Over the past 20 years, adolescents have benefitted from progress in education and public health. Yet the needs of many adolescents are neglected with more than 1 million losing their lives each year and tens of millions more missing out on education, says a new UNICEF report today.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 12:02

UGANDA: MPs Join to Help Mother-Child Health

 

Members of the 9th Parliament under Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children have partnered with Save the Children, an International organisation to sensitise the public health issues for mothers and children.

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A decline in physical activity and physical education, as well as poor eating habits and increased sedentary time are leading to a significant increase in childhood obesity on one hand and stunted growth on the other. If not addressed now, the incidence of lifestyle diseases is likely to rise dramatically in the future.

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Child malnutrition levels twice as high as those in sub-Saharan Africa are country's 'national shame', says PM

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A recent report which noted that 70 per cent of medicines prescribed for children are unlicensed, used off-label and are not studied for particular age groups, brings to light an issue that is often overlooked in our society.

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Wednesday, 07 December 2011 06:45

KENYA: Take Maternal Health Seriously, MPs Urged

 

Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim has urged MPs to ensure that voices of women and children are taken into account in government policies.

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Climate change will exacerbate the existing vulnerabilities of children in South Africa, unless mitigation and adaptation strategies are child-sensitive and implemented swiftly.

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Thursday, 17 November 2011 08:33

UGANDA: Two Million Children Malnourished

 

Over two million children in Uganda under the age of five are chronically malnourished, the Minister of State for Agriculture Professor Zerubaberi Nyiira has revealed.

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There has been an outbreak of cholera in the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya, home to Somalis fleeing famine and conflict, the UN has said.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011 06:46

SOUTH AFRICA: Children Stunted and Obese

 

South Africa's overburdened health and education systems will struggle to cope in future if the current obesity and stunting trends among young people continues, according to health experts.

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