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Gender Equality Necessary For Food Security

IRIN: How equal rights boost food security “Eliminating the gender gap in agriculture is widely seen as crucial to alleviating poverty and improving food security, and the effects of inequality are likely to be further compounded by climate change. ‘For global development to be sustainable, the issues of climate change,…

Cameroon Struggles To Keep Up With Influx Of CAR Refugees

IRIN: CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon “Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say local officials and aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx…” (3/12).

Health Care Workers Ask President To Put Pressure On Uganda, Nigeria To Reverse Anti-Gay Laws

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports, “More than 900 physicians, researchers, nurses and other health care workers from institutions, facilities and organizations tackling HIV around the world sent a letter to President Obama today expressing horror over anti-homosexuality laws recently passed in Uganda and Nigeria and…

Anti-Gay Laws Worsen The AIDS Crisis, Blog Says

Washington Post: Making the AIDS crisis worse Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist “…When Western governments lecture African countries about their retrograde views, it can feed a populist, anti-colonial backlash. When donors threaten to cut off aid, it can cause lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists to cringe — fearing they…

U.N. Official Says Nigeria’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage May Harm Public Health

Agence France-Presse: U.N. rights chief slams Nigeria ban on gay marriage “The U.N. rights chief, Navi Pillay, Thursday said Nigeria’s recent ban on same-sex marriage violated human rights and the nation’s constitution. … President Goodluck Jonathan had in January approved a bill banning gay marriage and same-sex partnerships that sparked…

Conflict-Torn South Sudan Could Face Famine, U.S., E.U. Envoys Warn

Agence France-Presse: War-torn South Sudan facing ‘spectre’ of famine: U.S., E.U. envoys “South Sudan faces possible famine if warring forces continue to flout a ceasefire deal, U.S. and E.U. envoys warned Thursday, after almost three months of raging conflict left thousands dead…” (Fortin, 3/13).

U.S. Suspends Aid To Uganda Because Of Anti-Gay Law

Reuters: U.S. suspends some aid to Uganda over anti-gay law “The United States has suspended some aid to Uganda’s ministry of health, officials said on Thursday, in its first concrete move reported in response to the passing of an anti-homosexuality law…” (Croome, 3/13).

Report On Global Food Policy Finds Hunger Persists In Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia

VOA News: Ending Hunger and Undernutrition “A new report says ending persistent hunger and undernutrition should be top development priorities. The International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI, has released its annual Global Food Policy Report. IFPRI has set a goal of 2025 for ending hunger and undernutrition. …[F]igures actually represent an…

Surgery Helps Children Born With Cleft Lip In Africa

Agence France-Presse: Branded as witches, cleft lip children now see hope in Africa “Accused of witchcraft or sorcery, children with cleft lips or palates are often driven into hiding in several African countries, forced to live as outcasts unless they receive an early operation. … In the West, children with…

Food Insecurity In Senegal Could Worsen, IRIN Reports

IRIN: An alarming outlook for Senegal’s hungry “The number of food insecure in the Sahel is expected to grow from 11.3 million in 2013 to more than 20 million in 2014, mainly due to an increase in cases in northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, and Senegal…” (3/12).