Friday, September 21, 2018

Ogechi Ekeanyanwu

    Environmental pollution ‘kills 1.7 million children every year’

Environmental pollution ‘kills 1.7 million children every year’

Statistics have shown that every year, environmental risks such as second hand smoke, unsafe water and sanitation kills 1.7 million children under five worldwide.Worse, children are most vulnerable to environmental risks like air pollution, hazardous chemicals, climate change and inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene.Yet, over one in four of such deaths could be prevented by cleaning up the environment.Health experts [...]

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    HIV increasing in Lagos because of ‘stigmatisation’ by health workers

HIV increasing in Lagos because of ‘stigmatisation’ by health workers

There is a spike in cases of HIV/STIs in Lagos "because youth will choose traditional health care givers over receiving treatment at primary health care centres because of the stigma/discrimination by health care workers".This was made known during a sensitisation programme by the Leadership Initiative for Youth Empowerment (LIFE).James Unegbu, LIFE’s group programme manager, lamented what he described as the [...]

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    HURRAY! Lagos backs down on law to criminalise fetching water

HURRAY! Lagos backs down on law to criminalise fetching water

Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, and the state assembly have backed down on the law to criminalise fetching water from natural sources in Lagos state.Earlier, Lagos state house of assembly passed the Lagos Environment Bill with specific provisions to criminalise the abstraction of water from natural sources if conducted without the approval from the authorities.The UN, and the Environmental [...]

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    Japan donates $27m to Nigeria to prevent polio spread 

Japan donates $27m to Nigeria to prevent polio spread 

Japan has given a grant of $27 million for emergency polio vaccination efforts in Nigeria and additional $6million to cater to vaccination efforts in the Lake Chad region.According to a statement by UNICEF, the donation was "in response to the urgent need to increase immunity to polio in the region".The funds will be used to "purchase polio vaccines, conduct house-to-house [...]

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    Number of African women in governance ‘in steady decline’

Number of African women in governance ‘in steady decline’

Women in Africa hold only 19. 7 per cent of the region's ministerial post in 2017, according to UN women and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).The organisations revealed this in the data presented in the Women in Politics 2017 map."Women hold 19.7 per cent of the region’s ministerial posts in 2017, having first surpassed this per centage in 2012 after seven [...]

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    Stop hiding details of new environment law, CSOs tell Ambode

Stop hiding details of new environment law, CSOs tell Ambode

Civil society organisations have asked Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, to make public the "controversial" environment law which he signed on March 1. The groups said the inaccessibility of the document from the relevant ministries in the state government, two weeks after it was signed, fuels suspicion that its provisions are anti-people.Ambode signed the law titled: Consolidated Laws on the [...]

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    Children in Lagos slums can’t afford N30 per day as school fees, says NGO

Children in Lagos slums can’t afford N30 per day as school fees, says NGO

Many children in Makoko and other slums in Lagos are out of school because their parents are unable to pay their school fees, says Betty Abah, executive director of the centre for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE).Abah, whose organisation works with underpriviledged children, said this at the launch of Save Our Women and Girls Foundation (SOW & G), [...]

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    CONFIRMED: There is an impending health crisis in Borno

CONFIRMED: There is an impending health crisis in Borno

The crisis in north-east Nigeria has intensified and evolved after eight years of violent conflict and has led to widespread displacement, devastation, lack of access to health care and acute food and nutrition insecurity. The crisis has also put Borno in the centre of a health emergency that, without intervention, will lead to further loss of lives in a crisis that [...]

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    Majority of migrants dying at sea en route Italy are West Africans (updated)

Majority of migrants dying at sea en route Italy are West Africans (updated)

Nigeria and four other West African countries, top the list of migrants trying to escape by sea to Italy and dying during the journey, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has confirmed.IOM, in a press statement released on Monday, said in 2017 alone, 19,567 migrants arrived by sea to Italy and majority of them were came from Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal [...]

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    INTERVIEW: Progressive parents help girls venture into maths and engineering, says Ibilola Amao

INTERVIEW: Progressive parents help girls venture into maths and engineering, says Ibilola Amao

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are absolutely important for the growth of any nation as jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of STEM, but women are still largely underrepresented.In Nigeria, the case is not different and there are various factors but it predominantly because certain jobs are still gendered. Gender socialisation leads to gendered job segregation [...]

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    REVEALED: Domestic violence, sexual abuse make women more vulnerable to HIV

REVEALED: Domestic violence, sexual abuse make women more vulnerable to HIV

Domestic violence and sexual abuse increase the risks of HIV among women, a new report by The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has revealed.According to the report, “when women lead, change happens,” globally, in 2015, there were 18.6 million women and girls living with HIV, one million women and girls became newly infected with HIV and 470 000 [...]

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    Empowering women is the only way to protect their rights, says UN secretary-general

Empowering women is the only way to protect their rights, says UN secretary-general

Antonio Gutterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, says there is now a greater discrimination against women and girls around the world than ever before.Gutteres said this as part of his speech to commemorate the 2017 International Women's Day."Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and [...]

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    #BeBoldForChange: I boldly speak about my angry feminist tag, and I own it

#BeBoldForChange: I boldly speak about my angry feminist tag, and I own it

I identify FULLY as a feminist. And I respect your choice, as a gender equality advocate, or as an all lives are equal advocate, or as a “men, too, are oppressed advocate”, or whatever choice, except feminism, that you have decided on.I might not understand it, don't agree with it, might find it absolutely difficult to understand that you don’t [...]

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    Nigeria ‘contributes significantly’ to global girl education crisis

Nigeria ‘contributes significantly’ to global girl education crisis

Serah Mekka, ONE Campaign's Nigeria director, says the country contributes significantly to the global crisis of girl child education."It is a global crisis that 130 million girls are not in school and Nigeria is unfortunately contributing a significant share to this," Mekka said."Renewed efforts are urgently needed. Girls’ education spurs exponential positive effects on social and economic development for generations [...]

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    Access to contraceptives saves lives, boosts economies 

Access to contraceptives saves lives, boosts economies 

Flavia Bustreo, assistant director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and vice-chairman of GAVI, the vaccine alliance, says access to contraceptives and women's ability to take charge of their health can lead to life-changing and saving situations.Bustreo said this in a statement released on the occasion of the International Women's Day."If an adolescent girl does not get pregnant too young, she [...]

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    Nigeria is a ‘breeding ground for child deaths’

Nigeria is a ‘breeding ground for child deaths’

With four of the world's most polluted cities, Nigeria's children are at the risk of dying before adulthood considering the high level of exposure to pollution.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one in four deaths under five years of age is caused by unhealthy indoor and outdoor environmental pollution, including second hand smoking, unsafe water, lack of sanitation and [...]

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