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UN Refugee Chief meets Egypt President and Secretary General of the Arab League

The meeting covered several local, regional and global issues in light of Egypt’s role as Chair of the African Union (AU) in 2019

Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on 14 January during an official two-day visit to Egypt. During the meeting, Mr. Grandi expressed UNHCR’s appreciation for Egypt’s hospitality towards refugees and asylum-seekers, more than 242,000  of whom are registered with UNHCR in Egypt.…

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UNAIDS, UNICEF and WHO urge countries in western and central Africa to step up the pace in the response to HIV for children and adolescents

In 2017, around 67 000 children (aged 0–9 years) and 69 000 adolescents (aged 10–19 years) became newly infected with HIV

At a high-level meeting in Dakar, Senegal, UNAIDS, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries in western and central Africa to do more to stop new HIV infections among children and adolescents and increase HIV testing and treatment coverage. In 2017, around 67…

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    • (L-R) Hon.Kwaku Agyemang Manu-Minister of Health Republic of Ghana, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother, H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana and Ambassador, Merck More Than a Mother, Hon. Cynthia Morrison, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Republic of Ghana and Dr. Edem Hiadzi, President of the Fertility Society of Ghana
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Merck foundation launched their programs in partnership with Ghana’s First Lady and Ministry of Health

Merck Foundation CEO and First Lady of Ghana to co-chair the 6th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Accra, Ghana on 29th and 30th October 2019

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) awarded the First Lady of Ghana to acknowledge her efforts as “Merck More Than a Mother” Ambassador; Merck Foundation CEO and First Lady of Ghana to co-chair the 6th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Accra, Ghana on 29th and 30th October 2019 Merck Foundation, the…

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National Micronutrient Survey launched in Somalia

The Survey is the first major nutrition survey the country is conducting since 2009

The Ministry of Health and Human services of the Federal Government of Somalia today launches the Somali National Micronutrient Survey together with UNICEF and partners. The Survey is the first major nutrition survey the country is conducting since 2009. “For the next four months, we will be collecting critical health,…

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Groundbreaking Study highlights responses to Sexual Violence Against Children

‘Out of the Shadows Index’ evaluates how countries are addressing child sexual abuse and exploitation

Child sexual abuse and exploitation happen everywhere and are pressing concerns for both wealthy and developing countries alike, according to a first-of-its-kind research programme, Out of the Shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse and exploitation. Developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit (www.EIU.com) with support from the…

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Sultan of Sokoto (Nigeria) and Kabaka of Bugunda (Uganda) call on traditional leaders to come together to help keep girls in school

Assembling leaders from across the continent to champion initiatives for keeping girls in school

The Sultan of Sokoto (Nigeria), His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar  III, together with The Kabaka of Bugundu (Uganda), His Highness Ronald Edward Frederick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II,  today, chaired the ‘Keeping Girls in School Summit’; a convening of African leaders, traditional rulers, religious heads, youth groups, advocates and thought leaders,…

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Ten threats to global health in 2019

Ten health issues WHO will tackle this year

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.    To address these and other…

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Wraps Up First Day of Official Visit to Egypt

Egypt hosts more than 242,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers of 58 different countries

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi, began his official two-day visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt on Sunday, 13 January, to discuss the refugee situation in the country and touch on a number of regional and global issues in light of Egypt’s role as Egypt…

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Central Statistical Agency (CSA) and UNICEF to launch a report - “Multidimensional Child Deprivation in Ethiopia, First National Estimates.”

This report presents the first national estimates of children living in multidimensional poverty in Ethiopia and its effect on their livelihood

WHAT:  A high-level launching event of a report, “Multidimensional Child Deprivation in Ethiopia, First National Estimates,’ through an extensive consultative process involving the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affaires, National Planning Commission, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Economic Policy Research Institute. This report presents the first national…

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From the Field: One teen's journey from refugee camp to US school principal

After escaping from two years of captivity at the hands of Mai Mai rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Bertine Bahige was relieved to end up in a UN refugee agency (UNHCR) camp, in faraway Mozambique

He’d been forcibly taken from his family at 13, and thrown into the horrifying world of being a child soldier, before escaping his captors. In 2004, he was one of the lucky ones to be resettled in Maryland, United States, where he landed a job taking out the trash at…