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President Obama To Visit Ghana Friday

IRIN reports that Ghanaians “are mixing high hopes with caution” in anticipation of President Obama’s arrival in the country Friday – “his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa.”

WFP Appeals For $23M To Help Women, Children In Yemen

The World Food Programme (WFP) issued an urgent appeal on Tuesday for $23 million in “financial support from international donors for food aid to Yemen specifically targeted at women and children,” AFP/Google.com reports.

G8 Addresses Developing Nation Economic Assistance, Reforming African Aid, Establishing Farming Investment, Food Security, Climate Change

Leaders of the world’s five biggest developing economies (G5) – Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa – joined the G8 summit on Thursday in an effort to get international financial institutions to use their “multi-billion dollar government bailouts to help developing countries emerge from the economic crisis,” AFP/Google.com reports.

ECOSOC’s Agenda Should Include Noncommunicable Disease Threat In Developing Countries

“[E]xplicit indicators to measure progress in reducing heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases” are missing from the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) agenda as it meets in Geneva this week “to focus on implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to public health,” and the “omission needs to be urgently addressed if the intent is to have a major impact on reducing poverty by 2015,” write the authors of an opinion piece in the Hindu.

Health Indicators In South Africa Vary By District, Report Indicates

In South Africa – “the quality of health care, including access to HIV prevention and testing services,” largely depends on which of the country’s 52 districts a resident lives in – according to findings in the latest District Health Barometer (DHB), an annual report by Health Systems Trust, IRIN reports.

IPS Examines Need For New Drugs To Treat Neglected Tropical Diseases

Inter Press Service News Agency examines the shortcomings of treatments for neglected tropical diseases – which, according to the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), account “for 12 percent of the global disease burden,” and 1.3 percent of the new drugs developed between 1975 to 2004.