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U.N. Forced To Delay Urgent Food Aid To Guinea Bissau Due To Lack Of Donor Support

“The United Nations said Tuesday that it had been forced to delay desperately needed food aid to nearly 300,000 people in Guinea Bissau since it so far had received no donations to support the operation,” Agence France-Presse reports. “‘The assistance was due to start on March 1, 2013, but operations…

Kerry Announces $51M In Additional Humanitarian Aid For Sahel Region

“[T]he United States has announced an additional $51 million in humanitarian aid to the people of the Sahel — a belt up to 1,000 kilometers wide that spans Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea — bringing its total aid to $520 million” in FY 2012, Devex’s “Pennsylvania…

‘Leadership At All Levels’ Required For Successful Health Systems

Jonathan Quick, president and CEO of Management Sciences for Health (MSH), writes in the group’s “Global Health Impact” blog about Rwanda’s success at implementing a “health system [that] has emerged from devastation as a model for others.” He notes, “For nearly a decade, with support from USAID and the Rockefeller…

Rebel Coup, Looting Hampering Humanitarian Aid Delivery In CAR

“A rebel-led weekend coup in the Central African Republic (CAR) took place against a backdrop of worsening humanitarian conditions in many parts of the country, with access to affected populations severely restricted,” IRIN reports. The Séléka rebel group overtook the capital of Bangui on March 24, causing President François Bozizé to…

Bill Gates Tours Ghana’s Health System, Discusses Polio Eradication

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “is currently in Ghana to assess the country’s health systems,” Ventures Africa reports. Gates “touched down in Accra March 25, 2013, and says he is in Ghana to get firsthand information on why the country’s immunization system is working so…

New Report From ONE Reviews Agricultural Development In Africa Over Past Decade

“In a report launched [on Tuesday] — a valuable yardstick called, ‘A Growing Opportunity: Measuring Investments in African Agriculture’ — ONE reviews the past decade and finds some notable successes in terms of mustering money and political commitment, and the impact of agricultural development,” Roger Thurow, senior fellow on global…

Britain Launches Plan To Fight Use Of Rape As Weapon Of War In DRC

On a trip to Goma, “in the violent south-eastern corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC],” British Foreign Secretary William Hague launched the U.K.’s plan to help tackle rape as a weapon of war, “announcing £180 million [$272 million] in new funding for the DRC health system, some…

Blog Examines Implementation Of Health Insurance Program In Rwanda

In Humanosphere, journalist Tom Paulson examines Rwanda’s recent success in implementing a health “insurance program that has covered most of the population with an emphasis on basic, preventative care.” Including comments from Peter Drobac of Partners in Health and Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, Paulson focuses on the role of…

Researchers Examine Performance Of Africa’s Expanded Programme On Immunization

In a paper published in PLoS Medicine last week, researchers from the Vaccines for Africa Initiative at the University of Cape Town’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine examine the performance of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Africa since its inception in 1974. “With the 2015 deadline…