Bribes, poorly trained medical staff and the lack of medical care for pregnant HIV-positive mothers are among the reasons for high rates of infant and maternal mortality in Uganda. NGOs want to see more government action.

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Tanzanian development activists have voiced concern over the country's ailing education and health sectors as government fails to take deliberate measures to revamp them through allocation of more funds in the national budget.

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This is a children’s famine.  The magnitude of suffering and loss is tremendous.  The haunting images we have seen from the Horn of Africa and the facts of this emergency speak for themselves.

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UNICEF has called for an immediate expansion of assistance across the Horn of Africa’s drought affected communities, to address the dire needs of more than two million children, of whom half a million are at imminent risk of dying. With no improvement in the overall food security conditions expected before early 2012 the already severe nutrition situation will likely worsen further.

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No one can tell 64-year-old Fatoumata Kané anything new about the plants and tree bark around her town of Banamba in western Mali, but the traditional healer recently learned how to measure a child’s upper arm to detect malnutrition.

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Through no fault of her own, baby Zarau Audu may not be able to walk normally when she grows up. Unlike most of her peers, at 11 months old, she already faces the daunting prospect of being physically challenged throughout life. If she were able to speak, certainly she would not have kind words for her mother, who by her actions or rather, lack of action, has placed her in this precarious position.

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Poorly-regulated, privately-run training schools in Senegal are churning out midwives who do not have a solid grasp of birthing or ante- and post-natal care, causing women and babies to die needlessly, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Child nutrition has made little progress Kenya with 35 per cent of children been stunted, Public Health minister Beth Mugo has said. She said seven percent of the children are underweight. She said 76 per cent of those under five years are vitamin A deficient whilst 74 percent are anemic.

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It is three decades since the first HIV case was reported and in that time, an estimated 30 million people have died, another 34 million are living with the virus and an estimated 7,000 new infections occur every day. But it is not all bad news - according to a new report by UNAIDS, a record 1.4 million people started antiretroviral drugs in 2010, and the global rate of new HIV infections declined by nearly 25 percent between 2001 and 2009.

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Except the challenge of sub-optimal nutrition among infants and other unmet health problems confronting Nigerian children are adequately tackled, the country may not advance further towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on health.

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