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AFRICA NOW: DACA Advocates Say Don’t Forget Black Immigrants

The D.C. branch of the NAACP held a Nov. 13 forum at the Dorothy Height Library in Northeast to bring attention to the U.S.’s Black immigrants, whom they say have been overlooked in the nation’s DACA debate.

During the meeting, participants spoke about President Trump’s September rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the massive Nov. 9 DMV school walkout in which over 8,000 students swarmed Capitol Hill in protest.

Though Hispanic immigrants have largely been the face of the debate, the U.S. currently has more than 575,000 undocumented Black immigrants.

The DACA policy had partially protected from deportation some individuals who entered the country as minors and had remained in the country illegally.

African Union Chairman Makes Inaugural Visit to D.C.

The United States welcomed Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission to the nation’s capital on Nov. 10.

Embarking on a three-day inaugural visit to Washington that began at the National Press Club, Mahamat said his goals for the trip included discussing the role of a united and integrated Africa in the global community.

“It is an honor to welcome H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson, African Union Commission, on his first visit to Washington, D.C.,” said H.E. Dr. Arikna Chihombori Quao, African Union Ambassador to the United States. “We look forward to mutually fruitful work during a November 15-17 high level itinerary that will strengthen our valued and longstanding AU–U.S. relationship and advance our collaborative priorities for an integrated, entrepreneurial, prosperous, secure and peaceful Africa.”

Mahamat was also scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and attend the 2017 AU-US High Level Dialogue.

Old-Fashioned Techniques May Help Stem Malaria Outbreaks

Malaria illnesses could finally be a thing of the past for many West African children, thanks to some old-fashioned techniques.

During a recent meeting in Baltimore, officials presented a series of studies on Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention, which involves giving children a dose of antimalarial drugs once a month during the rainy season to help slow the disease in hard-hit regions.

To adequately administer these drugs and monitor the results, thousands of local health workers would need to commit to delivering the medications to children in villages, which can often be far from hospitals, pharmacies and paved roads.

“People were doubtful this intervention would work, because it’s so demanding,” said Brian Greenwood, an infectious-disease specialist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Despite concern with health worker consistency, data from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene shows significant decrease in malaria, a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite.

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