In Mauritania, imams take to radio waves to say child marriage is against Islam
SELIBABI, Mauritania– " I refused to marry off my daughter for a simple, good reason: I want my daughter to be empowered, ” said Lemeima mint El Hadrami, 49. " I don't want her to go through the same difficulties I did when I was young. "Ms. El Hadrami was married when she was only 13.As is often the case for child brides, she became pregnant in adolescence and was forced to drop out of school. She had two daughters, both following difficult pregnancies. Then her husband left them. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: csantamaria Source Type: news
Thursday ’s Daily Brief: Samoa measles epidemic, Dozens die off Mauritania, Volunteer Day and Zambia’s food troubles
A recap of Thursday’s top stories: Dozens of migrants drowned off Mauritanian coast; measles grip Samoa as social media campaigns spread misinformation worldwide; UN chief on lifting landlocked countries from poverty; Guterres lauds volunteer spirit and millions face food insecurity in Zambia. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Young Advocates, Political Will Drive Progress on Family Planning in Francophone West Africa
December 05, 2019Countries throughout francophone West Africa are celebrating progress in family planning this week at the Ouagadougou Partnership (OP)annual meeting in Cotonou, Benin, where the theme isWe Demand More: Youth and Social Behavior Change.In 2015, the nine OP countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo—exceeded their initial goal of reaching one million additional individuals with modern contraception and then committed to reaching 2.2 million additional users by the end of 2020. So far, OP leaders announced Tuesday, the countrie...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Benin Burkina Faso C ôte d’Ivoire Guinea Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Togo Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Community Engagement Leadership and Governance Policy Advocacy Source Type: news
Africa: Sahel Women's Project Shows Encouraging Results in West, Central Regions
[allAfrica] Nairobi -After five years of implementation, the Women's Empowerment and Demographic Dividend in the Sahel program is producing satisfactory results. Authorities of the beneficiary countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Ivory Coast and Chad, told participants at a session on Demographic Dividend in the Sahel was held on November 13 in Nairobi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 18, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Africa: Satellite Data Shows Hunger Looming in Senegal, Mauritania
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -The maps show large areas of barren pastures, which means animals will die, stripping owners of their sole source of food and income (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Gambia: Mauritanian Child Whose Parents Were Found Dead, Discharged From Hospital
[Foroyaa] The Mauritanian orphan who was admitted at the Serrekunda General Hospital in Kanifing after being picked up by the Police after the demise of her parents in their resident in Kololi barely two weeks ago, was yesterday June 11th 2019, discharged from hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 12, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Fatimata Sy on Partnering to Expand Access to Contraceptives
By Ruchika Tulshyan, Contributor, The OptimistJanuary 17, 2019Fatimata Sy talks to The Optimist about her work, the future of family planning, and her own audacious personal goal.When it launched in 2011, theOuagadougou Partnership set an audacious goal for 2020: Increase the number of women using modern contraceptives by at least 2.2 million in nine francophone West African countries.Historically, not many women in the region used contraceptives because of socio-cultural factors and infrastructure challenges. But members of the Partnership were determined to prove that with the right approach, family pla...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news
Ouagadougou Partnership Countries on Track to Meet 2020 Family Planning Goals
December 19, 2018At the 7th annual meeting of theOuagadougou Partnership last week, about 350 delegates from more than a dozen countries came together to celebrate the partnership ’s successes and progress toward its goals, including reaching 2.2 million more people in nine francophone West African countries with modern family planning methods by 2020.The Ouagadougou Partnership is a coalition of government officials, religious leaders, civil society members, and youth representatives from nine countries —Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo—wo...
