archives : July 2010


South africa
I was lucky to attend the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa. Even though the Bafana Bafana were no longer competing, the enthusiasm and good spirit shown by South Africans was uncommon. - Tuesday 20 July 2010

Results of an advanced clinical trial of an antiretroviral-based microbicide candidate are being announced at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. The CAPRISA 004 trial, which tested the safety and effectiveness of 1% tenofovir gel among nearly 900 women at two sites in South Africa, found that using the gel before and after sex provided moderate protection against sexually transmitted HIV. - Tuesday 20 July 2010

USAID is proud to be the major funder of the first-ever proof of concept that a microbicide can effectively and safely reduce the transmission of HIV from men to vulnerable women. An achievement of this magnitude could not have been possible without collaboration among governments, scientists, communities, and individual women at risk of HIV. - Tuesday 20 July 2010

India - Seychelles
The Government of India has pledged a donation of 3 new air surveillance assets to the Seychelles; 1 Dornier surveillance aircraft and 2 Chetak helicopters. - Tuesday 20 July 2010

Ethiopia - European Union
The European Investment Bank confirms that it is no longer involved in the Gibe III hydroelectric project as the Ethiopian government has found alternative sources of finance. The Bank however reaffirms its strong interest and commitment to supporting the East African energy sector. - Tuesday 20 July 2010

South africa
South Africa should leverage the positive impact of the World Cup to improve living standards by boosting job creation and exports, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the launch of the OECD Economic Survey of South Africa in Pretoria. - Tuesday 20 July 2010

Panafrica - United States - International
Following the remarks on male circumcision made today by former President Bill Clinton and philanthropist Bill Gates, PSI will release the results of a groundbreaking study on a new model of efficiency that will allow for quality and cost-effective scale-up of male circumcision. - Tuesday 20 July 2010

WHAT: Press Briefing - Be Heard: Elevating Issues Concerning MSM, HIV and Human Rights Key global health leaders to discuss the current state of the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM) and the role that tragic human rights violations and ignorance play in the spread of the virus. - Monday 19 July 2010

In a televised speech broadcast Sunday, Guinea’s Army Chief, Major Ibrahima Balde revealed a planned assassination attempt on the lives of some of the most prominent political leaders. Several officers under the command of a certain senior officer are said to be part of the plot. Some have been arrested. The country’s transitional Prime Minister, Jean-Marie Dore, has denounced any attempts to destabilize the electoral process. - Monday 19 July 2010

Egypt - United States - Israel
An insistent rumour over President Hosni Mubarak’s health has been assessed by Western intelligence sources. Israel and its American ally may be losing sleep over the threat of a Muslim Brotherhood rise in case the 82 year old Egyptian President dies prematurely. - Monday 19 July 2010

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