SomaliPress.com

Health

UN Security Council Notes Peacekeepers Role in Combating HIV/AIDS

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution underlining the need for continued international action to halt the impact of HIV and AIDS in conflict and post-conflict situations. The move comes ahead of a three-day U.N. high-level meeting, beginning Wednesday, on the international community’s AIDS response.Tuesday’s...

Study: Public-Private Partnership Is Key to Africa's Health Care

The World Bank and International Finance Corporation have launched a report aimed at improving access to health care in Africa.Africa’s public and private health providers do not work well together, according to the report, which was released Monday. Entitled "Healthy Partnerships," it investigates ways in which both sides of Africa’s health care...

AIDS Orphans Face Psychological Challenges

AIDS has had a devastating effect in many parts of Africa. Now, 30 years into the epidemic, researchers are learning more about the impact on orphans and other children whose parents get AIDS. Oxford University researcher Lucie Cluver has spent a decade studying AIDS orphans and other youngsters who live with adults who have AIDS in South Africa...

Obama to Host African Leaders Next Week

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to meet with two African leaders next week, while his wife and daughters prepare to travel to the continent later this month. The White House announced Saturday that Obama will meet newly sworn-in Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday.  The statement said the two leaders will discuss the latest "...

Michelle Obama Will Travel to Africa

The White House has announced that first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa and Botswana for an official visit later this month.The wife of U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Africa on June 21 for a five-day visit focusing on youth leadership, education, health and wellness.Mrs. Obama will visit Johannesburg and Cape Town in...

Albertina Sisulu, Much Loved Veteran of Anti-Apartheid Struggle Dies at 92

Albertina Sisulu, anti-apartheid struggle icon, has died suddenly at her home in Johannesburg.  Ma Sisulu, as she was fondly known across South Africa, died unexpectedly at her family home late Thursday.  In announcing the death, her son Mlungisi Sisulu says she was, as always, at the center of family activities.“Sitting in a chair watching the...

Growing Numbers of Young Children Wounded, Killed in Somalia

In the Somali capital Mogadishu, more and more children are becoming victims of the fighting between pro-government forces and the Islamist militia al Shabab. The World Health Organization [WHO] says the number of weapon-related casualties at the city’s three main hospitals reached a new peak last week.  Of the nearly 1600 casualties, 46-percent...

Italy Feels Alone in African Immigrant Crisis

There is no end in sight to the constant flow of desperate people making the crossing from North Africa to Italy.  The latest fishing vessel to be rescued by Italian officials was carrying more than 900 immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa.  The Italian Finance Police and Coast Guard boats rescued more than 900 Africans on a fishing vessel during...

Cell Phone Text Technology Helps Promote Health in Senegal

A pilot project in rural Senegal uses text messaging to remind women of upcoming doctor’s appointments and local health meetings.  Health reminders The sound of a text message, recognizable the world over, but in a small village tucked away down the sandy back-roads of Senegal, a few short beeps can be vital reminders.  For mothers living in and...

Domestic Rape in Congo a Rapidly Growing Problem

In Eastern Congo, rape can be an act of war or revenge, or a response to extreme poverty, ignorance and fear.A new study published by the American Journal of Public Health indicates that nearly 2 million women in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been raped. Many rapes are a part of military operations, designed to terrorize and control the...

Thousands Flee Violence in Sudan’s Abyei Region

The United Nations reports thousands of people are fleeing the conflict in the disputed Abyei region between north and south Sudan. Aid agencies describe the situation as volatile, with sporadic shooting and looting reported.  Before northern Sudanese troops marched into Abyei and fighting erupted last week, an estimated 110,000 people lived in...

World Vision: Past G8 Promises Still Unfulfilled

With the closing of the G8 summit in Deauville, France, aid groups are once again saying leaders have failed to fully meet past promises. World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, and other NGOs say the G8 is falling behind on commitments to development, health and hunger. Deauville summit report card “I’d probably give it a B minus,”...

G8 Warned of Pending Food Crisis

G8 leaders are being called on to make stronger ties with Africa a top priority at their meeting in Deauville, France, especially regarding food security and poverty reduction. The International Food Policy Research Institute [IFPRI] warned of another food crisis unless action is taken. “For the last decade or so, the partnership between Africa...

Creating a Safe Haven for Chadians Fleeing Libya

Humanitarian agencies are setting up a way station in a small, remote mountain town in Chad. It’s the entry point for thousands of Chadian migrants fleeing the conflict in Libya. All the new arrivals need food, water and health care. The town of Zouarke is little more than a cluster of 20 huts. But one thing it does have is a deep well. And at any...

Nigerian President Prepares for Inauguration

Nigeria is preparing to inaugurate President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday. But challengers in last month's election are in court contesting the result and alleging vote fraud.  Nigeria's electoral commission says Jonathan won more than 22 million votes, finishing well ahead of former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari's 12 million votes.But  Buhari...