Source: IntraHealth International - December 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news
Compendium of Short Reports on Selected Outbreaks in the WHO (World Health Organization) African Region: 2016-2018
Source: World Health Organization, Regional Office for Africa. Published: 12/2018. This 96-page report is a collection of short reports on selected outbreaks that occurred in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region between 2016 and 2018, and which were successfully controlled. This edition of the Compendium covers 19 outbreaks, which occurred in 15 countries, presented in chronological order. Outbreaks include Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Likati, May 2017), Marburg fever in Uganda, dengue fever in Senegal, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Mauritania, influenza A H1N1 in Ghana, Lass...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Scientists discover world's oldest colour – bright pink
Pigments found in 1.1bn-year-old rocks beneath the Sahara desert shed light on ‘major puzzle’ about early lifeScientists have discovered what they say are the world ’s oldest colours – and they are bright pink.The pigments were discovered after researchers crushed 1.1bn-year-old rocks found in a marine shale deposit, beneath the Sahara desert, in the Taoudeni basin in Mauritania, west Africa.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 9, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Luke Henriques-Gomes Tags: Science Archaeology Western Sahara Africa Mali World news Australia news Australian universities Research Source Type: news
Mauritania:Urgent Action Needed As Food Insecurity Grips Communities
[IFRC] Mingui is dry. On the long road leading to this village in Magta Lajar, in Mauritania, pastures for livestock have vanished and there is no body of water to be seen. The landscape consists of thorny trees and never-ending sand dunes. Carcasses of animals littering the road witness the severity of the drought. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 3, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news
West Africa:As Millions Face Hunger in Sahel, More Accountability Is Needed to Attract Support, Warns Red Cross President
[IFRC] About 5.8 million people across Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to get enough food and require immediate assistance. To respond to their needs adequately, humanitarian actors need to manage well the funding they receive from their partners and well-wishers, warned Francesco Rocca, the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), during a visit to Guinea, from 18 to 20 June 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 21, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Sahel in the Throes of a Major Humanitarian Crisis
A mother caresses the head of her sleeping malnourished baby, at the mother and child centre in the town of Diffa, Niger. Credit: UNICEF/TremeauBy Mark LowcockUNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2018 (IPS)I am increasingly concerned by the situation in the Sahel. In Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal, nearly 6 million people are struggling to meet their daily food needs. Severe malnutrition threatens the lives of 1.6 million children. These are levels unseen since the crisis of 2012, and the most critical months are still ahead. Governments in the region were successful in beating back the crisis six years ago. I a...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mark Lowcock Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
Mind the eye-squirter! An Anthia sexmaculata sexmaculata-related necrotic burn - Aoun O, Fran çois M, Demoncheaux JP, Rapp C.
We report the case of an Anthia sexmaculata sexmaculata-associated necrotic burn in a French expatriate in Mauritania. Anthia spp.-related injury is a common though underreported health issue in the Sahelo-Saharan area. Deployed soldiers and travellers sho... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news
Mauritania:Force Feeding Burdens Obese Girls With Diabetes, Heart Disease
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nouakchott -When Souadou Isselmou was made to eat buckets of porridge as a child in southern Mauritania, she hated it so much she would hide food under her armpits and throw it in the toilet. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news
New Project to Improve Health and Nutrition in Nine West African Francophone Countries
February 14, 2018IntraHealth International will implement a new regional project to improve nutrition and reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) in the nineOuagadougou Partnership countries of West Africa, thanks to a three-year, $7 million award from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation.Francophone West Africa has among the highest maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 303,000 women died in 2015 due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, more than one-third of them in West and Central Africa. The global maternal mortali...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news
383,000 Women in Francophone West Africa Started Using Modern Contraception in 2017
A client receives a contraceptive implant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.January 31, 2018In 2017, the nine countries of theOuagadougou Partnership together prevented 100,000 unintended pregnancies, 32,000 unsafe abortions, and 400 maternal deaths in francophone West Africa by bringing modern contraceptives to over 383,000 new users. In two years, the partnership has reached 41% of its goal of an additional 2.2 million women in the region using contraceptives by 2020.Burkina Faso and Cote d ’Ivoire are leading the way, reporting last month at the partnership’san...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news
