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Let’s Work Together To Help Children With Cerebral Palsy In Nigeria

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Freeman Osonuga, founder and executive director of Heal the World Foundation in Nigeria, examines the issue of cerebral palsy, “a disorder of posture and movement which is caused by a permanent and non-progressive insult to the developing brain,” in the country. “Cerebral palsy…

Let Family Planning Be Africa’s Legacy

“Under the theme of ‘Full Access, Full Choice,’ it is believed that the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning will again shed light on the fact that despite wins achieved in the area of access to family planning services, much work remains to be done,” Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs…

Polio Vaccination Efforts In Sudan Have Stalled, U.N. Reports

John Ging, operations director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, “told the U.N. Security Council on Monday that efforts to vaccinate 165,000 children against polio in Sudan’s violence-wracked South Kordofan and Blue Nile states have failed,” the Associated Press/Guardian reports (Lederer, 11/11). “The areas are under…

‘Spirit Of Shared Responsibility’ In Africa Can Help To Defeat AIDS, TB And Malaria

“Africa has shown us how we can build partnerships that can help us invest for maximum impact, especially in our fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria,” Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Big Push” blog. “The shared…

World Food Programme Examines Report On Hunger Risk In CAR

“An Emergency Food Security Assessment, conducted jointly by the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and the government of [the Central African Republic (CAR)],  shows that  1.1 million people — around 30 percent of the population living outside the capital Bangui — are unable to meet their daily food needs on a…

Wall Street Journal Examines Theft, Black-Market Sale Of Malaria Drugs In Africa

“U.S. investigators are leading a probe into the widespread theft and black-market resale of malaria drugs donated to Africa by the U.S. government,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper examines how “[o]rganized theft is plaguing the multibillion-dollar aid effort, according to people familiar with the investigation, raising questions about…

Uganda’s President, First Lady Take HIV Test As Part Of HIV Prevention Campaign

“[Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni] tested for HIV in public on Friday to encourage millions of untested people to check their status,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports (11/8). At the event, Museveni called “upon parents, teachers, all political, religious, cultural, and community leaders as well as the…

Blogs Address Global Spread Of Polio

The following is a summary of two blog posts examining the global spread of polio. John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations’ “Africa In Transition” blog: Blog contributor Campbell examines polio in Nigeria and Somalia, noting both countries “are venues of a deep distrust of the West, and particularly the United…

USAID Blog Reflects On ICFP 2013 Conference In Ethiopia

“[This] week more than 3,000 political leaders, scientists, health care professionals, advocates and young leaders from around the globe will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the third International Conference on Family Planning or ICFP2013,” Ellen Starbird, director of the USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health, writes in USAID’s…

Zambia Sets Out To Create New National Strategic Framework On HIV/AIDS

“Zambia is in the process of coming up with another national strategic framework on HIV/AIDS as the southern African nation presses on with its resolve to eliminate the pandemic,” Xinhua reports in an article examining the country’s efforts. Joshua Banda, chair of the National AIDS Council, “who was speaking at…