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01 Sep 2009 description
report Voice of America

By Scott Bobb

Johannesburg

The United Nations says the world economic crisis is raising malnutrition and death rates among Africa's children while reducing their access to schools and health care. The assessment was released as world leaders prepare to gather Sept.

10 Apr 2009 description
report Voice of America

By Lisa Schlein

Geneva, 10 April 2009 - GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, is fast tracking a $55 million contribution to establish a stockpile of vaccines to save lives and contain the spread of meningitis across Africa. The Geneva-based GAVI Alliance is a public-private partnership that includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF and private philanthropies, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Some 400 million people in Africa are potentially at risk of getting meningitis.