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HPV Vaccine Program Begins In Kenya, But Access To Cervical Cancer Treatment Still Low

The Guardian: Kenyan girls get cervical cancer vaccine but women’s wait for treatment goes on “Life is rough for women with cervical cancer in Kenya. Some of those attending the country’s only public treatment facility sleep on benches and concrete floors outside the hospital to save money for their treatment.…

UNAIDS Denounces Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

News outlets report on the controversy surrounding Uganda’s anti-gay law. Although the country faces threats of foreign aid cuts, other African countries, including Gambia, announce their support of similar stances. U.N. News Centre: Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill has ‘serious human rights implications’ — UNAIDS “The United Nations agency leading the global…

Climate Change Impacting Spread Of Infectious Diseases

News outlets report on how climate change is impacting the spread of infectious diseases. ClimateWire/Scientific American: How the Spreading Symptoms of Climate Change Can be Deadly “The hallmarks of a warming climate, heavier rains, more severe droughts, rising sea levels and longer growing seasons, are spreading a variety of pathogens…

Meningitis Vaccine Tolerates African Heat Without Refrigeration

A study published in the journal Vaccine shows that a vaccine against meningitis A can be successfully stored and delivered without refrigeration in Africa, news services report. The Guardian: Meningitis vaccine withstands African heat without damage “The first immunization campaign in Africa using a vaccine that does not have to…

Focus On Economic Agenda Important For Africa To Meet MDGs

Sudan Vision: The Post-2015 Development Agenda: What Are the Priorities for Africa? Alula Berhe Kidani, sustainable development advocate “As 2015 and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws near, attention has increasingly turned within the United Nations to the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, a High-Level Panel of…

The Guardian Highlights G8 New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition

The Guardian released a series of articles on the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, including an interactive on the 10 African countries that made a commitment, articles on the controversy surrounding the initiative, and individual articles highlighting Malawi, Ghana, and Tanzania. The Guardian: The G8 and the…

Rwandan Newspaper Highlights Nation’s 10-Year Relationship With Global Fund

New Times Rwanda: Ten years of Global Fund in Rwanda “On February 11, the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health signed an agreement with Global Fund, an international financing organization that aims to attract and disburse resources to prevent and treat HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis. … The same…

African Nations Form G5 To Strengthen Development, Security In Sahel Region

Reuters: African nations form G5 to work on Sahel security, development “The leaders of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, and Burkina Faso agreed on Sunday to create a regional organization to strengthen cooperation on development and security in the Sahel region…” (Prieur, 2/16).

Obama, Rice React To Revelation Uganda’s President Will Sign Anti-Gay Bill

News outlets report on U.S. officials’ reactions to an announcement by a Ugandan official that the country’s president plans to sign an anti-gay bill. Associated Press: Obama: Anti-gay bill step backward for Ugandans “President Barack Obama warned Uganda Sunday over its plans to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would ‘complicate…

WHO Taking Steps To Address Health System Failure In CAR

The WHO last week announced it is taking steps to address the devastated health care system in Central African Republic, news outlets report. VOA News: CAR’s Shattered Health System Needs Urgent Repair “The World Health Organization reports the Central African Republic’s shattered health system is in desperate need of repair.…