MOGADISHU/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 March 2017 - As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) — a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011.
24 March 2017 - Polio eradication teams are preparing to vaccinate 116 million children in western and central African nations, especially Nigeria. The virus, which can paralyze victims, was stamped out in India in 2014.
ADDIS ABABA, 31 January 2017 - /African Media Agency (AMA)/ - Today, Heads of State from across Africa endorsed the Addis Declaration on Immunization, also known as the Ministerial Declaration on Universal Access to Immunization, a historic and timely pledge to ensure that everyone in Africa – regardless of who they are or where they live – receives the full benefits of immunization. The endorsement was issued during the 28th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
5 August 2016 – SIX parents whose babies died after they were vaccinated have approached the Legal Assistance Centre for help to sue the health ministry.
04 August 2016 – As part of activities to mark World Breastfeeding Week, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said more than five million newborns in Nigeria are deprived of essential nutrients and antibodies that protect them from disease and death as they are not being exclusively breastfed.
20 May 2016 – Today the Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi announced the imminent setup of a National Nutrition and Food Program Coordination Secretariat to eradicate malnutrition. This was during the launch of the Gikuriro Project, a five-year, RWF 14.8 billion project designed to improve the nutritional status of women and children under five years of age.
DAR ES SALAAM, 29 February 2016 – Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) has said that a majority of health practitioners lack awareness on the importance and methods of breastfeeding.
3 February 2016 - Editor’s note: Recently, PATH led a study tour of Vietnam’s immunization supply chain that included officials from Uganda and Vietnam so both groups could exchange insights—and discover what’s possible. Guest contributor Dr. Henry Luzze, deputy program manager of Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization (UNEPI), shares his experience with us.
October 15, 2015 - UNICEF says not less than 800 of about 1,400 child deaths Nigeria are caused by diarrhoea daily which could be attributed to poor sanitation and inadequate water.
October 14, 2015 - Africa has made incredible improvements immunising children against preventable diseases such as polio, pneumonia, diphtheria, measles and tuberculosis. By 2014, 77% of the continent’s children were immunised. Compared to 1980, when only 5% of African children were vaccinated, this is a drastic improvement.
Selection of documentaries on key Child Rights issues in Africa from various sources.