The European Commission's Humanitarian Office (ECHO) has doled out 6.6 million (about $8.1 million) to support UNICEF and the government of Sierra Leone in achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs) on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health in the country.

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African women, including Senegalese hip-hop star Sister Fa, are leading a successful campaign against the widespread practice of female circumcision

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Health Minister Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu has been enjoined to fulfill his recent promise that every child in Nigeria under the age of five would receive free healthcare services to reduce the rate of infant mortality in the country.

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Uganda's child mortality rate is appalling and the country might fail to meet its target on the fourth millennium development goal, which is to reduce child mortality by two-thirds - translated as 31/1000 child deaths by 2015.

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Friday, 04 February 2011 06:52

SOUTH AFRICA: Call for School Drug Education

 

Drug abuse, rife in many South African high schools, is now creeping into primary schools as well, prompting the Medical Research Council's (MRC's) alcohol and drug research unit to recommend that the dangers of drug use should be included in primary school curricula.The latest report by the MRC's South African Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (Sacendu) notes that children as young as seven are abusing dagga, with harder drugs being used by some children in higher primary school grades.

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With the world’s population slated to top the milestone 7 billion mark by late 2011, the new head of the United Nations agency that helps countries use population data for policies to reduce poverty pledged today to focus on the largest global youth generation ever.

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Monday, 31 January 2011 19:08

KENYA: Weighty Matters

 

In the next few days, thousands of teenagers will be leaving home to start a new life in boarding school.

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In situations of chronic food shortage, parents are inclined to give boys a preferential treatment, despite the fact that the health of their daughters suffers more from food insecurity. This is shown by research from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Ethiopia, appearing in the journal Pediatrics.

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High-level Chairs and Commissioners of the new Information and Accountability Commission on Women’s and Children’s Health have convened for their first meeting at WHO.

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Despite some progress, Nigeria is lagging behind its peers in reducing deaths among children under five. The mortality rate remains worryingly high for newborn infants - 700 children less than 28 days old die in the country every day.

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