The annual number of stillbirths around the world is more than double the number of people who die from HIV-related causes, according to a new report that says this widely overlooked epidemic could be dramatically mitigated with better antenatal care.

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On Apr. 5, the United Nations Children's Fund will launch a report on teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone.

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Every child in South Africa will have come into contact with drugs by the time they leave secondary school. One in three will have taken them. Increasingly, the drug of choice is heroin. For many young people, drugs are a way of killing time. They starting experimenting out of curiosity, and end up hooked.

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Experts and academics are meeting in Midrand to look at the country's achievements in realising children's rights.

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More than 300,000 children under five in Sierra Leone are malnourished, UNICEF country representative Mahimbo Mdoe has said.

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While research on HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Communication conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in 2008 showed a decline in new HIV infections among teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 as well as a lowered prevalence among children between the ages of 2 and 14, the Department of Basic Education hopes to play a more active role in reducing the number of new infections, writes Gabi Khumalo.

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"I WAS raped when I was 18 years old in 1993. Due to the history of rape I did an HIV test in 2004 as I had not encountered any sexual relationship with any man. I did not disclose anything to anyone because back then, it was very hard.

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Amid rampant killings and economic paralysis, residents in parts of Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital Abidjan are eating “whatever they can find”, and have not worked in weeks, a youth in the northern district of Anyama told IRIN.

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched an ambitious five-year plan to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in the country. The plan was launched in Monrovia yesterday during ceremonies to mark International Women’s Day attended by United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Michelle Bachelet.

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More than 400 infants have died and over 500 persons were admitted in various hospitals in Zamfara State as result of outbreak of lead poisoning.

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