Delegates from around the world attended the launch of the African Women’s Decade, 2010-2020, (AWD) at an event in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reports (10/15).
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USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on Friday in Iowa “described the Obama administration’s international agricultural development effort, Feed the Future, as a flagship effort for” his agency and “a key plank in the administration’s global development strategy, but said it can’t succeed without more support,” CongressDaily reports (Hagstrom, 10/18).
Opinions: MDGs In Africa; Development Maintenance; U.S. Efforts To Eradicate Polio; Global Fund Commitment
Achieving MDGs In Africa Will Require Money, Partnership, Resources Addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa “will not only require extra spending, but also better spending,” as well as the improvement of social services and priority setting, Kingsley Alu writes in a Leadership column. “Although the MDGs may appear…
Also In Global Health News: Concurrent Partners And HIV; Disease Concerns In Pakistan; Mozambique’s Chronic Hunger Problems; Family Planning And Food In Niger; Maternal Health In Sierra Leone; Malaria In Myanmar
IRIN/PlusNews Examines Debate On The Impact Of Concurrent Partners On HIV Transmission Researchers have begun to “explore concurrency as a possible explanation for why parts of the continent have been so hard hit by HIV,” however “not everyone in the scientific community accepts the theory,” IRIN/PlusNews writes in an article…
The number of dengue cases “has more than doubled in the last decade” in the Western Pacific, according to the WHO, BBC reports. “National resources need to be mobilized to sustain dengue prevention and control, and the disease’s profile needs to be raised on the global health agenda to stimulate the interest of international agencies and donors,” said Shin Young-soo, the WHO’s regional director for the Western Pacific, where the majority of the population at risk of dengue lives.
In parts of Asia, “policies outlawing sex work are undermining HIV/AIDS prevention efforts by fragmenting and stigmatizing the sex workers and turning condom possession into an act that could lead to jail time, NGO officials say,” IRIN reports (10/15).
Shift In Agriculture Techniques Required To Ensure Future Food Security, U.N. Special Rapporteur On Right To Food Says On World Food Day
Farming techniques must adapt to mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure global food security, Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, said in a statement to mark Saturday’s World Food Day, Agence France-Presse reports.
Also In Global Health News: U.N. Women To Tackle Violence; Leishmaniasis In Afghanistan; U.N. Panel On Congo Rapes; Leprosy In East Timor; Mobile Phones In Developing World
U.N. Women Receives $10M Grant To Prevent Violence Against Women In 18 CountriesÂ The new U.N. agency focused on women, which combines four existing agencies,Â has receivedÂ a $10 millionÂ grant from the U.N. Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (U.N. Trust Fund), the Women News Network/Guardian reports.…
A new vaccine for meningitis, MenAfriVac, “offers hope of an escape from one of the world’s deadliest, most disabling and infectious diseases,” BBC writes. The vaccine was developed by non-governmental organization PATH in partnership with the WHO and “created specifically for Africa.”
Former U.N. Secretary-General, Gates Foundation CEO, Ethiopian Official Address World Food Prize Conference
In a speech at the World Food Prize conference on Thursday, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed several topics related to food security and said that discrimination against women is limiting agricultural development in Africa, the Des Moines Register reports.