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Researchers Report P. Vivax Malaria Evolving To Become More Infectious

“A common type of malaria that used to be powerless to infect certain groups of Africans is becoming more potent, putting tens of millions of people at risk, scientists said Friday,” Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost reports (11/15). “Now roughly 95 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa — where the malaria burden is…

IRIN Examines Efforts To Stop Polio’s Spread In Horn Of Africa

“Efforts to stop the spread of polio in the Horn of Africa region are being ramped up with major immunization campaigns underway, targeting millions of vulnerable children,” IRIN reports. “There have been outbreaks in Kenya and Ethiopia, and more seriously neighboring Somalia, with 183 cases confirmed this year up to…

Mobile Application Helping Health Workers In Kenya Provide Family Planning Services

“Many of the conversations and discussions that took place [at the International Conference on Family Planning] centered on the use of mobile technology as a medium for creating greater access to family planning information and resources,” Diane Fender, vice president and blogger at Girls’ Globe, writes in the Bill &…

Rwandan Health Drive Aims To Address Childhood Malnutrition

The New Times Rwanda: Two Million Children to Be Screened for Malnutrition “The ongoing screening for malnutrition targets over 1.9 million children under the age of five. The drive, that started last Tuesday and is expected to end on April 4, is part of efforts to eliminate malnutrition-related ailments. It…

Funding Shortage Causes WFP To Cut Programs In DRC

VOA News: WFP Cuts Food Rations for Millions in DR Congo “The World Food Program says it will fall far short of its goal of feeding four million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year because of a severe funding shortage. It also warns it will have to…

Changes In Vaccine Distribution System Can Improve Health Of Children In Mozambique

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Bertur Alface, medical chief of Gaza Province in Mozambique, discusses changes in vaccine distribution and availability in the country. He notes, “It was not easy to convince policy makers in Gaza to change from a system that had been followed…

Humanosphere Discusses Africa’s Fertility Rate

In Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the fertility rate in Africa, referencing a recent article by The Economist on the topic, as well as resulting responses. “Where everyone agrees is that contraceptives play an important role in reducing fertility. More importantly, is that they provide the opportunity for choice…

Intra-Regional Trade In West Africa Can Improve Food Security

IRIN: Trading away West Africa’s hunger “Severe food shortages in the Sahel and West Africa are often the result of droughts and poor harvests. But inefficient intra-regional trade also places significant strain on food availability, exacerbating hunger. Poor roads and railways, high transaction costs, lack of sufficient market information, incoherent…

Rights Activists In Mozambique Dispute Law Allowing Rapists To Marry Victims

Agence France-Presse: Outrage as Mozambique keeps law allowing rapists to wed victims “Rights activists in Mozambique Thursday marched through the capital Maputo to protest a colonial era law still included in new legislation that allows rapists to go unpunished if they marry their victims…” (Jackson, 3/20).

Mental Health Issues Result From Liberia’s 14-Year Civil War

GlobalPost: The lingering wounds of Liberia’s 14-year civil war “In Nimba County, northeastern Liberia, the most visible signs of the country’s 14-year civil war are finally fading. … But the deepest wounds of the conflict are difficult to see and slower to heal. They are the psychological scars of war,…

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