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Africa unified against threat of polio

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent

Scientists discuss global cassava threats at meetings in Nigeria

World’s top cassava experts gather in Nigeria to report progress on developing new varieties of cassava with higher yield and nutritional content. The meeting will take place on March 14-16, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Ibadan. “Africa produces more than half of the world’s cassava — about 86 million tons from

Africa: Infertile women still suffer stigma, discrimination

By Herman Opondo Infertile women still suffer discrimination, stigma and ostracism, Sarah Opendi, Minister of State of Health, Uganda noted that in Africa including Uganda has disclosed. Speaking in Kampala at the launch of a programme to empower infertile women, the minister said more often an inability to have a child or to become pregnant

Connecting One Million Nigerians to Smart Solar Power

MTN and Lumos announced the nationwide rollout of its Mobile Electricity Service with an ambitious commitment to bringing clean and affordable solar electricity to one million Nigerians in 2017. Already, over 150,000 Nigerians enjoy reliable, affordable and safe solar electricity 24/7 through the service. Customers pay for the Lumos solar system as they go, easily

IITA Cassava Weed Management Project empowers cassava farmers in economic recession

When a Nigerian novelist, Florence Nwapa (1931-1993) wrote about the importance of cassava in her poem—Cassava, not many people may have appreciated the importance of cassava in national and food security. Nwapa’s article was inspired by the events that occurred during the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970) and how cassava was able to save lives, guarantee

Malawi commits to halve maternal, neonatal deaths over next five years

By Gondwe M. The Governments of Malawi and eight other countries from Africa and South East Asia have committed to halve maternal, new-born and stillborn births. The commitment comes at a time Malawi and eight other countries launch the Network on the improvement of quality of care for maternal, neonatal and child health. Through the

Cassava Initiative makes good progress, sets up trials in Nigeria and Tanzania

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative in 2016 established 563 trials across Nigeria and Tanzania to help unlock the agronomy of cassava. The trials were part of the broader initiative by the research community led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with its international and national partners to increase the productivity of cassava and

Cancer: Nigeria to launch strategic plan

By Henry Opondo Focus on cancer detection, prevention and treatment will form the bulk of the Nigeria’s five-year national strategic plan for control of cervical cancer, a senior ministry official has disclosed. Dr Ramatu Hassan, the National Coordinator, National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), is quoted by the Press as saying the ministry was working with

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