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Clinical Trial Testing Hookworm Vaccine To Begin In Gabon Next Year

“The first African clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against hookworm is planned for next year,” the New York Times reports. Though rarely fatal, the worms are especially a concern among children who often go barefoot, the newspaper notes, adding, “By constantly draining their victims’ blood, the worms cause anemia,…

ONE, CSIS Event Examines Future Of Electrify Africa Movement

The ONE blog highlights an event hosted last week by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) with support from ONE, called Powering Africa’s Progress, during which panelists discussed the future of the Electrify Africa Act. The panel featured ONE CEO and President Michael Elliott; Donald Kaberuka, president of…

Experts Say Rabies Kills 24,000 People Annually In Africa

“Rabies kills 24,000 people a year in Africa, most of them children, because many on the world’s poorest continent cannot afford the cost of the vaccine, experts said on Thursday” at a conference of rabies experts held in Dakar, Reuters reports. “Africa is home to nearly half the 55,000 people…

Three Initiatives To Help Africa Meet Health, Development Goals

Writing in New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s “On the Ground” blog, Shawn Baker, Helen Keller International’s vice president and regional director for Africa, discusses three initiatives “that are poised for the kind of success at scale that will help us keep our promises” for health and development in Africa.…

PLOS Medicine Articles Address Polio Eradication Programs In Endemic Countries

“In this week’s PLOS Medicine, two independently written articles call for a shift away from the leader-centric approach that polio eradication campaigns are currently pursuing in the three countries (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan) where the disease remains endemic,” a PLOS press release states. “In a policy forum article, authors from…

Rwanda’s Prime Minister Discusses MDG Progress

Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog about his country’s progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “While the government in Kigali plays a central coordinating role, Rwanda’s success has been driven by the way services and programs have been delivered…

Experts React To GSK’s Planned Filing For Approval Of Malaria Vaccine

“Experts in Africa, the continent worst-hit by malaria, reacted with optimism but also caution on Tuesday to news that the first vaccine against the killer disease may soon reach the market,” Agence France-Presse reports. “GlaxoSmithKline said it was seeking approval for a prototype vaccine that reduced the risk of malaria…