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Working To Improve Sanitation Practice, Safe Water Supply In Liberia

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Pieter DeVries, chief of party of the Improved Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (IWASH) Project, examines the program’s efforts to improve sanitation practices and safe water supply in Liberia, where “open defection is the most common sanitation practice.” He notes, “This fact, coupled with a…

USAID Supporting Delivery Of HIV/AIDS Services In Zimbabwe

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Margot Welk, communications and development outreach adviser at USAID in Zimbabwe, reflects on how the agency “is supporting the delivery of high-quality HIV/AIDS services” in the country. “USAID provides infant HIV test kits and [antiretrovirals (ARVs)] to many clinics throughout Zimbabwe,” she writes, highlighting…

Lack Of Family Planning, Barriers To Reproductive Rights Hindering Development Progress

“Lack of family planning, along with other barriers to sexual and reproductive rights and health, remain obstacles to progress on several key development indicators,” Mushtaque Chowdhury, vice chair and adviser to the founder and chair of BRAC, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. He highlights Bangladesh as…

President Clinton, Daughter Traveling Through Africa To Promote Health

President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton “are currently traveling through Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, and South Africa to advance various Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) goals,” the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog reports. “After helping to promote malaria awareness and HIV testing, the high-profile duo visited Cyugaro…

Clinical Trials Test Combination Treatments For Visceral Leishmaniasis

Researchers at a hospital in Kenya are testing an experimental combination therapy to treat visceral leishmaniasis, also known as kala azar or black fever, Think Africa Press reports. “[D]espite the spread of the disease and fatalities related to it, a long-standing lack of interest from pharmaceutical companies has meant that…

Zambia Faces ‘Critical Shortage’ Of ARVs

“A critical shortage of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) has hit most health facilities around” Zambia, the Lusaka Times reports. “Ministry of Health spokesperson Reuben Kamoto Mbewe confirmed that some clinics had run low on Truvada and neviripine while some had completely run out of the drugs,” the newspaper writes, noting, “As…

Researchers Testing Nitric Oxide As Treatment For Cerebral Malaria In Uganda

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines how physicians in Uganda are using nitric oxide gas as an experimental treatment for cerebral malaria, “a severe form of the disease in which malaria parasites clog the blood vessels of the brain.” In Mbarara, Uganda, researchers from Epicentre, the research arm of Médecins Sans Frontières,…

New Regulatory Agency In Africa Aims To Facilitate Approval Of CD4 Diagnostic Tests

Noting the WHO has called for 15 million people living with HIV to be receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) by 2015 and new WHO HIV treatment guidelines say ART should be prescribed when patients’ CD4 cell counts reach 500 cells/mm3, a higher threshold than previously recommended, The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals…

World Bank Report Says Africa Needs To Address Road Traffic Injuries, NCDs

A new report from the World Bank shows that an increasing number of road traffic injuries (RTIs) and rising rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) “both represent largely hidden epidemics in Africa,” according to the paper’s authors, The Guardian reports (Balch, 8/5). The report’s summary states “[t]he data show that action…

USAID Blog Profiles Birth Attendant Working In South Sudan Since 1997

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Victor Lugala, development outreach and communications specialist in South Sudan, reports from the field about 38-year-old Mary Konyo, a mother of nine and a traditional birth attendant since 1997, noting Konyo “has helped 23 women deliver children safely women in the last 16 years.”…