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A Nigerian anti-AIDS agency has acquired over three million condoms to distribute at the Carnival Village in Calabar this year.
There are around 250,000 persons currently living with HIV/AIDS in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, says the Cross River State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (SACA).
Mayors, local government officials and other stakeholders attending the 6th Africities meeting in Dakar have agreed that access to clean water and sustainable sanitation remains a major problem in most African cities.
Delegates further agreed that it was important to come up with a concerted municipal strategy to improve access to clean water and promote a clean city.
The International charity, Starkey Hearing Foundation has embarked on a programme to screen and treat Liberian children with hearing defects.
Hundreds of mainly school kids have been taking advantage of the free services in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.
Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for up to 27 percent of people in the world who defecate in the open air or in temporary holes outside their homes.
That’s a fraction of the nearly 1 billion children around the world who today do not have access to clean toilets at home or school, as the global community marks World Toilet Day Monday.
The cost of maternal and newborn health care will drop by US$11.3 billion a year, through widespread voluntary family planning in developing countries, says a new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
The State of the World Population 2012 released Thursday said access to family planning is an essential human right that can trigger unprecedented economic development.
An expert in water resources has blamed poor governance and failure to invest in the water and sanitation sector as causes for limited access to safe drinking water in Africa.
Dr. Silver Mugisha argues that low investment means water utility companies are only getting 60 percent coverage of the populations, with tariffs too high for many would-be customers.
Sierra Leone and Guinea are holding a three-day meeting aimed at strengthening joint cross- border surveillance and response to cholera and other epidemics in the two neighboring countries.
Between February and September this year, cholera killed nearly 400 people and infected over 25,000 in a record epidemic in the two countries in recent times.
The Standards Bureau has said it is working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to develop a legal framework to combat the import and sale of sub-standard and expired goods on the local market.
The regulatory body said the lack of laws to punish defaulters is a major chalenge in deterring unscrupoulous businesses from engaging in the practice that endangers the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
Liberia has launched a campaign to combat breast and cervical cancer and increase public awareness about the disease.
The head of the Liberia Cancer Society, Juanita Neal says people are needlessly dying from the disease in the country due to ignorance.
A cross-border cholera sensitization exercise has been taking place in the southern Senegalese border town of Diaobé in the Kolda region, straddling Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Mali and Guinea Conakry.
Health workers have been sensitizing communities about the importance of basic hygiene and other methods to prevent and treat cholera.