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With climate change driving child marriage risks, Bangladesh fights back

Climate change-driven extreme weather is accelerating migration to Bangladesh`s cities, raising the risks of problems such as child marriage, according to UNICEF`s head of Bangladesh programmes. Innovative efforts to curb the threat - particularly training young people to help each other - are paying off, with Bangladesh`s government now incorporating programmes started by UNICEF and Save the Children

July 20, 2017

Bangladesh cuts red tape to bring home girls sex trafficked to India

Mosharaf Hossain, head of the consular section of the Bangladesh High Commission, has sent about 438 Bangladeshi girls trafficked to India for the sex industry home, nearly half of them in the last six months and most from Maharashtra, India`s second most populous state and a major destination for trafficked girls. "The process has only got smoother now as High Commission officials are taking interest," said Jyoti Nale, programme director for Save the Children India, which works with the Maharashtra government to repatriate girls

July 13, 2017

One in four children in Arab world live in poverty - UNICEF study

One in four children in the Arab world live in poverty, often deprived of life’s most basic necessities such as proper housing or safe water, according to a study by UNICEF. The study is the first to pull together data on child poverty across the region and it found that a lack of education is a key driver of poverty among the young

May 15, 2017

The trans women "fighting for survival" as rights crackdown continues in Tanzania

Recently 40 private drop-in clinics offering HIV/AIDS services to key populations such as gay men, transgender people and sex workers were banned by the Tanzanian government. A program supported by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria and implemented by Save the Children to assist key populations eligible for HIV treatment in Tanzania has been put on hold. Another Global Fund grant to distribute water-based lubricants ended in December and lubricants are now banned for promoting homosexuality. The government appears unwilling or unable to tolerate education on LGBT matters and the crackdown on activists can be harsh

April 19, 2017

FEATURE-Kenya's pastoralists look beyond patriarchy to property rights for women

Over-grazing and the sub-division and privatisation of land and its transfer to agricultural use has forced Kenyan herder communities to accept and adopt new land strategies, including applying for security of tenure and women in land transfer and inheritance, eroding the old patriarchal customs of men as decision makers and managers of land and stock

April 19, 2017

One third of Indonesian women suffer abuse, prompting UN calls for action

One third of Indonesian women have faced physical or sexual violence, according to new government data, prompting calls by a UN agency for urgent action to protect women. The government’s first national survey on violence against women showed 33% of women between the ages of 15-64 – around 26 million people – said they faced abuse in their lives. Cases of violence are most common among women who have received a higher education and those who live in an urban area

April 12, 2017
Trust.org, Straits Times

Why Assam’s two-child policy plan is being criticized by public health experts

Assam has proposed a new population policy for the state which penalises people who have more than two children. If the draft becomes law they would be ineligible for government jobs and benefits and be barred from contesting all elections under the state election commission. Analysts believe this move by the BJP-led state government is directed at Bengali-speaking Muslim immigrants who are perceived to have larger families. Activist believe this policy is unconstitutional and violates rights of citizens

April 12, 2017
Scroll India

97% of meningitis victims in Zamfara are women - NGO

Save the Children says that about 97% of all the meningitis victims in Zamfara are women.  The NGO monitored the victims of meningitis in isolation centres set up by the state government at various health facilities to arrive at this percentage. The news was attributed to poverty, illiteracy and poor accessibility to healthcare services. By educating girls and empowering women within the family the meningitis scourge could have been foreseen and managed more efficiently

April 11, 2017
Pulse Nigeria, Vanguard Nigeria

Somalia - malnutrition, cholera and diarrhoea rising among children - cases increase

Thousands of children in Somalia suffer from acute malnutrition, cholera and diarrhoea and the figure in increasingly rapidly. According to UNICEF, therapeutic food was given in the months of January and February to 35,400 sick children, double the amount compared to the same period in 2016, while 18,400 were diagnosed with cholera and watery diarrhoea

April 8, 2017
Foreign Affairs
April 7, 2017
Agenzia Fides

Foundations launch road safety program to protect children

Two global foundations, FIA Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation, will support the NGO Amend to implement proven-effective road safety measures around high-risk primary schools in Accra. They will also work with national institutions to see the measures become more widely implemented across Ghana. WHO estimates that over 6,700 people are killed on Ghana’s roads each year and children are among the highest risk groups for road traffic injury

April 5, 2017
Joy Online

Drought in Kenya brings a surprise: More girls in school

A recent safety net of cash transfer payments is helping persuade families that investing in girls makes good economic sense. Since 2013, the country’s Hunger Safety Net Programme, implemented by the government through the National Drought Management Authority is starting to show signs of progress

