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VOA News Reports On Pilot Program Against Lymphatic Filariasis In Nigeria

VOA News reports on “a new public health strategy, tested in Nigeria,” which is “raising hopes” that the tropical disease known as lymphatic filariasis (LF), or elephantiasis, can be eliminated. “The Nigeria Ministry of Health and the Carter Center, a philanthropic research institute established by former US. President Jimmy Carter,…

African First Ladies, Government Officials Meet In Los Angeles For Health Summit

“Government representatives and leaders associated with international non-profit organizations, business and medical research convened in Los Angeles Tuesday and Wednesday at the second African First Ladies Health Summit to expand on their efforts to improve the life prospects of women and children on the continent,” the Los Angeles Wave reports.…

April Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The April issue of the WHO Bulletin features an editorial examining the need for safe drinking water in order to prevent cryptosporidiosis, a public health news roundup, a research paper on the deployment of community health workers across rural sub-Saharan Africa, a review of alcohol and alcohol-related harm in China,…

Washington Post Examines How Mobile Technologies Are Transforming Remote Parts Of Africa

The Washington Post examines how new mobile applications are transforming remote parts of Africa. “Across sub-Saharan Africa, technology, particularly mobile technology, has transformed the lives of digital-savvy entrepreneurs,” the newspaper writes, adding, “While many are forging successful high-tech businesses in urban centers, others are finding ways to help people ……

U.S. Agencies Supporting Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Malawi

“U.S. agencies that work to fight HIV this week began a five-year effort with Malawi’s government to improve health care for Malawians infected with the virus,” VOA News reports. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is leading the effort alongside health officials in Malawi, with funding from PEPFAR and the CDC,…

President Obama Meets With 4 African Leaders To Discuss Range Of Development Issues

“President Obama met on Thursday with the leaders of four small countries in sub-Saharan Africa that the White House sees as models for the region,” including “Ernest Bai Koroma, president of Sierra Leone; Macky Sall, president of Senegal; Joyce Banda, president of Malawi; and Jose Maria Pereira Neves, prime minister…

Global Consortium Aims To Use Surplus Food To Tackle Hunger In Developing World

“A consortium of donors, NGOs, supermarkets and agro-businesses are working on plans to [send] surplus food, currently wasted in industrialized countries, to the developing world to tackle hunger,” Owen Barder, senior fellow and director for Europe at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the center’s “Global Development: Views…

IRIN Examines British Plan To Improve Health Care Services In DRC

IRIN examines Britain’s new $270 million plan to improve health care services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “Civil war has destroyed much of the country’s health infrastructure, as well as the road networks and vital services such as electricity, meaning patients often have to travel long distances to health centers…

Increasing Transparency Would Help China Strengthen Its Role In Global Health Development

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) blog, Victoria Fan, a research fellow at CGD, describes a panel session during the 4th Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) recently held in Washington, D.C. “The speakers briefly discussed China’s history in international health activities …, different kinds of…

WFP Director Says Food Security Crisis In Sahel Is Not Over

The World Food Programme (WFP) “is helping feed more than 10 million people in eight countries” in the Sahel, but WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin “stressed the crisis was not over,” AlertNet reports. Conflict in Mali “has forced around 340,000 people to flee their homes, compounding a hunger crisis in Mali and neighboring countries…