Empowering Women Improves Communities, Ensures Success for Generations
Credit: IFADBy Becky HeeleyROME, Dec 4 2017 (IPS)At an event held on October 29 at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Gender Awards 2017, five countries were honored for impressive achievements in gender equality and women’s empowerment despite harsh conditions and numerous daunting situational and societal obstacles. The five countries are Bangladesh, Mozambique, Colombia, Morocco, and Mauritania. The IFAD supported projects in these countries have ambitious goals for a more egalitarian future. To date these projects have successfully provided women with decision-making opportunities, skill t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Becky Heeley Tags: Aid Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Food & Agriculture Gender Global Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Women & Economy Women's Health Source Type: news
In West Africa, Youth Ambassadors Serve as Family Planning Advocates
The objective is simple: to work with community leaders, religious leaders and government officials in building stronger communities and reducing the number of pregnancy-related deaths among youth. In educating young men, fathers-to-be also understand the high risk of unspaced births and possible health repercussions on women.Not only do local communities benefit, but so do individual ambassadors.Sociocultural barriers, however, often prove a lingering deterrent to contraception adoption in places such as Mali, where religious and community norms push women to average 6.1 children each. Religious pressure has made abortion...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news
UN Appoints Experts to DRC ’s Kasai to Probe Harrowing Rights Abuses
By Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 2017 (IPS)The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, appointed a team of three international experts yesterday to collect information and raise awareness about grave atrocities in the ongoing conflict in the remote Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Security Council observes a moment of silence in memory of two UN experts who were killed recently while monitoring the sanctions regime in the Kasaï Central region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Credit: UN PhotoCentral Kasai has been mired in a conflict between g...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Indigenous Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news
Mideast: Growing Urbanisation Worsens Water Scarcity, Food Imports
Egyptian countryside south of Luxor, Egypt. In the background: the village of Al Bayadiyah. Photo: Marc Ryckaert (MJJR). Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.By Baher KamalROME, May 24 2017 (IPS)Conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to development progress in the Middle East and North Africa. In Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, about half the population—around 40 million people—require humanitarian assistance. Across the region, countries depend heavily on food imports. As their populations urbanise and grow, the need for imports will increase. These are some of the Middle East and North of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs T Source Type: news
Africa: U.S.$21 Million Grant to Boost Food Security, Reduce Rural Poverty
[IFAD] Rome -A total of 285,600 farmers, particularly women and young people in six regions in southern Mauritania will benefit from a financial agreement signed today between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Mauritania to improve their incomes, nutrition and food security. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news
NASA study finds a connection between wildfires, drought
For centuries drought has come and gone across northern sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, water shortages have been most severe in the Sahel -- a band of semi-arid land situated just south of the Sahara Desert and stretching coast-to-coast across the continent, from Senegal and Mauritania in the west to Sudan and Eritrea in the east. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 10, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news
Air Pollution Emerges as a Top Killer Globally – Part 1
Dark pollution clouds over Cairo. Credit: Khaled Moussa Al-Omrani/IPS.By Martin KhorPENANG, Nov 11 2016 (IPS)New research is showing that air pollution is a powerful if silent killer, causing 6.5 million worldwide deaths as well as being the major cause of climate change. Air pollution has emerged as a leading cause of deaths and serious ailments in the world. Emissions that cause air pollution and are Greenhouse Gases are also the main factor causing climate change.Therefore, drastically reducing air pollution should now be treated as a top priority.The seriousness of this problem was highlighted by...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Martin Khor Tags: Environment Headlines Health air pollution Indoor air quality World Health Organization Source Type: news
Through The Challenge Initiative, IntraHealth will Improve Access to Contraception in Cities across West Africa
IntraHealth International is proud to announce its participation in The Challenge Initiative(TCI), a new three-year urban reproductive health program funded by the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation.According to the United Nations,66% of people around the world will be living in urban areas by 2050—2.5 billion more people than today.Ninety percent of this increase will be in cities in Asia and Africa. Despite increasing urbanization, the poorest people living in cities rarely have adequate access to health information and services.TCI builds on the former Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI), which the Gates F...
