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Climate negotiators issue consolidated text ahead Paris


The Co-Chairs of the group charged with reaching a universal climate change agreement in Paris under the UN have issued a consolidated version of the formal “Geneva” negotiating text as a tool to help governments in their negotiations. The document from Co-Chairs Ahmed Djoghlaf and Daniel Reifsnyder covers the substantive content of the new agreement including mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology, ...

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INDC: Kenya’s 15-year climate actions to gulp $40 billion


The Republic of Kenya has submitted its new climate action plan to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), making it the 49th party to the UNFCCC to do so. Tagged: Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), the document comes well in advance of a new universal climate change agreement which will be reached at the UN climate conference in ...

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East Africa’s healthcare capacity gets $14.7 million boost


Sub-Saharan Africa will need to create an average of 15-20 million new jobs per year over the next three decades to meet the current growth General Electric (GE) on Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya announced a series of new commitments aimed at addressing some of the most critical health challenges in East Africa through a sustained focus on skills development and ...

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Farmers can double cassava yield with improved weed control


Preliminary results from experimental plots carried out by researchers working under the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) led Cassava Weed Management Project show that by switching to improved weed management practices, Nigerian cassava farmers can double current national average yield of 12-13 tons per hectare. The current national average yield of cassava puts the yield per stand of cassava ...

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WHO: 10% of global population suffer from mental disorder


A World Health Organisation (WHO) report released in Geneva, Switzerland has revealed that 10 per cent of global population suffer from mental disorder amid insufficient workforce. The WHO Mental Health Atlas 2014 report says it is an indication that there is less than one mental health worker per 10,000 people worldwide. The orgainsation’s statistics also shows that one in four people ...

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Testing for malaria reduces over prescription by over 70%


Introducing rapid diagnostic tests in Ugandan drug shops improves treatment of malaria patients Using malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) in registered drug shops in a highly endemic region in Uganda substantially reduced over diagnosis of malaria, improving the use of valuable malaria drugs, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE. Most of the 15,000 patients that visited drug ...

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Ocean surge: We’ve no place to go, lament Okun-Alfa residents


Kayode Aboyeji attempts to capture the challenges faced by residents of Okun-Alfa, a coastal community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, which the Atlantic Ocean is threatening to wash away When 56-year-old Lukuman Olowu was a teenager in the 1970s, it was fun to play under the palm trees that beautify the beach, with the cool and refreshing ...

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‘Global average temperatures for January-June highest since 1880’


The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said that global temperatures over land and ocean surfaces from the January to June were the hottest on since 1880. Clare Nullis, WMO spokeswomen, said on Wednesday at a news conference in Geneva that most of the world’s land areas were much warmer than average. She said the regions include nearly all of Eurasia, ...

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Continental campaign addresses infertile women’s stigma

Rasha Kelej , Vice president and head of Global Business Social Responsibility and Market Development

Merck, in collaboration with Kenya Women Parliamentary Association and University of Nairobi, has kicked off the “More than a Mother” Campaign as part of Merck Fertility Capacity Advancement Programme. “The Merck More Than A Mother Campaign will not only provide medical education and awareness for medical students and general practitioners but will also support governments to define policies to improve ...

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‘We’re jeopardising planet’s capacity to sustain healthy future’

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary

Though there have been rapid advances in human health, the continuing degradation of the planetary systems does not bode well for its future. Last week, The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health launched a comprehensive report entitled “Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch” in New York City. This innovative report demonstrates the extent to which human activity is pushing ...

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