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Malaria Day: World leaders announce new initiatives to accelerate progress

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Leaders from across the globe on Thursday, April 25, 2019 met in Paris, France to renew commitments and announce new initiatives to accelerate the global movement to end malaria in our lifetime. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images This year’s World Malaria Day seeks to encourage ...

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Nigeria among countries with fresh measles outbreak

Isaac Adewole

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed Nigeria as one of the nine African countries where measles outbreaks have resurfaced. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole WHO in a statement signed on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by Collins Boakye-Agyemang, its Spokesman for Africa, listed other countries to include Chad, Cameroon, DR Congo, Liberia, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali and Uganda. The world health ...

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WHO commends Malawi on launch of world’s first malaria vaccine

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended the Government of Malawi on the country’s launch of the world’s first malaria vaccine for children from zero to two years. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, made the commendation in a statement ...

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China to support hydrogen, fuel cell vehicles to go green

Electric cars

China will push ahead with the development of its hydrogen energy and fuel cell vehicle industry, a government official said on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020 The initiative is part of wider efforts to promote green energy in the world’s largest auto market. “Hydrogen ...

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Endorsing global call to action on climate, health

Dr Ed Maibach

Director, Centre for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University, USA, Dr Ed Maibach, recently had the opportunity to issue a call to action to Red Cross and Red Crescent Society leaders worldwide at their first-ever World Conference on Health and Climate Change in Cannes, France. Excerpts from his comments: Dr Ed Maibach (right) speaking at the conference To achieve the ...

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Health Day: AfDB joins call for universal health coverage for all

Akinwunmi Adesina

On the occasion of World Health Day 2019, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is renewing its call for firmer commitment to pledges made by countries for universal health coverage for all individuals and communities. AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina In a statement issued on Sunday, April 7, 2019, Oley Dibba-Wadda, Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development at the bank, said: ...

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UNICEF commits to addressing children health challenges in Nigeria

Anthony Lake

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it is committed to addressing the health challenges of children, especially malnutrition, in Nigeria to improve on their health status. Anthony Kirsopp Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Dr Zakari Adam, the Chief Field Officer, UNICEF Kaduna, gave the assurance at Akwanga, during the six-day capacity building for 32 ...

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Govt, CSOs back draft tobacco rules, Reps promise speedy adoption

ERA/FoEN tobacco

The Federal Ministry of Health and hundreds of civil society and youth groups have defended the draft National Tobacco Control Regulations 2018 Bill currently before the National Assembly, cautioning that delay in its passage will open the nation to massive health catastrophe. Delegates at the interactive session Some of the groups that align with the ministry’s position are the Environmental ...

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Campaigners urge legislators to approve draft tobacco rules


Activists on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in Abuja besieged the outgoing 8th National Assembly, demanding approval of the draft National Tobacco Control Regulations, which they say would be a legacy of its achievements. The anti-tobacco protest march on the National Assembly in Abuja by ERA/FoEN and NTCA Led by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and the ...

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Over 150 children undergoing treatment for lead poisoning in Zamfara

Lead poisoning in Nigeria

The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international non-governmental organisation (NGO), says no fewer than 150 children affected with lead poisoning in Zamfara State are still undergoing treatment. Men work in the mines where they dig deep to find the rock and then crush these rocks to find the gold ore. Inside the rocks there is also deposits of other metals, ...

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