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Unsafe abortion accounts the fourth highest cause of maternal mortality in many developing countries, owing to the alarming rate of unwanted pregnancies among young girls.
Sierra Leone is one of the countries where this problem is rife.
Lead poisoning at artisanal gold mines in Nigeria’s northern state of Zamfara has caused the deaths of some 400 children since March 2010, said Human Rights Watch (HRW), ahead of a big international conference on the issue in Abuja on 9 May.
The fighting that led to the overrunning of the principal cities of Kidal, Gao and Timbucktu plunged northern Mali into chaos and set off a big humanitarian crisis.
Ghana's Food and Drugs Board has warned its citizens of what it called, the sometimes ‘dire and dangerous consequences’ of using aphrodisiacs or sex stimulant, especially for many of the country’s young male population.
Forces loyal to Captain Amadou Sanogo’s junta are consolidating their positions, after taking control of the “Red Beret” presidential guard base in Bamako, following two days of fighting.
--2 million may not access health care
By Suy Kahofi/WADR Abidjan Correspondent
Lack of adequate funding is undermining the implementation of humanitarian programmes in the Ivory Coast, said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in this West African country.
Ghana has become the first African country to introduce pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines in its national immunization programme.
‘’One of the first victims of war is the health-care system itself, said Marco Baldan, the chief war surgeon of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
It is to highlight the scale of this rising danger and find urgent solution to the problem that the ICRC is on Monday beginning a big international conference of all stakeholders in Senegal’s capital, Dakar.
A threat pending on developing countries regarding its ability to fight malaria is drug resistance to the disease, according to the Executive Director of the Worldwide Anti-malaria Resistance Network (WWARN) Philippe Guerin.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said countries need to recognize that alcohol consumption is a big and growing public health threat and take appropriate action.