"I WAS raped when I was 18 years old in 1993. Due to the history of rape I did an HIV test in 2004 as I had not encountered any sexual relationship with any man. I did not disclose anything to anyone because back then, it was very hard.

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Amid rampant killings and economic paralysis, residents in parts of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital Abidjan are eating “whatever they can find”, and have not worked in weeks, a youth in the northern district of Anyama told IRIN.

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched an ambitious five-year plan to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in the country. The plan was launched in Monrovia yesterday during ceremonies to mark International Women’s Day attended by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Michelle Bachelet.

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More than 400 infants have died and over 500 persons were admitted in various hospitals in Zamfara State as result of outbreak of lead poisoning.

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Information available to The Chronicle indicates that a great number of Ghanaian children under five years, representing over 78%, are suffering from anaemia or malnourishment, while 59% of women of reproductive ages, are also said to be anaemic.

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Nigerian parents lose over one million children every year to preventable child killer diseases. Out of the figure, 241, 000 of the deceased children die at birth.

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Monday, 21 February 2011 11:01

MAURITANIA: Beauty's big problem

 

While force-feeding of young girls is waning in Mauritania, particularly in urban areas, many girls and women are voluntarily using high-tech and dangerous methods aimed at achieving the corpulent form long a status symbol in the country.

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Sharing a child's HIV status with them can be a difficult for a caregiver, but according to the Wits Institute for Health HIV and Related Diseases, disclosure has incredible benefits.

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Kenya, with the support of the GAVI Alliance is set to roll out pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) routinely throughout all health facilities with the aim of saving lives of thousands of infants from death and illness due to pneumococcal disease.

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Amina Abdullahi (not real name) is one of the hundreds of teenage-patients at the Vesico Virginal Fistula (VVF) Ward, Gambo Sawaba Hospital in Zaria, Kaduna state. Her parents married her off at the age of 13 to a man old enough to be her grandfather.

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