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Country Representatives, Development Agencies Gather In Johannesburg For Global Newborn Health Conference

“Representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation attended the world’s first global newborn health conference in Johannesburg on Monday,” Business Day Live reports (Magubane/Rapetswane, 4/15). “Representatives from 50 countries are participating in the four-day conference which…

IRIN Examines How Mining Industry In Mozambique Increasing Fears Of HIV

IRIN examines how “[e]very mining boom brings the fear of a rising HIV infection rate, particularly in a country like Mozambique, where the estimated prevalence is already 11.3 percent.” The news service looks at how the promise of a large coal mining operation in the Tete province of Mozambique could affect…

South Africa Announces Rollout Of New Single-Dose ARV Therapy

“South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Monday the launch of a new single-dose combination antiretroviral [ARV] drug that will cost just 89 rand a month ($10) per patient, potentially revolutionizing AIDS treatment in the country,” Salon reports (McDonough, 4/9). “The new pill will be introduced this month to…

VOA News Reports On Pilot Program Against Lymphatic Filariasis In Nigeria

VOA News reports on “a new public health strategy, tested in Nigeria,” which is “raising hopes” that the tropical disease known as lymphatic filariasis (LF), or elephantiasis, can be eliminated. “The Nigeria Ministry of Health and the Carter Center, a philanthropic research institute established by former US. President Jimmy Carter,…

African First Ladies, Government Officials Meet In Los Angeles For Health Summit

“Government representatives and leaders associated with international non-profit organizations, business and medical research convened in Los Angeles Tuesday and Wednesday at the second African First Ladies Health Summit to expand on their efforts to improve the life prospects of women and children on the continent,” the Los Angeles Wave reports.…

April Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The April issue of the WHO Bulletin features an editorial examining the need for safe drinking water in order to prevent cryptosporidiosis, a public health news roundup, a research paper on the deployment of community health workers across rural sub-Saharan Africa, a review of alcohol and alcohol-related harm in China,…

Washington Post Examines How Mobile Technologies Are Transforming Remote Parts Of Africa

The Washington Post examines how new mobile applications are transforming remote parts of Africa. “Across sub-Saharan Africa, technology, particularly mobile technology, has transformed the lives of digital-savvy entrepreneurs,” the newspaper writes, adding, “While many are forging successful high-tech businesses in urban centers, others are finding ways to help people ……

U.S. Agencies Supporting Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Malawi

“U.S. agencies that work to fight HIV this week began a five-year effort with Malawi’s government to improve health care for Malawians infected with the virus,” VOA News reports. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is leading the effort alongside health officials in Malawi, with funding from PEPFAR and the CDC,…

President Obama Meets With 4 African Leaders To Discuss Range Of Development Issues

“President Obama met on Thursday with the leaders of four small countries in sub-Saharan Africa that the White House sees as models for the region,” including “Ernest Bai Koroma, president of Sierra Leone; Macky Sall, president of Senegal; Joyce Banda, president of Malawi; and Jose Maria Pereira Neves, prime minister…