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Regional News from Stanford University - Africa
The little girl bounded up to us, wearing a filthy pink sweater, with a beaming smile on her face, and gave me a huge hug. Surprised at the reception, I hugged her back and swung her gently back and forth. She giggled and ran to hug my colleagues, then, hopping over an open sewer, darted into an alley that lead to her home.
Prince Kofi Amoabeng co-founded lending company UT Financial Services in 1997, helped oversee its conversion into a bank about 10 years later, and is now CEO of UT Bank Ghana and president of UT Holdings.
His path to banking was a winding one that went from service in Ghana’s military to diverse industries.
News Item Reading in Rwanda
Anne Austen, PhD, a post-doctoral researcher in Stanford’s history department, recently conducted the first detailed study of human remains at what is now called Deir el-Medina, an ancient town outside of the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. She found that these Egyptians likely had state-sponsored health care with “modern” benefits like paid sick days and clinics. They also felt a strong pressure to do grueling work, yet took care of their disabled and infirm.
News Item Changing the Prevailing Attitude About AIDS, Gender and Reproductive Health in Southern Africa
During the 1990s and early 2000s, HIV/AIDS pummeled through southern Africa killing thousands. Although the epidemic has abated somewhat, the disease is still spreading through certain communities, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) population.