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Education: The Anti-Poverty Investment Ignored by the G8

Education campaigners criticised G8 leaders during their recent meeting in France for their failure to prioritise education which they argue is being “recklessly reduced or re-labeled” by donors.This came as the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) delivered the findings of Gordon Brown’s report, “Education for all; beating poverty, unlocking prosperity”  launched by Graça Machel and Gordon Brown in Johannesburg ahead of the G8 meeting in May. The key findings of the Brown Report on Education are that a renewed global commitment to education will: Increase economic growth in the poorest countries by 2% per capita, creating the conditions for deep reductions in pove...

EASTERN AFRICA: Half a million children "at risk"

NAIROBI, 21 July 2011 (IRIN) - At least 500,000 malnourished children in the Horn of Africa's drought-affected areas risk death if immediate help does not reach them, Anthony Lake, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) executive director, has said. These are the children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, whose clinical signs include swelling in the feet, legs or face caused by an extreme shortage of protein. "This crisis is likely to deepen over the coming six months or so," Lake told a news conference in Nairobi on 17 July at the end of a visit to the northwestern Turkana region and Dadaab - home to thousands of Somali refugees - in the northeast. Lake said: "I talked to a m...

Over 3.5 million health workers urgently needed to end crisis of “healthcare deserts” – say 250 organisations

July 20th 2011: Over 250 organisations including White Ribbon Alliance, Merlin, Every Mother Counts and Save the Children, have come together to call for urgent action for more health workers, better supported. For the 2 months prior to the UN General Assembly meetings the organisations will be building pressure on global leaders to deal with the health worker shortfall and make new commitments for supporting health workers. New research published today identifies over 40 million children living in “healthcare deserts” not receiving even the most basic care Every year 48 million women give birth without someone with the proper medical skills present New res...

COTE D'IVOIRE: Free health care window highlights challenges

Dakar, 10 June 2011 (IRIN) - The Ivoirian government has extended a special period of free health care to help a population reeling from months of turmoil. But in a country where cost recovery for health services has long been the policy, an abrupt change to free care is posing challenges.“If we are to provide quality care for the population, we must take a step back, study this and reorganize,” said Fabrice Blé, a doctor at a community health centre in Port-Bouët in the main city Abidjan.Shortly after Alassane Ouattara took power in April 2011, he announced that public health services would be free until the end of May as a way to help people in the aftermath of widespread unrest and ...

2500 Young people newly infected with HIV every day, says joint UN-agency report

JOHANNESBURG/ NEW YORK, 1 June 2011 - Every day, an estimated 2500 young people are newly infected with HIV, according to a global report on HIV prevention launched today.  While HIV prevalence has declined slightly among young people, young women and adolescent girls face a disproportionately high risk of infection due to biological vulnerability, social inequality and exclusion. See report: Opportunity in Crisis: Preventing HIV from early adolescence to young  adulthood (PDF) For the first time, Opportunity in Crisis: Preventing HIV from early adolescence to young  adulthood, presents data on HIV infections among young people and highlights the risks adolescents face ...

GMC global partners World Vision International and Save the children put forward policy recommendations to the G8.

25 May 2011 - On the occasion of the G8 Summit taking place this week in Deauville, France, Global Movement for Children’s global partners Save the Children and World Vision International have issued policy briefings setting out priorities for the world leaders to adopt at the Summit. ‘Food security and nutrition’ is one of the top demands put forward by Save the Children and World Vision to be addressed at the G8 Summit. G8 countries are expected to: Fully fund the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative and invest in communities at highest risk of food insecurity and malnutrition (Save the Children, G8 Briefing) Align the G8 countries efforts towards reducing malnutrition behind...
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