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    USAID Administrator Samantha Power: A New Vision for Global Development
    USAID Administrator Samantha Power delivers remarks outlining a bold vision for the future of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and inclusive development around the world. The speech takes place as USAID celebrates its 60th anniversary. Administrator Samantha Power's remarks will be followed by a conversation with 2020 USAID Payne Fellow Katryna Mahoney
    By: Derek Tobias

  • WHO greenlights the world's first malaria vaccine — but it's not a perfect shot
    The world's arsenal against malaria just got a fancy new bazooka. But it's not the easiest weapon to deploy, it only hits its target 30 to 40% of the time, and it's not yet clear who's going to pay for it. The weapon in question is the RTS,S vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline, which on Wednesday got the green light from the World Health Organization for widespread use. This is not only the first authorized malaria vaccine, it's also the first vaccine ever approved for use against a parasitic disease in humans. The recommendation comes after RTS,S showed positive results in a pilot program in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. The vaccine cut malaria cases by 40% and reduced hospitalizations of the potentially deadly disease by nearly a third.   Continue reading on NPR website
    By: Derek Tobias
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    UCLA African Studies Event: Africa's Readiness for Climate Change
    Please find attached a special edition of our newsletter about the upcoming Africa’s Readiness for Climate Change (ARCC) virtual forum, organized by the UCLA African Studies Center and Earth Rights Institute.    The webinar event is scheduled for April 19-23 and registration to attend is free; register at:  https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b5cGk3_ASFO1WEkwK2NAtA.  Exact times to be announced, but starting time will be 9 am for most days as three of the presenters will be Zooming from the continent.   Confirmed Speakers are Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation; Ousmane Aly Pame, President Global Ecovillage Network Africa, Founder/President REDES (Network for Ecovillage Emergence and Development in the Sahel); HE Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai, Sierra Leone Ambassador to the US; and Elizabeth Wathuti, Founder, Green Generation Initiative and Head of Campaigns at Wangari Maathai Foundation, Kenya.   Additionally, there will be panels on Public Health, Indigenous Knowledge, Policy, and more.   For information, please email africa@international.ucla.edu or visit the conference website at https://www.international.ucla.edu/asc/article/206676 or call 323.335.9965.  
    By: Madeleine Futter
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  • Virtual Dialogue "Vaccine Inequities in the Global South"
    AAP is excited to announce its first Virtual Dialogue Event of 2021. For our inaugural dialogue, we will be highlighting conversations around COVID-19 Vaccine Inequities in the Global South.     We are delighted to partner with MSU African Studies Center, MSU Asian Studies Center, MSU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and MSU Institute for Global Health as co-hosts on this event. We are also looking forward to opening remarks from President of @MSU President Samuel L. Stanley, an expert in epidemiology and public health.     Our speakers will include:  Tonya Villafana, Global Franchise Head, Infection, AstraZeneca, USA    Richard Mihigo, Coordinator for Immunization & Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Programme, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa, Republic of the Congo  Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary General, Human and Social Development, Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Guyana  Ova Emilia, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia   Roberto Lopez, Executive Director, Acción Internacional para la Salud (AIS), Peru   Amit Kumar, Consul General of India, Chicago, USA    This international panel brings together diverse voices from the frontlines of addressing health disparities and inequities in vaccine access and distribution in a global context.    Register at the link below to attend  https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/5416152374824/WN_xAwE0u78TE6PuiBXe_ei-w     Learn more about the AAP Public Dialogue Series: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/engage/aap-public-dialogue-series/ 
    By: Madeleine Futter
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  • Epidemiological Change and Chronic Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa: Social and historical perspectives
    UCL Press is pleased to announce a new open access book that is likely to be of interest to list subscribers: Epidemiological Change and Chronic Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, edited by Megan Vaughan, Kafui Adjaye-Gbewonyo, and Marissa Mika.   Epidemiological Change and Chronic Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa offers new and critical perspectives on the causes and consequences of recent epidemiological changes in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly on the increasing incidence of so-called ‘non-communicable’ and chronic conditions. Historians, social anthropologists, public health experts and social epidemiologists present important insights from a number of African perspectives and locations to present an incisive critique of ‘epidemiological transition’ theory and suggest alternative understandings of the epidemiological change on the continent.   Arranged in three parts, ‘Temporalities: Beyond Transition’, ‘Numbers and Categories’ and ‘Local Biologies and Knowledge Systems’, the chapters cover a broad range of subjects and themes, including the trajectory of maternal mortality in East Africa, the African smoking epidemic, the history of sugar consumption in South Africa, causality between infectious and non-communicable diseases in Ghana and Belize, the complex relationships between adult hypertension and paediatric HIV in Botswana, and stories of cancer patients and their families as they pursue treatment and care in Kenya.   In all, the volume provides insights drawn from historical perspectives and from the African social and clinical experience to offer new perspectives on the changing epidemiology of sub-Saharan Africa that go beyond theories of ‘transition’. It will be of value to students and researchers in Global Health, Medical Anthropology and Public Health, and to readers with an interest in African Studies.   Download free: https://bit.ly/37ISfIy ********************************** uclpress.co.uk | @uclpress
