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Training schemes to boost cancer care access in Africa

University of Nairobi

Access to cancer care in Africa is receiving a boost, following the disclosure on Sunday in Darmstadt, Germany that some indigenous doctors have been pencilled down for medical training programmes in Kenya and India. The initiative, which is also aimed at increasing the number of oncologists on the continent, will see nine medical doctors from sub-Saharan countries of Kenya, Uganda, ...

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Government abandons Sokoto flood victims

Flooding in Nigeria

A week after a heavy flood destroyed 52 houses in Wurno town, headquarters of Wurno Local Government Council of Sokoto State in North West Nigeria, no action has so far been taken as at the time of filing this report. Investigation by EnviroNews reveals that, in spite of the fact that the incident occurred on July 4th 2016, the local ...

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Images: Dr Femi Olomola, 21st NITP president, laid to rest

Dr Olomola's children

National President of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Dr Olufemi Amos Olomola, who passed away after a brief illness on the 31st of May 2016 at his residence in Lagos, has been laid to rest. He was the 21st President of the NITP. Dr Olomola was buried on Friday, July 8, 2016 in his home town in Ilesa, ...

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World Population Day 2016: Investing in teenage girls

child marriage

Development Communications (DevComs) Network writes in commemoration of the World Population Day 2016 that the occasion draws attention to the numerous challenges faced by teenage girls around the world who are forced by their families and communities into marriage The population of the world continues to grow in spite of the socio-economic turns of poverty, unemployment, and pollution. There are ...

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How to phasedown mercury dental amalgam use, by experts

The Federal Government has been called upon to initiate a coordinated multi-sectoral approach for an effective phasedown of dental amalgam use in the country. The authorities were also asked to raise awareness about dental mercury and promotion of alternatives as well as a transition to alternatives. These formed the fulcrum of agreements arrived at by participants at a day-long stakeholders’ ...

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Competition hunts for climate inspiring videos

Bernardo-Bertolucci

Courtesy of the Film4Climate Global Video Competition, young filmmakers have been invited to showcase their talents and create inspirational videos about climate action. The event has been described as the centerpiece of the Connect4Climate initiative to promote sustainability in the creative industries through active engagement with young people in finding solutions to climate change. The competition will be open for submissions through September ...

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How private efforts boost afforestation, climate mitigation in Nigeria

Evergreen Tree Plantation

In 1960 when Nigeria became independent, there were about 40 percent forest landmass that spreads across the length and breadth of the nation’s rain forest. But, over the years, these have continued to deplete due to numerous factors such that, currently, less than two percent forest land mass remains. Succour is however emerging, thanks to some individuals and private bodies, who have ...

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Christiana Figueres joins UN Secretary General race

From border disputes in the South China Sea to the ongoing conflicts and refugee crisis in Syria the world is an increasingly unstable place. Global crises like terrorism and pandemics will be amplified by climate change, undermining the UN’s ability to preserve peace and security. Former UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) chief Christiana Figueres on Wednesday joined ...

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Vulnerable South Sudanese families get FAO seeds, tools

cassava tubers

Ahead of the 2016 farming season and in order to give farmers enough time for proper land preparation and planting, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and its partners have so far distributed seeds and agricultural tools to about 200,000 vulnerable farming households, which benefitted about 1.1 million people in South Sudan. A statement issued by ...

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Experts seek incentives for climate-resilient, low-carbon investment

FUTA

A group of environmentalists has called on government to create an incentive for intensive engagement on climate resilience measures in the economy. Participants at the 6th session of the Development Dialogue on Climate Change and Renewable Energy that held recently at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in Ondo State, who made this submission, emphasised that the dialogue provided ...

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