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Countries fail to meet breastfeeding standards, says report

Breastfeeding

No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. The “Global Breastfeeding Scorecard”, which evaluated 194 nations, found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six ...

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Images: How Yemen struggles against cholera

Yemen cholera

Cholera continues to spread in Yemen, causing more than 390,000 suspected cases of the disease and more than 1,800 deaths since April 27, 2017. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and its partners are responding to the cholera outbreak in Yemen, working closely with UNICEF, local health authorities and others to treat the sick and stop the spread of the disease. ...

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One in 10 infants didn’t receive vaccinations in 2016 – UN

Polio immunisation

Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly one in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) immunisation estimates. This means, critically, that these infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk of these potentially fatal diseases. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million ...

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Billions lack safe drinking water, sanitation globally, say UNICEF, WHO

water sanitation

Some three in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report, “Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update ...

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UNICEF certifies Katsina communities Open Defecation Free

Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari

No fewer than 825 communities in Katsina State have so far been certified as Open Defecation Free under the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria II. Alhaji Aminu Dayyabu, Executive Director, Katsina State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Katsina. ...

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Yemen cholera outbreak worst in the world – WHO, UNICEF

Cholera Yemen

The deadly cholera outbreak in Yemen is the direct consequence of two years of heavy conflict, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have said. In a joint statement issued on Saturday, June 24, 2017, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF and Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO stated that, due to the conflict,  collapsing health, ...

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UNICEF welcomes release of abducted Chibok girls

Pernille Ironside

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Sunday, May 7, 2017 welcomed Saturday’s release of more than 80 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents over three years ago. “It is heartening to know that the girls will be returning to their families who have been waiting for this day. They will face a long and difficult process ...

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What Nigeria needs to curb child malnutrition, by expert

Dr. Chris Osa Isokpunwu

Nigeria needs some $912 million to tackle the scourge of child malnutrition, which is presently ravaging the country. Dr. Chris Osa Isokpunwu of the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, disclosed this at a two-day Media Dialogue on: “Leveraging Resources for Child Malnutrition in Nigeria,” held on April 28 and 29, 2017 in Enugu, Enugu State. Dr. Isokpunwu, who spoke on: ...

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Renewed push for Earth observations, as new partners emerge

Daniel-Juhn

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has disclosed that, as it moves into its second decade of operations, it is partnering with four new global partners who will help support its vision. In a statement made available to EnviroNews on Thursday, April 13 2017, GEO listed the new partner organisations to include: Conservation International (CI), Earthmind, Global Open Data for Agriculture ...

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UN warns of famine as drought intensifies in Somalia

Somalia

As a devastating drought grips Somalia, United Nations agencies – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe. The drought that the northern regions have struggled with for the last year has now spread throughout ...

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