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EurActiv Interviews WHO Expert About Progress Against NTDs

EurActiv: Funding for ‘neglected’ tropical diseases goes from ‘rags to riches’ “Dengue fever, chikungunya and other ‘neglected tropical diseases’ have attracted growing media attention — and international funding — as global warming helped them spread to Europe. But money isn’t everything, especially for deprived populations in Africa’s remote regions that…

Survey In Sudan Produces Data On 64 Health, Nutrition Indicators

“Data collected in Sudan is revealing for the first time the difference in performance of health and nutrition services in each of Sudan’s 18 states. This has been thanks to the Simple Spatial Survey Methodology (S3M) used to collect data on child malnutrition…,” according to a UNICEF press release. “…The…

South Sudan’s Displaced Persons Reluctant To Return Home Despite Ceasefire Agreement

News outlets report that displaced persons in South Sudan are reluctant to return home despite threats of food insecurity and disease in camps and the promise of a ceasefire agreement signed last week. The Guardian: South Sudan’s displaced people wary of return despite aid problems in camps “…Despite a ceasefire…

Conflict In CAR, South Sudan Dominate Opening Of A.U. Summit

News outlets report on the opening of the African Union Summit in Ethiopia. Discussion surrounding conflict in the region is overshadowing the theme of this year’s summit, Agriculture and Food Security. Agence France-Presse: Africa summit to pull C. Africa, S. Sudan from ‘abyss’ “Conflict in Central African Republic and South…

Blog Post Debunks Myth That ‘Africa’s Farmers Will Always Be Poor’

In a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Impatient Optimists” blog post, Mercy Karanja, senior program officer and senior regional adviser to East Africa for Agriculture Development at the foundation writes, “Following the theme of this year’s Annual Letter by Bill and Melinda Gates, I would like to debunk the myth…

Despite Kinks In Progress, Kenya Takes Steps Toward Zero New HIV Infections

Inter Press Service: Kenya’s Journey Towards Zero New HIV Infections Falters In Kenya, “PMTCT [prevention of mother-to-child transmission treatment] coverage fell by 20 percent in 2011-2012, says the Progress Report 2013 of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).” However, “[e]xperts agree on the main reason behind the reduction…

World Vision’s ‘Child Health Now’ Ghana Campaign Calls For Global Action

The Chronicle: Child Health And Survival — A Collective Duty Of All Micah Ayo Olad, national coordinator for World Vision’s Child Health Now Campaign in Ghana “The risk for maternal death (during pregnancy or childbirth) in sub-Saharan Africa is 175 times higher than in developed countries, and risk for pregnancy-related…

Sharp Divide In Support Of South Africa’s Intellectual Property Reforms

Times of India: Access to medicines issue splits the world, developing vs developed “The recently concluded meeting of the World Health Organization’s executive board saw a sharp divide between developing and developed countries on the issue of South Africa’s reforms of its intellectual property laws to enable affordable access to…

3M Displaced Persons In DRC In Need Of Humanitarian Aid, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: DR Congo still needs humanitarian aid despite advances towards peace in east — U.N. “Despite significant progress towards peace in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the international community must keep humanitarian aid flowing into a country where nearly three million people, half of them…