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Blog Examines South African Report On HIV/AIDS Prevalence

John Campbell, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes in his “Africa in Transition” blog about the recently released report from South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on HIV/AIDS in the country. “…The good news: over the past 10 years, mother-to-child…

Aid Cuts To Uganda Will Disrupt Country’s Health Care, Officials, Activists Say

IRIN: Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda “Since the enactment of a draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda just over a month ago, donors have been slashing or suspending aid to the country in protest. Health officials, activists, and NGOs warn that this could have a major impact on…

Foreign Mining Firms In Guinea Lock Down Operations As Ebola Deaths Rise To 84

Reuters: Miners in lock-down in Guinea as Ebola death toll hits 84 “Foreign mining firms have locked down operations in Guinea and pulled out some international staff, executives said on Wednesday, as the death toll from suspected cases of Ebola there hit 84…” (Samb/Nebehay, 4/3).

Devex Interviews Leader In Campaign To End FGM

Devex: ‘Nothing can stop’ fight against female genital mutilation — advocacy group “More than 125 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation worldwide, and another 30 million are at risk of being cut over the next decade — yet few interventions have focused on stopping the practice, and…

Support For Locally Led Initiatives Improves Maternal Health In Malawi

Writing in a guest post in Oxfam’s “Politics of Poverty” blog, Dorothy Ngoma, principal secretary and national coordinator of Malawi’s Presidential Initiative for Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood, discusses several of the projects under the initiative, stating, “As a result of this initiative, in two years we have managed to…

Public, Private Firms Investing In African Health, Manufacturing, R&D

Media sources discuss recent efforts by public and private entities to invest in African health, manufacturing, and research and development. Financial Times: Drugmakers learn to blend commerce with philanthropy in Africa “Africa has rarely been a source of good publicity for big pharma. But two events this week suggest the…

Guinea, Neighboring Countries Work To Contain Ebola Outbreak

News outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ABC News: Ebola, Crossing Borders in Africa, Could Land in U.S. “An Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 78 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., health officials warned today…” (Moisse, 4/1).…

South Africa’s National HIV Prevalence Increasing, Report Shows

News outlets highlight a new report (.pdf) showing South Africa’s HIV prevalence is rising. Health-e News: South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence & Behavior Survey, 2012 “The latest national HIV survey in South Africa finds increases in HIV prevalence, decreases in condom use and earlier sexual debut for boys among…

Responsible Business Practices Enable Commercial Successes

The Telegraph: Business has the power to do immense good Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline “For business, behaving responsibly doesn’t compromise commercial success, it enables it. … Collectively, the private sector has the power to do immense good, using its innovation, resources and reach to create prosperity, provide employment and…