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News Item UT Bank Ghana CEO on Entrepreneurial Passion and His Biggest Firing Mistake

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

A new Stanford study delves into the reading climate in Rwanda and examines what methods work to foster literacy in rural Africa.

News Item Stanford Egyptologist discovers that public health care has ancient roots

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.

News Item Climate Change to Intensify African Weather Systems

Climate change could strengthen African easterly waves, which could in turn have consequences for rainfall in the Sahel region of northern Africa, formation of Atlantic hurricanes and dust transport across the Atlantic Ocean.