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Blog Posts Address International Conference on Family Planning In Ethiopia

The following is a summary of blog posts addressing the International Conference on Family Planning, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from November 12-15. Julie Bernstein, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog: Bernstein, a senior communications officer at the Gates Foundation, interviews Elizabeth Lule, the foundation’s family planning…

Let Family Planning Be Africa’s Legacy

“Under the theme of ‘Full Access, Full Choice,’ it is believed that the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning will again shed light on the fact that despite wins achieved in the area of access to family planning services, much work remains to be done,” Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs…

More Needs To Be Done To Eradicate Abuse Of Women In War Zones, U.N. Official Says

Bernama: More Work Needed To Fight Against Women Abuse In War Zones — U.N. Official “Former South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who is now executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women), says more needs to be done to eradicate abuse…

Blog Post Debunks Myth That ‘Africa’s Farmers Will Always Be Poor’

In a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Impatient Optimists” blog post, Mercy Karanja, senior program officer and senior regional adviser to East Africa for Agriculture Development at the foundation writes, “Following the theme of this year’s Annual Letter by Bill and Melinda Gates, I would like to debunk the myth…

Conflict In CAR, South Sudan Dominate Opening Of A.U. Summit

News outlets report on the opening of the African Union Summit in Ethiopia. Discussion surrounding conflict in the region is overshadowing the theme of this year’s summit, Agriculture and Food Security. Agence France-Presse: Africa summit to pull C. Africa, S. Sudan from ‘abyss’ “Conflict in Central African Republic and South…

A.U. Summit Ends With Commitment To Ending Hunger By 2025

The African Union Summit ended on Saturday with a commitment to ending hunger on the continent by 2025, media outlets report. U.N. News Centre: U.N. agricultural agency hails ‘historic’ new commitment to end hunger in Africa by 2025 “The head of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has…

African Officials Attend UNAIDS, Lancet Commission Meeting In London

A Rwandan news outlet and the Government of Ghana report on the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission meeting that took place in London on Thursday. New Times Rwanda: UNAIDS meet discusses global health “The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, [Thursday] joined the other UNAIDS and Lancet Commissioners in London for a meeting…

U.K. House Of Lords Debates Scale Up Of NTD Response Strategy

Vaccine News Daily: U.K. House of Lords debates NTD response plan “Vice-chair of the [U.K.’s] All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropic Diseases Baroness Helene Valerie Hayman chaired a debate of the United Kingdom House of Lords that addressed health initiatives regarding neglected tropical diseases. The debate looked at…

Integrating Agriculture, Nutrition Is Critical to Eliminate Malnutrition

The Guardian: Can agriculture play a bigger role in solving malnutrition? Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) “…Forging stronger links between agriculture and nutrition sectors is a critical big part of eliminating malnutrition. So we need to start using the investments pledged in…