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AGRA, NEPAD Agree To Partnership To Expand Food Security In Africa

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has entered into an “historic” partnership with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) “to work towards increasing food production and food security in Africa,” PEACE FM Online reports (11/9).

Science-Based Health Policies Could Prevent Nearly 4M Maternal, Child Deaths In Africa, Report Says

Nearly 4 million deaths among women and children in sub-Saharan Africa could be prevented annually if relatively inexpensive, “science-based health policies” reached 90 percent of Africans, according to an African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) report (.pdf) published Monday, Nature News reports. The report, which is the initiative’s first policy paper, was released at the group’s fifth annual conference in Accra, Ghana, from Nov. 9-11.

Kenya To Launch MSM Survey To Help Control Spread Of HIV

TIME examines the Kenyan government’s upcoming survey of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the country’s “three biggest cities” in an effort to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. The survey, which will launch next year, “is considered a landmark because the government and the vast majority of Kenyan people have long refused to address homosexuality in the fight against AIDS,” the magazine writes.

ART As Part Of HIV Prevention Strategy Supported By WHO

“AIDS drugs should be given to all who need them to reduce new infections, the World Health Organization said,” following a three-day meeting on the topic of using antiretroviral therapy (ART) to prevent the spread of HIV, Bloomberg reports. “Providing more antiretroviral drugs ‘will achieve a significant transmission benefit,’ Teguest Guerma, interim director of the WHO’s AIDS department, said … ‘In the past, there has been a false dichotomy between prevention and treatment. …’That is really what has been corrected. Prevention and treatment are two faces of the same coin'” (Bennett, 11/5).

Reuters Examines China’s Involvement In Fighting Malaria In Africa

Chinese scientists have been working on enhancing “the rare sweet wormwood shrub, from which artemisinin – the best drug to fight malaria – is derived” in an effort to fight malaria “not on its own soil, where the deadly disease has been sharply pruned back, but in Africa, where it still kills one child every 30 seconds,” Reuters reports.

Reuters Examines How Much Of G8 Agriculture Investment Is New

Three billion of the $20 billion that G8 leaders promised to invest in agriculture in developing countries “appears to be new money, diplomats and sources close to the matter said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. “Most of that new money, up to $2 billion, is coming from the United States, according to two sources, one on the donor side and one on the recipient side,” the news service writes.

Malaria Conference Addresses RTS,S Vaccine, Tools, Treatment

On Tuesday at the 5th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, scientists and global health experts focused on malaria eradication, Agence France-Presse reports. “Key among the strategies … is the development of an effective anti-malaria vaccine, a project scientists have been researching since the late 80s. … RTS,S is the most clinically advanced malaria vaccine so far, according to the Malaria Vaccine Initiative,” the news service writes (11/3).

Recent Releases In Global Health

JAIDS Supplement Focuses On Global Health Systems “Action always leads to reaction, a fundamental law of nature,” write the authors of an introduction appearing in a Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) supplemental issue that focuses on global health systems. “Central to the debate [over investments in HIV/AIDS spending]…

Also In Global Health News: Germany HIV/AIDS Grant; Sumatra Water Situation; India’s Unlicensed Doctors; Land Ownership, Food Security

Germany Grants $34M For HIV/AIDS Work In Central Africa The Organisation for the Coordination of the Struggle Against Epidemics in Central Africa (OCEAC) on Tuesday announced that the German government has granted $34 million to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in central Africa, Agence France-Presse reports. “The Germany-backed project…