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Examining USAID’s Efforts To Strengthen Food Security In South Sudan

“As USAID’s Food for Peace Officer assigned to South Sudan since October 2011, I have seen firsthand how U.S. government food assistance programs are simultaneously supporting communities’ efforts to create assets that strengthen their food security while providing vital timely assistance to food insecure South Sudanese,” C.W.T. Hagelman writes in…

Examining Free Maternity Care In Kenya

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Jane Otai, a 2013 New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a senior program adviser for Jhpiego, a non-profit global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, writes about the “positive step” of free maternity care in Kenya, but…

NPR Profiles Health Clinic In South Africa Working To Combat HIV Among Prostitutes

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” program profile a “health clinic in the heart of Johannesburg [that] is attempting to break the HIV cycle by focusing on people at extremely high risk for infection — prostitutes.” According to the blog, “[s]ome researchers estimate that about two-thirds of sex workers…

Progress In Africa Attributable In Part To U.S. Investment

“I recently returned from a conference hosted by the Aspen Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with a number of scholars and members of Congress,” where “[o]ver a period of several days we did an in-depth exploration of the myriad issues encompassing U.S. relations with the 54 nations of Africa,” Dan…

NPR Examines South Africa’s AIDS Response

Noting “South Africa has more people with HIV than any other country in the world,” NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” program examine how, “after years of delay and mistakes, South Africa is transforming how it approaches the disease.” The blog writes, “The South African government is simplifying AIDS…

China, African Countries Will Work Together To Improve Health Care

“Recently, while attending the Ministerial Forum on China-Africa Health Development, representing the GAVI Alliance, … I was struck by the common legacy that China and countries across Africa share in overcoming [obstacles to health care delivery], and the important gains that have been made,” Mercy Ahun, the special representative for…

Improving Access To Health Care For Marginalized Populations In South Africa

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses how advocates, health care workers and others in South Africa are addressing gaps in access to health care and HIV prevention services for sex workers, and gay and transgender people. “The [South African] representatives who met with [a U.S. congressional…

U.S. Global AIDS Investments In Rwanda Have ‘Profound Impact’

“Last Friday, I was privileged to join six U.S. senators in seeing the truly profound impact of U.S. global AIDS investments in Rwanda,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big…

U.N.-Sponsored Meetings Address Food Security, Nutrition In Africa

“Strengthening ecosystems is key to helping local farmers in Africa adapt to climate change and ensuring that they produce enough food to meet people’s nutritional needs, participants decided at the end of an international United Nations-organized conference in Kenya,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The conference, convened [in Nairobi] by…