Child-friendly medicines improving TB care in Kenya

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] The adoption and increased use of child-friendly medicines is helping Kenya improve the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) and child survival, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. Kenya is a high tuberculosis burden country with children estimated to comprise about 10 per cent of all TB cases, a large fraction of …

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Entrepreneurs trained to reduce high maternal deaths

By Ochieng’ Ogodo, Sam Otieno [NAIROBI] Scaling up low-cost technological innovations and incorporating business model into healthcare could help cut maternal and child deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa, experts say. According to World Health Organisation, Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounted for 66 per cent of global maternal deaths in 2015. At a meeting of the General Electric …

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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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Tanzania can’t stop child labour without fixing its school system

Simon Ngalomba, University of Dar es Salaam Children are particularly vulnerable to being forced into labour, trafficked from rural areas to cities and then trafficked again within cities. They can’t communicate assertively and are physically powerless next to most adults. In Tanzania, just more than a quarter of children aged between five and 14 – …

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What’s behind children being cast as witches in Nigeria

Utibe Effiong, University of Michigan The rescue of a two-year-old Nigerian child has attracted extensive social and online media coverage across the world. Abandoned by his family after being accused of being a witch, the boy was saved by an aid worker who found him in Uyo, southeast Nigeria. The boy, known as Hope, is …

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