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Engaging Social Networks In Communities Practicing FGM Key To Ending Practice

Writing in The Guardian’s “Adolescent Girls Hub,” published through the newspaper’s “Global Development Professionals Network,” Gannon Gillespie, director of strategic development at Tostan, examines community-based strategies against female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C), highlighting the efforts of Demba Diawara, a Senegalese village chief and imam, to end the practice in…

U.N. Officials Discuss Agriculture, Food Security, Climate Change At Conferences

Speaking at the second Sub-Saharan and Argentinean Agriculture Ministers Meeting in Buenos Aires, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva “stressed the importance of South-South cooperation to advance agricultural development in developing countries, adding that this collaboration can also help end hunger in the African continent,” the…

USAID’s MCHIP Helping Prevent Maternal Deaths In Rwanda

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, USAID’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) Senior Program Officer Susan Moffson, Jhpiego Country Director for Rwanda Jérémie Zoungrana, and Musoni Pascal of MCHIP Rwanda describe a pilot program aimed at training frontline health workers to recognize and…

MSF Reports On Malaria Prevention Campaign In Niger

“In the weeks before the rainy season begins, teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Niger have been working hard to distribute medicine that will prevent malaria, while preparing themselves to deal with possible food crises in some areas of the country,” the humanitarian organization reports in an article on…

Women’s eNews Examines Campaign Against FGM In Sudan

Women’s eNews reports on a campaign to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sudan. Called “Saleema,” which “translates to complete, to signify that a girl should remain the way she was born,” the campaign “has been ramping up recently in its fight against FGM, … with extensive…

VOA Examines HIV Drug Shortages In Zambia, Uganda

In two separate articles, VOA News reports on drug shortages in Zambia and Uganda. “The Zambian government is putting in place stringent measures aimed at ensuring a sufficient supply of antiretroviral drugs [ARVs] …, the second time this year that the more than 500,000 people living with HIV in Zambia…

GlobalPost Examines MSF’s Decision To Leave Somalia

GlobalPost examines Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) “decision to pull out of Somalia [last] week after 22 years of medical humanitarian work,” noting, “The international group … is withdrawing from the country in response to repeated violent attacks on staff members.” The news service writes, “It’s too soon to predict exactly how…

Positive Impact Of China-Africa Health Cooperation Discussed At Forum

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong on Friday met with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, Xinhua reports (8/16). Speaking at the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development, “Sidibé emphasized the enormous positive impact of stronger China-Africa cooperation for health,” UNAIDS notes in an article on its webpage (8/16). “‘China and Africa…