Africa

UNICEF: Children in Somalia to Receive New Vaccination Against Deadly Diseases

By at April 24, 2013 | 5:23 pm

(UNICEF) The Somali authorities have launched today a new five-in-one-vaccine against several potentially fatal childhood diseases which could save thousands of young lives. From today, Somali children will receive the Pentavalent vaccine, a combination of five vaccines in one against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B and Haemophilus more...

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ALERTNET: Central African Republic Crisis leaves 1 Million Children Out of School

By at April 24, 2013 | 10:24 am

ALERTNET: Central African Republic Crisis leaves 1 Million Children Out of School

(AlertNet / Reuters) LONDON - More than 1 million children in Central African Republic are not attending school because of the violent coup in March and chronic poverty, the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said. At least half the country’s schools are still closed, one month after the Seleka rebel coalition marched to the capital Bangui and seized power, the more...

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MADAGASCAR: New Partnership is Closing the Digital Divide

By at April 16, 2013 | 5:06 pm

MADAGASCAR: New Partnership is Closing the Digital Divide

(MissionNewswire) The digital divide–the gap between those with access to technology and those without–is particularly apparent in Madagascar. Because of a lack of funding and limited access to technology, many youth have had no training in technology, including basic computer and internet skills. Youth with no technical knowledge or training are severely limited in more...

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USAID: Saving Mothers: A New Initiative to Address Maternal Mortality

By at March 14, 2013 | 7:01 am

USAID: Saving Mothers: A New Initiative to Address Maternal Mortality

(USAID) “In Zambia, when women have delivered, we say ‘Oh, you have survived.’” This chilling reminder of the impact of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa came from Professor Elwyn Chomba, a Zambian government public health official interviewed by CSIS for a new video about the challenges of maternal mortality and a new initiative to address more...

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SUDAN: Salesians Provide Education, Give Hope to Youth in Refugee Camp

By at February 22, 2013 | 10:03 am

SUDAN: Salesians Provide Education, Give Hope to Youth in Refugee Camp

(MissionNewswire) In 2012, Salesian VIS volunteers set up an educational refugee program to support youth in the Mayo Camp in Khartoum. The project was financed by Cerveteri Solidale Onlus and UNICEF. The VIS “Child Friendly Learning Space for Returnee Children of Mayo” Project seeks to educate 600 young refugees from South Sudan and areas which are affected by more...

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UNHCR: Refugee Agency Prepares to Assist Possible Returnees in Mali

By at January 31, 2013 | 2:23 pm

UNHCR: Refugee Agency Prepares to Assist Possible Returnees in Mali

(UNHCR) With the fast-evolving military situation in Mali, the UN refugee agency is readying itself to assist in the possible spontaneous return of thousands of conflict-displaced people in the north of the country. "We aim to open new presences in Gao and other cities in the north as soon as security conditions allow," said UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards, while more...

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ALERTNET: Ethiopia Plans to Power East Africa with Hydro

By at January 29, 2013 | 2:45 pm

ALERTNET: Ethiopia Plans to Power East Africa with Hydro

(AlertNet) Ethiopia is gearing up to export large amounts of clean power across East Africa in the coming years, starting with neighboring countries Djibouti and Sudan. But the ambitious plans have ignited controversy on several fronts. Ethiopia wants to increase its electricity exports - mainly generated from hydropower - as a reliable source of precious hard more...

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UNITED NATIONS: Welcoming ‘Africa on the rise,’ Ban Urges Achievement of Development Goals

By at January 28, 2013 | 2:54 pm

UNITED NATIONS: Welcoming ‘Africa on the rise,’ Ban Urges Achievement of Development Goals

(United Nations) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, praising regional and national leaders for striving to improve conditions for the people of Africa, urged the step-up of efforts to reach agreed development goals as he touched on a range of issues in Addis Ababa today. “I see Africa on the rise. I welcome great progress on development, good governance more...

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SPAIN: New Partnership with Zimbabwe School Develops Students’ Foreign Language Skills

By at January 15, 2013 | 1:25 pm

SPAIN: New Partnership with Zimbabwe School Develops Students’ Foreign Language Skills

(MissionNewswire) Students at the Salesian-run Don Bosco School in Valencia, Spain have gained a new cultural opportunity thanks to a partnership with the Harare International School in Zimbabwe. The two schools developed the partnership to allow students to learn and practice their English and Spanish. The program combines learning, cultural cooperation and new more...

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KENYA: From Street Child to Business School Graduate, a “Bosco Boy” Success Story

By at January 5, 2013 | 2:31 pm

KENYA: From Street Child to Business School Graduate, a “Bosco Boy” Success Story

(MissionNewswire) The Salesian-run Bosco Boys program in Kenya is giving youth a reason to hope and a path out of poverty. Patrick Ngugi Gichuhi is a graduate of Bosco Boys who, through the program, went from living on the streets to graduating with a degree in international business administration specializing in finance. The Bosco Boys program gave him a second more...

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