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Mental Health Issues Result From Liberia’s 14-Year Civil War

GlobalPost: The lingering wounds of Liberia’s 14-year civil war “In Nimba County, northeastern Liberia, the most visible signs of the country’s 14-year civil war are finally fading. … But the deepest wounds of the conflict are difficult to see and slower to heal. They are the psychological scars of war,…

Better Aid Needed To Prevent Starvation In CAR

Huffington Post: Act Now to Stop Mass Starvation in Central African Republic William Lambers, author and member of the Feeding America Blogger Council “Ertharin Cousin, director of the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP), is urging the world to help the starving people of the Central African Republic. … For what…

Scientists To Use Climate Factors To Forecast Disease Outbreaks In Sahel

Reuters: Wind and dust can predict Sahel meningitis outbreaks — scientists “Scientists may soon be able to forecast disease outbreaks in sub-Saharan African’s ‘meningitis belt’ using weather data — and use that to plan early vaccination drives to prevent or limit casualties…” (Mintz, 3/20).

Blogs, Publications Mark World TB Day

Publications and blogs highlight issues related to the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in advance of World TB Day on Monday, March 24. The Lancet discusses progress made in controlling TB since the the WHO declared it a global health emergency in 1993 (Herbert et al., 3/22). In a post in…

Sexual Violence In Kenya Continues

The Coalition on Violence Against Women writes in The Star that “[s]exual violence in Kenya is commonplace, and the government is derelict in its responsibilities to protect victims, punish perpetrators, and provide redress to victims. … The government repeatedly asserts that its domestic justice system can address these crimes and has taken…

‘Science Speaks’ Examines Impact Of Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law On USAID Missions

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses the implications of Uganda’s anti-homosexuality law on USAID’s ability to carry out its programs in country, noting that “USAID Uganda Mission Director Leslie Reed sent a memo to the contractors, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies with which the mission works…

Rwandan Health Drive Aims To Address Childhood Malnutrition

The New Times Rwanda: Two Million Children to Be Screened for Malnutrition “The ongoing screening for malnutrition targets over 1.9 million children under the age of five. The drive, that started last Tuesday and is expected to end on April 4, is part of efforts to eliminate malnutrition-related ailments. It…

Funding Shortage Causes WFP To Cut Programs In DRC

VOA News: WFP Cuts Food Rations for Millions in DR Congo “The World Food Program says it will fall far short of its goal of feeding four million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year because of a severe funding shortage. It also warns it will have to…

Food Security, Malnutrition Worsen In CAR, U.N. Agencies Warn

Media outlets report on the worsening humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic (CAR). U.N. News Centre: Urgent action needed to tackle food crisis in strife-torn Central African Republic – U.N. “A senior United Nations relief official [Wednesday] stressed the need to act quickly to assist people suffering from food insecurity…

Humanosphere Discusses Africa’s Fertility Rate

In Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the fertility rate in Africa, referencing a recent article by The Economist on the topic, as well as resulting responses. “Where everyone agrees is that contraceptives play an important role in reducing fertility. More importantly, is that they provide the opportunity for choice…