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Aid Agencies Concerned Some CAR Refugees In Cameroon Forcing Young Daughters To Marry

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Child marriage threatens future of young Central African Republic refugees in Cameroon “…While refugee camps provide free education, most of the refugees — two-thirds — live in villages where they struggle to afford [school] enrollment fees of up to 2,000 CFA francs ($3). Many end up sending…

3.7M People Face Severe Food Shortages In South Sudan, Up From 1M This Time Last Year

U.N. News Centre: South Sudan will face escalating food crisis in 2017, U.N. agriculture agency warns “As the conflict in South Sudan grinds on, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned [Monday] that 31 percent of the country’s population, or 3.7 million people, are facing a severe food…

African Health Leaders, Policymakers Gather At One Health Conference To Discuss Convergence Of Human, Animal Health

WHO: African leaders recognize importance of preventing and managing health emergencies on inaugural One Health Day “…[This] week (8-11 November), the WHO Africa Region, in collaboration with global and regional partners, will convene the West African Regional Conference on One Health in Dakar, Senegal. More than 200 policymakers, experts, and…

Ebola Mutation Likely Helped Virus More Easily Infect Humans In West Africa, Studies Show

New York Times: Ebola Evolved Into Deadlier Enemy During the African Epidemic “The Ebola epidemic that tore through West Africa in 2014 claimed 11,310 lives, far more than any previous outbreak. A combination of factors contributed to its savagery, among them a mobile population, crumbling public health systems, official neglect,…

CSIS Report Examines Ethiopian Government’s Response To Political Unrest, Implications For Women’s, Children’s Health

Center for Strategic & International Studies: Imperiling Progress: How Ethiopia’s Response to Political Unrest Could Undermine Its Health Gains In this report, Janet Fleischman, senior associate, and Katherine Peck, program manager and research associate, both with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, examine how political unrest and the Ethiopian government’s…

6% Of New TB Infections In West Africa Resistant To Drugs, New Research Shows

The Guardian: Multidrug-resistant TB rates soaring in West Africa, WHO warns “…Until now, the World Health Organization has had to rely on estimates for MDR-TB in West Africa because the data has not been collected or reliable. But a new surveillance network across eight countries in the region has found…

Quality Data, Innovation Critical For Achieving Gender Equality In Africa

Medium: What do we really know about Africa? Ayo Ajayi, Africa director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…The place where we most need innovative approaches to data is in the realm of women and girls. Even the little data that is available on Africa is not sufficient to…

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