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GAVI warns that vaccine progress in developing countries ‘in danger of stalling

New WHO/UNICEF figures released this week show that in 68 of the world’s poorest countries, while close to a million more children received the basic diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2016 compared to 2015, the coverage rate has remained at 80% for the past three years. Millions of children remain under-vaccinated in countries torn apart by conflict,

Lack of skills, low wages disinterest African youth from Agriculture

Lack of skills, low wages, and limited access to land and financial services continue to disinterest Africa’s young people from Agriculture hence leading to high unemployment. According to FAO, in 2014 alone, about 11 million young Africans entered the labour market. But many see few opportunities in the agriculture sector. The Director-General of the UN

Mother Nature’s Revenge

By Paul Gerbrands Trying to improve our living environment will be fighting a running battle as long as 70 million people are added to the world population each year. Once the mythological king Sisyphus thought that his cleverness could surpass that of Zeus. The punishment for his hubristic belief is well known. Nowadays many people

Education Above All, Gavi join forces to deliver progress on Sustainable Development Goals

Education Above All Foundation (EAA) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, have today announced a new partnership to improve children’s health through community outreach and advocacy for immunisation in countries in Africa and Asia. “Education plays a crucial role in raising awareness of health challenges and shaping the attitudes and behaviours that can make a difference,

18.2 million people on antiretroviral therapy, UNAIDS

By Henry Opondo A new report by UNAIDS shows that countries are getting on the Fast-Track, with an additional one million people accessing treatment in just six months (January to June 2016). By June 2016, around 18.2 million [16.1 million–19.0 million] people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910 000 children, double the number

Malaria: First vaccine to pilot in sub Saharan Africa

The WHO has confirmed that the world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa after securing funding for the initial phase of the programme. Vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, acts against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally, and the most

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