Future of Healthcare in Africa

Improving health outcomes in Africa will require a shift to preventive care and less reliance on international aid, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit A wholesale restructuring of Africa’s healthcare systems will be necessary over the next ten years, including measures to expand access to healthcare, to focus on primary care and prevention, and to manage chronic conditions. These reforms can be achieved by giving local communities more control over their healthcare, by using mobile … [Read more...]

HIV/AIDS: Op-Ed: Fighting AIDS—At the Tipping Point

Ambassador Eric Goosby, current U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and Ambassador Mark Dybul, former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, co-authored this op-ed published by The Huffington Post on September 14, 2011. Fighting AIDS: At the Tipping Point Thirty years since the first case of AIDS was diagnosed in the United States, the world finds itself at a tipping point in the fight against this deadly disease. For the first time, grounded in scientific evidence, our efforts can put us … [Read more...]

Somali women's minister abducted by Islamists

Islamist rebels seized Somalia's newly-appointed women's minister as she took office, heightening security fears for aid groups planning deliveries to a famine-stricken nation. Armed men abducted 32-year-old Asha Osman Aqiil in Balad, a town north of the capital Mogadishu, a day after she was named the country's minister for women and family affairs. She was on her way to take up her position on Thursday when she was snatched by a gang, clan elder Ahmed Sheikh Mohamud said. "It is … [Read more...]

UNODC showcases inspiring initiatives to fight human trafficking

Balmani - a young girl from the rural part of Jharkhand (a state with high numbers of human trafficking victims), who received livelihood training in housekeeping and is now able to support her mother's medical treatment.    Chandni - a 14 year old girl from Kishanganj, Bihar (another high source state for human trafficking), who narrowly escaped being sold to a 45 year old stranger for marriage. Jamila - a caregiver from a boys' shelter home in Calicut, Kerala who has learnt to view … [Read more...]

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