What We’re Reading 9/15/09

Robyn Mitchell—a great new intern in our Washington D.C office—will be putting together our “What We’re Reading” posts to keep everyone updated on what’s going on in the news related to the fight against global poverty and disease. She’ll be combing through all types of newspapers and websites from around the world to find important and interesting articles. It’s not an easy job, and we’re grateful for all Robyn’s hard work. Here’s her first compilation. Welcome Robyn!

-Steve Wilson

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AP–Obama to meet African leaders at UN
President Obama will host a lunch for leaders from sub-Saharan Africa during next week’s ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly to promote economic and social development, the U.S. ambassador announced Monday.

BBC—WFP to shut Somalia food centres
The World Food Programme (WFP) is closing 12 feeding centres for mothers and children in Somalia. The WFP says it has simply run out of money and now has to make cuts. The decision has been made despite the ongoing crisis in Somalia, and the WFP says the reductions are now hitting people across east Africa.

NY Times — Sickle-Cell Anemia: Vaccines in Wealthy Countries May Save Lives of Children in Africa, Study Suggests
A new study suggests that new antibacterial vaccines used in the wealthy world could save the lives of many African children. The study, published last week in a British journal, showed that invasive bacteria were an important cause of African children’s deaths and that many of the bacteria were the same kinds that affect children in wealthy countries, which have vaccines against them.

Reuters—S.Africa will miss AIDS drug roll-out target
South Africa will not meet a target of providing life-prolonging drugs to 80 percent of HIV/AIDS sufferers by 2011 due to logistical problems and a lack of personnel, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Tuesday.

Ethiopian Review—Doha trade talks resume in Geneva
Trade talks resumed in World Trade Organization headquarters at Geneva yesterday, 10 days after 30 ministers broke the impasse on Doha negotiations. Senior officials from key nations began their preliminary discussions, mainly on the contentious issues relating to the farm subsidies in rich nations and livelihood concerns of farmers in developing countries.

Ghana News Agency–More than 60 countries form new global alliance to increase access to financial services
Nearly 100 central bankers and other financial policymakers gathered in Nairobi yesterday for the official launch of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, a coalition of countries from the developing world committed to making savings accounts, insurance, and other financial services available to millions of people living on less than $2 a day.

-Robyn Mitchell

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