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17 Feb 2011 description
  • Guinea worm disease endemic in just three countries

    * 1,800 cases remain, mostly in South Sudan

    * Eradication of disease in a few years -Jimmy Carter

    By Matthew Bigg

    ATLANTA, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Nigeria has halted transmission of Guinea worm disease, bringing closer the moment when a disease is eradicated from the planet for just the second time in history, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday.

    Read the full article on Reuters

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17 Sep 2009 description

Washington D.C., US (PANA) - In a decade-long initiative to protect millions of families from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, a U.S.

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.