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Can Biochar Improve Rwandan Agriculture? Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar Wants to Know

September 16th, 2016

In a village about an hour outside of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Jamie Fanous wanted to know if there was a simple way to improve Rwanda’s agriculture for subsistence […]

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Maasai Woman Beats Odds to Attend Medical School

March 25th, 2016

Aid for Africa has identified the education of girls and women as a key objective of our mission.  Educate a woman and you educate a nation, so the African saying […]

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From Education to Heath Care: Grassroots Partnerships are Changing Development in Africa

November 4th, 2015

Members of the Aid for Africa alliance believe that good works grow through partnerships. One long-term partnership is between Aid for Africa members Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) and Foundation […]

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Aid for Africa Scholar Tracks Community-Led Nutrition and Health Efforts in Rwanda and Kenya

October 7th, 2015

This past summer Dianna Bartone, the fourth Aid for Africa Endowed Scholar, traveled to Gicumbi, Rwanda, and Nairobi, Kenya, as part of her graduate work in nutrition and public health […]

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Retooling Health Services for Internal Refugees in South Sudan

June 19th, 2015

In 2014 there were almost 60 million refugees worldwide—more than at any time since detailed record keeping—according to a new report from the UN agency charged with helping refugees. The […]

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Is the End in Sight for Ebola and AIDS? What about Malaria?

March 17th, 2015

Recently there has been some good news on two global diseases—Ebola and AIDS. Public health officials at the World Health Organization expect that, with diligence, the Ebola crisis in West […]

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As the Ebola Crisis Eases, What’s Next in West Africa?

February 18th, 2015

U.S. troops aiding the Ebola emergency in Liberia are leaving. In that country, the number of new cases of Ebola has dropped from 1,000 a week, when the crisis was […]

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Expressing Love for Others on Valentine’s Day

February 11th, 2015

In Bantu, a language spoken in southern Africa, the word “ubuntu” means humanness or human kindness. It also represents a philosophy that implies human connectedness, which was articulated by Archbishop […]

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Fighting Ebola Through Local Networks and Know-how

September 15th, 2014

As the Ebola crisis continues to worsen in West Africa, news stories focus on the exodus of foreigners from the affected countries who manage and staff hospitals, run offices of […]

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Why Are We Still Fighting Polio and Leprosy?

June 6th, 2014

Many people believe that polio and leprosy have either been eradicated or are no longer a threat to the world’s population. But in many parts of the world, particularly Sub […]

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Providing Clean Water on the Blue Planet

March 21st, 2014

Earth is the water planet. Seen from space, its extensive blue oceans, rivers, and lakes give Earth its second name—the blue planet. From space, it’s beautiful. From the home of […]

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Development Done Right—How a Donated Bicycle in Africa Led to a Thriving Business Africa Needs

February 25th, 2014

Think supporting development means giving hand outs?  Think again.  Done right, development means giving a hand up. One of the best examples is World Bicycle Relief’s recently established Buffalo Bikes […]

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Is there Progress in Africa’s Battle against AIDS?

December 1st, 2013

Are we winning the battle against AIDS in Africa? Thanks to efforts by governments, international donors, and civil society, many experts believe we are.  According to UNAIDS, in 2012 the […]

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Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar Returns from Tracking Malnutrition and Hunger in South Sudan

October 30th, 2013

In July the Aid for Africa blog highlighted Jacqueline Lauer, the Aid for Africa Endowment Scholar at Tufts University’s Friedman School, who conducted research this summer in South Sudan with […]

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Female Circumcision Declining in Africa, but 30 Million Girls Still at Risk

August 7th, 2013

A new report by UNICEF finds that the practice of female genital cutting (FGC), which started centuries ago, has been declining in Africa. But even where laws now forbid it, […]

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Recognizing Obstetric Fistula So We Can Eliminate It Once and For All

May 23rd, 2013

Can you imagine a pregnant woman you know going into labor, experiencing an unexpected obstruction, and having no medical personnel to help?  If she survived, she would, no doubt, have […]

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The Challenge of Providing Clean Water in Rural Africa

March 22nd, 2013

Every two years the World Health Organization takes a look at access to improved drinking water around the world.  The good news is that an additional 2 billion people gained […]

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New Test May Signal the End for a Biblical Disease

