India on Wednesday at the conclusion of the second India-Africa summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, pledged $5 billion in aid to Africa to help the continent reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Guardian reports.
World Health Assembly Could Pass Resolutions Asking Governments To Improve Water, Sanitation, IPS Reports
Inter Press Service reports on the possibility that the World Health Assembly “could adopt landmark resolutions asking governments to improve water and sanitation to eradicate cholera and guinea worm,” the latter of which exists in only four countries â€“ Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia and Sudan.
At a World Bank panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on homophobia in developing countries, LGBT advocates from Africa expressed concern that if multilateral development organizations cut aid to Uganda in protest of attempts to make homosexual acts crimes punishable by death, the human rights situation for them could worsen, the Washington Blade reports.
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Tuesday called for a “Decade of Vaccines” in a keynote address at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, saying strengthening immunization programs against infectious diseases worldwide could save 10 million lives by 2020, Reuters reports. He said countries should aim for 90 percent immunization coverage against diseases such as polio, meningitis and pneumonia and said pharmaceutical companies should work to make existing and new vaccines affordable to developing countries, according to the news agency (Nebehay, 5/17).
The G8 nations have “delivered only 61 percent of the increased aid they promised to sub-Saharan Africa by 2010 in their 2005 summit” in Gleneagles, Scotland, an annual report by ONE shows, Reuters reports (5/16). “At the Gleneagles summit, rich nations said that by 2010 they would increase development assistance by $50bn, with an extra $25bn going to sub-Saharan Africa,” the Guardian reports (Elliot, 5/16).
U.S. Ambassador to Uganda Jerry Lanier on Friday in Kampala launched a Mobile Medical Male Circumcision clinic, a project of the PEPFAR-supported Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP), New Vision reports.
Legislation that criminalizes homosexual acts in Uganda did not make it to the floor of the country’s Parliament on Friday, meaning “the bill is essentially dead, for the moment,” PRI’s “The World” reports (Porter, 5/13).
Scientific American looks at the possible link between HIV prevalence and a recent increase in the number of children dying from measles in sub-Saharan Africa.
Fourth U.N. Conference On The Least Developed Countries Continues To Examine Development Possibilities For LDCs
“More than 8,000 people â€“ representatives of governments, international agencies, development partners and civil society â€“ are attending the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV), outlining a plan to lessen the burden of poverty, hunger and disease on the world’s most vulnerable people,” Inter Press Service reports (Ngozo, 5/10).
Democracy Provides Good Context To Handle Epidemics After mentioning the riots that broke out in Haiti after the startÂ of theÂ cholera epidemic last year, Richard Evans, aÂ professor of history and president of Wolfson College at theÂ University of Cambridge, writes in a Guardian opinion piece that “popular disturbances during epidemics are nothing…