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WASH Should Be Integrated With Maternal Health, AMREF Official Says

Wilson Center Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Lisa Meadowcroft on Integrating Water and Sanitation With Maternal Health Goals in Kenya Donald Borenstein of the Wilson Center discusses a podcast featuring Lisa Meadowcroft of the African Medical and Research Foundation, who talks about integrating WASH with maternal health…

HIV Prevention Campaign Promoting Male Circumcision Reaches 6M In Africa

NPR: Snip Decision: Africa’s Campaign To Circumcise Its Men “…This week researchers announced that [an unprecedented campaign in Africa over the past several years to promote circumcision as a way to prevent HIV] has reached a remarkable milestone: Six million men and teenagers were convinced…” (Aizenman, 5/7).

PSI Highlights VMMC Campaign In Zimbabwe

A post in PSI’s “Impact” blog discusses how “[n]ational celebrities, both male and female, are helping scale-up [voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC)] efforts in Zimbabwe by addressing key barriers men face when considering the procedure, including a lack of social support and myths and misconceptions around VMMC…” (5/8).

Skepticism, Lack Of Clean Water Challenge Rotavirus Vaccine Efforts In Cameroon

Inter Press Service: Vaccinating Against Their Will “The growing number of child deaths from diarrhea in Cameroon has necessitated the introduction of a new vaccine (RotaTeq) designed to protect babies under five against common types of rotaviruses that cause diarrhea. But growing skepticism over new vaccines, and lack of potable…

HIV Researchers On Alert Following Anti-Gay Raids On Ugandan Project

Nature: HIV researchers on edge after anti-gay raids across Africa “A police raid on an established research program in Uganda has left scientists worried that their projects may be targeted by authorities granted sweeping powers under the country’s harsh new anti-homosexuality law…” (Shuchman, 5/7).

Aid Agencies Warn Somalia Showing Warning Signs Of Famine

Media sources report on a warning from aid agencies that Somalia faces a looming hunger crisis. Agence France-Presse: Spectre of Somalia hunger crisis returns, aid agencies say “War-torn Somalia risks sliding back into acute crisis less than three years since a devastating famine, aid agencies warned Wednesday, amid failing rains,…

Reporting Continues On Maternal, Child Mortality Issues

News coverage on maternal and child mortality continues, following the release of several reports this week. Devex: Niger’s persistent problem “Niger, a poor landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa, has ranked a total of nine times at the bottom of Save the Children’s annual Mothers’ Index since the launch of the…

PLOS Collection Examines Issues Surrounding VMMC

“With new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa occurring at a rate of 2.3 million each year, this new collection, featuring research published in PLOS Medicine and PLOS ONE, presents interim results from a large public health intervention of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) performed by health care practitioners in low-resource…