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African Leaders, Donors Endorse ‘Ambitious’ Agriculture Development Plan

At a meeting this week in Nigeria to address African agriculture production, “African leaders and donor agencies have endorsed an ambitious plan to generate employment, income and food security in Africa by developing agribusiness and agro-industries,” Punch reports. The event was organized by the AU, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDP), FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB), according to the newspaper (Ibrahym, 3/12).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Comment Asks: What’s Next For Global Fund? Reflecting on the recent annual report by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a Lancet comment writes, “Two big challenges remain [for the Global Fund]: first, to show, reliably and independently, that the Fund’s investments have delivered the benefits that it…

New York Times Examines Millennium Villages In Africa

The New York Times examines development and health improvements in Sauri, Kenya, which was the first Millennium Village in Africa, a project conceived by economist Jeffrey Sachs, which aims “to show that tightly focused, technology-based and relatively straightforward programs on a number of fronts simultaneously – health care, education, job training – could rapidly lift people out of poverty.”

Food Aid Phase Over For Haiti, Focus Should Be On Jobs, Hurricane Season Preparation, Schools, Haitian President Says

At their meeting on Wednesday, Haitian President Rene Preval is expected to ask President Barack Obama to stop food aid to Haiti, Reuters reports. “Preval told a news conference on Monday the aid could in the long term hurt the economy of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. ‘I will tell him (Obama) that this first phase of assistance is finished,’ said Preval,” according to the news service.

Also In Global Health News: Leishmaniasis Treatment; China’s National Health Plan; Zimbabwe Food Security; HIV/AIDS Spending In India

Heating Device Effectively Treats Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, Study Says “A heating device that uses radio frequency energy to heat parasites and kill them could provide a new way to treat … cutaneous leishmaniasis in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, military researchers reported Monday,” the Los Angeles Times’ blog “Booster Shots” reports. “The…

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WHO Bulletin Examines Communicable Diseases In Southeast Asia The WHO’s March Bulletin is a special themed issue focusing on communicable diseases in Southeast Asia. The publication addresses tuberculosis, cholera, neglected tropical diseases and family planning in the region (March 2010). Ahead Of International Women’s Day, Lancet Editorial Calls For Increased Investment…

Also In Global Health News: HIV In Philippines; Birth Control, Child Health In Afghanistan; Guatemala’s Progress On MDGs

Philippines’ Health Secretary Seeks To Boost Condom Distribution After Increase In HIV Diagnoses The Philippines’ Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral on Thursday announced she would seek additional public funds to support the distribution of condoms among high-risk groups, after the country recorded 143 new cases of HIV in January – its highest number…