February 20th, 2013

It’s a disease associated with Biblical times—leprosy.  But even today, leprosy affects 3 to 4 million people around the world, many in Africa.  Some 250,000 people contract the disease each […]

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Despite Conflict in Northern Mali,Village Needs Are Met by Aid for Africa Charity

February 8th, 2013

Recently, the African country of Mali has made international headlines as French and Malian forces seek to oust Islamist rebels from the northern part of the country. The conflict in […]

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Improving Cook Stoves Helps Combat Global Climate Change

January 18th, 2013

If you have traveled in rural Africa, you’ve seen smoke coming from the small houses and back yards of most families. In fact, it is not uncommon to see wood […]

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Tackling Blindness in South Sudan–Preserving and Restoring Sight

November 5th, 2012

In Africa, loss of sight not only means a life of darkness. For many adults it means a loss of income and the ability to work, requiring dependence on family […]

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Extending Compassionate Health Care Delivery in Africa

September 28th, 2012

In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, George W. Bush described the advances made in recent years in Sub Saharan Africa in HIV and AIDS treatment.  He noted that […]

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Aid for Africa Scholar Helps Improve Nutrition in Northern Tanzania

August 20th, 2012

As the summer draws to a close, Katrina Brink, the first Aid for Africa Scholar supported through the Aid for Africa Endowment for Food and Sustainable Agriculture at the Friedman […]

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Ritah’s Story– Defeating Adversity through Education, Fighting HIV/AIDs by Giving Back

July 29th, 2012

As the 19th International AIDS Conference ended this week, the delegates packed up, said their goodbyes and caught jets back to their home countries.  One of those delegates was Ritah […]

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Ending the Transmission of the AIDS Virus from Mother to Child—It Just Might be Possible

July 20th, 2012

In the United States and Europe, every day one child is born with HIV.  In Africa, every day 1,000 children are born with HIV.  mothers2mothers is changing that. mothers2mothers (m2m), […]

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The Cradle Project—A Reminder of the 12 Million African Children Affected by AIDS

July 13th, 2012

 

 

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“Lost Boys” Clinic in South Sudan Celebrates Five Years of Health Care

May 23rd, 2012

If you have been following the news from South Sudan you know this new nation confronts many challenges, including threats of renewed warfare, extreme poverty, and a shortage of government […]

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World Health Day: How Can Sub Saharan Africa Have 25 Percent of the Disease Burden But Only 3 Percent of the World’s Trained Health Workers?

April 6th, 2012

On World Health Day, April 7, think about this: Sub Saharan Africa has 11 percent of the world’s population, bears 25 percent of the disease burden in the world, but […]

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World Water Day: Imagine if You Woke Up Tomorrow and No Water Flowed from Your Taps

March 22nd, 2012

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and no water flowed from your taps. How far would you have to walk to get to the nearest fresh water source? How long […]

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Empowering Development through Bicycles, World Bicycle Relief Reaches Half a Million People

March 16th, 2012

What is black, shiny, holds up to 200 pounds, is easy to repair, and transforms lives?  A bicycle designed and built for Africa by World Bicycle Relief!  The Aid for […]

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Trash is Not Trash Until It Is Wasted

January 26th, 2012

Many of us recycle our bottles and waste without ever seeing the tangible benefits. Although recycling is practiced far less commonly in Sub Sahara Africa, the recycling efforts of two […]

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Turning the Millennium Goals into Reality: Goal 6—Combat HIV, Malaria, and Other Diseases

January 13th, 2012

In the sixth blog post in our series about the UN’s Millennium Development Goals we focus on Millennium Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases. The targets of the […]

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Recognizing Progress, Committing to the Future on World AIDS Day

December 1st, 2011

On  World AIDS Day, our attention turns again to Sub-Saharan Africa, which has only one-tenth of the world’s population, but two-thirds of the people in the world living with HIV […]

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America’s Top Diplomat for Africa Bullish on the Continent’s Future

November 28th, 2011

At the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson spoke on a range of […]

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Turning the Millennium Goals Into Reality: Goal 5 – Improve Maternal Health

October 24th, 2011

In the fifth blog post in our series about the UN’s Millennium Development Goals we focus on Millennium Goal 5: Improve maternal health. The UN goal is to ensure that […]

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Turning the Millennium Goals into Reality: Goal 4—Reduce Child Mortality

August 15th, 2011

In the fourth blog post in our series about the UN’s Millennium Development Goals we focus on Millennium Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality.  The UN goal is to reduce child mortality by two thirds between 2009 and 2015.

