Maternal health will be the focus over the next week when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon begins a four-nation trip that will take the United Nations chief to Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ethiopia and France, his spokesperson said today.

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Worried by increasing denial of basic rights to the Nigerian child, the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria will organize a workshop on Thursday to raise awareness on the position of the law and its implications.

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Osun State Government has formally inaugurated the Child Protection Network that consists of non-governmental organizations that are committed to the protection and development of children in the state.

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Child Rights group, Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN), has expressed its readiness to co-operate with the Akwa Ibom State Commission of Enquiry into the alleged child witchcraft cases in the state, when members of the commission visit London this week to take testimony from the group's principal officers.

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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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Nigerian parents lose over one million children every year to preventable child killer diseases. Out of the figure, 241, 000 of the deceased children die at birth.

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In October 31, 2006,the world suddenly went blank for little Master Umar Mamman. His two eyes were forcibly plucked off by some ritualists in a sugar cane farm in Sokoto State. In fact, the 7-year-old boy was enticed by his assailants into the farm where they plucked off his two eyes preparatory to using him for rituals.

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Amina Abdullahi (not real name) is one of the hundreds of teenage-patients at the Vesico Virginal Fistula (VVF) Ward, Gambo Sawaba Hospital in Zaria, Kaduna state. Her parents married her off at the age of 13 to a man old enough to be her grandfather.

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Health Minister Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu has been enjoined to fulfill his recent promise that every child in Nigeria under the age of five would receive free healthcare services to reduce the rate of infant mortality in the country.

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Tuesday, 18 January 2011 06:36

Child Rights at the Borders

 

In the last two years, a rising number of unaccompanied and separated children asylum seekers have braved the risky passage to the European Union (EU) for the chance of settling into a new life.

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