The government of Kenya on Wednesday announced a $314 million plan to “tackle a drought which has hit food crop-growing regions, reduced hydro-electricity production and led to widespread water shortages,” Bloomberg reports.
Food Security and Nutrition
UNICEF on Tuesday issued an urgent appeal for $1.5 million to provide thousands of acutely malnourished children in the Central African Republic (CAR) with “life-saving therapeutic foods, drugs and other supplies” over the next six months, VOA News reports.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday in the Democratic Republic of Congo said the U.S. is “very concerned about civilian casualties, both deaths and rapes, and other injuries from the military action” in the country, Reuters reports (Pleming, 8/11).
Clinton Signs New $10M Agreement On HIV/AIDS With Angola, Says U.S. ‘Stands Ready’ To Work With South Africa On HIV/AIDS
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signed a new agreement with Angola aimed at controlling the spread of HIV/AIDS, the Associated Press reports.
After arriving in South Africa on Thursday as part of her 11-day African tour, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has “encouraged South Africa to take a leadership role on the political crisis in neighboring Zimbabwe,” Bloomberg reports (Zacharia, 8/7).
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“India has asked UNICEF to stop distributing millions of dollars worth of nutrition aid to children, saying it had been done without permission and at the expense of local food to fight hunger,” Reuters reports.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday in Kenya “re-affirmed the new U.S. administration’s commitment towards expanding its partnership with African countries, expressing optimism in the continent’s long-term potential for growth and development,” VOA News reports.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton kicked off a seven country 11-day trip â€” “her longest overseas journey to date as the top U.S. diplomat â€” by flying Monday night to Kenya where she will address an African trade and development forum, meet top Kenyan officials and see the beleaguered president of lawless Somalia’s interim government,” the Associated Press reports.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman, who visited Nigeria to launch the country’s first ever National Child Health Week, said an unacceptably high number of children in the country are dying from preventable diseases, and she called on Nigerian government officials to provide integrated healthcare, Xinhua reports.