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IPS Profiles Malawi President Joyce Banda

Inter Press Service profiles Malawi’s President Joyce Banda, the first female southern African head of state, briefly recounting her work since “taking over from her predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika who died in office on Apr. 5, 2012.” The news service provides excerpts from an interview with Banda about women’s empowerment.…

Japan, Britain Donate Funds To Help U.N. Provide Polio Vaccinations In Somalia, Kenya

“An emergency contribution from Japan will enable the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners to tackle a polio outbreak in Somalia that has already paralyzed nearly 100 children and threatens hundreds of thousands more who are not vaccinated,” the U.N. News Centre reports (8/5). “With a growing number…

Ethiopian Health Journalism Competition Results In Effective Vaccination Messages

Noting “Ethiopian journalists produced dozens of stories about the effectiveness of vaccines in response to an international story contest organized by the International Center for Journalists in collaboration with the African Health Journalists Association and the Arab Media Forum,” Elsabet Samuel Tadesse, a broadcast journalist and media trainer based in…

UNFPA To Support Improved Access To Family Planning In 8 African Countries

“Eight African countries will get support to improve access to reproductive health education and services for millions of adolescent girls, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Friday” at the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Over the next three years,…

Ban Appoints New Special Envoy For HIV/AIDS In Africa

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed former Ugandan Vice President Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe as his special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, SAPA-AP/Sowetan Live reports (8/2). Wandira-Kasibwe, who was the first woman in Africa to hold a vice president position, “will replace Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania, who the secretary general thanked…

President Clinton Discusses HIV Prevention In Malawi

“Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, on the last day of his visit to Malawi, Thursday said he would continue to support measures to fix the southern African country’s efforts to address some of its biggest challenges in poverty reduction, health care and women empowerment,” PANA/AfriqueJet reports. “Clinton, accompanied by daughter…

EGPAF Promoting Exclusive Breastfeeding In Kenya To Prevent MTCT Of HIV

As part of a series written by members of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Eric Kilongi, a senior communications officer in Kenya for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), describes efforts to educate women living with HIV about the…

Pregnant Women Need Improved Access To Maternal, Labor Care

“As a midwife of more than fifty years and founder of my country’s first maternity hospital, I have seen how easily joy can turn to grief and tragedy when expecting mothers lack access to the expert medical care the Duchess of Cambridge received,” Edna Adan Ismail, founder and director of…