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    ‘Vaccinated almost a billion children, spent $53.8bn’ — Bill, Melinda reflect as Gates Foundation clocks 20

‘Vaccinated almost a billion children, spent $53.8bn’ — Bill, Melinda reflect as Gates Foundation clocks 20

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is 20 years old.  On Monday, Bill and Melinda Gates share their 2020 annual letter, “Why We Swing for the Fences: Reflecting on the First Two Decades of Our Foundation.” The letter revealed how the foundation spent $53.8 billion and helped get vaccines to more than 760 million children and prevented 13 million deaths -- via the [...]

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    Report: 2m Nigerian children risk dying of pneumonia

Report: 2m Nigerian children risk dying of pneumonia

A new study says about two million Nigerian children under the age of five could die from pneumonia in the next decade. According to the report, Nigeria currently records more than 20 percent of childhood deaths from pneumonia globally. The report said boosting efforts to fight pneumonia could avert the over 2 million child deaths from the disease and other major diseases [...]

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    Number of out-of-school girls disturbing, says Buhari

Number of out-of-school girls disturbing, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is disturbed by the number of out-of-school girls in the country. Buhari spoke on Thursday while inaugurating the headquarters of the federal ministry of women affairs in Abuja. A statement by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, quoted Buhari as saying that it is the collective duty of all to ensure that "mothers of today and tomorrow are educated, [...]

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    Bauchi community ‘takes pregnant women to the hospital on donkeys’

Bauchi community ‘takes pregnant women to the hospital on donkeys’

Some communities in Misau local government area of Bauchi state say they use donkeys and ox-drawn trucks to transport pregnant women and sick people to hospitals due to lack of motorable roads. The communities disclosed this on Wednesday when a NAN correspondent visited Babuwuri and Ngummachame settlements, which are tagged 'hard-to-reach (HTR)' in terms of healthcare by the European Union and [...]

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    Dangote, Gates, NAFDAC plan to achieve 90% food fortification in Nigeria by 2020

Dangote, Gates, NAFDAC plan to achieve 90% food fortification in Nigeria by 2020

Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, says food producers in Nigeria are working with the government to hit a compliance level of 90 percent for food fortification by 2020.  Speaking at the second annual Nigeria Food Processing and Leadership Forum in Lagos on Monday, Dangote, who chaired the forum, said since the first meeting in July 2018, the food producers have [...]

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    House of reps approves free basic education for ALL Nigerians

House of reps approves free basic education for ALL Nigerians

A bill seeking to make basic education free and compulsory for all Nigerians has passed second reading in the house of representatives The constitution amendment bill, sponsored by Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker, scaled second reading at the plenary session on Thursday. With Nigeria having one of the highest children not in school across the world, the bill when passed would give individuals [...]

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    Thera Connect wins $1,000 in Project Enable Africa, US Consulate PWD hackathon

Thera Connect wins $1,000 in Project Enable Africa, US Consulate PWD hackathon

Thera Connect, a team of tech enthusiasts, has won $1,000 in a two-day hackathon organised by Project Enable Africa, in partnership with the US consulate, to find tech solutions for persons living with disabilities (PWDs). In line with getting the message of disability inclusion to all stakeholders, Project Enable Africa, in partnership with the United States Consulate, gathered tech enthusiasts at [...]

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    UNICEF official: It’s impossible to achieve SDGs target without tackling the challenges in Nigeria

UNICEF official: It’s impossible to achieve SDGs target without tackling the challenges in Nigeria

Annefrida Kisesa-Mkusa, UNICEF chief field service coordinator for Nigeria, says a lot depends on Nigeria for the world to achieve its target on child survival. She said this during an interview with reporters shortly after the opening ceremony of a two-day end-year review meeting for Adamawa, Gombe, and Taraba states. "If the issues of children in Nigeria are not solved, the world [...]

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    Injectables rise to become ‘most-used contraceptive’ in Nigeria

Injectables rise to become ‘most-used contraceptive’ in Nigeria

Injectables have overtaken short-term contraceptives to become the most used method for family planning in Nigeria, a new UN-backed report has shown.  According to Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) report seen by TheCable, 314 million women and girls are now using modern contraception, with 53 million new users in the last seven years, and nine million in the past year alone. The report also [...]

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    Buhari signs executive order on ending open defecation by 2025

Buhari signs executive order on ending open defecation by 2025

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an executive order to eliminate the practice of open defecation by 2025. The order, entitled "The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order" was signed on Wednesday. In a statement, Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, said the executive order takes effect immediately. The order stipulates that all public places must [...]

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