Wednesday, 07 December 2011 06:45

KENYA: Take Maternal Health Seriously, MPs Urged

 

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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The legislative arm of the African Union, the Pan African Parliament (PAP), has adopted a broad resolution urging speakers of Parliament in the continent to prioritize the implementation of maternal, newborn and child health programs.

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged developing countries today to not lose momentum in their ongoing efforts to improve women and children’s health and warned there is still much to be done to tackle this issue.

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Two studies have revealed that child support grants (CSG) reduced the depth and severity of poverty during the economic recession in South Africa.

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Mozambique's Minister for Women's Affairs and Social Welfare, Yolanda Cintura, has called for the mobilization of more resources in order to take effective measures against child abuse. She made this appeal on Monday, during a meeting of advocacy and mobilization to combat violence against children.

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The oil-rich governments of Sudan and Angola are among the worst in Africa for looking after children, while poorer Tanzania, Mozambique and Niger are the best, a study showed on Tuesday.

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The government free education programmes for primary and secondary schools are facing a crisis resulting from a Shs67 billion budget shortfall which government has failed to provide for in the next financial year. The deficit is highlighted in the government budget proposals for the financial year 2011/2012.

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The burden of paying for education in Madagascar has shifted to the poor after donor funding was frozen in the wake of a coup on 17 March 2009.

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A new report launched today by The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) measures African government’s investment in children and confirms that a country’s commitment to child rights and wellbeing is not dependent on their economic status, but rather on political will and spending priorities.

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