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Reports, Projects Address Maternal Health Care

“From donkey ambulatory services for pregnant women in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan to free caesarean sections in Congo, reports about global efforts to improve maternal health were showcased in the past week as development experts gathered in various forums here during the U.N. General Assembly session from September 17…

UNESCO, Partners Release Report On Youth Health, Education In Eastern, Southern Africa

Last week, UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and other bilateral partners launched a report (.pdf) focused on youth in Eastern and Southern Africa, titled “Young People Today: Time for Action Now,” a UNESCO press release states. The report shows “adolescents and young people — especially young women — face a…

Malaria Cases In CAR Nearly Double In Past Year, MSF Reports

“The number of cases of malaria in northwest Central African Republic [CAR] has almost doubled in the past year, partly because of insecurity caused by armed groups operating in the rural north, according to Médecins Sans Frontières,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “The medical charity says it has treated 36,910 cases…

Polio Can Be Stopped With Continued Support From International Community

“Six years after Somalia’s last case of polio, the country has become the epicenter of a fresh outbreak in the Horn of Africa,” Siddharth Chatterjee, the chief diplomat and head of strategic partnerships and international relations at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in…

IPS Examines Sales Of Counterfeit Malaria, TB Drugs In Cameroon

“In markets and on roadsides across Yaoundé, [Cameroon,] fake and illegal drugs are stacked on wooden racks and tables, openly displayed for sale,” and though “[t]rading in these drugs is illegal … [t]hey are available as a result of weak regulation, poor health services and high medical costs,” Inter Press…

Economist Examines Emergence Of Konzo, Nodding Syndrome Among Children In Africa

The Economist examines the emergence of two childhood illnesses in Africa, Konzo and nodding syndrome, “two particularly nasty … neglected illnesses [that] cause suffering and death, and more subtly, when they affect children, eat away at a country’s potential by reducing the human capital of its rising generation.” The magazine…

Namibian Government Taking Action Against Country’s Worst Drought In 30 Years

Think Africa Press reports on a drought in Namibia, the worst the country has seen in 30 years, writing, “In the Kunene region in the north, rain has not fallen for two years, and the U.N. recently estimated that 778,000 people — approximately one-third of the population — are either…

U.K. Development Official Discusses Efforts To End FGM

The Guardian features a video interview with U.K. Under-Secretary of State for International Development Lynne Featherstone, who discusses how ending female genital mutilation (FGM) is a priority for the U.K. government. She talks about the importance of reporting cases of FGM, which is illegal in the U.K.; collecting information and…

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