Plans to Deal with Child Abuse in Place

18th May 2010 Pretoria — Government has put in place plans to prevent and deal with cases of abuse of children that may arise during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Tabling the department's Budget Vote on Tuesday, Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya said the plans include raising community awareness about the risks and establishing care centres and other support services for children in host cities and public viewing areas.She said all provinces have put in place plans to increase awareness and respond to cases of violation of children's rights during the tournament and social workers will also be deployed at public viewing areas and in all host ci...

Action Aid Task Govts on Girl Child Education

18th May 2010, Nigeria Country Director, Action Aid Nigeria, Mr. Hussein Abdu has appealed to state governments to give priority to girl-child education. Abdu, who made the call during a courtesy call to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, commended the state government its investment in girl-child education, adding that enrolment of girls in schools across the state had increased from 20 percent three years ago to about 75 percent in this year.He said his organisation has also introduced a new 'transformation' project aimed at transforming girl-child education in the country.According to him, the organisation's numerous projects in Sokoto state have yielded tangible re...

Ondo tops in NHIS, MDGs

16th May 2010 Nigeria - ONDO State was weekend, rated top among 35 other states of the Federation and Abuja in the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme and Millennium Development Goals, NHIS-MDG programmes.A consultant to the NHIS in the South West, Dr Kolawole Owoka, said this during the presentation of cheques to some health institutions in six local government areas of the State.According to Owoka, of the N250 million expected as counterpart fund from each of the six states in the South West, only Ondo State had advanced the sum of N70 million and about 72,000 people had been registered under the NHIS in the State.While disclosing that the NHIS was spending N4 billion fo...

Unlocking Development for Rural Youth

14th May 2010, Namibia - Keetmanshoop — "The Government must intensify infrastructure development in rural areas in order to attract investment to these areas"."A sound and strong infrastructure network will 'catalyst' other sectors of the economy, be it manufacturing, agriculture or services. Emphasis on the infrastructure sector should be encouraged, upgrading and modernising the existing ones, construction of modern roads connecting rural areas with urban centres also for connecting rural areas."The electrification of the rural areas, provision of tarred roads, water supply and serviced lands should be accelerated. This will attract private sector investors to these presently neglected ...

Early marriage, threat to girl-child education

13th May 2010, Africa - With mixed reactions trailing the marriage of former Zamfara State governor, Senator Sani Ahmed Yerima to a 13-year old Egyptian girl, a professor of law in the University of Lagos has told Vanguard Education Weekly that early marriage can put an end to the education of the girl-child. Professor Peter Fogam, Department of Commercial and Industrial Law, University of Lagos, decried a situation in which innocent female children supposed to be enjoying the warmth and affection of their parents are given out for marriage. “Imagine your daughter at say 10, 12, 15 years, with so much of innocence, should need direction from parents not marriage. Parents are su...

Uganda: Health Ministry to Open Up to Children With HIV

11th May 2010, Kampala — Children living with HIV/AIDS will now be told why they have to take ARVS. This is in-line with the new curricular on HIV/AIDS counseling launched by the ministry of health recently. The Project coordinator of Strengthening HIV counselor training programe, Teddy Chimura says this will reduce on cases of non adherence. In the past Children with the deadly virus were not told why they taking the drugs. Source: allAfrica

Africa charts progress in counting malaria out - but major efforts still needed

19th April 2010, New York - With the end of the “Decade to Roll Back Malaria” in sight, 2010 is a milestone year for malaria control.  There are now just over 257 days left to meet the challenge of the UN Secretary General to ensure universal coverage with all anti-malarial interventions.   An update on malaria progress in Africa reveals that some countries have already begun to “count malaria out”, while others continue concerted efforts to reach the 2010 coverage targets and reduce malaria deaths by half.The World Malaria Day 2010: Africa Update, is being launched today in New York by UNICEF and the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership. The second in a series of RBM P...

SENEGAL: new report from Human Rights Watch untitled: on children's back

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ZIMBABWE: Worrying rise in STIs among young people

14th April 2010, Harare - A new report by Zimbabwe's National AIDS Council (NAC), showing a dramatic rise in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among people aged 15 to 24 in the capital, Harare, has health experts worried that the country's success in reducing HIV could be unravelling.STIs heighten vulnerability to HIV infection, and this age group is one of the hardest hit. According to the NAC report, more than 24,000 people were treated for STIs in 2009, compared to 8,500 cases recorded in 2008; over 60 percent of the cases were women.During this time almost 900,000 male condoms and over 155,000 female condoms were distributed in Harare. Itai Rusike, executive director of the Communit...

 

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