April 5, 2017

U.N. chief warns U.S. funding cut may have devastating effects

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that a decision by the United States to withdraw all funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) could have ‘devastating effects’ on vulnerable women and girls around the world. The U.S. State Department said it was dropping the funding because the UN Population Fund ‘supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation.’ A UN spokesperson said Guteress ‘believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work done by UNFPA’

April 4, 2017
April 3, 2017
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April 5, 2017

Tanzania struggles to end child labor from the lure of gold

The Tanzanian government has signed all the major international conventions on child labour and introduced its own laws to prevent the worst types of child labour, but not everyone knows of these laws, including families and local officials. Government workers tasked with enforcing them lack the staff and funds for inspection, let alone pursue prosecutions

April 3, 2017

Health and behavior problems can linger after child abuse

Children who have suffered from abuse or neglect have physical or behavioural problems even after the mistreatment stops, new guidelines for U.S. paediatricians emphasize. Child mistreatment is seriously under reported and health care professionals need to be on the lookout for signs

March 20, 2017

Saudi Arabia delaying aid to Yemen is 'killing children', warns Save the Children

Save the Children said ‘shipments of aid are being delayed for months, denying hundreds of thousands of people access to urgently needed medical aid.’ This year, the Saudi-led coalition has prevented three of the charity’s shipments of medical supplies from landing, forcing them to be re-routed and delaying their arrival by up to three months

March 1, 2017
The Independent

Government failing to educate, integrate Roma children

Slovakia’s school system is riddled with institutional racism and it fails to prepare for life after school, according to Amnesty International in a new report

March 1, 2017
AlJazeera, Amnesty International

Women and child migrants raped, beaten and detained in Libyan 'hellholes': UNICEF

Armed groups have taken effective control of the detention centres for migrants and political chaos now reigns in Libya. These groups run their own centres, competing and cooperating with criminal gangs and smugglers, according to the United Nations

February 28, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

U.N. slams warring parties in Yemen for fueling cholera outbreak

Top UN officials slammed the warring parties in Yemen and their international allies for fuelling an unprecedented deadly cholera outbreak, driving millions closer to famine and hindering humanitarian aid access. "Seven million people, including 2.3 million malnourished children - of whom 500,000 are severely malnourished under the age of five - are on the cusp of famine, vulnerable to disease and ultimately at risk of a slow and painful death," UN experts said

July 12, 2017

Indonesia: 80 percent of children infected with dengue by age 10

Indonesia has one of the highest burdens of dengue fever in the world, and children account for many cases. Well over half of all children in urban areas are infected with dengue by the age of 5, and more than 80 percent have been infected with the virus at least once by age 10, researchers reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

June 17, 2017
Outbreak News Today
June 15, 2017
Science Daily

Cholera rages across Yemen, one child infected every minute: charity

Almost 1,000 people have died from cholera in Yemen in just over a month in what is thought to be one of the worst outbreaks of the disease since the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Since late April, 942 people have died from cholera, and there are a further 129,000 suspected cases, Save The Children said. At least one child is infected every minute, according to the aid group, which said that the infection rate had tripled over the past two weeks. More than 30 people are dying a day.“ Cholera has come within a perfect storm. Only half the country’s health centres are still operating. The speed of the disease is unprecedented,” Meritxell Relano, Unicef’s Yemen representative said

June 13, 2017
Reuters, The Globe and Mail, AlJazeera, The Times

Unicef Fears Yemen Cholera Outbreak Could Hit 300,000 in Coming Weeks

The Yemen UNICEF regional director said he had never seen a cholera outbreak of the size it is in this country, which is already contending with the risk of famine and a collapse of the healthcare system because of the war. Half the cholera cases in Yemen are children, and parents have little recourse to help as many hospitals and clinics are closed or lack supplies

June 2, 2017
New York Times

Sri Lanka's flood survivors threatened by dengue, disease: aid workers

Thousands of survivors of devastating floods and landslides in Sri Lanka are at risk of potentially fatal diseases such as dengue fever, charities warned as the death toll from the disaster continued to rise. "The threat of water-borne diseases is a big concern with over 100,000 people displaced from their homes, many of whom are staying in damp, crowded conditions," Chris McIvor, head of Save the Children Sri Lanka, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "I`m particularly worried we could start seeing even more dengue cases because of the floods, as stagnant water provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. It`s the last thing needed by communities that have already lost so much"

May 29, 2017

Sri Lanka's deadly floods could worsen dengue crisis: NGO

Save the Children said that the devastating floods in Sri Lanka could exacerbate the dengue crisis there, the NGO said its teams were assessing the humanitarian needs and were ready to respond, including by distributing hygiene items to prevent the spread of disease, supporting damaged schools to allow them re-open, distributing safe drinking water and providing psychosocial support to children

