Scientists have identified a potential new approach to treat human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness, which afflicts “tens of thousands of people in sub-Saharan Africa” annually, IRIN reports. By targeting an enzyme the sleeping sickness parasite needs in order to survive, researchers say they can kill it without causing harm to the patient (4/1).
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Donors at a conference Wednesday pledged to provide Haiti with $5.3 billion over the next 18 months to help the country rebuild after the January earthquake, the Wall Street Journal reports (Rhoads/Lauria, 3/31).
Jobs-Drive Development For Haiti “Even before the earthquake, the Haitian economy was already on shaky ground. There is 70 to 80 percent unemployment in the formal economy. … U.S. policy helped build this disastrous economy,” AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker writes in a Miami Herald opinion piece. BakerÂ says…
Newsweek examines how the U.S. farm bill influences food aid by tracking the efforts of U.S. entrepreneur Navyn Salem as she worked to launch a nonprofit capable of providing ready-to-use therapeutic (RUTF) food aid known as Plumpy’nut â€“ “a squeezable package of fortified peanut-butter-based pasteâ€¦ used to feed severely malnourished children and pregnant or lactating women” to NGOs that contract with USAID.
Experts meeting in Montpellier, France for the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) are calling for restructuring agriculture “to focus as much on new seed varieties as on good governance, women’s empowerment and things like curbing commodities speculation,” Reuters/Independent Online reports. According to the news service, the conference aims to formulate “a road map to reform agricultural research to meet development goals” (Goering, 3/31). VOA News reports that the plan will be presented to G8 leaders (DeCapua, 3/29).
A new U.N. report (.pdf) finds that “the majority of Afghans live in dire poverty, despite an estimated $35 billion in aid being poured into the country between 2002 to 2009,” the Associated Press reports.
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Aljazerra.net Examines Spread Of HIV/AIDS Along Drug Routes In Central Asia Aljazerra.net reports on the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout Central Asia along drug routes in the region. The piece examines the lack of information available to the people of Central Asia about HIV prevention strategies and a recent effort among…
Family Planning, Access To Safe, Legal Abortion Key To Maternal, Child Health, U.S. Sec. Of State Says
Following a two-day meeting of foreign ministers from G8 countries in Quebec on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “appeared at oddsâ€¦ with [Canadian] Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s G8 initiative on maternal and child health, saying family planning, contraception and access to legal, safe abortions were vital elements of maternal health care,” Canwest News Service/Ottawa Citizen report (O’Neill, 3/31).
As donors from more than 100 countries gather at the U.N. in New York Wednesday to discuss the rebuilding of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, Cheryl Mills, an advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, said that the U.S. “will be focusing on agriculture, energy, health and security. Also (on) support to the government in holding elections,” Agence France-Presse reports (3/30).
The Daily Nation examines efforts underway in Kenya to raise money for patients living with HIV/AIDS who are in need antiretroviral (ARV) therapy.