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17 Oct 2009 description

A UMNS Report

By Linda Bloom*

United Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton keeps a $10 bill in his pocket so he can demonstrate how little money it takes to protect an African household from malaria.

But the roving ambassador for the denomination's involvement in the Nothing But Nets project, a joint effort with the United Nations Foundations and other groups, has a much larger goal than the millions of bed nets that have been sent to Africa.

Bickerton, who is chairperson of the Global Health Initiative for the United Methodist Council of Bishops, seeks nothing less than the …

30 Sep 2009 description

Introduction

Global warming is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. Increasing global temperatures are bringing about rapid changes in weather patterns, rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather.

09 Sep 2009 description

Une conférence régionale sur le sujet s'ouvre aujourd'hui à Pretoria

Pretoria, le 9 septembre 2009 -- Les membres de l'Union Africaine doivent redoubler d'efforts pour éliminer les mines terrestres sur tout le continent et pour assurer le respect des droits des survivants d'explosions de mines, a affirmé aujourd'hui la Campagne internationale pour interdire les mines (ICBL), lauréate du prix Nobel de la paix en 1997. Une conférence régionale sur le sujet se déroulera du 9 au 11 septembre à Pretoria.

09 Sep 2009 description

Regional meeting on landmines opens today in Pretoria

Pretoria, 9 September 2009 -- African Union members must step up their efforts towards ridding the continent of landmines and fully respecting the rights of landmine survivors, said the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, today at the opening of a regional meeting on the issue.

07 May 2009 description
report Africa Action

Preliminary Analysis Shows U.S. Under-Funding AIDS Programs

Thursday, May 07, 2009 (Washington, DC) - This morning the President Obama released the detailed fiscal year 2010 budget information on U.S. bilateral AIDS programs and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. According to preliminary analysis by Africa Action, the U.S.

06 May 2009 description

Contrary to the still prevailing belief caused by sometimes one-sided media coverage that a large share of African migrants relocate to Europe or the developed states in the North, research has shown that this is not the case. Only 1.5 percent of all Sub-Saharan Africans, living outside their country, live within the European Union. More than two-thirds of all migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, however, migrate to other countries within Sub-Saharan Africa (approximately 16.3 million).

Sub-Saharan Africa is also a region characterized by high numbers of forced migrants.

15 Jan 2009 description
report Save the Children

David Mepham, Save the Children's director of policy, said: "Every minute a mother dies in child birth or from pregnancy-related complications and the vast majority of these deaths are preventable.