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Researchers Examine Why Married Swazi Women Delay, Drop Out Of HIV Treatment

Inter Press Service: Marriage a Barrier to ARV treatment for Swazi Women “…[Thandeka Dlamini] and other researchers set out to find why married women [in Swaziland] start [antiretroviral therapy (ART)] late or drop out. Their study, conducted by MarxART, a project by the Swaziland National AIDS Programme (SNAP), found ‘distinct…

Efforts To Reduce Post-Harvest Loss In Africa May Reduce Hunger, Boost Incomes

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: A Lot to Lose, But Much to Gain Emily Alpert, deputy director at Agriculture for Impact, discusses food security in Africa, specifically how “the prevention of post-harvest loss can add to the radical difference that raising yields can make to a farmers’ level…

NIH Investigates Mysterious ‘Nodding Syndrome’ In Uganda

NIH “Director’s Blog”: From Uganda to NIH, to Solve a Seizure Mystery Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), discusses the NIH’s efforts to discover the cause of “nodding syndrome,” a “mysterious illness striking children between ages 5 and 15 in Acholi, [Uganda] … [and] characterized…

Advocacy Groups Condemn Ugandan Bill For Stigmatizing HIV

The Lancet: Uganda takes “another step backward” with HIV bill “HIV advocacy and human rights groups have condemned the passing by the Ugandan parliament of a bill they say will severely impede the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as stigmatize and discriminate against those with the disease…” (Devi, 6/7).

U.S. Launches ‘Beyond The Grid’ Energy Investment Framework In Africa

Media sources report on the U.S. Department of Energy’s announcement of its “Beyond the Grid” investment framework to bring power to Africa. Agence France-Presse: U.S. launches $1 billion push for off-grid Africa power “U.S. companies have promised $1 billion for off-grid power projects in Africa, putting a growing focus on…

Number Of Ebola Cases, Deaths Continue To Rise In Guinea, Sierra Leone

News outlets continue to report on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Agence France-Presse: Guinea Ebola death toll rises above 200 “More than 200 people have died from the highly contagious Ebola virus in Guinea, making it one of the worst ever outbreaks of the disease, the World…

South African Officials Hope To Prevent Unsafe Circumcision Rituals

Associated Press: In South Africa, old custom becomes health crisis “This month, youths in some rural areas will head to secluded huts for circumcision rituals meant to usher them into manhood, an annual rite of passage during the current South African winter, and in the summer at year’s end. Officials…

Liberian President Makes Reducing Maternal Death Top Priority

VOA News: Liberia’s Sirleaf Tackles One of Africa’s Highest Maternal Death Rates “Upon assuming the presidency in 2006, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promised to tackle many national problems made worse by a decade of civil war. One of her goals was to curtail the maternal death rate, which has soared…

Declining Aid, Ongoing Conflict Leave Millions Hungry In DRC

News outlets continue coverage on the humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). U.N. News Centre: Insecurity, funding shortfall leaves millions hungry in DR Congo — U.N. “Senior United Nations officials for the Great Lakes region of Africa are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to draw…

Group Helps Zambian Women With HIV Raise Goats To Support Families

Christian Science Monitor: International Fund for Agricultural Development helps Zambian women with HIV raise goats “In the Batoka area of Southern Province, Zambia, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is providing support to the Harmony Women’s Club, which helps women living with HIV raise goats…” (Ng, 6/3).