Source: IntraHealth International - September 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Desert Locust Invading Yemen, More Arab States
Juvenile desert locust hoppers. Photo: FAO/G.TortoliBy Kareem EzzatCAIRO, Apr 13 2016 (IPS)Now that Yemenis begin to hope that their year-long armed conflict may come to an end as a result of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the United Nations sponsored round of talks between the parties in dispute, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait, a new threat to their already desperate humanitarian crisis has just appeared in the form of a much feared massive desert locust invasion. “The presence of recently discovered Desert Locust infestations in Yemen, where conflict is severely hampering control operations, poses a potential th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 13, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Kareem Ezzat Tags: Africa Armed Conflicts Climate Change Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs Projects Source Type: news
UN agencies warn of funding gaps as 450,000 Mauritanians face food insecurity
Two United Nations agencies today reiterated calls for more financial contributions to fund their work in Mauritania, where more than 450,000 people are suffering from food insecurity. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - March 14, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Half of gay black men in U.S. likely to be diagnosed with HIV, CDC says
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half of all black gay and bisexual men in the United States are projected to be diagnosed with HIV, a government study shows, in a ratio parallel to the prevalence of the virus among such men in developing nations such as Mauritania and Senegal. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Burkina Faso: Benin to Host the Fourth Annual Meeting of the Ouagadougou Partnership
[AMA] The international conference, which will be held in Cotonou from December 09-11, 2015 aims to celebrate the significant strides made in facilitating access to family planning methods in the nine countries composing the Ouagadougou Partnership, namely, Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - December 9, 2015 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
Ancient river network discovered buried under Saharan sand
Radar images of the Mauritanian desert have revealed a river stretching for more than 500km and suggest plants and wildlife once thrived thereA vast river network that once carried water for hundreds of miles across Western Sahara has been discovered under the parched sands of Mauritania.Radar images taken from a Japanese Earth observation satellite spotted the ancient river system beneath the shallow, dusty surface, apparently winding its way from more than 500km inland towards the coast. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 10, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Geology Science Western Sahara Africa World news Climate change Source Type: news
Senior UN official warns funding shortages could be disastrous for chronically food-insecure Mauritania
On her two-day visit to Mauritania, Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), saw at first hand the challenges faced by nearly 1 million food insecure people amid rising malnutrition in the country. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - October 22, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Mauritania: WFP Chief Sees At First Hand Food and Nutrition Challenges in Mauritania
[WFP] "Mauritania has borne the brunt of recurring food crises, chronic malnutrition and instability spilling over from neighbouring Mali," said Ertharin Cousin. "We are especially concerned about the serious malnutrition situation affecting 14 percent of Mauritania's children under five." (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 22, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Mauritania: Cancelled food distribution leaves refugees at risk of increased malnutrition
The World Food Programme has suspended general food distributions for 49,500 refugees from Mali who live in a camp in the Mauritanian desert. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - July 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rob Source Type: news
Mauritania: Malian Refugees At Risk of Increased Malnutrition Following Cancelled Food Distributions
[MSF] The cancellation of monthly food rations in July for 49,500 Malian refugees in Mbera Camp is likely to cause a rise in global acute malnutrition levels, warns Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which provides medical care and malnutrition support in the camp. MSF calls on the international donor community to ensure that refugees in Mbera camp have reliable sources of food. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 3, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Mauritania: Malian Refugees at Risk of Malnutrition Due to Canceled Food Aid
The cancellation of monthly food rations will likely increase global acute malnutrition among 49,500 Malian refugees in southeastern Mauritania. Language English (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - July 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news
Mauritania: Malian Refugees at Risk of Malnutrition Due to Canceled Food Aid
Press releaseMauritania: Malian Refugees at Risk of Malnutrition Due to Canceled Food Aid July 02, 2015 BASSIKNOU, MAURITANIA/NEW YORK, JULY 2, 2015—The cancellation of monthly food rations will likely increase global acute malnutrition among 49,500 Malian refugees in southeastern Mauritania, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned today, calling on the international donor community to ensure that the refugees have reliable sources of food. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - July 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Editorial Intern Source Type: news
Securing a Better Future for the Oceans and for People
Mamadou Sarr is a 54-year old Senegalese artisanal fisherman who has been working at sea for more than 36 years. He entered the profession out of his love for fishing and the ocean, and has been supporting a family of eight with his daily catches. Greenpeace met him at Ouakam, a fishing village on the outskirts of Dakar, where he shared his story with our local activists. "If nothing is done to reverse the negative impacts of foreign vessels in Senegalese waters," he said, "I will lose my job." Foreign vessels have been plundering the waters of West Africa for decades to stock the fish markets of Eur...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 8, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
South Sudan: Take the Medicine Trail
[IRIN] Oxford -A truck carrying vital medicines to a remote refugee camp near Mauritania's border with Mali overturns during its 2,000 kilometre journey through the Sahara desert. It is the rainy season and half the consignment is damaged by mud and no longer usable. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 3, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Africa: World Bank Boosts Fisheries in Mauritania and Guinea, Contributing to the Ebola Recovery
[World Bank] Washington, DC -The World Bank Group's (WBG) Board of Executive Directors today approved a total of US$22 million to strengthen the management and governance of fisheries as well as improve the handling of fish that is brought to shore in Mauritania and Guinea. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 17, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news
West Africa: UN Chief Appoints New Envoy for Ebola
[Premium Times]The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Friday appointed Ismail Ahmed of Mauritania as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, UNMEER. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 12, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news
UN names veteran humanitarian official as new head of Ebola mission
ACCRA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed veteran humanitarian official Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania on Thursday as the new head of its mission to fight an outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Africa: Thirteen Countries Move Closer to Eradicating Hunger
[FAO]Rome -FAO honors achievements of Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, the Philippines and Uruguay (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 1, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Is stress bad for your health?
