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Rwanda’s Emergency Medicine Trainee Program Addresses Gaps In Response To Injuries

“As in most of the developing world, [road accidents] now represent a large and growing cause of death and disability in Rwanda,” Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown Medical School, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “According to the [WHO], nearly one in 10 deaths worldwide…

World Bank, E.U. Pledge $8.25B To Boost Economic Growth In Sahel

“The World Bank and the European Union are pledging $8.25 billion to boost economic growth and fight poverty in Africa’s Sahel region,” according to an announcement made on Monday during a trip to the region by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, the Associated Press/Washington…

Cambodia, Nigeria Make Progress Vaccinating Children Against Measles, Rubella

Cambodia has immunized one million children with the measles and rubella vaccines, and aims to reach all four million children between the ages of nine months and 15 years in the country, according to the health ministry, Xinhua/Global Times reports. “I urge every family in the country to bring their…

New HIV/AIDS ‘Stigma Index’ Released In Uganda

The National Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks in Uganda, or NAFOPHANU, on Thursday released its first-ever “stigma index,” which aims to quantify “the degree and types of stigma suffered by people living with HIV/AIDS,” VOA News reports, noting the organization “hopes that bringing the issue to light will…

Restaurant Creates Bond To Fund Malaria Prevention, Treatment In Mozambique

“Nando’s, the restaurant chain popular for its peri-peri chicken, recently announced a partnership creating the Mozambique Malaria Performance Bond, a development impact bond to fund malaria reduction efforts in Mozambique,” Devex Impact reports. “D. Capital, Dalberg’s impact investing arm, helped Nando’s create the model for the first social impact bond…

Cameroon Facing Malaria Outbreak, ARV Shortages

“Nearly 800 people have died in a recent malaria outbreak in northern Cameroon, one described by public health officials as ‘a severe and sudden epidemic,'” CNN reports. “Doctors treating more than 12,000 victims of the disease say those who died in the past three weeks were mostly young children and…

South Sudan Is Polio-Free; Sample Contamination Responsible For False-Positive Lab Results

“South Sudan and [WHO] officials have reassured locals and the international community that South Sudan is polio-free, after they found that three reported cases of the crippling disease were misdiagnoses,” VOA News reports. Noting the samples sent to Nairobi for analysis were discovered to have been contaminated, South Sudanese Health…

Development Agenda Must Address ‘Brain Drain’ Of Doctors From Africa

“Economic development goals must address the flow of high-skilled health care professionals to more fortunate countries. Source countries, recruiting countries, and the international community should address brain drain and improve health care inequity,” Kassahun Desalegn, department head and assistant professor of dermato-venereology at the University of Gondar’s College of Medicine…

African Judges Meet To Discuss HIV/AIDS-Related Human Rights, Legal Issues

More than 50 African judges and magistrates on Tuesday met at a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to share HIV/AIDS-related experiences with human rights and the law, Xinhua reports. “Kenya’s Supreme Court President Willy Mutungai said the meeting will provide an opportunity for judges and magistrates to discuss effective strategies and…