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    9 PhD Scholarships Available with Animal Health Innovation Lab
    The Animal Health Innovation Lab in partnership with the University of Nairobi is offering 9 PhD scholarships. The fully funded positions, offered by USAID, will develop research and lab-based solutions to the East Coast Fever. In Kenya and East Africa, this tick-borne disease of cattle has created constraints to human nutrition and economic welfare. The multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary environment offers a unique opportunity for those seeking a PhD in a main research project at the Animal Health Innovation Lab.     The application deadline is Feb. 10, 2021 at 23:59pm. Review the link and photo to apply!     https://uonbi.ac.ke/news/feed-future-animal-health-innovation-lab-phd-scholarships   
    By: Madeleine Futter
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    The world needs the contribution of African scientists
    Check out this University World News article on the need for more African scientists.   According to authors Marincola and Kariuki, "African science matters not only because African people matter but also because people everywhere in the world will thrive only if science is driven by the best possible talent and initiative of all the peoples of the world."   Click the link below to read more: https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20201015080006769&fbclid=IwAR3c8vP1yTAOTXW-bH2p_6ak4_mFqREKTBdN9iRlk5jEjz3C0v8a7_wtqtk  
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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    Governing the Pandemic in Large Cities: From the BRICS and Beyond
    The African Cities and Internationalization Group hosted by the African Center for the Studies of the US presents Governing the Pandemic in Large Cities: From the BRICS and Beyond     Date: 22-23 October 2020 Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Johannesburg Time
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • University of Pretoria Upcoming Symposium
    The University of Pretoria will be hosting a Symposium: Reflections on the Scientific and Social Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, taking place on 22 – 23 October 2020.   The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Professor Tawana Kupe, and the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (CAS) invite you to a two-day symposium, titled ‘Reflections on the Scientific and Social Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic’, set to take place on 22 and 23 October 2020.   To register for this event, click on the link below: https://up.everlytic.net/public/forms/h/bWEWqAZhBQE2Loju/ZjFjYWQ0YmMxYmUwYzRjYTJkYjEzNGQ5ZWUxOTQwMTBkOGYxODRlNg==
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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    Africa's rapid economic transformation
    Check out this article co-authored by Thom Jayne, Adesoji Adelaja, and one of AAP's co-directors, Richard Mkandawire.   The article provides a powerful message of hope for Africa. In spite of wars, famine and poverty they argue that Africa has made major strides in living standards, there is clearly a new generation that provide promise for the transformation of the continent. The underlying message is that they have in the making a cadre of African entrepreneurs that are delinking from the past.   Click on the link below to read more:   https://www.rural21.com/english/current-issue/detail/article/africas-rapid-economic-transformation.html
    By: Elaina Lawrence

  • Reducing stigma and discrimination in access to HIV health care for gay and bisexual men....
    This case study highlights two examples of community-led monitoring using mystery patient methods to document stigma and discrimination in the provision of HIV health care. The process and outcomes of using these methods in Cameroon and Zimbabwe are described. In each country over a period of 10-12 months, gay and bisexual men and transgender women documented their experiences of seeking care in select health care facilities. In Cameroon, the data were used to to create sensitization trainings for health care workers. In Zimbabwe, health care workers, health care facilities, and the local LGBT community created a continuous improvement feedback system to improve the quality of care for gay and bisexual men.
    By: Robin Lin Miller
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  • AAP Public Dialogue Series-"COVID-19 Pandemic: Responses & lessons learned from African universities
    As nations continue to come to terms with coping and finding solutions to the challenges that have beset them with the onslaught of COVID-19, the Alliance for African Partnership has established a public dialogue series with speakers including the Vice Chancellors, researchers and other relevant staff at AAP consortium universities, as well as representatives of the public and private sector, funding partners, think tanks, and NGOs, among others. Partnering with the MSU African Studies Center, the Tanzania Partnership Program, and University World News - Africa, the AAP will host a series of six virtual dialogues throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic covering a variety of topics and themes. All are welcomed to attend these virtual webinars and submit questions for featured panelists. University leaders from across the continent came together to discuss their institutions' response to the crisis and share best practices on how to move forward. We were joined by: • Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University• Ibrahima Thioub, Rector, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop• Rose Mwonya, Vice Chancellor, Egerton University• David Norris, Vice Chancellor, University of Botswana• Moderator: Paul Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, US International University - Africa For more information, including how to register for future dialogues, please visit our website: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/research-funding/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/">https://aap.isp.msu.edu/research-funding/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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