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Study links deaths in Bangladeshi children to agriculture chemicals

Bangladeshi children

Excessive and improper applications of insecticides and other agriculture chemicals in local fruit orchards may have triggered an outbreak of  acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), a condition often associated with deadly inflammation of the brain, that killed 13 children in a rural Bangladesh community in 2012, according to a new study published online on Monday, July 24, 2017 in the American Journal ...

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Trump’s EPA moves to dismantle programmes that protect kids from lead paint


US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials are proposing to eliminate two programmes focused on limiting children’s exposure to lead-based paint, which is known to cause damage to developing brains and nervous systems. The proposed cuts, outlined in a 64-page budget memo revealed by The Washington Post on Friday, April 7, 2017 would roll back programmes aimed at reducing lead risks by $16.61 million and more ...

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Pollution kills 1.7m children yearly, says WHO


More than one in four deaths of children under five years of age are attributable to unhealthy environments. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under-five years, say two new World Health Organisation (WHO) reports. The first ...

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Kenya in landmark unveiling of child-friendly TB drugs

Dr Cleopa Mailu

The Kenya Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday the launch of appropriately dosed, child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicines, making the country the first country in the world to roll out these products nationally. The improved medicines are easier for caregivers to give and for children to take, and are expected to help improve treatment and child survival from TB. “Kenya is ...

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Group plans education for 800 million left-out children


The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (the Education Commission), a group of world leaders composed of presidents, former prime ministers, business and education leaders, has set out an ambitious and credible programme of reform that will guarantee a basic education to every single child. The Education Commission has set out the first-ever budget for global education, detailing from now ...

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UNICEF: Vulnerable children most impacted by climate change

Climate change

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN’s children’s rights and emergency relief organisation, has warned that climate change is a dangerous and disruptive force for many children around the world and is particularly impacting the most vulnerable. In its 2016 annual report, the organisation says that poor and disadvantaged children were disproportionately affected by humanitarian disasters last year – ...

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A tale of a primary school in distress in Edo State

School children

The flooding situation at the Evbuotubu Primary School has entered its 12th year, but there is nothing to show that help is in sight for these children It was 10:00am or thereabout. Abies, a pupil of Evbuotubu Primary School, has just been asked out of the class. She had been down with illness and has not been in school for ...

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Beyond endurance: Pictures telling Uganda’s water story


Stories of water harvesting, pollution, scarcity and misuse among others are not new in developing countries. And in Uganda and several other countries in Eastern and Southern Africa region (ESAR), where UNICEF estimates that about 157 million people are not connected to a clean and safe water distribution system, and thus need to use external water sources, stories of this ...

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Concern as 1,000 Nigerian children die daily from malnutrition


The Government of Nigeria and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have announced they have reached more than a million Nigerian children with a highly successful and cost-effective treatment for acutely malnourished children, saving over 200,000 lives in the past six years. Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition was piloted in Gombe and Kebbi States in 2009 and has now been ...

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UNICEF, media dialogue on child malnutrition


A two-day media dialogue on child malnutrition with the theme: “Spend more money on nutrition” – #StopChildMalnutritionNigeria, ended on Friday in Kano. The dialogue, organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was facilitated by communication specialist, Geoffrey Njoku. It was attended by representatives of the traditional and online media. It is coming ahead of new figures on child malnutrition ...

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