Africa

Urgent Need to Enact Proposed Law to Secure Sexual and Reproductive Health in East Africa Countries — Global Issues

The proposed law seeks to provide age appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and services. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPS Opinion by Stephanie Musho (nairobi) Monday, June 27, 2022 Inter Press Service NAIROBI, Jun 27 (IPS) – The Ministry of Health in Kenya recently reported that about 700 teenage girls got pregnant daily over a two-month period, in …

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Mali junta paves way for elections with new law

BAMAKO, Mali — Mali’s junta leader signed a new law paving the way for elections and a return of the West African country to constitutional rule. Col. Assimi Goita has been president of the transitional government since seizing power in a coup two years ago. The law signed Friday would also allow him and other …

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Egypt’s president holds talks with visiting Qatari emir

CAIRO — President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt held talks Saturday with Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited Cairo for the first time in years. The talks focused on ties between the two nations and a set of other regional and global topics, according to a brief statement from the Egyptian …

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Indigenous Communities Want Stake in the New Deal to Protect Nature — Global Issues

The recent eviction debacle involving the Maasai community in the Loliondo division in Tanzania’s northern Ngorongoro District has elevated indigenous people’s concerns about losing their ancestral lands under the ‘30by30’ plan in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). Bradford Zak/Unsplash by Busani Bafana (bulawayo, zimbabwe) Thursday, June 23, 2022 Inter Press Service BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jun 23 …

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South Africa ends COVID restrictions as fifth wave fades | Coronavirus pandemic News

The country has recorded the most coronavirus cases and deaths in Africa, with more than 3.9 million confirmed infections and 101,000 deaths South Africa has repealed COVID-19 rules that made masks mandatory in indoor public spaces, limited the size of gatherings and imposed entry requirements at its borders, the health minister said on Thursday. The …

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South African leader gets final chapter of corruption report

JOHANNESBURG — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has received the final chapter of a report on an extensive judicial investigation into corruption. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo handed over the last installment of the report, reportedly 1,000 pages long, to Ramaphosa. The earlier segments of the report have laid bare the rampant corruption in government and …

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Stronger Healthcare Systems Critical for Africas Socioeconomic Transformation — Global Issues

As Africa rebuilds following the pandemic, investment in the fight against malaria and NTDs will make healthcare systems more resilient and support longer-term pandemic preparedness. Credit: UNDP Kenya/James Ochweri Opinion by Claude Mambo Muvunyi (kigali) Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Inter Press Service KIGALI, Jun 22 (IPS) – Prof. Claude Mambo Muvunyi is Director General of Rwanda …

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Polio Eradication Will Take Funds and Awareness — Global Issues

A polio vaccinator administers the oral polio vaccine to a child in Pakistan. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS Opinion by Ifeanyi Nsofor (abuja) Wednesday, June 22, 2022 Inter Press Service ABUJA, Jun 22 (IPS) – For forty days, Kunle Adeyanju – a Nigerian, Rotarian, polio eradication advocate and biker – rode for more than 12,500km from London to …

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South Sudan fights child marriage where girls sold for cows

JUBA, South Sudan — Some young girls are still auctioned off into marriage for cows in South Sudan — one of the social challenges that activists had hoped to highlight during Pope Francis’ now-postponed visit. The price of a daughter, determined in negotiations between her father and would-be husband, is typically 50 to 100 cows, …

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Tobacco Consumption Slows in the West, Grows in Africa, say Researchers — Global Issues

As cigarette smuggling in Southern Africa becomes big business, researchers have expressed concern that tobacco consumption is increasing in younger people and developing countries. Credit: Ignatius Banda/IPS by Ignatius Banda (bulawayo, zimbabwe) Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Inter Press Service BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jun 21 (IPS) – Cigarette smuggling has emerged as one of the most lucrative enterprises …

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