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--UNHCR report reveals
Some 175 children have reportedly been used by armed groups in northern Mali, with 17 cases of sexual violence reported by displaced women, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said.
A new report has revealed that “for the first time since record keeping on poverty began” in 2000, “the number of Africans living under $1.25 per day has declined.”
However the report has warned that despite the progress, “Africa needs to do more to meet all the targets agreed in the MDGs document.”
While the international community focuses on Western Ivory Coast marred by a spate of recent violence, the UN Mission (UNOCI) has urged development partners to also look at what is happening in the North of country, faced with severe challenges as well.
President Goodluck Jonathan’s promise to push a legislation to control child birth has generated heated debate in Nigeria, which has a population of nearly 160 million and life expectancy of 47-56 years.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has drawn international attention to the seriousness of the situation in northern Mali and the plight of civilians, as 40 casualties are being treated in hospital from this week’s violence in the city of Gao.
Ghana’s President John Atta Mills proved rumour mongerers wrong over the weekend, when he appeared at the Kotoka International airport in Accra to dispel rumours of his death.
On the 22nd anniversary of the Day of the African Child, the huge barrier children with disabilities face has been highlighted, with the child relief agency Plan International calling for “change in the condition” of children.
Some time ago, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR together with the WFP made a donors appeal for support to address the huge humanitarian crisis exacerbated by the worsening security situation in Mali.
In Ivory Coast, the country’s Health Ministry appears to be moving ahead in efforts to encourage greater collaboration between modern and traditional medicines, especially in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
--But how far will reform go?
Reform of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other critical global health issues are being discussed by the World Health Assembly, as its 65th session ends on Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland.