South Sudan:Denial of Humanitarian Aid Is a War Tactic

[IPS] When I visited South Sudan last year, I heard story after story about health professionals and humanitarian workers being prevented from doing critical work. Government officials regularly increased fees for nonprofits trying to alleviate the effects of conflict, stopped humanitarian convoys from delivering life-saving supplies, and erected bureaucratic obstacles designed to impede access to civilians in need.

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Uganda:Malaria Kills 200 People Every Day

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -Malaria figures in Uganda are alarming; with 2017 Ministry of Health statistics showing the disease still claims about 80,000 lives per year, equivalent to an average of 200 people every day – enough to fill 14 taxi vans that seat 14 passengers each.

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South Africa:Govt Pushes to Combat HIV Among Girls #Blessed By Sugar Daddies

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Johannesburg -Before 20-year-old Lebogang Motsumi even had sex with her first “blesser” – or sugar daddy – a successful, married, company boss more than twice her age, he handed her a wad of cash.

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Kenya:Malaria Control Strategies Reduce the Caseload – but Bring New Challenges

[The Conversation Africa] Kenya’s two major malaria prevention strategies – indoor residual spraying of homes in high transmission areas and the issuing of insecticide treated nets – have led to a significant reduction in malaria transmission.

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Zimbabwe:Amid Wet Weather, Zimbabwe’s Mutare Sees Hike in Malaria Deaths

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Mutare, Zimbabwe -After years in which the disease presented only a limited threat, this city in eastern Zimbabwe is seeing a hike in malaria deaths, with more than 30 recorded in 2017, city officials say.

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