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The truth about Zimbabwe: A new flurry of media attention on Robert Mugabe

There seems to be a mini-revival of media interest in Zimbabwe, including in the U.S. where the country’s crisis rarely gets much attention. Last night PBS Frontline ran “Zimbabwe: Shadows and Lies”, a well done documentary exposing the growing tyranny and propaganda of the ruling regime. Journalist Alexis Bloom (repeating stunts previously done by BBC reporters since the government banned foreign media a few years ago) snuck into the country pretending to be a tourist and shot in secret.

Uganda investigating possible misuse of GAVI funds

Following an inquiry into the corruption and mismanagement of Global Fund grants in Uganda, the New Vision has recently reported that the Ministry of Health is now under investigation for possible misuse of sh300m (approximately US$160,000) in GAVI funding intended to increase immunization coverage.

NOTE: The article does not name its sources and we were unable to independently verify the accuracy of this account

CPIA Revealed: World Bank sheds more light on its country ratings

In a barely-noticed step, the World Bank has recently revealed a lot about what it thinks. While most donors are rushing to concentrate their aid in ‘good performers’, the World Bank has been using ‘performance based allocation’ in one form or another since the late 1970s. Every year, it systematically rates low income countries, giving each one a score on the Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA).

Have We Made Poverty History?

It is nearly a year since the leaders of the world’s most powerful nations met in Gleneagles in Scotland against the background of a popular campaign for the rich nations to do more to reduce global poverty.  So it seems a good time to take stock of whether the commitments made at Gleneagles are being met.   Several new reports do just that:

Arata Kochi: Leading the fight against malaria

Dr. Arata Kochi, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, has received a lot of press recently for his aggressive approach to curbing malaria in developing countries - particularly in light of his crackdown on suppliers of artemisinin monotherapies.

DC to Opt for Routine HIV Testing

According to Saturday’s Washington Post, the District of Columbia is launching a new routine HIV testing campaign aimed at all people ages 14 to 84.

The city-wide campaign, which appears to be unprecedented in its breadth, will target 400,000 men, women and teenagers and encourage them to learn their HIV status through an oral swab that delivers results in 20 minutes.