www.washingtoninformer.com, March 12, 2014 — The circumstances of women in Africa are a conundrum complicated by patriarchy and bias. Although women constitute the cornerstone of African economic development, they are often less likely to know how to read or write, have access to health care and occupy low-skill jobs.
Africare in the News
www.dailynews.co.tz — Establishment of a Community Health Fund scheme has become a big relief to hundreds of poor families in nine rural villages of Tarime District. The scheme was introduced in the villages early last year by Africare through its Lake Zone Health and Economic Development Initiative.
www.bread.org, January 2014 — Bread for the World Institute research profiles how Africare’s Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program addresses nutrition and builds local capacity in Tanzania.
www.irinnews.org — The drying-up of credit lines to the Zimbabwe government, apparent donor fatigue and a determined stand against GM foods are pushing up the price of the staple grain, maize, by nearly a third in some drought-hit areas compared to a year ago, according to humanitarian organizations and economists.
www.news-medical.net — Stigma has been defined as a social opportunistic disease that attaches to many illnesses and increases morbidity and mortality rates.
blogs.ec.europa.eu — Last February a 4-months old orphan, Conceição, was admitted into the Community based Management programme of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in Caala (Huambo Province), which was affected by the 2012 drought.
www.aljazeera.com – Selemani Hussaini never though much about eating fruit in the past. The 46-year-old Tanzanian farmer mainly eats ugali, a thick maize-based porridge. Toss in a few cooked beans, tea or instant coffee and this completes a typical meal.
www.usaid.gov – In Senegal and much of West Africa, pregnant women rarely seek out prenatal care, not because they don’t want to deliver a healthy baby, but because of traditional beliefs that discourage them from disclosing a pregnancy in its early stages.
www.impatientoptimists.org – Up in the lush Uluguru Mountains in Morogoro, Tanzania, a USAID-funded nutritional program, Mwanzo Bora (which means good start in Swahili) has been put in place to help increase local mothers’ breastfeeding rates, lower the number of expectant mothers with anemia, and provide parents with the nutritional know-how to properly feed their children a well-balanced diet.
www.internationalreportingproject.org – Abdullah Yahya’s farm sits above the dirt road that is unfriendly to cars after it rains. Corn stalks remain in the ground, withered by a lack of recent rains. The morning rain is a good sign. Abdullah will soon uproot the failed crop and plant with the hopes of a successful harvest.