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Congress Should Work To Pass Electrify Africa Act

Roll Call: Electrify Africa, Energize Africa, and Power Africa: Partnering With Africa for the Long Run Tony Elumelu, chair of Heirs Holdings Limited and founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation “…The shortage of energy in Africa obstructs progress in health care, education, food security, and all forms of industrial and…

Obama Administration Working To Advance Status Of Women, Girls Worldwide

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Advancing Our Commitment to Gender Equality Catherine Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, outlines how “[t]he Obama administration has made advancing the status of women and girls a central element of U.S. foreign policy, development, and national security objectives…” (7/3).

GHC Director Outlines 10 Trends Shaping Global Health

IntraHealth’s “Vital”: Ten Key Trends that Are Shaping Today’s Global Health Outlook Christine Sow, executive director of the Global Health Council (GHC), describes a “listening tour” she embarked on when she took over the GHC and outlines 10 global health trends she discussed with experts worldwide (7/2).

Blog Post Summarizes News Stories Discussing LGBT Rights In African Nations

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: While Uganda, Nigeria organizations confront civil society crackdowns, a reporting system offers answers, pundits ponder snubs and sanctions Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, summarizes several articles discussing the restriction…

Reports Highlight Threat Of Foodborne Illnesses

News outlets highlight two new reports, one from the CDC and another from the U.N., that discuss the threats from foodborne illnesses, including those resistant to antibiotics. HealthDay News: Antibiotic Resistance Among Foodborne-Illness Germs a Mixed Bag: CDC “There’s good news and bad news about antibiotic resistance among the germs…

Jill Biden Highlights Female Empowerment, Education, Leadership On Africa Trip

Associated Press: Jill Biden on weeklong tour of 3 African countries “Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is spending part of her summer vacation in Africa this week, highlighting female empowerment, education, and leadership during stops in three countries…” (Superville, 7/1).

Yemen, USAID Discuss Health Cooperation, Polio Prevention

Yemen News Agency (Saba): Yemen, USAID discuss health cooperation “[Yemen's] Minister of Public Health and Population Dr. Ahmed al-Ansi met on Monday with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Polio Eradication Coordinator, Ellyn Ogden. The two sides discussed the cooperation relations in the health sector, especially in the areas…

Aid Delivery In Syria Slows Due To Anti-Terrorism Laws, U.N. Official Says

BBC News: Anti-terrorism laws ‘hinder aid operations’ “Anti-terrorism laws around the world are preventing aid agencies reaching people in desperate need, the U.N. humanitarian chief has warned. Valerie Amos said more people would die in Syria because charities feared prosecution if they worked in areas controlled by the jihadist group…