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Anglo American's Coal Division in South Africa Wins Global Business Coalition Award for top International Workplace HIV and AIDS Programme

WASHINGTON DC, June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Anglo Coal South Africa, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anglo American, has been recognised by the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for its pioneering workplace program focused on tackling HIV and AIDS in South...

New arenavirus discovered as cause of hemorrhagic fever outbreak in South Africa and Zambia

May 28, 2009Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases of National Health Laboratory Service (NICD-NHLS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Roche's 454 Life Sciences Corporation have dis...

South Africa not Gaining the Full Benefit of PPPs in the Healthcare Sector, Says Frost & Sullivan

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The healthcare industry in South Africa faces substantial challenges, including vast inequalities in access to care. The public sector is responsible for serving approximately 85.0% of the population, yet accounts for around only 49.0% of healthcare s...

Experts from Africa and Asia to Discuss Maternal Health in Live Online Chat

Partnership between UN Millennium Campaign and Women's eNews will raise awareness of the number one killer of young women in developing countries, despite promises by world leaders to take urgent action to end this crisis NEW YORK, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The number one killer of young women...

The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer Reports From South Africa on Renewed Efforts to Combat HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis

Series marks the launch of the NewsHour's Global Health Unit, funded by the Gates Foundation WASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer's Global Health Unit launches its first series of reports next week -- March 23 - 27, 2009. NewsHour Senior Correspon...

Medical Insurance Coverage in Africa a Possible Key to Improved Healthcare Access, States Frost & Sullivan

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The medical insurance industry in key Sub-Saharan African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia, and Malawi is currently in an introductory-to-medium growth stage. There is, however, an increasing level of awareness of the benefits of me...

Rx for Africa Ethiopia to Launch a Minimum of 36 New Products in 2009

Drugs for Malaria and HIV/AIDS a High Priority ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rx for Africa, Inc.'s (Pink Sheets: RXAF.PK) wholly owned operating subsidiary, Rx Africa (Ethiopia) P.L.C. announced today that it's newly completed R&D center has formulated nine g...

French Agency Receives 10 Million Dollar Grant From the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Support the Establishment of National Vaccine Advisory Committees in Africa and Asia

PARIS, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The French agency Agence de Medecine Preventive (AMP) has received a grant of 10 million dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the development of National Vaccine Advisory Committees in Africa and Asia. These Committees will help the Nationa...

White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood Challenges World Economic Forum on Africa to Invest in Women's Health

Says Maternal Deaths Indicator of Failures to Provide Basic Health Care to Women CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood today made public its challenge to world leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum on Africa to invest ...

Involving partners of pregnant women in Africa to improve AIDS prevention

According to the World Health Organization, nearly three-quarters of the worlds 40 million human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected people are living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sixty-five per cent of the 4.3 million infected in 2006 caught the virus in this part of the world where women are particu...

Annie Lennox Is Stepping Up and Singing Out in the 2008 'Sing' Campaign Against HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Around the World

From Her Album Songs Of Mass Destruction, 'Sing' Is An Anthem For National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day On March 10th NEW YORK, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- For multi-platinum superstar Annie Lennox, one of pop music's leading voices in the fight against HIV/AIDS, this Monday brin...

'Sex & the City' Gets Serious About HIV and AIDS in South Africa - Kristin Davis Helps Oxfam Break the Stigma and Close the Treatment Gaps Fuelling AIDS

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kristin Davis, star of US hit TV show Sex & the City, will join with Oxfam and leading AIDS activists at a Johannesburg press conference tomorrow, Saturday, February 2, to support community efforts in addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic in So...

World Bank Group Report on Malaria in Africa Highlights Progress Towards Goal of Significantly Reducing Malaria Deaths

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new World Bank report says in just two years nearly 20 million long lasting insecticidal nets and more than 15 million doses of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) are on course to be distributed under the World Bank Booster Program for ...

Safe Blood for Africa Foundation's African Club 25 Greatly Reducing HIV Infections in African Youth

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The African Club 25 Society, a Safe Blood for Africa Foundation subsidiary, is proud to announce it has dramatically reduced the incidence of HIV infections among its members. This organization of 62,000 members in 15 sub-Saharan African countrie...

