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PATH Blog Reports On MenAfriVac Study Results

Kathleen Donnelly, content manager for PATH, writes in the organization’s blog about “[t]he first mass vaccination campaign conducted in Africa with a vaccine that doesn’t require constant refrigeration … The MenAfriVac vaccine was developed through the Meningitis Vaccine Project, a partnership between PATH and the World Health Organization. It used…

Survey Shows Gaps In Workplace Safety For S. African Health Care Workers

News sources highlight survey data presented recently showing gaps in workplace safety for South African health care workers. Vaccine News Daily: South African health care workers at greater risk for HIV, TB “South African health care workers have major gaps in workplace protection against HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis, according to…

FGM Slowly Declining In Somaliland

Agence France-Presse: Extreme genital mutilation on retreat in Somaliland “It is a ritual supposed to keep women ‘pure,’ but an increased understanding of the severe health risks of extreme forms of female genital mutilation appears to be slowly rolling back its prevalence in Somalia’s northwest…” (Vesperini, 2/20).

USAID Launches Program In Zimbabwe To Strengthen Agricultural Sector

VOA News: USAID Targets Zimbabwe Food Shortages, Malnutrition “The U.S. government has launched a five-year, $100 million program to assist more than a half-million hungry Zimbabweans. At the launch of the new program, which is aimed at strengthening Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton said Washington remained…

Women Should Play Leading Role In South Sudan Peace Talks, U.N. Official Says

VOA News: Women Bear Brunt of South Sudan Conflict, U.N. Official Says “The head of the U.N. agency that fights for gender equality and the empowerment of women said Wednesday that women and children have borne the brunt of the conflict in South Sudan, and called for women to play…

Child Malnutrition Continues To Challenge Rwanda, Despite Economic Gains

Xinhua: Child malnutrition remains serious challenge for Rwanda “Chronic malnutrition among children remains a significant public health problem in Rwanda despite the remarkable economic progress the country has made over the past few years, said a report released here Wednesday. Three out of 10 children are suffering from malnutrition in…

News Outlets Continue Coverage Of Study Showing Meningitis Vaccine Needs No Refrigeration

News outlets continue coverage of a new study showing a meningitis vaccine remains stable and effective without refrigeration. IRIN: Meningitis vaccine out of the cold “A pilot meningitis A immunization campaign targeting more than 155,000 people in Benin with a vaccine that does not require constant refrigeration has demonstrated clear…

SciDev.Net Features Podcast On HIV Treatment As Prevention In Africa

SciDev.Net: HIV treatment as prevention in Africa “Ever since HIV emerged, public health teams have been trying different techniques to control it, from condoms and male circumcision to patient empowerment. But now a team from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom is testing a…

Malaria Maps Reveal High Risk Of Malaria In Africa

News outlets report on the findings of a study recently published in The Lancet on malarial infections in Africa. Agence France-Presse: Malaria: High risk focused in 10 African countries “Gains in fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have left the highest risk for the disease concentrated in 10 countries, according to…

Ethiopian Government Working To Spread Benefits Of Family Planning

“…The Ethiopian Government’s leadership on family planning has been impressive, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Ethiopia is a culturally, religiously, and geographically diverse country. This diversity contributes to the complexity of expanding access to family planning and further complicates many of the challenges…,” Alisha…