The Atlantic: An Optimistic Era for Global Infectious Disease Control – Mark Dybul, the newly appointed director of the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria says that the “world has an ‘historic opportunity’ to contain and end three of humanity’s deadliest scourges by focusing on their ‘hot zones.’” The science and implementation advances of the past 10 years have made it possible, with increased investment and perseverance, to contain the epidemics. (John-Manuel Andriote)
Guardian: Ethiopia looks to realise its geothermal energy potential – Although Ethiopia has enormous geothermal energy potential, the costs and need for skilled expertise have become major obstacles for the country. In late January, The Development Bank of Ethiopia announced that it would provide an initial $20m, to supplement the $40m granted from the World Bank, to help cover the early costs of exploration and drilling activities. If drilling proves successful, the World Bank will invite private investors to lead geothermal projects and develop power plants in Ethiopia. (Matthew Newsome)
AllAfrica: Cutting Food Waste Crucial to Ensuring Food Security, Experts Say – Global food waste currently amounts to 1.3 billion tons of food every year, at a vital time when “population growth [is] reducing the availability of food for millions of vulnerable people around the world.” There are an estimated 870 million hungry people in the world today, and droughts, floods, storms, plant disease and other factors continually reduce access to food. Experts say that cutting the amount of food that goes to waste, both in the developed and developing world, is key to addressing this. (Isaiah Esipisu)
Guardian: Ghana launches TV series to spark improvement in maternal health – Ghana’s Maternal Health Channel, a TV series which is part drama, part documentary and part discussion, will air once a week for the next year on two Ghanaian channels. The series aim to improve maternal health rates since up to 4,000 women and girls still die in childbirth of from pregnancy-related complications each year. The series is expected to trigger far-reaching debate and has the backing of president John Mahama. (Afua Hirsch)
CNN: Africa ‘must think big for its children’ – A new Harvard University Press report, “Children’s Chances: How Countries Can Move from Surviving to Thriving” with “comparative data on laws and public policies in 191 countries, covering poverty, discrimination, education, health, child labor, child marriage and parental care,” shows how millions of children around the world are failing to thrive because of government’s failure to act. The new analysis confirms that marked strides have been made across sub-Saharan Africa in areas critical to children’s healthy development.