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PMA2020 Project Uses Mobile Technology To Improve Access To Family Planning, Reproductive Health Data

SciDev.Net: Mobile tech enables family planning data access “…Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020), which uses … mobile technology, provides information useful for reporting, planning, operational decisions, and advocacy at the community, country, and global levels. The project is currently implemented in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa — Burkina Faso,…

Humanitarian Organizations Must Respond Quickly To Emergency Situation In Nigeria’s Borno State

PLOS Blogs’ “Speaking of Medicine”: Humanitarian Emergency in Northeast Nigeria Jean-Hervé Bradol, emergency coordinator for Borno State and research director at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Center for Reflection on Humanitarian Knowledge and Action (CRASH), discusses the humanitarian crisis that has developed since Boko Haram’s occupation of Borno state in…

New $22M Hospital Never Opened In Madagascar After Political Upheaval

The Guardian: Health in Madagascar takes turn for the worse as $22m hospital abandoned “…The hospital was almost complete, with just the morgue unfinished, when work suddenly stopped in 2012. A large metal fence was erected around the perimeter and a security guard installed to keep the public out. This…

Ghana’s Economy Losing More Than $2B Annually Due To Child Malnutrition, Study Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Child malnutrition costs Ghana more than $2 billion annually: experts “Ghana economy’s is losing more than two billion dollars a year due to the impact of child malnutrition, which has driven up health care costs, strained the education system, and hindered the productivity of the workforce, a…

UNICEF Official Urges Somalia To Pass Law Banning FGM

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Somalia urged to pass law banning ‘horrendous’ FGM “Somalia’s next government should ensure a law is passed banning all forms of female genital mutilation (FGM), a U.N. official said on Tuesday, describing the deeply entrenched practice as a ‘horrendous rights violation.’ … A bill on FGM is…

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