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UNICEF Alarmed by Malnutrition in Horn of Africa

The U.N. Children's Fund says drought-stricken areas of the Horn of Africa are afflicted by record high levels of malnutrition among children.  The aid agency says tens of thousands of drought victims are fleeing to parts of Kenya and Ethiopia where they hope to find food.The numbers are extremely alarming.  The U.N. Children’s Fund estimates 480,...

Senegal Child Help Hotline Offers Safety for Victims of Abuse

A child help hotline in Senegal provides around-the-clock counseling and protection for young people suffering physical or emotional harm. The free phone service is working to help vulnerable children from across West Africa.At Dakar’s Ginddi Center for children in difficulty there has not been electricity for most of the week, something of the...

Drug Firms Fight Spread of Counterfeit Drugs in East Africa

The world's largest pharmaceutical companies have gathered in Nairobi to develop a strategy to fight counterfeit medicines in East Africa. A two-day conference opened Wednesday to discuss the dangers of counterfeit medicine, as well as ways to limit the spread of the drugs in East Africa and around the world. Health officials, police, customs...

Thousands of Somalis Flee to Kenya to Escape Conflict, Drought

The UN refugee agency is expressing alarm at a dramatic rise in the number of new refugee arrivals from Somalia into Kenya. The UN refugee agency [UNHCR] reports more than 20,000 Somali refugees have arrived in the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya over the past two weeks.The new arrivals are mostly farmers and animal herders from Lower...

Ethiopia’s Low-Tech, High-Value Transportation

In many parts of the world, people now rely on the Internet, smart phones and Twitter in their daily affairs. In rural Ethiopia, the same can be said for donkeys, horses and mules. A new study looks at the animals’ contributions to people’s livelihoods. The study describes equines as a “lifeline” for both rural and urban people of Ethiopia. The...

Human Resources Key to Southern Sudan's Success

After more than two decades of civil war with the North, Southern Sudan is set to become anindependent country on July 9.  The fledgling nation will be starting virtually from scratch in enacting policies, programs and institutions.  It will be a daunting task, given that few people who lived in Southern Sudan during the war were able to attend...

Michelle Obama Visits Botswana HIV/AIDS Clinic

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama helped paint an HIV/AIDS clinic on her first stop in Botswana on Friday.Obama and family members traveling with her painted a mural at the Botswana-Baylor Adolescent Center of Excellence in the capital, Gaborone.The mural is part of a facility that is being constructed to support children and teens infected with or...

US First Lady Meets Archbishop Tutu and Cape Town Youth

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama continued her South African trip by meeting South African anti-apartheid cleric Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  They visited Cape Town Stadium, which was built for the FIFA Football World Cup last year, and met with community development workers and excited youth to kick around a soccer ball.Mrs. Obama had a busy day in...

Michelle Obama Continues African Trip

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama meets Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu Thursday as she wraps up her visit to South Africa.The two are set to meet in Cape Town.But Obama's planned ferry ride to Robben Island prison, where former South African President Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 years, was cancelled due to high winds. The first lady met...

Zimbabwe Legislator Accused of Infecting Journalist With HIV-AIDS

A Zimbabwe legislator was arrested Tuesday, accused of infecting a state journalist with HIV-AIDS.Legislator Siyabonga Malandu Ncube turned himself in Tuesday at the Bulawayo Central Police Station, accompanied by his lawyer, Mlweli Ndlovu.Earlier, reports emerged in Zimbabwe media that a journalist working for the pro-Zanu-PF Chronicle newspaper...

First Lady Obama Begins 5-Day African Visit

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's nearly week long trip to Africa gets formally underway Tuesday as she heads to Johannesburg.She will visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation, where she will meet the former president's wife, Graca Machel, and tour South Africa's Apartheid Museum.The first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha arrived in Pretoria, South...

Lawyer: Egypt's Mubarak Has Cancer

A lawyer for Egypt's former president, Hosni Mubarak, says the hospitalized ex-leader has stomach cancer.Farid el-Deeb said Monday the 83-year-old ousted president underwent "critical surgery" in Germany last year to remove his gallbladder and part of his pancreas, which were cancerous. He said there is evidence suggesting the cancer has come back...

Malaria Vaccine in Clinical Trials in Africa

More than 2 million people die of malaria each year - a child every 45 seconds - with 90 percent of the cases in sub-Saharan Africa. That's why so much importance is placed on developing an effective vaccine. Organic farmers in Africa complain that insecticides used to control mosquitos that carry the malaria parasitecontaminate their crops and...

US First Lady Brings Message of Youth Power to Africa

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama arrives in South Africa to begin a week-long trip centered on messages of youth empowerment.  The visit to Africa, without her husband President Barack Obama, will also take her to Botswana. US First Lady addessed Africa's youthPrior to embarking on her flight from the United States, Michelle Obama addressed a...

Report: More Midwives Could Help Save Millions of Lives

A new report says more than three and a half million lives could be saved in 58 developing countries if there were enough well-trained midwives. The State of the World’s Midwifery 2011 was released Monday in Durban, South Africa, at the Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives. It says because of a lack of midwives, nearly...