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Swiss Firm Seeks Carbon Credits in Kenya with Clean Water

The purchase and sale of carbon credits are relatively new concepts in Africa, accounting for less than three percent of the $144 billion global carbon credit trade. The system is designed to reduce carbon emissions worldwide by allowing projects that that produce low carbon emissions to sell credits to projects that want to reduce their carbon...

Sub-Saharan Africa Girls Face High HIV/AIDS Risk

Teenage girls in sub-Saharan Africa are three-to-five times more likely to be infected with the virus that causes AIDS than boys their age. A new study in Malawi, Mozambique and Botswana explores why that is. Carol Underwood, senior research scientist at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, directed the initiative called...

Michelle Obama's Africa Trip to Focus on Youth Leadership

The White House says First Lady Michelle Obama’s forthcoming trip to South Africa and Botswana is a continuation of her work to engage young people. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday ahead of next week’s trip, Tina Tchen, Mrs. Obama’s chief of staff, said the First Lady’s trip will emphasize youth leadership, education and health. “Our...

Water Filter Project in Africa Gets Technology Boost

Technology plays an increasingly prominent role in African development projects. One example is a Swiss company's water filter project in western Kenya that makes use of a sophisticated network of cell phones and satellites. It's evening at command central in the western Kenyan town of Kakamega. Here, staff of the Swiss company Vestergaard...

Governor of DRC’s North Kivu Province under Pressure to Resign

The governor of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province is facing increased pressure to leave office. Area resident Oda Kabetsi says people in the region blame Governor Julien Paluku Kahongya for the poor infrastructural development and high youth unemployment in their province. “There is no infrastructural development as you can...

Clinton: African Businesswomen Need More Access to Credit

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says African businesswomen need more access to credit.As African economies work to attract more outside investment and expand cross-border trade, Clinton said there should be more of an effort to help the continent's businesswomen.“No country can thrive when half its people are left behind," she said. "And...

Global Activists Seek Improved Nutrition for Pregnant Women, Infants

Malnutrition in the 1,000 days from the early stages of pregnancy through the age of two, causes irreversible physical and mental damage in one out of every three children worldwide. That's according to Bread for the World Institute, an organization that aims to end hunger across the globe. The group convened a massive gathering Monday in...

UN Warehouses In Southern Sudan Looted

Several U.N. agencies report their warehouses in Kadugli, the capital of Southern Kordofan state in Sudan, have been looted. The agencies say insecurity is shutting off access to people trapped by the fighting and that only limited humanitarian aid is getting to them.  The United Nations reports thousands of people in Kadugli have been uprooted by...

African Officials Urge Country Control of Health Care

Health ministers from four African countries – Ethiopia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone – are in Washington to push for greater ownership of their national health care programs. They are expected to issue a “Call to Action” to help make country ownership of health programs a reality. Dr. Medhin Zewdu, Director-General of the Office of the...

Donors Pledge More than $4 Billion for Child Immunizations

Major funding was announced Monday to greatly expand childhood immunization programs in developing countries. The more than $4 billion commitment came at a donors’ meeting in London hosted by the British and Liberian governments and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. More than asked for The commitment surpasses the goal of vaccine proponents...

Mobilizing to End Child Hunger

Ending child hunger is the goal of a meeting here in Washington Monday. Government officials, nutrition and health experts and members of civil society from around the world are promoting the 1,000 Days Partnership. The goal is to save the lives of millions of children. “The 1,000 Days Partnership is really a call to action to address this issue....

After 30 Years, Fight Against HIV/AIDS Continues

Health experts agree that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is still one of the most serious public health crises of our time. But unlike its early days, when there was little information and few resources to deal with it, recent discoveries have led to more effective and affordable prevention and treatment. For many scientists who studied HIV in the early...

World Bank, IMF Fault Ethiopia's Economic & Development Policies

International financial institutions are urging Ethiopia to shift its emphasis away from central economic planning and adopt more market-oriented policies. Two departing senior economists are pointing to the need for a change of course to revive Ethiopia’s battered private sector and spur much-needed investment.In separate interviews this week,...

Mobile, Wireless Devices Save Lives, Money

World Health officials have released the most comprehensive global survey to date of how mobile phones and other wireless communication technologies are improving health care delivery around the world. The World Health Organization survey notes that there are more than five billion mobile phone subscribers in the world today. That means more than...

Saving Lives, Saving Money with Childhood Vaccines

Efforts are underway to speed vaccine development and delivery in 72 countries over the next 10 years. New studies say that would save the lives of more than six million children and save billions of dollars. But advocates say poor countries may not be able to pay for the expanded immunization on their own. As a result, health related groups are...