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UNFPA To Support Improved Access To Family Planning In 8 African Countries

“Eight African countries will get support to improve access to reproductive health education and services for millions of adolescent girls, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Friday” at the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “Over the next three years,…

Ban Appoints New Special Envoy For HIV/AIDS In Africa

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appointed former Ugandan Vice President Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe as his special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, SAPA-AP/Sowetan Live reports (8/2). Wandira-Kasibwe, who was the first woman in Africa to hold a vice president position, “will replace Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania, who the secretary general thanked…

President Clinton Discusses HIV Prevention In Malawi

“Former U.S. president Bill Clinton, on the last day of his visit to Malawi, Thursday said he would continue to support measures to fix the southern African country’s efforts to address some of its biggest challenges in poverty reduction, health care and women empowerment,” PANA/AfriqueJet reports. “Clinton, accompanied by daughter…

EGPAF Promoting Exclusive Breastfeeding In Kenya To Prevent MTCT Of HIV

As part of a series written by members of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Eric Kilongi, a senior communications officer in Kenya for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), describes efforts to educate women living with HIV about the…

Pregnant Women Need Improved Access To Maternal, Labor Care

“As a midwife of more than fifty years and founder of my country’s first maternity hospital, I have seen how easily joy can turn to grief and tragedy when expecting mothers lack access to the expert medical care the Duchess of Cambridge received,” Edna Adan Ismail, founder and director of…

International Community Must Draw Attention To ‘Forgotten Crisis’ In CAR

In a Guardian opinion piece, Kristalina Georgieva, European commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response, examines the ongoing conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and reflects on the lack of attention being paid to the situation in the international media. “The ferocity of the fighting and the fall of…