Is there something amiss with our assumption that stress equals misery, while a stress-free life is bliss?Stress is one of those words that can mean so many things, it risks meaning nothing at all. If I told you my day was “very stressful” because I had too many places to be, you’d think me no more than slightly melodramatic. But if you were the sole survivor when a tourist bus plunged into a mountain gorge, you might reasonably describe the following years as “very stressful”, too. When a concept covers that much ground, it’s a sign there’s something dodgy about it, and in her new...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 18, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Oliver Burkeman Tags: Health & wellbeing Life and style Psychology Source Type: news
Mauritania: Mauritania Shuts Border With Mali Over Ebola
[Deutsche Welle]Mauritania has closed its border with Mali after the country reported its first Ebola death near the frontier shared by the two countries. The WHO says more than 10,000 people have now been infected with the virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 26, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news
Mauritania closes border with Mali over Ebola fears
BAMAKO/NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania has closed its border with Mali to prevent the spread of Ebola, officials said on Saturday, highlighting fears of further contagion in West Africa after a girl from Guinea died of the disease in Mali this week. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Mauritania closes border with Mali over Ebola: officials
NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania has closed its border with Mali after a case of Ebola was confirmed in western Mali near their shared frontier, two Mauritanian officials said on Saturday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news
Time to “Drop the Knife” for FMG in The Gambia
Circumcisers in the Gambia publicly declaring that they have abandoned the practice of FGM. Credit: Saikou Jammeh/IPSBy Saikou JammehBANJUL, Jul 13 2014 (IPS) Women’s rights activists in the Gambia are insisting that more than 30 years of campaigning to raise awareness should be sufficient to move the government to outlaw female genital mutilation (FMG). The practice remains widespread in this tiny West African country of 1.8 million people, but rights activists believe that their campaign has now reached the tipping point. Two years ago, GAMCOTRAP, an apolitical non-governmental organisation (NGO) committed to the p...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 13, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Saikou Jammeh Tags: Africa Editors' Choice Education Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Population Religion Women's Health Circumcision female genital mutilation FGM Gambia GAMCOTRAP Islam Ministry of Women’s Affairs Re Source Type: news
OPINION: Unleashing African Young People’s Potential
Girls attend school in South Africa. Healthy, educated young people can help break the cycle of poverty. Credit: UNFPABy Adebayo FayoyinJOHANNESBURG, Jul 10 2014 (IPS) An African proverb says “a child that we refuse to build today will end up selling the house that we may build tomorrow.” The moral of this is clear. Unless we invest in our children and young people today, they might become a threat or a burden in the future.As the international community commemorates World Population Day on July 11, Africa’s growing youth population should be recognised as a ‘powerful force for change’ that re...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Adebayo Fayoyin Tags: Africa Aid Democracy Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Labour Population Poverty & MDGs Women & Economy Women's Health HIV/AIDS Source Type: news
Volunteers Map Fire-Affected Neighborhoods in Chile
When news of a major fire in Valparaíso, Chile made headlines on Monday, some people sent donations. Some people took to social media. And some people mapped. Not wasting any time, digital volunteers gathered at the American Red Cross headquarters Monday morning, grabbed some caffeine and began to make a detailed map of neighborhoods affected by the fire. The volunteers were in town attending a conference about OpenStreetMap—crowd-sourced mapping technology that’s been called the “Wikipedia of maps.” They congregated at the Red Cross building to work on individual projects, but when they hear...
Source: Red Cross Chat - April 16, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jenelle Eli Tags: Introduction Mapping Uncategorized Volunteers chile fire South America Source Type: news