May 28, 2017

Non communicable diseases

Racism tied to worse asthma symptoms for black youth

African-American children and young adults with a hard-to-treat type of asthma may have a more difficult time keeping symptoms in check when they have experienced racial discrimination, a recent study suggests. Researchers asked 576 black youth in the U.S. with asthma whether they had been hassled, made to feel inferior or prevented from doing something because of their race, ethnicity, color or language in situations at school, in medical settings or at restaurants and stores. Roughly half of them reported experiencing some form of discrimination at some point in their lives. When they had not experienced these forms of discrimination, the children and young adults were almost twice as likely to have well-controlled asthma than when they had, researchers report in the journal PLoS One

June 22, 2017

Obesity, being overweight rising among Nigerian children — STUDY

A new report called ‘2016 Nigerian Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth’ which focuses on physical activity as a major determinant of NCDs, has revealed a rising prevalence among Nigerian children of obesity and being overweight. Modelled after a similar Canadian report, the study highlighted that 12% of Nigerian children were obese and that schools were not complying with stipulated standards for physical activity for children

April 24, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria

Migrant mental health crumbles in Greece: rights groups

Refugees and migrants stuck in Greek camps, including children as young as nine, are cutting themselves, attempting suicide and using drugs to cope with endless misery international charities report. MSF and Save the Children said ‘anxiety, depression and aggression were on the rise as a direct result of the deal the EU struck with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees’

March 16, 2017

Young people 'fear stigma' if they ask for mental-health help

Over three quarters of young people say there is ‘a stigma’ to mental illness and a quarter would not ask for help if they were suffering, a survey suggest

March 1, 2017

Health systems

Italy set for compulsory measles vaccinations

Italian lawmakers are expected to give their final nod to a mass compulsory vaccination program for children under the age of 17. It`s part of a government response to a measles outbreak that has claimed three lives since the start of the year. The new law makes it compulsory to vaccinate minors against 10 diseases, including measles, rubella, whooping cough, Hib, mumps and chickenpox

July 28, 2017

Proper tools may help prevent medicine errors at home

Providing parents with picture-based instructions - and with dosing tools that closely match the amount of medication needed - may help reduce cases of medication overdoses in children, researchers say. Poorly designed medication labels and dosing tools lead to dosing errors, especially when parents are given large cups for small doses, the study team writes

July 4, 2017

Lone surgeon at NICVD in Karachi, as 15,000 children lose life battles every year

More than 15,000 children die in Pakistan from cardiac disease. Despite that. Professor Sohail Bangash is the only paediatric cardiac surgeon at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, which is the largest public-sector hospital in the Sindh-Balochistan region catering to cardiac care

March 26, 2017
Tribune Pakistan

Communicable diseases

U.S. supports families affected by HIV/AIDS in Lagos with N2.9 million

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria has awarded a N2.9 million micro grant to support children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in some part of Lagos state. The Mission gave the grant to 50 women caregivers to support the economic wellbeing of families, especially vulnerable children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, in five local communities in Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos. Under the U.S. Ambassador’s PEPFAR Small Grants Program, a local non-governmental organisation, Blissful Life for Women and Children, will train the beneficiaries in business and vocational skills and trade mentorship, and will receive trade articles and supplies

June 23, 2017
Premium Times
June 25, 2017
June 24, 2017
Daily Post

Childhood lead exposure linked to lower adult IQ

Kids exposed to high levels of lead decades ago may now be approaching middle age with lower IQs and earning potential than they would have had otherwise, a new study suggests

March 28, 2017

Nearly 600 million children to live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040: UNI...

In a new UNICEF report, the writers outlined the scenario where one of four children worldwide will be living in areas where water demand far outstrips supply by 2040

March 22, 2017
News Express , Reuters, The Guardian, bdnews24.com

Burundi : 7602 abandons scolaires pour des raisons socio-économiques à Mwaro depuis 2016

Governor of Mwaro province in Burundi said ‘7,602 students have left their studies for socio-economic reasons since the start of this year. The reasons given are searching for work to be able to support themselves or other disease-driven constraints such as malaria or other illnesses’

March 20, 2017
Burundi AgNews

The UN can save itself by working effectively with outside partners

The UN is moving away from top-down multilateralism among states towards new ways of coordinating with business, civil society and other non-state actors. As laid out in the SDGs, multi-stakeholder partnerships are meant to be pragmatic, solutions-orientated, ways of working together to achieve shared aims at a time of squeezed budgets and scarce public resources. These partnerships have a chequered history, but they still offer the UN a lifeline

February 28, 2017
The Conversation