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2010-09-21 22:08:33

Anti-malarial drugs are being used inappropriately for sick children in Zambia with fevers and difficulty breathing "“ a problem that can be addressed by arming community health workers with a simple rapid-diagnostic test and a supply of antibiotics, a study led by a team of Boston University School of Public Health [BUSPH] researchers has found. In the study, published online Sept. 21 in PLoS Medicine, the research team from the Center for Global Health and Development at BUSPH...

2010-08-16 03:00:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Infectious diseases are rampant in sub-Saharan Africa. Urbanisation and westernised lifestyles have further increased the prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as cancer. The strong correlation between infectious diseases and cancer has additionally fuelled the incidence rates of various cancers, driving the pharmaceutical industry in key east African countries. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO) (Logo:...

2010-07-29 07:00:00

Saliva-Based DNA Collection Product Chosen for Study to Identify Host Correlates of Protection Against Tuberculosis OTTAWA, July 29 /PRNewswire/ - DNA Genotek, a leading provider of products for biological sample collection, stabilization and preparation, today announced that the world's leading TB vaccine research site, the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI), has chosen Oragene-DNA for a study aimed at identifying host correlates of protection against TB, following BCG...

2010-07-26 13:54:27

In the next five years, 11 million African women and children could be saved by creating near-universal availability of key life-saving interventions, according to The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and the Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (2000-2010). The Countdown report estimates that these interventions -- antenatal care, emergency care at the time of birth, post-natal care, treatment of childhood illnesses, and immunization, among others -- will cost an additional...

2010-07-20 07:30:00

Duo Ride in Support of Care in Sub-Saharan Africa ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Father and son, Dave and Evan Fuller of Spokane began their bicycle ride across America on June 14, 2010 in Anacortes, Washington. Despite heat, wind, and rain, their 3,500 mile journey - raising support and awareness of hospice care in sub-Saharan Africa - will be successfully completed today (07/20/10) in Portland, Maine. The Fullers' Herculean effort is in support of the non-profit...

2010-07-19 03:00:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Two international funds for low carbon technologies focused on developing countries have been established recently - a technology development fund and a technology deployment fund. The main objective of these funds is to capitalise on existing national and international experience to leverage private capital to assist and support entrepreneurs across sub-Saharan Africa. These funds essentially create the confidence needed for early stage...

2010-06-22 15:39:59

Press release from PLoS Medicine Sub-Saharan Africa has only 11% of the world's population, yet more than half of the world's maternal, newborn and child deaths, and two-thirds of the world's AIDS deaths. New data reveal that the pace of mortality reduction is accelerating. With only 5 years remaining before the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) should be met, urgent action in countries is needed "” not global statistics and competitions over estimates. Two new articles in this week's...

2010-06-21 08:00:00

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today set in motion a joint, multi-year initiative to improve blood collection practices in African clinics and hospitals. The program is designed to protect both health workers and patients in...

2010-06-21 08:00:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The facts are overwhelming; in 2008 alone, there were an estimated two million AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. In many countries in this region there is little or no access to adequate pain medication, little or no access to hospice and palliative care, and desperate situations of suffering, stigma, poverty, and isolation. This is particularly acute for women and children. FHSSA and the National Association of Social Workers...

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2010-06-07 14:35:00

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health finds links between mining and the spread of tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa. The study analyzed data from 44 sub-Saharan African countries and found that the greater the mining production, the higher the country's incidence of TB. The research concluded that as many as one-third of new TB cases "” 750,000 cases annually "” may be attributable to mining. "We have long known that the conditions on the mines "” both...


Latest sub-Saharan Africa Reference Libraries

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2013-07-16 10:56:07

The inspector (Chalcostephia flavifrons), also known as the yellowface, is a species of dragonfly that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zambia, among many other areas of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers a habit in tropical and subtropical areas near lakes, marshes, wetlands, swamps, and springs. The total population number and population trends of this species are unknown and it is threatened by habitat loss due to...

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2009-02-27 15:34:28

The African Wattled Lapwing or Senegal Wattled Plover (Vanellus senegallus) is a species of wading bird of the family Charadriidae. It is found in most of sub-Saharan Africa outside the rainforests. Although it is mostly a resident species, it does show seasonal movements. Its thrives in wet lowlands and damp grassland. It is a readily noticeable and unmistakable bird. It is brown with a black crown, white forehead and large yellow facial wattles. The tail is white and tipped black. The...

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2009-01-17 15:45:21

The Swallow-tailed Bee-eater (Merops hirundineus) is a species of bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is found in savannah woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers more wooded country than most bee-eaters. It is somewhat migratory depending on rainfall patterns. This is a richly colored, slender bird, like other bee-eater species. Its colors and easily seen forked tail make this species unique. It is mostly green with a yellow throat and black eye stripe and beak. It is about...

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2008-11-29 19:27:30

The White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer), is a species of swift that is similar to a house martin, but is completely unrelated to that species. They are native to sub-Saharan Africa, and have expanded into Morocco and southern Spain. The wintering grounds of those that migrate is not well known. Only the tropical African populations are year-round residents. The White-rumped Swift is 5.5 to 6 inches long and has a short forked tail and long swept-back wings that resemble a boomerang or...

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2008-10-18 12:34:12

The Common Fiscal (Lanius collaris) also known as the Fiscal Shrike, or "Jacky Hanger", is a member of the shrike family found through most of Sub-Saharan Africa. It has a wide range of habitats from grassland to acacia or woodland. It avoids very dense areas where it is impaired by hunting. This is a unique 8.25 to 9 inch passerine with white underparts and black upperparts that extend from the top of the head down to the tail. It has a white V-shape on its back and a long black tail with...

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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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