Bibliotheca Alexandrina: A Knowledge and Cultural Beacon in the Middle East
“During the recent uprising in Egypt, the city of Alexandria witnessed fierce violence including the burning down of the provincial government building and state security headquarters. However a rare point of agreement between anti-regime protestors and the government security apparatus was to protect the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA). The images of a human barricade shielding the BA during the protests highlight the importance of this institution.
Sources:SFG-ME April 2011 pgs. 9-11
Loss of medicinal herbs in Ghanaian forests
Loss of forests is having a significant impact on accessibility of traditional medicines in Ghana:
Sources:Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 7-8:
African Researchers Develop Microbicide – a vaginal gel that reduces HIV infections
“The HIV/Aids prevention community is abuzz with excitement with the news that South African research has developed a vaginal gel – known as a microbicide – that can reduce sexually transmitted HIV infection by as much as 54%. A two-and-a-half-year study of 889 women by the Durban-based Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) found that a vaginal gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir was 39% effective in reducing a woman's HIV risk when used for about three-quarters of sex acts.
Sources:South Africa Node July 2010, pgs. 6-7
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