Leading health organizations launch new accreditation process for laboratories across Africa

KIGALI, Rwanda (July 27, 2009) Government health officials from 13 African countries today launched the first-ever push for accreditation of the continent's medical laboratories, starting a process that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Government believe will be an historic step t...

BD/PEPFAR Lab-Strengthening Initiative Marks Progress in Fight Against HIV/AIDS and TB in Sub-Saharan Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A collaboration between the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) has made significant progress in improving lab conditions and enhancing the skills of lab personnel on th...

Liverpool to strengthen health research in Africa

Researchers at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the University of Liverpool will work with universities across Africa as part of a 30 million initiative to strengthen research into science and health on the continent. The Wellcome Trust initiative will see the formation of s...

Midbrook Partners with Supply Core Middle East to Provide Water Bottling and Medical Decontamination Equipment to the Middle East and North Africa

Midbrook, Inc. and its Medical and CapSnap Equipment divisions have signed an authorized representative agreement with SupplyCore Middle East (SCME). The agreement allows SCME to be the exclusive sales and service representative for CapSnap Water Bottling Equipment and Midbrook Medical decontamin...

Washington, DC Community Leaders Commit to Send 10,000 Anti-Malarial Bed Nets to Refugees in Africa

Councilman Jack Evans proclaims it Nothing But Nets Week in DC; Michelle Fenty recognizes all-star youth supporters. Washington, DC (Vocus) June 16, 2009 -- During a public rally today, co-hosted by the United Nations Foundation and its Nothing But Nets campaign, Coun...

WVU Doctor Works to Reduce Cancer Burden in Africa

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 2010, cancer will be the single leading cause of death worldwide, overtaking chronic illnesses such as heart disease and stroke. Already cancer causes more deaths than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Almost three-quarters of new...

CSCMP Conference Session to Focus on How Supply Chains Positively Influence Health Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa

LOMBARD, Ill., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- A major session at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' (CSCMP) 2009 Annual Global Conference will focus on how supply chains are helping to improve health and living conditions in sub-Saharan Africa. The conference will be held September 20-2...

(RED)(TM) and Live Nation Announce (RED)NIGHTS, the Concert Series to Combat AIDS in Africa

LOS ANGELES, May 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, (RED) and Live Nation (NYSE: LYV ) announce the (RED)NIGHTS series, an innovative slate of 26 live concerts in the U.S., which will raise money and awareness for the ultimate goal of eliminating AIDS in Africa. To kick off the ...

Illinois Soybean Association to Participate in Global Child Nutrition Forum in South Africa

BLOOMINGTON, Ill., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA ) is proud to attend the 11th Annual Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) in Cape Town , South Africa on May 5th and 6th. Only a select group of people from around the world will be participating in the invitat...

UN Foundation to Help Protect More than a Million Refugees from Malaria in Africa

The United Nations Foundation announced today that, working with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), it will send over 346,000 life-saving bed nets to refugees in temporary camps in 11 African countries. Washington, D.C. (Vocus) April 27, 2009 -- The United Nations Foundati...

Palliative care skills training needed for health-care staff in sub-Saharan Africa

A new study, led by Lucy Selman and colleagues from King's College London, has found that patients with incurable, progressive diseases and their family carers in sub-Saharan Africa often do not receive enough information about the patient's disease and its management, which impacts negatively on ...

Discovery of variations in resistance to sulfadoxine across Africa

Researchers have discovered that malaria parasites in east and west Africa carry different resistance mutations, which suggests that the effectiveness of sulfadoxine as an antimalarial drug may vary across Africa. The findings have implications for the manner in which malaria control campaigns...

Pope Benedict Calls for Sex Without Condoms in Africa

The United States African Chamber of Commerce (USACC) has expressed concern recently following Pope Benedict’s visit to Africa last month, a visit which has caused outrage among health agencies and others who are on the front line in the fight against AIDS. Washin...

