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South Africa’s National HIV Prevalence Increasing, Report Shows

News outlets highlight a new report (.pdf) showing South Africa’s HIV prevalence is rising. Health-e News: South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence & Behavior Survey, 2012 “The latest national HIV survey in South Africa finds increases in HIV prevalence, decreases in condom use and earlier sexual debut for boys among…

Responsible Business Practices Enable Commercial Successes

The Telegraph: Business has the power to do immense good Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline “For business, behaving responsibly doesn’t compromise commercial success, it enables it. … Collectively, the private sector has the power to do immense good, using its innovation, resources and reach to create prosperity, provide employment and…

Public Private Partnerships Can Help Create AIDS-Free Generation

Huffington Post: An AIDS-Free Generation Rhonda Zygocki, executive vice president of policy and planning at Chevron Corporation “…[E]nding HIV transmission from mother to child remains one of the most achievable ways to realize an AIDS-free generation — with the potential to bring about an end to new infections, keep mothers…

Number Of Confirmed Ebola Cases Grows In West Africa

News outlets report on the growing number of Ebola cases in West Africa. Associated Press: Guinea reports Ebola death toll rises to 78 “Health authorities in Guinea are facing an ‘unprecedented epidemic’ of Ebola, an international aid group warned Monday as the death toll from the disease that causes severe…

Spread of Hunger, Displacement In South Sudan Is ‘Alarming,’ U.N. Reports

News outlets report on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. U.N. News Centre: U.N. relief officials arrive in South Sudan amid ‘alarming’ spread of hunger, displacement “Senior United Nations relief officials began a visit to South Sudan [Monday] to meet conflict-affected people and to review the ongoing response and needs…

Ugandan President Dismisses Western Aid Cuts At Rally Supporting Anti-Gay Law

News outlets report on a Ugandan rally supporting the country’s anti-gay law, at which President Yoweri Museveni dismissed Western aid cuts. Associated Press: Uganda holds ‘thanksgiving’ event for anti-gay law “President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has launched fresh condemnation of gays, saying they deserve punishment because homosexuality ‘is criminal and…

‘Development Impact Bonds’ Can Drive Malaria Control Programs Forward

The Guardian: Malaria in Mozambique: trialing payment by results Lily Han, investment principal with Dalberg Global Development Advisers, a private sector partner working to launch the Mozambique Malaria performance bond “Malaria control programs in recent decades offer overwhelming evidence that integrated, sustained malaria-eradication protocols that cover prevention, diagnosis, and treatment…

Ebola Outbreak Spreads In Guinea, Spills Over to Sierra Leone, Liberia

News outlets report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Associated Press: Senegal closes border with Guinea over Ebola fears “Senegal has closed its land border with neighboring Guinea to prevent the spread of the Ebola outbreak, which has killed at least 70 people…” (3/30). Associated Press: 8 cases of…

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline To Invest $216M In Factories, R&D In Africa

Reuters: Drugmaker GSK to invest $200 million in African factories, R&D “Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline plans to invest up to 130 million pounds ($216 million) in Africa over the next five years as chronic diseases become more common among the continent’s swelling urban middle classes…” (Hirschler, 3/31).

Improved Pneumonia Vaccine, Health Monitoring Systems Could Reduce Child Deaths In Kenya

IRIN: Pneumonia vaccine shows promise in Kenya “Better uptake of the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in children under five alongside more robust health monitoring systems at community level could help stem pneumonia related-deaths in children in Kenya: 20 percent of deaths in children under five are attributable to the…