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Nigeria first country to introduce ‘revolutionary’ meningitis vaccine

Nigeria has become the first country to roll out a “revolutionary” five-in-one vaccine against meningitis, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Friday

The Men5CV vaccine offers a powerful shield against the five major strains of the meningococcal bacteria - A, C, W, Y and X - which cause the disease.  Known by the brand name MenFive, it provides broader protection than the vaccine currently used in much of Africa, which is only…

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United Nations (UN) pays tribute to victims and survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

The UN renewed its commitment to never forget the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda during a candle lighting ceremony on Friday to mark 30 years since the horrific events there unfolded

The commemoration in the General Assembly Hall was held to remember the victims and honour the survivors and those who tried to stop the genocide. Focus was also on young people who have grown up in its shadow, and on countering hate speech which fuelled the killing and has become…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Mali: Junta Suspends Political Parties, Associations

Action Undermines Fundamental Freedoms

Mali’s transitional military government should immediately reverse its suspension of political parties and associations, Human Rights Watch said today. The suspension violates both Malian law and the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly under international human rights law. On April 10, 2024, the council of ministers adopted a decree suspending…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Sudan: One Year of Atrocities Requires New Global Approach

Investigations into Deliberate Aid Obstruction, Possible War Crimes Needed

As global and regional leaders meet in Paris to spotlight Sudan and mark the one-year anniversary of the country’s brutal conflict between Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF), they should make clear that those responsible for ongoing atrocities and other violations of international humanitarian law will be held to account, Human…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Worsening hunger grips West and Central Africa amid persistent conflict and economic turmoil

The situation is particularly worrying in conflict-affected northern Mali, where an estimated 2,600 people are likely to experience catastrophic hunger (IPC/CH phase 5)

Nearly 55 million people in West and Central Africa will struggle to feed themselves in the June-August 2024 lean season, according to the March 2024 Cadre Harmonisé food security analysis released by the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS). This figure represents a four-million increase in…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

In world first, Nigeria introduces new 5-in-1 vaccine against meningitis

Health workers rollout immunization campaign aiming to reach one million people

In a historic move, Nigeria has become the first country in the world to roll out a new vaccine (called Men5CV) recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), which protects people against five strains of the meningococcus bacteria. The vaccine and emergency vaccination activities are funded by Gavi, the Vaccine…

Source: African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) |

African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) Troops commended for Securing Southwest State during Ramadan

Hassan Mohamed Abdiqadir, applauded the ATMIS Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) troops for facilitating the peaceful observance of Ramadan in the region

The South West State administration has commended the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) troops for ensuring the safety and security of civilians during the just concluded holy month of Ramadan. At a joint post-Ramadan security assessment meeting in Baidoa, South West State Minister for Internal Security, Hassan Mohamed…

Source: UN News |

Wave of increased food insecurity hits West and Central Africa

The most recent data shows that economic turmoil including stagnated production, currency devaluation, increasing inflation and trade barriers have exacerbated the food crisis in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Mali

Almost 55 million people are facing further food and nutrition insecurity in West and Central Africa during the region’s three-month lean season from June through August, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday. This is a four million increase in the number of people currently dealing with food insecurity…

Source: Ministry of Information, Eritrea |

Eritea: Halhale Agro-Industry Project Advances Knowledge Sharing

The college graduates themselves reported gaining valuable experience by actively participating in agro-industry activities

The Halhale agro-industry project, under the auspices of the Livestock and Crops Corporation, is making significant contributions to the exchange of knowledge and experience with newly assigned college graduates. Maj. Kibreab Abraham, General Manager of the Corporation, reported that over three thousand college graduates, including more than two thousand two…

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Reestablishing Nutritional Balance after Ramadan: Tips and Practices for a Balanced Diet and Smooth Transition

As the sacred month of Ramadan comes to an end with Eid al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of the fasting period, many people wonder how to smoothly return to their daily eating habits

From sunrise to sunset, no water or food for long hours. Then, breaking the fast at sunset, followed by one to two more meals before dawn. Meals during Ramadan are often more abundant and richer than usual, consumed at unusual hours of the night. As the sacred month of Ramadan…