…