2 October 2017 - ‘Natural birth’ is the only option for many women here, and though dedicated midwives do their best, the risk of infection – and sepsis – is high.

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16 June 2014 -  The United Nations human rights chief has called for concerted efforts to urgently address female genital mutilation, calling it a form of gender-based discrimination and violence that must be eradicated if women, girls and their communities are to thrive.

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:43

CAMEROON: Regional insecurity fuels polio

26 March 2014 - Three new polio cases have been confirmed in Cameroon over the past two weeks, making it the country’s first outbreak since 2011 and causing alarm among health officials who link the virus’s spread to weak vaccine campaign coverage and displacement following violence in neighbouring northeastern Nigeria and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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8 November 2012 - Child maltreatment and abuse is a global problem that equates to serious life-long consequences.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:06

MALI: New hope in fight against malaria

 

16 October 2012 - A pioneering malaria prevention method trialled in Mali is dramatically reducing seasonal malaria among children, according to a mass pilot launched by NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in August 2012.

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12 October 2012 - In slums around the world, the sight of food vendors along dusty alleys, serving customers as they wave away flies, is common.

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Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:33

KENYA: Major measles vaccine campaign planned

 

4 October 2012 - The Kenyan government is set to conduct a "mop-up" vaccination campaign against measles following an outbreak of the disease in several areas of the country.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 07:15

DRC: Children Bear Brunt of Conflict in the East

 

25 September 2012 - Children in the Kivu provinces of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are not only getting caught in the crossfire of the area’s ongoing violence, but also facing health risks, threats of forced recruitment by local and foreign militias, and interrupted educations, say officials.

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13 July 2012 - By focusing on health and mother and child survival, and sidestepping some of the more contentious issues, the 11 July London Summit on Family Planning led to financial pledges of an extra US$4.6 billion for family planning services in developing countries over the next eight years.

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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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