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    Four things children need to thrive

Four things children need to thrive

Children’s early years lay the foundation for productive living in adulthood. Because of their vulnerability and because they are the future, children rights must not only be respected, it must also be protected.The World Health Organisation, UNICEF, World Bank and the Partnership for Maternal, New born and Child Health (PMNCH), In the latest framework on Nurturing Care for Early Childhood Development, harp on responsive [...]

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    Group gets FOI reply pegging Nigeria’s population at 140m

Group gets FOI reply pegging Nigeria’s population at 140m

Onelife Initiative for Human Development, a non-governmental organisation, says it sent a freedom of information (FOI) request to the National Population Council (NPC).According to the group,  the request signed by ‘Sola Fagorusi, its acting executive director, on June 26, sought to know the total population of each state in Nigeria and the federal capital territory.It also demanded the population be  broken [...]

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    Reps pass bill mandating free healthcare for pregnant women

Reps pass bill mandating free healthcare for pregnant women

The house of representatives has passed a bill authorising free healthcare for pregnant women in the country.The bill seeks to mandate free antenatal and postnatal health services to pregnant women in government hospitals.Sponsored by Tony Nwoye from Anambra state, the bill was presented at plenary on Thursday.If passed into law, women would be able to receive up to three months [...]

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    Boko Haram: UNICEF confirms receiving 183 children from Nigeria Army

Boko Haram: UNICEF confirms receiving 183 children from Nigeria Army

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria has confirmed receiving 183 children from Nigeria Army in Maiduguri, Borno State.According to a statement by the UN agency on Monday, the children were between the ages of seven and 18.It said the children are free from any form of connection with Boko Haram"These eight girls and 175 boys are first [...]

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    UNICEF: 50 percent of pupils in north drop out of school for marriage, child labour

UNICEF: 50 percent of pupils in north drop out of school for marriage, child labour

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) says 50 percent of pupils in the north do not further their education.Azuka Menkiti, UNICEF education specialist, said this at a recent media dialogue organised by the organisation in collaboration with the ministry of information.The programme took place in Gusau, Zamfara state.Menkiti said findings from a new study conducted by the organisation also [...]

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    More people in Africa ‘need to be insured against natural disasters’

More people in Africa ‘need to be insured against natural disasters’

Mozambique was the site of one of Africa’s most devastating natural disasters in recent times. In the year 2000 floods killed 700 people, displaced 60,000, and left more than 500,000 needing humanitarian assistance.The disaster also inflicted economic damage totalling over US$273 million – that’s six times Mozambique’s GDP.Unfortunately, neither the citizens nor the government had disaster insurance. This meant that [...]

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    Society reaps the benefits when women enjoy better health care

Society reaps the benefits when women enjoy better health care

MARLEN TEMMERMAN Weak political commitment, inadequate resources and persistent discrimination against women and girls: these are just some reasons that many countries still don’t openly and comprehensively address sexual and reproductive health and rights. This is borne out by figures. Each year in developing countries, including those in Africa, more than 30 million women don’t give birth at a health facility. More [...]

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    Children bear the brunt of Nigeria’s environmental woes

Children bear the brunt of Nigeria’s environmental woes

With the soot in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, piling garbage across cities in Nigeria, and oil spills in Lagos and Niger Delta regions, Nigeria’s children risk early death.Children are susceptible to illnesses and consequent deaths as a result of threats to the environment because of their smaller bodies, growing organs and developing immune systems.Currently, over 1.7 million children under five, worldwide, are dying [...]

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    Suffering in silence: How Kenyan women live with profound childbirth injuries

Suffering in silence: How Kenyan women live with profound childbirth injuries

BY KATHOMI GATWIRI Sasha is 22-years-old. She was married off when she was just nine and by the time she was 11, she was pregnant with her first child, and unprepared for childbirth.So when labour came, in the middle of the night – in her geographically isolated village in rural Kenya – she was unaware of the painful fate awaiting her.During [...]

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    Visionscape partners CBN on waste reduction, recycling

Visionscape partners CBN on waste reduction, recycling

Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, an organisation providing solutions to waste management, has partnered with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in a "bid to create solutions to plastic pollution".Speaking at an event to commemorate the World Environment Day, Motunrayo Elias, head corporate communications, Visionscape Group, said the group's collaboration with the CBN would support global climate change targets that would reduce waste generation [...]

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