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ONE Analysis Finds Disparities In AIDS Progress Among African Countries

“Progress in the battle against AIDS is widely divergent in different African countries, so much so that to talk about ‘AIDS in Africa’ as one epidemic needing a single approach has become an anachronism, campaigners said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “In an analysis of the state of the global fight…

E.U. Signs $287M Development Grant With Ethiopia, Including Funding For Maternal Health

“The European Union signed a development grant with Ethiopia on Monday worth 212.4 million euros ($287.26 million) to help finance road construction and projects targeting maternal health and drought resilience,” Reuters reports. “The package includes 49 million euros earmarked for road building. Another 50 million euros will be [available] to…

South African Grant Scheme Reduces Girls’ Dependence On ‘Sugar Daddies,’ Study Shows

“Government grants to help poor children in South Africa also play an important role in reducing HIV risk from ‘sugar daddies’ who prey on teenage girls, a study said on Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports. “In a wide-ranging probe published in the Lancet Global Health, researchers in Britain and South Africa…

Fears Of Disease Outbreaks, Food Insecurity Mount In Somalia’s Puntland After Cyclone

“Two weeks after a tropical cyclone struck the northeast coast of Somalia, killing more than 100 people and thousands of head of livestock, important infrastructure lies in ruins and fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases are mounting,” IRIN reports. “‘For four days, the cyclone brought heavy rainfall, icy winds,…

U.N. Appeals For Polio Funding For Horn Of Africa; Disease Detected In Cameroon

“Two U.N. agencies on Friday called on countries in the Horn of Africa region to remain watchful as [a] polio outbreak has significantly slowed down,” Xinhua reports. “The [WHO] and UNICEF also appealed for $88 million to support [regional] governments’ polio eradication efforts in 2014 and maintain the momentum built…

Humanitarian Crisis Worsening In CAR

IRIN examines the worsening crisis the Central African Republic (CAR) “has faced since a rebel alliance known as Seleka took power by force in March 2013,” writing, “Humanitarian and development indicators were dire before the coup, but now, amid increasing violence by armed groups and between communities and religious faiths,…

Report Examines Contraceptive Access, Abortion In Uganda

“Uganda has one of the world’s highest unmet needs for contraception, leading almost 300,000 women to seek backstreet abortions each year — with many dying as a result, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) said in a new report released on Wednesday,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “At the root of…

Conflict Should Not Impede Efforts To Vaccinate Children Against Polio In Sudan

“As polio spreads across the war zones of Syria and Somalia, and stalks the Horn of Africa, our great opportunity to rid the world of another debilitating disease since smallpox is being thwarted,” Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF’s representative to Sudan, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog.…

Humanitarian Crisis Continues In Mali Nearly 1 Year After French Intervention

“Eleven months after French forces dislodged Islamist militants from northern Mali, the region’s humanitarian crisis is far from over,” IRIN reports, noting, “Hunger levels are higher this year than last, … [b]anditry is preventing herders throughout the north from accessing grazing land, and insecurity is barring some aid agencies from…

Guardian Publishes International Development Journalism Competition Articles

The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” on Friday published several articles written by “12 journalists who made the final of this year’s International Development Journalism Competition.” Among others, the topics of the articles include small-scale rice farming in Ghana, the clearing of human waste in India, drug-resistant malaria in Cambodia,…