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Minamata Convention clocks two with 112 ratifications

Rossana Silva Repetto

Two years ago, on August 16, 2017, the Minamata Convention came into force as a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from human-induced emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. Rossana Silva Repetto, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention on Mercury. Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services So far, 112 countries have ratified the global pact while 128 have ...

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Shelter Afrique to invest $180m in five years to check housing deficit

Andrew Chimphondah

Shelter Afrique, an NGO, is to invest $180 million in five years toward addressing Nigeria’s housing deficit, Mr Andrew Chimphondah, its Managing Director, has said. Andrew Chimphondah, Managing Director, Shelter Afrique Chimphondah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 that the investment period would span from this year to 2024. He described Nigeria ...

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Africa’s CSOs collaborate to curb NTDs

Civil Society Says No to NTDs Coalition

A new coalition to accelerate progress against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) across Africa has emerged. Members of the Civil Society Says No to NTDs Coalition In Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, civil society organisations (CSOs) came together to create Africa’s first civil society network for Neglected Tropical Diseases – the Civil Society Says No to NTDs Coalition. The ...

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How climate change contributes to infectious diseases, by experts

Group Picture at GET

The 5th African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity organised by Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium got underway at the Sheraton Hotels in Abuja on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 with the them: “Climate Change and Conflict: Implications for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity in Africa”. The three-day event brings together world’s experts to identify regional and international opportunities for ...

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English town residents to return after threat of dam burst lifted

Whaley Bridge dam

Residents of the English town of Whaley Bridge on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 are being allowed to return to their homes almost a week after fears that a local dam might burst forced an evacuation. There were fears that the Whaley Bridge dam collapse could lead to massive flooding More than 1,500 people had to be brought to safety or ...

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SustyVibes’ Masterclass Series targets young professionals

African Youth Conference

Young professionals and students interested in building competency in sustainable development and effective communication will this month be hosted to a Masterclass Series courtesy of SustyVibes. Young professionals and students are the main target of the SustyVibes 2019 Masterclass Series The three-day series holds in Lagos from Thursday, August 29 to Saturday, August 31, 2019. According to the organisers, the ...

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FAO seeks govt policies to make African farmers climate-resilient

Helen Semedo

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has solicited assistance to African farmers to enable them to cope with the threats of climate change. Helen Semedo, the Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) In a statement on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, FAO specifically recommended national policies “that protect them and make them resilient’’. The statement came after a high-level Africa Food ...

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New machine reduces cancer treatment time in Abuja hospital

NNPC SNEPCo cancer machine

A new cancer treatment machine recently installed at the National Hospital Abuja will reduce patient’s treatment waiting time from 16 minutes to two minutes, the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Jaf Momoh, said on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the inauguration of the equipment by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. L-R: Chief Medical Director, National Hospital Abuja, ...

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Tobacco control community honours Adewole, Irukera, others

Tobacco community honourees

Nigeria’s tobacco control community on Monday, July 29, 2019 held a Thank You Dinner to honour lawmakers and public officials who played crucial roles that led to the passage of the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act 2015 and its Regulation. The honourees at the Thank You Dinner Among those recognised for their efforts were former Federal Minister of Heath, Professor ...

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25 cases of flesh-eating bacteria reported in Thailand

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Thailand’s Nan Hospital said on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 that 25 cases of flesh-eating bacteria, necrotising fasciitis, were diagnosed in July, with one patient seriously ill in the intensive care unit. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Dr Pongthep Wongwatcharapaiboon, Deputy Director of Nan Hospital in ...

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