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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...

2010-05-26 13:34:14

Researchers at the University of Warwick, and the Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kilifi, Kenya, have found that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) appears to be the predominant virus detected among infants and children hospitalized in Kenya with severe pneumonia, according to a study in the May 26 issue of JAMA. The contribution to this severe disease by an individual pathogen stresses the need for effective infant vaccination. The leading cause of childhood death in sub-Saharan Africa is...

2010-05-24 03:00:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest fixed-line penetration rate in the world. Incumbent operators mainly attribute this to low investments in copper-wire network infrastructure in the past. However, a series of fibre-optic cables that are being placed along the east and west coasts of the continent are expected to give a second life to fixed-line telecommunications and cater to the rising demand for data and broadband Internet services. (Logo:...

2010-05-24 03:00:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The development of regional power pools within sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to secure electricity supply across the continent. However, there is a current lack of regulatory procedures and legal framework for the coordination of infrastructure development. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO) "Africa still needs to develop international electricity trade mechanisms outside of the Southern African power pool to...

2010-05-12 07:35:00

There is an urgent need for longitudinal cohorts based in sub-Saharan Africa to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in the region, according to a new article published in PLoS Medicine. Michelle Holmes from the Channing Laboratory at Harvard Medical School and colleagues argue that public health in sub-Saharan Africa has historically focused on communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS, malaria and other infectious disease. However, non communicable diseases (NCDs),...

2010-04-30 10:30:00

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Ogilvy & Mather and Scangroup Limited have agreed to create a pan-African joint venture via a share swap transaction, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval, in order to strengthen a common expansion and growth strategy for sub-Saharan Africa. Scangroup is an associate of WPP, the global communications services group. The sub-Saharan Africa joint venture, Ogilvy Africa, is born from a shared vision to ensure Ogilvy & Mather and...

2010-04-21 07:38:00

NEW YORK, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- (Office of Special Envoy) - Today, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers, announced an expansion of the Social Media Envoy group in advance of World Malaria Day on April 25, 2010. The Social Media Envoy group is chartered with inspiring and activating social media audiences throughout the year in support of malaria control. In 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General established the dual goals of providing all those...

2010-04-14 23:01:00

New Pew-Templeton Survey of 19 African Nations Finds Signs of Tolerance and Tensions Between the Faiths WASHINGTON, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The vast majority of people in many sub-Saharan African nations are deeply committed to one or the other of the world's two largest religions, Christianity and Islam, and yet many continue to practice elements of traditional African religions. Most people support democracy and say it is a good thing that people from other religions are able...

2010-04-12 03:00:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The mobile data segment in sub-Saharan Africa has been booming over the last two years. This is due to a combination of factors including the saturation of voice markets in many countries, the landing of submarine cables, recognition of ICT as an economic enabler and the rise of a new middle class. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081117/FSLOGO) In order to meet the growing demand, mobile operators and regulatory bodies are...


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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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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