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Bicycles Change Lives in Sub-Saharan Africa

When Frederick Day was a little boy his dreams kept him awake at night. He lost sleep talking with his older brother Stanley under the covers. "And Stan would say, 'Hey F.K, are we going to go into business together?' And I'd go, 'Yeah Stan. Stan, are we going to go into business together?' And he'd go, 'Yeah. I'm going to figure that out.'" F.K...

New Program Works Towards Eliminating Pediatric HIV

In Malawi, the Call to Action project is working to eliminate HIV infection in unborn babies.  It’s designed to give hope to women infected with the HIV-virus that they can give birth to healthy children.  The project is funded by USAID and run by an American charity, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Statistics show that over 26,000...

AIDS: The Lazarus Effect

Researchers call it the Lazarus effect – the dramatic beneficial changes that antiretroviral drugs – ARVs - can bring to HIV/AIDS patients and their families.  The drugs are changing lives. In the biblical story, Jesus is said to have raised Lazarus from the dead.  Now, in rural western Kenya, HIV/AIDS patients and their families, in a sense, are...

Apartheid Legacy Remains in S. Africa’s Health Spending

In South Africa, despite the end of apartheid, there is still a big gap when it comes to health care spending.  A new study says the richest provinces - where most of the whites live - still receive more government funded healthcare than the poorest provinces. The research was led by Dr. David Stuckler, a research fellow at Oxford University and...

Obama Joins Africa's Push for Peace in Cote d'Ivoire

President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d'Ivoire rebuffed an offer by the United States to save face and become a respected elder statesman of Africa, choosing instead a "path to isolation" by clinging to power, according to senior U.S. officials who spoke by telephone to AllAfrica. President Barack Obama wrote to Gbagbo on Friday night after attempts to...

Climate Change: More Funding Needed for Agriculture Adaptation

A U-N agency says there are major funding gaps in efforts to help the agricultural sector adapt to climate change.  The Food and Agriculture Organization, the FAO, says this could affect food security.  The warning comes as the U-N Climate Change Conference continues in Cancun, Mexico. The World Bank estimates it will cost about $2.5 billion a...

Nation Wins Praise for Its Education Budget in Kenya

Kenya has been cited as one of the best spenders in education in Africa, signalling its commitment to international development goals. An international education conference in Tunis, Tunisia, heard at the weekend that Kenya commits 7 per cent of its total income to education annually, surpassing the continental average of 5 per cent. Giving a...

Sudan President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir Warns Against 'Unilateral Solutions' to North-South Disputes

Sudan President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir has warned that attempts to impose "unilateral solutions" to the pending issues in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) will be catastrophic for both north and south Sudan. Signed in 2005, the CPA ended decades of civil war between north and south Sudan and promised the latter a chance...

Mobile Health Technology Can Reach the Remotest Corners

A mobile phone with applications to detect cancer and tuberculosis, control sugar levels for diabetics and monitor vital signs. The champions of mobile health or "mhealth" technology are promising healthcare delivered through digital devices. The technology is already being used - in different degress - in many countrties. It's poised to improve...

Development Expert Says Africa Can be Food Self-Suffient

A Harvard University professor said Africa can feed itself within a generation if the continent’s farmers embrace modern technology. Kenyan-born Calestous Juma, professor of The Practice of International Development at The Kennedy School Thursday told leaders from the East African Community, meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, that African governments...

Climate Change: New Report Outlines How Africa Can Adapt

A new study warns of the potential problems Africa faces from rising temperatures.  The Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) says the continent must learn to adapt to shorter growing seasons.  The report was released as the U.N. Climate Change Conference is held in Cancun, Mexico. Most warnings about climate change are...

Company Provides Affordable Medicines to South Africans

The chief executive officer of The Wellbeing Company, a South African-based medical trading firm, told VOA his organization’s aim is to provide “the highest quality medicines” to improve the quality of life to South Africans who cannot afford needed medications. Darryl Combe said his company is an efficient and entrepreneurial business which...

Zuma to Mediate Zimbabwe Political Stand-Off

South African President Jacob Zuma is reportedly to visit Zimbabwe later this week to try to resolve disputes within Zimbabwe's power-sharing government. The president said during a trip to Botswana that Zimbabwe's leaders must implement all the measures in their power-sharing accord before elections can take place. Senior officials of the...

Ethiopian Migrants Stranded in Northern Yemen

The International Organization for Migration is urgently appealing for $1 million to help a group of more than 1,000 Ethiopian migrants stranded in northern Yemen return home.  The International Organization for Migration says the Ethiopian migrants, mostly young men, are stranded without food, water and shelter in the northern Yemeni border town...

Somalian President Sharif Fires Military Chief After Missing Weapons Scandal

Somalian President Sharif Fires Military Chief After Missing Weapons Scandal The president of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) Sheikh Sharif Ahmed fired the country's top military chief Monday due to allegations that he 'sold weapons' illegally, Radio Garowe reports. According to inside sources, Gen. Mohamed Ghelle Kahiye was accused by TFG President Sharif of being "responsible" for tons of weapons missing...