African nations miss vaccine coverage target

By Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] The proportion of children worldwide who received all doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine in 2016 fell short of the 90 per cent target, with African countries particularly lagging, a new WHO and UNICEF report shows. The WHO says that due to immunisations, two to three million deaths are prevented every year, …

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Children in poor nations slow in developing basic skills

By Jose Galang Large numbers of young children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are failing to meet basic developmental standards that are linked with later-life health, productivity and wellbeing. One in every three preschool-age children (five years and below) living in LMICs does not meet basic milestones in either cognitive or socio-emotional development, according …

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Africa News Headlines for 24 November 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe over the past 24 hours. Girls’ education in Africa boosted by pioneering alert technology Source: Financial Times iVote Empowers African Education Sector with e-Learning Technologies Source: African Brains Portable solution to a potable issue Source: The Daily Progress Zimbabwe Govt Urged to Review Drugs Penalties …

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Celebrity reflections on Africa’s fight against malaria

By Alberto Leny As Africa celebrates a success story from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), who can better narrate the progress made in the fight against malaria than one of the continent’s celebrities — Yvonne Chaka Chaka. At the 3rd Financing for Development Conference (FFD) in Ethiopia last week (13-16 July), when I interviewed Chaka …

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Helping African science academies build policy clout

By Turner Isoun They still lack the power of their Northern counterparts, but their influence is on the rise, says Turner Isoun. All over the world, scientists complain that governments ignore scientific evidence. And not without reason: in every field, from drugs to climate change, policies are being developed with too little awareness of the …

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