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How men can become partners in maternal health

What is a common factor in ensuring that women do not marry too young, do not have more children than they can cope with, do not die giving birth -- and contract HIV in smaller numbers? The answer is men. That is the message for World Population Day 2007, which is being marked on Wednesday under the theme <i>Men as Partners in Maternal Health</i>.

ARV access problems hamper battle against Aids

About one million people in need of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment are yet to receive it in four Southern African states, according to Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), the global NGO specialising in medical services. On the African continent, about 70% of people who need ARVs do not have access to the drugs.

EU trade agreement ‘not beneficial’ for SA

A senior African National Congress MP, Ben Turok, says the existing trade agreement between South Africa and the European Union has not benefited his country. The agreement "is not a good agreement. It has not brought benefit to South Africa. Europe has been the beneficiary," Turok said in an interview.

‘Extreme water events’ hover in Africa’s future

In Africa, 25 countries are expected to experience water scarcity or water stress in the next 20 to 30 years. This translates into 16% or 230-million of Africa's population facing water scarcity by 2025, and 32% or 460-million people living in water-stressed countries by that time.

Zim NGOs dismayed by govt crackdown

Reports that Zimbabwean Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu has annulled the registration of all NGOs active in the country have been greeted with dismay by civil society representatives. State-controlled television was quoted as saying that the annulment was aimed at identifying "agents of imperialism".

Will Mbeki move from quiet diplomacy?

A debate is under way among analysts and civil society activists about how South African President Thabo Mbeki should proceed in fulfilling the mandate given to him last month by the Southern African Development Community to continue mediating between Zimbabwe's government and opposition.

From discarded bottles to high-tech DNA equipment

After her father was murdered, Vanessa Lynch started a fund-raising initiative called the DNA Project to help the South African Police Service build up an efficient DNA database that can be used to identify criminals or to eliminate suspects. She explains how the project works and what its benefits are.

Give the WSF an African flavour

This year will mark the first occasion on which an African country, Kenya, is serving as sole host of the World Social Forum (WSF) -- a gathering that had its beginnings in the Brazilian town of Porto Alegre seven years ago. While the WSF did come to Africa in 2006, this was in the context of a so-called "polycentric forum" that also saw gatherings take place on other continents.

Development report details effects of lack of water

The 2006 <i>Human Development Report</i>, titled <i>Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis</i>, focuses on the ongoing problems that surround provision of potable water and sanitation. The document was launched on Thursday in Cape Town by the United Nations Development Programme.

Report warns of escalating rights abuses in Zimbabwe

"I was arrested a dozen times," notes Tapera Kapuya, a student leader at the University of Zimbabwe between 2001 and 2002 who says he was the target of both police and the Southern African country's intelligence agents. "In November 2001 I was abducted from my room in the university by state agents and tortured for three days," he told Inter Press Service in South Africa, where he lives in exile.

Corruption charges may haunt Zuma yet

A vindication, a temporary reprieve, an affirmation of South Africa's justice system, an indictment of the National Prosecuting Authority: the interpretations of Wednesday's dismissal of corruption charges against former deputy president Jacob Zuma are many, and varied.

Troubling times for Africa’s least developed countries

There were 18 in Africa 35 years ago. There are 34 now -- which begs the question: are policies to thin the ranks of the almost three dozen least developed countries (LDCs) on the continent even somewhat effective? To date, only one African state has managed to leave behind its LDC status: diamond-rich Botswana, in 1994.

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