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Michelle Obama Heads To Africa

“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.

Joint Venture To Manufacture And Distribute Tenofovir Gel In Africa

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.  TIA also will establish a joint venture with drug maker Cipla Medpro and iThemba Pharmaceuticals for…

Meningitis Vaccine Showing Success In West Africa

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.

U.S. To Provide Up To $30M Per Year For African Trade Expansion

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…

Focus On Getting More People On Antiretroviral Therapy As AIDS Turns 30

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 Feeling Effects Of DFID Aid Withdrawal

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.

Advocates Express Aid Concerns After G8 Summit Ends

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.