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Malawi Sex Workers Forced To Take HIV Tests Seek Damages

Agence France-Presse: Malawi sex workers push for damages after forced HIV test “Fourteen sex workers arrested by police in Malawi and forced to take HIV tests launched a fresh bid to seek damages in court on Tuesday. The group was detained in 2009, hauled to a government hospital for HIV…

One-Third Of Cameroonian Children Suffer Malnutrition, Stunting

VOA News: Poor Nutrition Stunts Growth of One-third of Cameroon Children “The ratio is a stunning one in three. An estimated one third of Cameroon’s children are smaller than they should be and some of them will not have long to live. UNICEF and other humanitarian relief organizations say as…

U.N. Calls For Better Aid To Civilians In CAR

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. urges better security, more resources to aid civilians “As the violence across the Central African Republic (CAR) continues unabated, United Nations agencies are sounding the alarm about the plight of civilians at risk inside the country and are now also warning that the…

South Sudan In Need Of Urgent Health Care For Pregnant Women

BBC News: South Sudan: ‘One of the most dangerous places to give birth’ “Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes due to continuing violence in South Sudan. Many are in need of urgent health care, with pregnant women at great risk. South Sudan is one of the most…

Blogs Discuss Effects Of Ugandan Anti-Gay Law

Several blogs discuss the effects of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law on Monday. Managing Editor Mark Leon Goldberg writes in a U.N. Dispatch blog post about why the U.S. should not cut aid to Uganda (2/24). Ben Shepherd, associate fellow in the Africa Program…

Western Countries Continue To React To Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

News outlets continue to report on reactions to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, signed into law this week by President Yoweri Museveni. Associated Press: Uganda health minister: Gays will still get care “…Now that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh sentences for gay sex, life is expected…

Guardian Expert Panel Explores Ways To Help Refugees

The Guardian: From Syria to Central African Republic, how to invest in refugees “As scenes from Syria’s Yarmouk camp shock the world, our expert panel explores the ways the development community can go beyond meeting basic needs in refugee camps…” (Scott, 2/26).

Antibiotic Resistance Poses New Public Health Threat In Africa

VOA News: Antibiotics Overuse is Price of Success in Africa Malaria Fight “As malaria rates decline across much of Africa, a new study seeks to fight another problem. Drug-resistant bacteria are a growing concern as antibiotics have become the automatic choice for treating a child with a fever…” (Baragona, 2/26).

Health Systems Struggle To Keep Pace With Niger’s Progress In Reducing Child Deaths

IRIN: Niger’s ‘remarkable’ progress in reducing child deaths “Niger has made remarkable progress in cutting under-five mortality over the past decade, and it looks set to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing infant mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. But high maternal mortality, skyrocketing population growth, and low…