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Blog Reports On Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on Uganda President Yoweri Museveni’s position on a bill that would criminalize homosexuality in the country. “…Even without Museveni’s signature, the bill already has an impact, according to service providers who have reported that some health workers are unwilling to…

U.N. Continues Humanitarian Aid Efforts In CAR

News outlets report on continuing humanitarian aid efforts in conflict-ridden Central African Republic (CAR). SAPA/Independent Online: U.N. to airlift food aid to CAR “The U.N.’s World Food Programme said Tuesday it was running out of food aid to distribute in the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic and would begin flying in…

HIV Testing Program Focuses On South African Truck Drivers

Health24: Putting the brakes on HIV “A road safety and wellness campaign, by Adcock Ingram, Scania truck manufacturer, Swedish Workplace HIV/AIDS Programme (SWHAP) and Shell One Stop petrol stations focused on the health of truck drivers over December. HIV, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and BMI testing were top of the…

U.N. Launches ‘Ambitious’ Strategy For Sahel Region Aid, IRIN Reports

IRIN: U.N. shifts approach to help Sahel’s 20 million hungry “Over 20 million people in the Sahel will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, up 8.7 million over the number of people in need in 2013, estimates the U.N., which launched an ambitious three-year Sahel strategy today…” (Jefferys, 2/3).

E.U. To Provide $190M In Humanitarian Aid To Sahel Countries

News outlets report the European Union will support humanitarian assistance programs to African Sahel countries. RTT News: E.U. Announces EUR142 Million In Humanitarian Aid To Sahel Crisis “The European Commission on Monday announced that it will give EUR142 million in humanitarian funds to the Sahel region of Africa in 2014,…

A.U. Summit Ends With Commitment To Ending Hunger By 2025

The African Union Summit ended on Saturday with a commitment to ending hunger on the continent by 2025, media outlets report. U.N. News Centre: U.N. agricultural agency hails ‘historic’ new commitment to end hunger in Africa by 2025 “The head of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has…

Increased Family Planning Will Lead To Economic Development

Huffington Post: The Unsung Heroine of Economic Development Suzanne Ehlers, president of Population Action International “…[T]he Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released their annual letter, all about the myths that block progress for the poor. Economic development is a complicated puzzle, and there are no easy solutions. But as the…

U.N. Calls For Additional Funding For Sahel Region

News outlets report on the U.N.’s call for additional funding in Africa’s Sahel region to address humanitarian issues such as those in Central African Republic and Mali. Reuters: U.N. seeks $2 billion for Sahel, fears donor fatigue “The United Nations appealed on Monday for more than $2 billion to feed…

Nigeria’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Could Impact Country’s Aid Flow

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines how Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act might impact foreign aid to the country. “…This week, the Global Forum on MSM and HIV has issued a statement endorsed by 83 organizations, including the IDSA Center for Global Health Policy, which…

Uganda Can Do More To Lower Mortality Caused By TB, Malaria, AIDS

The Observer: Cheers for halving TB death figures “Uganda has been recognized by the World Health Organization for halving tuberculosis-related deaths down from 9,900 in 1990 to 4,700 in 2012. … However, much more remains to be done. MDG 6 sets out to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB and other infectious…