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Measles: Nigeria has world’s highest number of unvaccinated children – WHO

measles vaccination

Out of the total 20.8 million children worldwide who have missed their first measles vaccine dose, 3.3 million are from Nigeria – the highest globally. The revelation was made on Thursday, October 26, 2017 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) against the backdrop of the release of a report that stated that, in 2016, an estimated 90,000 people died from ...

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GMOs: Ghanaian farmers express interest in biotechnology

Ghana OFAB

Members of the Association of National Best Farmers in Ghana have called for intensive education of farmers on agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in order to understand what the technology is about. They said that, as farmers, they were not against GMOs, but they needed accurate information to dispel speculations that have portrayed “this science as an evil ...

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COP23: Raising ambition, accelerating climate actions

COP23 site

While backgrounding the COP23 scheduled to hold in November 2017, the Climate Justice Info Service predicts in this piece that the global forum will expose some real and urgent geopolitical tensions that must be resolved in order for the international community to avert a deterioration of the global climate system Following a year of increasingly visible climate change impacts, governments ...

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India: Ministry directed to notify Comprehensive Action Plan to improve air quality

Anumita Roychowdhury

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the ruling of the Supreme Court of India on Friday, October 27, 2017, directing the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to notify the comprehensive action plan for a longer term strategy for all key sources of pollution in Delhi and National Capital region (NCR). This action plan ...

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Nigeria accounts for 20% of Africa’s birth, says UNICEF

Pernille Ironside

Nigeria currently accounts for 20 per cent of all the births in Africa, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported. UNICEF, in a report titled: “Generation 2030 Africa 2.0: Prioritising investments in children to reap the demographic dividend”, also said one in every 13 births globally would take place in Nigeria by 2050. UNICEF said special attention is required for ...

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WSSCC seeks safe disposal of menstrual waste

Priscilla Achakpa

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) has urged the government and organisations to encourage safe disposal of menstrual waste so as to promote the hygiene of women and girls. Dr Priscilla Achakpa, the National Coordinator of WSSCC, Nigeria, made the call in Abuja on Friday, October 27, 2017 in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). ...

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Forest Preservation Bill will curb poaching, deforestation in Ogun – Lawmaker


A lawmaker in Ogun State on Thursday, October 26, 2017 assured that the passage of the Forest and Wildlife Preservation Bill would help curb the menace of poaching and deforestation of forest reserves in the state. Mr Adeyemi Harrison, Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, gave the assurance during the committee’s on-the-spot visit to Area J4 Forestry Plantation as ...

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Handwashing practice reduces risk of diseases by 40% – UNICEF

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that handwashing practice can reduce the risk of contracting diarrhoea and other communicable diseases by 40 per cent. The UNICEF’s Country Representative, Mr Mohamed Fall, made the assertion in Akure on Friday, October 27, 2017 when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State. Fall stressed the importance of promoting sanitation ...

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Third National Communication: Promoters engage with private sector players

Third National Communication

About three months after stakeholders assembled in Kaduna to brainstorm on ways to actualise the Third National Communication (TNC), participants yet again converged on Lagos on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, this time to engage with investors. For two days (from Wednesday, July 26 to Thursday, July 27, 2017) in the Kaduna State capital city, stakeholders explored ways to establish and institutionalise ...

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Brazil: Activists flay sale of oil blocks, energy policy inconsistency

National Oil and Gas Agenc

Protesting at the Brazilian National Oil and Gas Agency headquarters, activists pressure the government for more transparency and responsibility, and highlight the impacts of oil and gas exploration on climate, biodiversity and traditional communities The Brazilian government’s current move to reopen the oil market as an alternative to raise the country’s economy has rekindled criticism from civil society and raised ...

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