Such marriages often bring severe health consequences. Niger, for example, has high rates of obstetric fistula, a medical condition often seen in girls that usually develops when an unborn baby gets stuck in the pelvis, cutting off blood circulation and leading to rotting of tissue.

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Over the past 20 years, adolescents have benefitted from progress in education and public health. Yet the needs of many adolescents are neglected with more than 1 million losing their lives each year and tens of millions more missing out on education, says a new UNICEF report today.

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Members of the 9th Parliament under Uganda Parliamentary Forum for Children have partnered with Save the Children, an International organisation to sensitise the public health issues for mothers and children.

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A decline in physical activity and physical education, as well as poor eating habits and increased sedentary time are leading to a significant increase in childhood obesity on one hand and stunted growth on the other. If not addressed now, the incidence of lifestyle diseases is likely to rise dramatically in the future.

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Child malnutrition levels twice as high as those in sub-Saharan Africa are country's 'national shame', says PM

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A recent report which noted that 70 per cent of medicines prescribed for children are unlicensed, used off-label and are not studied for particular age groups, brings to light an issue that is often overlooked in our society.

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Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim has urged MPs to ensure that voices of women and children are taken into account in government policies.

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Climate change will exacerbate the existing vulnerabilities of children in South Africa, unless mitigation and adaptation strategies are child-sensitive and implemented swiftly.

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Over two million children in Uganda under the age of five are chronically malnourished, the Minister of State for Agriculture Professor Zerubaberi Nyiira has revealed.

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There has been an outbreak of cholera in the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya, home to Somalis fleeing famine and conflict, the UN has said.

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