Source: The Presidency: Republic of South Africa |

President Ramaphosa to officially open the Little Flower Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Local Municipality, Eastern Cape Province

The construction of the centre is part of the Vangasali campaign which is a partnership between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Department of Basic Education

President Cyril Ramaphosa will later today, Wednesday, 05 October 2022, officially open the newly constructed Little Flower Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD) in Nkantolo within the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province. The centre had been operating for several years from a shack structure.   The construction of…

World Health Organzation (WHO) - Zimbabwe
Source: World Health Organzation (WHO) - Zimbabwe |

Zimbabwe intensifies polio surveillance

MoHCC continues to organize integrated awareness campaigns at community level as well as through regular engagements with the media

In the wake of wild-polio outbreak in Malawi and Mozambique, neighbouring countries have stepped up surveillance to detect cases while preparing for vaccination campaigns recommended by the World Health Organization. Recent reported cases in Mozambique in particular, have put Zimbabwe on very high alert due to high traffic volumes between…

Source: U.S. Embassy in South Sudan |

United States (U.S.) Embassy, through United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Announces Further Support for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the Fight Against Malnutrition in South Sudan

USAID is providing this additional support as South Sudan faces the highest levels of malnutrition among children on record

Thanks to support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), mothers across South Sudan will receive crucial ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to treat their children suffering from severe wasting, a life-threatening form of malnutrition. These life-saving supplemental foods have been made available to UNICEF South Sudan through a…

Source: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) |

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) builds capacity of Upper Nile committee to end violations against children in armed conflict

It was time for a refresher workshop for the Upper Nile State’s Technical Committee, responsible for overseeing the elimination of these violations

Implementing changes, both of attitudes and behaviour, takes time. After several years of conducting awareness-raising workshops involving thousands of military officers across the country, armed groups in South Sudan are still violating fundamental rights of children. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and partners are determined to put…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Madagascar: Combat dangerous myths and poverty to end attacks against people with albinism, says United Nations (UN) expert

Many people with albinism are prevented from obtaining gainful employment and accessing adequate education due to stigma and discrimination

A UN expert has called for urgent action to combat attacks against persons with albinism including murders and mutilations, which are spiking in Madagascar as dangerous myths and poverty persist. Babies and children remain prime targets among a doubling of attacks this year. “False beliefs, myths and superstitions that the…

Source: World Health Organization - Sierra Leone |

Sierra Leone introduces Human Papilloma Virus vaccine to protect girls from cervical cancer

Globally, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women with an estimated 266,000 deaths and 528,000 new cases each year

In a move to protect adolescent girls from cervical cancer, the Government of Sierra Leone today introduced the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine to the routine immunisation schedule and launched the start of a campaign to reach 153,991 girls with the vaccine. The introduction of HPV vaccine is one of the…

Merck Foundation
Source: Merck Foundation |

Merck Foundation’s ‘Sugar Free Jude’ aims to promote a healthy lifestyle & fight Diabetes for African children and youth in three languages

‘Sugar Free Jude’ is a story of a young school-going boy, Jude, whose daily life is affected when he is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes

Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany in partnership with African First Ladies launched a new children’s storybook – ‘Sugar Free Jude’ to promote healthy lifestyle and raise awareness on the early detection, prevention, and management of Diabetes for children and youth across Africa in English, French and…

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New primary school in Aweil East set to improve learning and teaching at Lietnhom primary school

Lack of qualified teachers and educational material has frequently been a problem

Most of the 1,000 pupils at Lietnhom primary school in Aweil East County are waving goodbye to soggy textbooks, withering leaves suddenly falling down to cover their eyes and notebooks, pens and secret notes of love and gossip being blown away by almighty winds. Their days of studying under a…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Ethiopia: Critical moment to strengthen fight against trafficking in the Tigray, Afar, and Amhara

The UN experts raised serious concerns about Eritrean refugee women and children being at particular risk of trafficking for sexual exploitation, following abductions and displacement

Women and girls in the Tigray, Afar and Amhar are increasingly vulnerable to abduction and trafficking for sexual exploitation as they flee the conflict in Northern Ethiopia, UN experts* warned today. The protracted armed conflict in the Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions of Ethiopia have heightened risks of trafficking for…

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Delivering justice for abused child brides in The Comoros

Around 17 per cent of women in the Comoros have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence in their lives

Around thirty per cent of girls in The Comoros become child brides, and they make up the vast majority of sexual violence cases reported across the African country. Tackling this scourge was the theme of a recent UN event held during the opening session of the General Assembly, at which…