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Kenyan Activists, Government Officials Worry PEPFAR Scale Back Will Affect HIV Programs

IRIN: HIV funding worries in Kenya “The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the biggest funder of HIV programs in Kenya, is set to significantly scale down its funding, a move activists and government officials believe could negatively affect the country’s fight against the disease…” (7/30).

Michelle Obama Calls On Young African Leaders To Improve Progress For Women, Girls

News outlets report on First Lady Michelle Obama’s call for young African leaders to continue to improve attitudes toward and opportunities for girls and women on the continent. Associated Press: First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes “Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and…

USAID’s Safe Water Dispenser Project To Bring Clean Drinking Water To Uganda, Kenya

Washington Post: Federal international venture fund helps yield clean drinking water in Uganda, Kenya “A single plastic container, blue like the color of a recycling bin, sits on a conference table at the USAID headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. In sub-Saharan Africa, dispensers just like it have prevented thousands of…

CDC Officials Discuss Efforts Around Anti-Malaria Drug Resistance

Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: Anti-malaria drug resistance: a threat to global health security In a guest post, Patrick Kachur, chief of the Malaria Branch in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria at the CDC’s Center for Global Health, and Larry Slutsker, director of the Division of Parasitic Diseases…

British, U.S. Officials, Airlines Address Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on British and U.S. government reaction to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as reaction from airlines and Liberian immigrants in the U.S. Financial Times: Hammond calls emergency meeting on Ebola “Philip Hammond, [British] foreign secretary, is holding an emergency meeting of officials and ministers…

Efforts To Develop Ebola Vaccine Underway But Lack Funding

News outlets report on efforts to develop vaccines and other treatments for Ebola virus, which continues to spread in West Africa. The Atlantic: Where Does Ebola Come From? “The worst Ebola virus outbreak ever is ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. So far, the disease has killed 670 people and…

USAID Welcomes Congressional Approval Of Assessing Progress In Haiti Act

News outlets report on the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014, which is awaiting President Obama’s signature to become law. Devex: USAID welcomes Haiti oversight legislation “The U.S. Agency for International Development welcomes the U.S. Congress’s new attempt to assert greater oversight of assistance and reconstruction programs in Haiti.…