“U.S. first lady Michelle Obama left for Africa on Sunday, embarking on her second official solo journey abroad with a goal of advancing U.S. policies on education, health, and democracy,” Reuters reports.
“African governments need to provide ‘more protective environments’ to keep children safe and free from harm and exploitation,” UNICEF said in a statement marking the 2011 Day of the African Child on Thursday, the U.N. News Centre reports.
CONRAD and the South African Government’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) on Tuesday announced a license agreement that grants TIA the rights to manufacture and distribute tenofovir gel in Africa, according to a CONRAD statement. Â TIA also will establish a joint venture with drug maker Cipla Medpro and iThemba Pharmaceuticals for…
The New York Times reports on the success of a new meningococcal vaccine in West Africa, where very few cases of the disease have been detected in countries that use MenAfriVac, which costs 50 cents per dose.
Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Development Julie Howard writes on State’s “DipNote” blog about attending the 10th annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum in Zambia and an announcement from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that the U.S. will provide “up to $30 million per year for four…
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is embarking on a weeklong trip to sub-Saharan Africa, CNN reports.
A new report from the World Bank and International Finance Corporation outlines how the public and private sectors in Africa can work together to improve health care quality and access, VOA News reports (Onyiego, 6/6).
Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the first published report of the disease that came to be known as AIDS, the Los Angeles Times reports. Though the “promise” of a vaccine “has not materialized,” “[s]ome progress has been made on other fronts,” the newspaper writes (Healy/Maugh, 6/5).
Malawi’s health care system is “facing major setbacks” after the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) made its final aid disbursement to the country in March and decided not to renew a six-year spending commitment that ends this month, IRIN reports.
After the conclusion of the G8 summit in Deauville, France, last week, development experts expressed concern that the G8’s aid package, aimed at encouraging democracy mostly in North Africa, would result in less aid for the rest of the continent, Inter Press Service reports.