YAMBIO, South SudanMore than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday. This was the second release of children in a series, supported by UNICEF, that will see almost 1,000 children released from the ranks of armed groups in the coming months. The first release of children took place in Yambio Town in early February, where more than 300 children were released to return to their families, or to UNICEF-supported care centres. This latest release of a further 207 children continues that effort and took place in a rural community called Bakiwiri, about an hour’s drive from Yambio, in Western Equatoria State. “No child should ever have to pick up a weapon and fight” said Mahimbo Mdoe, UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan. “For every child released, toda
NAIROBI, KenyaThe rising number of people fleeing conflict and the arrival of thousands of migrants are overwhelming public health facilities in Niger, putting scores of families at risk including tens of thousands of malnourished children. More than 400,000 people including some 160,000 children suffering from malnutrition are now in need of emergency health services in Niger’s Diffa region. “Migrants living in Niger are very vulnerable and require a lot of support in many areas,” said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Regional Director for Africa at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) She adds “Unfortunately, they arrive in poverty-stricken areas where communities lack almost everything, increasing the risk of tensions between local peop
GENEVA, SwitzerlandThe United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries is set to visit Chad for the first time starting from 16th to 23rd April. The delegation, will comprise Patricia Arias and Saeed Mokbil, who will be in the country to assess the activities of mercenaries and foreign fighters, and their impact on human rights. "They will examine the existing regulatory framework regarding private military and security companies." reads the statement from the delegation The Group will hold meetings in the capital, N’djamena, with Government officials, members of civil society and non-governmental organizations, particularly those working on human rights and humanitarian affairs. They will also meet members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of UN agencies.
NAIROBI, KenyaMerck Foundation , the Philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, has announced the Call for application for Merck Diabetes and Hypertension awards 2018, across the African and Asian Universities through its Merck Capacity Advancement Program with the aim to building a platform for diabetes and hypertension experts across the globe. “I am very proud to see our newly established platform of Diabetes and Hypertension Experts has grown in one year. This encourages us to continue and expand 2018 Merck Diabetes and Hypertension Awards to universities in more countries in Africa and Asia such as Senegal, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea, Niger, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to join our mission to improve access to quality Diabetes and hypertension care in the two continents."Th
YAOUNDE, CameroonThe Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has today announced over $27 million in funding to humanitarian partners to support people in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. "Canada is providing assistance to address the critical needs of the more than 20 million people who are affected by drought, food shortages and ongoing conflict in the Lake Chad Basin." they said In Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, millions of people are in need of life-saving assistance as a result of conflict, natural disasters and epidemics. Cameroon in particular, has more than half a million people who are displaced because of conflicts in the Lake Chad Basin and Central African Republic,
ABUJA, Nigeria, April Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from WHO, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and more than 50 health partners. The commitment is part of the Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) in Africa strategy, which was launched by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health and partners at a regional meeting in Abuja, Nigeria 10th April. "The world is facing an increased risk of Yellow fever outbreaks and Africa is particularly vulnerable," said Dr Tedros. "With one injection we can protect a person for life against this dangerous pathogen. This unprecedented commitment by countries w
BAMAKO, Mali Being vaccinated against potentially fatal diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and others is a rite of passage for many children around the world. But in northern Mali’s vast desert region of Kidal, where insecurity, isolation, and limited health infrastructure hinder access to care for many communities, protecting children from these illnesses can be difficult. After opening projects in the area in 2015, teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began to notice that many children from the region’s nomadic communities had not been immunized against common illnesses for several years. In response, in January 2018 MSF launched a campaign in cooperation with local authorities and the Ma
NEW YORK, United States of America The Nigerien Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the Nigerien authorities to reverse the expulsion of Journalist Baba Alpha, and ensure his safety. Baba Alpha, a journalist with the privately owned radio and television news agency Bonferey, was released by authorities on April 3, after serving a one year jail term. Baba Alpha's year-long imprisonment and expulsion by the Nigerien government is an outrage of justice intended to silence a journalist for doing his job "Baba Alpha's year-long imprisonment and expulsion by the Nigerien government is an outrage of justice intended to silence a journalist for doing his job," said Angela Quintal, CPJ's Africa program coordinator. She adds that"Nigerien authorities sho