The Africa Common Position on Universal Access to HIV-AIDS prevention, treatment, care and services which serves as a unified voice for the continent is important given that Africa is the continent with the highest burden of the disease, said the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Social Affairs, Bience Gawanas, at a press conference on Thursday.

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Budget-conscious America should not risk global advances in reducing child and maternal mortality or related U.S. interests, prominent experts argue in Save the Children's State of the World's Mothers report, released today.

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Every minute, somewhere in the world, a child goes blind according to the World Health Organization. Three in five poor children who go blind are likely to die within two years of losing their sight - yet half of cases of childhood blindness are avoidable.

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In an effort to encourage individuals to help feed tens of thousands of hungry children across the world, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has created a social media platform through which people can share their favourite meals by making donations to the agency.

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The annual number of stillbirths around the world is more than double the number of people who die from HIV-related causes, according to a new report that says this widely overlooked epidemic could be dramatically mitigated with better antenatal care.

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On Apr. 5, the United Nations Children's Fund will launch a report on teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone.

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Monday, 28 March 2011 12:45

SOUTH AFRICA: Devil Bones

 

Every child in South Africa will have come into contact with drugs by the time they leave secondary school. One in three will have taken them. Increasingly, the drug of choice is heroin. For many young people, drugs are a way of killing time. They starting experimenting out of curiosity, and end up hooked.

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Experts and academics are meeting in Midrand to look at the country's achievements in realising children's rights.

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More than 300,000 children under five in Sierra Leone are malnourished, UNICEF country representative Mahimbo Mdoe has said.

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While research on HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Communication conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in 2008 showed a decline in new HIV infections among teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 as well as a lowered prevalence among children between the ages of 2 and 14, the Department of Basic Education hopes to play a more active role in reducing the number of new infections, writes Gabi Khumalo.

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