Education slowing AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

Increased schooling across sub-Saharan Africa may be lowering new HIV infections among younger adults, according to sociologists, suggesting a shift in a decades-long trend where formal education is considered an AIDS risk factor. While education in general has a positive impact on global publi...

CEL-SCI Announces Exclusive Licensing Agreement for Cancer Drug Multikine(R) for Republic of South Africa

VIENNA, Va., March 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CEL-SCI Corporation (NYSE Alternext US: CVM) announced today that it has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Byron Biopharma ("Byron") under which CEL-SCI has granted Byron an exclusive license to market and distribute the Company's can...

U.S. Media Report From Uganda: Wilson Center Panel Discusses Health, Environment, and Security in Africa

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twelve senior U.S. editors and producers traveled to Uganda last year for an in-depth look at one of Africa's most fascinating countries. A highlight of the International Reporting Project (IRP) Gatekeeper Editors trip was discussing development, food...

Omidyar Network Grants $4.5 Million to Opportunity International to Scale Technology-based Microfinance Services in Africa

OAK BROOK, Ill., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Opportunity International today announced it has received a $4.5 million grant from Omidyar Network. Opportunity will use the grant to design, create and implement new electronic and mobile banking technologies that will reduce transaction costs and mak...

Book examines heath care delivery in war-torn Africa

Improving health care and addressing social justice issues in war-torn African countries are subjects close to Aaron Buseh's heart. Buseh, an associate professor of nursing at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee (UWM) who grew up in Liberia, recently published a book focused on improving heal...

The Future of Financing Health Services in Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Healthcare group at Frost & Sullivan ( http://www.healthcare.frost.com ) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a free webinar on the medical insurance industry in sub-Saharan Africa on Friday 12 December at 16h00 CAT/14h00 GMT. ...

Canada Supports Ground-Breaking Malaria Treatment Program in Sub-Saharan Africa

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Population Services International (PSI) is launching a new comprehensive project that could dramatically reduce the number of African children dying every year from malaria. The program will provide free artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACT) gi...

Experts: Targeted agricultural investments will yield high results, slash poverty in Africa

MAPUTO, Mozambique (1 December 2008)Concerned that the global financial crisis will lead to cuts in funding for projects in developing countries, leaders of the world's largest agricultural research group today told a conference that relatively modest, well-targeted investments could greatly boos...

World's Greatest Artists Help Launch (RED)WIRE, (RED)(TM)'s New Music Service That Fights AIDS in Africa

MSN HOSTS EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH EVENT TODAY AT RED.MSN.COM iLIKE CHOSEN EXCLUSIVELY TO UNLEASH VIRAL DISTRIBUTION VIA ARTIST-TO-FAN SOCIAL NETWORKING PREMIER ISSUE DEBUTS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10 NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, World AIDS Day , many of the greatest ar...

Lilly Announces Major Donation of Insulin to International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child Program; Initial Focus Will Be on Sub-Saharan Africa

Donation of more than 800,000 insulin vials to provide free life-saving medicine to an estimated 24,000 children over four years INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company today announced it intends to donate more than 800,000 vials of insulin to the Internati...

Agency Takes Adverse Decision to Biopure's Product Registration in South Africa

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Biopure Corporation (Nasdaq: BPUR ) announced today that it had received a notice from the Medicines Control Council (MCC) of South Africa indicating its decision to discontinue the registration of Hemopure [hemoglobin glutamer-250 (bovine)]...

Researchers estimate lives lost due to delay in antiretroviral drug use for HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Boston, MA More than 330,000 lives were lost to HIV/AIDS in South Africa from 2000 and 2005 because a feasible and timely antiretroviral (ARV) treatment program was not implemented, assert researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in a study published online by the Journal of A...

New Specialty Hospital Dedicated in Ghana is Key Component of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)'s Debut in Africa

African Nation's President Cites Collaboration Behind New Resource KUMASI, Ghana, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ghana President John Kufuor today dedicated the city's new hopeXchange Medical Center, a high quality diagnostic and treatment facility with special focus on breast cancer. During the ce...
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