Reuters: Vodafone and GSK link on African vaccines program – British mobile phone group Vodafone is collaborating with drug maker GlaxoSmithKline on a project to “increase childhood vaccination rates in Mozambique using text messaging.” Vodafone has also formed a strategic partnership with the GAVI Alliance to examine how health ministries in sub-Saharan Africa can utilize mobile technology to improve immunization programs.
AP: Mali’s PM Resigns After Being Arrested by Junta – Soldiers arrested Mali’s prime minister, Cheikh Modibo Diarra, and ordered him to resign on Tuesday, demonstrating that the military is still the most powerful entity in Mali. In his resignation speech, Diarra said that Mali “is living through a period of crisis,” in which men and women “are worried about the future of our nation and hoping for peace.”
Reuters: AstraZeneca starts mid-stage TB drug trial in South Africa – A new experimental drug aimed at fighting drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis is undergoing clinical testing in South Africa. Scientists have encountered a large number of TB cases that are resistant to many of the most powerful existing antibiotic drugs, underscoring the need for new treatments. (Ben Hirschler)
VOA: Many Congolese Still Need Emergency Aid – Humanitarian agencies are still struggling to reach thousands of people in the eastern DRC who were displaced by the recent military offensive by rebels. There are currently 130,000 displaced people living in camps near Goma, where water and sanitation are the most critical needs. (Joe DeCapua)
Devex: In Uganda, donors divided on response to aid embezzlement scandal – Last week, the EU became the latest donor to suspend budget support to Uganda following allegations that up to $13 million in aid money may have been embezzled through the prime minister’s office. Ugandan Prime Minister Patrick Amama Mbabazi has apologized for the reported embezzlement and seventeen government officials were suspended without pay. (Lorenzo Piccio)