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PEPFAR, South African Partnership Laying Foundation For Healthier Future

Huffington Post: The Power of Partnership: Extraordinary Progress, Lessons Learned and Great Hope for the Future in South Africa Deborah von Zinkernagel, acting global AIDS coordinator, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “…Our health partnership with South Africa is becoming a model for other PEPFAR-supported countries. Like any new…

Community Field Officers ‘Making Namibia A Healthy Nation’

In a guest post in the ONE Blog, the CDC describes the work of two Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) field officers in Namibia, where they travel to rural communities to conduct HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. “Through this work they have established strong links between health facilities and…

Blog Examines Two Recent Reports Addressing HIV/AIDS In Africa

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” examines the “Afrobarometer research project’s recent cross-continent survey [.pdf] of What People Want from Government, Basic Survey Performance Ratings, 34 Countries, released in December,” and a supplement from the Journal of the International AIDS Society that discuss progress and challenges in efforts…

‘No Sex For Fish’ Group Aims To Prevent HIV In Kenyan Region

Two articles examine a campaign in Kenya’s Lake Victoria region that aims to prevent the spread of HIV by ending some women’s practice of trading sex for fish. IIP Digital: ‘No Sex for Fish’ Group Helps Fight Spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya “In Kenya, Peace Corps volunteers have been working…

Exclusive Breastfeeding Is Best, But Challenges Remain In Swaziland

Inter Press Service: Breast Is Best, But Not in Swaziland “…Exclusive breastfeeding — giving the baby nothing but breast milk — for six months is recommended by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), by [the Swaziland Infant Nutrition Action Network (SINAN)] and by the Ministry of Health. … Yet many…

Half Of CAR’s Population Left Homeless, In Need Of Aid

News outlets report on the continuing strife in Central African Republic (CAR). The U.N. has resumed delivery of food aid to camps and aid organizations have begun a measles emergency response vaccination campaign. Al Jazeera: U.N. warns CAR on brink of catastrophe “U.N. officials are warning the Security Council that…

USAID Announces Award To Address Obstetric Fistula

“Taking one more step toward improving maternal health globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and its institutional partner, the Population Council. … Fistula Care Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement with a ceiling of $74.49M. The overall…

Group In Cameroon Advocates Against Breast Ironing

The Guardian: Empowering girls to speak out against breast ironing Gabriella Jozwiak, a freelance journalist and the Africa programs support volunteer at Y Care International Jozwiak writes about “Came women and girls development organization (Came W&G), which encourages girls to advocate against the practice of breast ironing in Cameroon. ……

Violence In South Sudan Affecting NTD Efforts

Epoch Times: South Sudan Crisis Threatens to Derail Tropical Disease Efforts James Smith and Pete Kingsley of the University of Edinburgh “…South Sudan — after half a century of intermittent conflict and underdevelopment — is unique in suffering from virtually all of the World Health Organization’s list of [neglected tropical…

WHO Urges Donors To Scale Up Operations In South Sudan

The WHO has called for international donors to scale up their operations in South Sudan as the humanitarian situation escalates and poor conditions in camps pose health risks to displaced persons. Vaccine News Daily: WHO calls for funding for health initiatives in South Sudan “The World Health Organization announced on…