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Africa's Newest Country – The Republic of South Sudan

July 11th, 2011

On July 9 the world welcomed its newest country and the 54th in Africa—the Republic of South Sudan.

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Africa’s Newest Country – The Republic of South Sudan

July 11th, 2011

On July 9 the world welcomed its newest country and the 54th in Africa—the Republic of South Sudan.

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Making a Difference on World Refugee Day and Beyond

June 20th, 2011

In Africa today more than 3 million people are refugees—forced to leave their homes due to persecution, violence, or conflict. The UN Refugee Agency—UNHCR—says the refugee crisis is particularly acute […]

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Remembering Less Fortunate Mothers

May 6th, 2011

Being a mother is never easy, but in Africa it takes on a whole new dimension. Save the Children’s new report on the best and worst countries for motherhood says […]

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Doctors and Health Workers Answering the Call in Sub Saharan Africa

April 4th, 2011

In a recent compelling  article in The New York Times, Celia Dugger describes a growing movement in the U.S. of young American doctors and health workers who are going to […]

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World Water Day: Spotlight on Saving Lives with Safe Drinking Water

March 21st, 2011

On March 22, World Water Day, Aid for Africa asks you to remember that there are 1.1 billion people in the world who lack access to safe drinking water – […]

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Focus on Women: Changing a Young Woman’s Story through Education

March 18th, 2011

Caroline Kashinin Senteu is one of only a handful of Maasai women in Kenya with a college education, and although her story began as the story of most Maasai women, […]

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Focus on Women: Changing a Young Woman's Story through Education

March 18th, 2011

Caroline Kashinin Senteu is one of only a handful of Maasai women in Kenya with a college education, and although her story began as the story of most Maasai women, […]

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Focus on Women: Ugandan Finds Calling as a “Gorilla Doctor”

March 11th, 2011

Aid for Africa member Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) has a new veterinarian–Dr. Racheal Mbabazi.  Racheal graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010 with a degree in veterinary […]

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Focus on Women: Ugandan Finds Calling as a "Gorilla Doctor"

March 11th, 2011

Aid for Africa member Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) has a new veterinarian–Dr. Racheal Mbabazi.  Racheal graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010 with a degree in veterinary […]

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A New Model for Helping South Africa’s Most Vulnerable Children

February 2nd, 2011

The founders of the Ubuntu Education Fund in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, realized early on that that a fresh approach was needed to help the thousands of vulnerable South African […]

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A New Model for Helping South Africa's Most Vulnerable Children

February 2nd, 2011

The founders of the Ubuntu Education Fund in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, realized early on that that a fresh approach was needed to help the thousands of vulnerable South African […]

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Southern Sudan Votes for the Future and Prepares for the Challenges

January 10th, 2011

In Sudan, the south and north fought a civil war for more than three decades.  Beginning January 9 through the 15th, the south is voting to become an independent state.  […]

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Human Rights and HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa

July 18th, 2010

“Rights here, right now,” the theme of the 18th International AIDS Conference kicking off in Vienna, Austria, today, champions the role of human rights in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  In […]

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PBS Turns a Much-Needed Spotlight on Maternal Health Risks in the Wake of the Haiti Earthquake

January 29th, 2010

It isn’t surprising that a team from the PBS newsmagazine NOW turned to Ann Starrs, president and cofounder of Family Care International, when it wanted to better understand why women […]

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Alternatives to Orphanages Bring Hope to Africa’s Vulnerable Children

December 19th, 2009

The United Nations estimates that more than 55 million African children have lost one parent and that almost 15 million of them have lost a parent to AIDS. Orphanages are […]

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For Aid for Africa Members, Every Day is World AIDS Day

December 1st, 2009

Two-thirds of the people in the world living with HIV and AIDS are in Sub Saharan Africa.  In its 2009 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, UNAIDS found that more […]

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Strengthening Women’s Healthcare to Stem Rising Preterm Births

October 7th, 2009

A new study by the March of Dimes with the World Health Organization finds that globally each year almost 13 million babies are born prematurely—one of every ten newborns.  Four […]

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