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Friday, 21 December 2012 18:04

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wishing you and your families “The Merriest Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Thank you for all your support in 2012.

Take care and be safe over the holidays.

AAF Team!

A young girl with malaria rests in the inpatient ward of the Malualkon Primary Health Care Center in Malualkon, in the South Sudanese state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, June 1, 2012

The world's first potential malaria vaccine proved only 30 percent effective in African babies in a crucial trial, calling into question whether it can be a useful weapon in the fight against the deadly disease.

The surprisingly poor result for the vaccine, which GlaxoSmithKline has been developing for three decades, and propagated to African communities by organizations such as AAF, leaves several years of work ahead before a protective malaria shot could be ready for countries that desperately need one. 

Saturday, 03 November 2012 12:58

Reinvent the Toilet Challenge

Toilet Prototype

WASH Program Goal

Our Water, Sanitation & Hygiene teams are working with partners to develop sustainable sanitation services that work for everyone. Our approach aims to expand the use of sanitation that does not connect to a sewer, as this is by far the most common type used by the poor. We invest in effective approaches that help end open defecation and unsafe sanitation and we help develop the tools and technologies that will increase access to sustainable non-piped sanitation for the urban poor.

Monday, 29 October 2012 12:48

Urban poor missing out on vital nutrients

Initiatives such as urban agriculture and bag farms, experts say, will enable slum dwellers to grow more nutritious foods

In slums around the world, the sight of food vendors along dusty alleys, serving customers as they wave away flies, is common. Many of these consumers do not consider themselves undernourished, but experts say consuming cheap food, cooked and sold under unhygienic conditions, could be affecting the nutrition and health of many urban poor. 

Monday, 01 October 2012 08:53

KENYA: Irrigation catches on

Just 1.7 percent of Kenya's arable land is irrigated

After years of devastating crop failures due to drought and erratic rainfall, smallholders in Kenya - who comprise the bulk of the country’s farmers - are increasingly taking up irrigation to boost their yields.

In the largely semi-arid coastal district of Kilifi, a group of over 1,000 small-scale farmers have formed an association through which they pool money, approximately US$4 each, for the purchase of irrigation equipment like pedal pumps, watering cans and water pipes.

Thursday, 27 September 2012 08:46

Money Saving Biogas Initiative

The bio-digester installed in 2011 at the Siyazama Community Garden in Khayelitsha, a township outside of Cape Town

With the number of people in Africa’s urban centres expected to grow rapidly in the next few decades, municipal waste and its disposal could pose a variety of logistical and public health challenges. Now, researchers at the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, are examining how to convert organic waste into biogas, which would alleviate disposal problems and help poor residents, particularly those in informal settlements, save on energy costs. 

Yida refugees wait for soap and salt

Aid agencies say water and food provision has improved in four camps housing more than 105,000 refugees from Sudan's Blue Nile State, but flooding, disease and an influx of additional refugees pose new threats. 


Counting the cost…livestock have not been spared in the violent clashes

Recent deadly clashes in Kenya stem from widespread economic frustration, chronic impunity and the ambitions of politicians seeking office, according to analysts and activists.

As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay noted, the timing of the latest clashes on the coast is alarming.

The vast majority of child deaths are preventable

In 1990, an estimated 12 million children around the world died under age five; by 2011, that figure had dropped to 6.9 million. The message, from a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), is that with greater commitment to child survival from governments and their partners, these figures can go lower still.

The streets of Maseru are lined with Chinese-run shops and restaurants
In the last decade, Asian migrants have fanned out through southern Africa, opening shops in small towns and rural backwaters. While consumers in countries facing increasing economic hardships have come to depend on their low prices, local shop owners complain they are being forced out of business, pressuring governments to introduce restrictions on foreign traders. 

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