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South Sudan Peace Talks Resume Amid Warnings Of Impending Famine

The Guardian: South Sudan peace talks begin as spectre of famine lurks “Talks between rebels and the government to try to end seven months of bloodshed in South Sudan resumed in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. The session begins amid continuing reports of fighting and increasingly dire warnings from…

Nigeria Struggles With HIV Infection Rate

Inter Press Service: Nigeria Wakes Up to its AIDS Threat “…Nigeria’s HIV infection rate of 3.2 percent appears low in comparison to southern Africa’s, but with a population of 173 million, it translates into huge numbers — 3.4 million Nigerians lived with HIV in 2013…” (Olukoya, 8/4).

Child Malnutrition Robs Africa Of Up To 16% Of Continent’s Potential Growth

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Child malnutrition costs Africa its future growth “Poorly fed children rob Africa of up to 16 percent of its potential growth, making investment in programs to end malnutrition as critical to the continent’s future as building bridges and roads, African leaders and development officials said on Monday…”…

UNICEF Promotes Breastfeeding Campaign

U.N. News Centre: U.N. promotes ‘effective’ breastfeeding, aims to cut on breast-milk substitutes “The United Nations children’s agency [Monday] said it is working with governments, the private sector, and local communities to make it easier for women to breastfeed their infants, and to end false marketing of breast milk substitutes…”…

Obama To Discuss U.S. Funding For HIV/AIDS Efforts With African Leaders

Washington Post: Obama and African leaders to discuss U.S. funding for HIV/AIDS “When African leaders arrive in Washington this week to meet with President Obama, one of the most politically sensitive issues expected to be discussed is the future of the U.S. commitment to global efforts to deal with HIV/AIDS.…

Coverage Continues On Ugandan Court’s Decision To Strike Down Anti-Gay Law

News outlets report on the WHO’s recommendation to change anti-gay laws and the Ugandan Constitutional Court’s decision to strike down the country’s anti-gay law. Washington Blade: World Health Organization urges law changes “The World Health Organization said this week that nations should use changes in law to stop the spread…

News Outlets Recognize World Breastfeeding Week

News outlets report on World Breastfeeding Week, which takes place August 1-7. AllAfrica/South Africa News: South Africa: Breastfeeding Week Gets Underway “As World Breastfeeding Week kicks off today, the Department of Health [in South Africa] has encouraged families, communities, and employers to provide a supportive environment for mothers to breastfeed…”…

Ebola Distracts From Efforts To Control Cholera Outbreak In Cameroon

Reuters: Ebola distracts from worsening Cameroon cholera outbreak “A cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon has killed at least 65 people and probably infected about 1,300 people in two months, as international attention has been diverted to fighting Ebola in West Africa, health experts said on Saturday…” (Hussain/Mussa, 8/2).