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New York Times Profiles Carter Center’s Leader For Guinea Worm Eradication

The New York Times on Monday profiled Donald Hopkins, who is leading the fight to eradicate Guinea worm in his role as “vice president for health programs at the Carter Center, the group founded by former President Jimmy Carter to advance human rights and fight disease.” The article examines the…

Top South Africa Aims To Close Drug Patent Loophole That Allows For ‘Ever-Greening’

“South Africa plans to overhaul its intellectual property laws to improve access to cheaper medicines by making it harder for pharmaceutical firms to register and roll-over patents for drugs, a senior official said on Monday,” Reuters reports. The efforts to close “a loophole known as ‘ever-greening,’ whereby drug companies slightly…

U.K., International Community Should Follow Africa’s Lead On Efforts To Stop FGM

“Last month the U.K. Department for International Development (DfID) announced that £35 million [$53.3 million] would be provided to help eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Africa and elsewhere,” Efua Dorkenoo, advocacy director of the FGM program for Equality Now, writes in the Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network.” She continues,…

Partnership And Accountability Among Countries Will Lead To Global Health Successes

In remarks at the Africa Health Forum on Friday in Washington, D.C., Deputy Secretary of State William Burns discussed the evolution of foreign assistance and cooperation “from a donor-recipient relationship to more of a partnership,” according to a speech transcript provided by the U.S. State Department. “This partnership — based…

Zambia, Zimbabwe Address TB/HIV Co-Infection

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog outlines efforts to fight TB/HIV co-infection in Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Zambia, a partnership among the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia with funding from PEPFAR and Zambia’s Ministry of Health began a pilot program in several prisons to identify…

Blog Interviews Head Of Ghana’s Immunization Program

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog features an interview with K.O. Antwi-Agyei, a physician who “manages the Expanded Programme on Immunization in Ghana, where he oversees the day-to-day work to ensure vaccines reach children across the country.” According to the transcript, Antwi-Agyei discusses how vaccines have helped…

Millions Of People In Sahel Continue To Need Food Assistance, Oxfam Report Says

“The humanitarian response to the 2012 food crisis in Africa’s Sahel region was bigger and better than in previous emergencies, but millions of people still did not receive the assistance they needed and many remain vulnerable to hunger, Oxfam said in a report on Tuesday,” AlertNet reports. “The report said that more than five million…

Regional Meeting To Scale Up Collaborative TB/HIV Activities Begins In Maputo

“The regional meeting to scale up collaborative TB/HIV activities in Africa kicked off in Maputo last week with presentations scheduled for 14 African country representatives to share progress and challenges in confronting TB/HIV co-infection in the most highly impacted region of the world,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science…

Mozambique Launches New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition

Paul Weisenfeld, assistant to the administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, writes in the Feed the Future blog about the recent “official launch of Mozambique’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Maputo.” He says, “While the country’s poverty and undernutrition rates remain high, Mozambique has the potential to grow…