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Africa: Mental Health Care in Emergencies ‘Not an Optional Luxury’ – Experts

Africa: Mental Health Care in Emergencies ‘Not an Optional Luxury’ – Experts

Mental illnesses are the world’s leading cause of disability affecting millions and, even during a humanitarian crisis, treating them is not an optional luxury, experts said before a World Bank/World Health Organization meeting on the issue in Washington this week. The number of people affected by humanitarian crises has nearly doubled in the past decade, […]

Governor El-Rufa’i – Kaduna Has More Gold Than South Africa

Governor El-Rufa’i – Kaduna Has More Gold Than South Africa

A recent survey shows that there is more gold deposit in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State than South Africa, Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i has said. Speaking yesterday at the opening of the 2-day Economic and Investment Summit, El-Rufa’i said the state could generate about N40 billion from solid minerals. Declaring the summit open […]

West Africa Ebola outbreak no longer poses global risk, WHO says

West Africa Ebola outbreak no longer poses global risk, WHO says

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak no longer constitutes a threat to international public health, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, declaring an end to a nearly 20-month emergency that has killed about 11,300 people. Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, accepted the recommendations of a committee of independent experts who also called for lifting any […]

Sierra Leone: Female Lawyer Wants Abortion Included As a Right in the New Constitution

Sierra Leone: Female Lawyer Wants Abortion Included As a Right in the New Constitution

Female Barrister and Solicitor Mariama Dumbuya (Ms) has appealed to her fellow campaigners to continue to push for the passing of the Safe Abortion Act into law notwithstanding the possibility of its inclusion in a referendum. The former President of L.A.W.Y.E.R.S, who had earlier written a letter to His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma […]

Nestle Sets Up Online Platforms for Expectant Mothers

Nestle Sets Up Online Platforms for Expectant Mothers

Nestlé has launched facebook pages where parents and mothers-to-be can source guidance and expert advice on good nutrition for their babies. Nestlé’s new Start Healthy Stay Healthy Facebook pages are available in Ghana and Nigeria. Philippe Hascoet, Country Business Manager for Nestlé Nutrition in Central and West Africa said the online social platforms, which are […]

Buhari – Global Economic Crisis Might Be Country’s Blessing

Buhari – Global Economic Crisis Might Be Country’s Blessing

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday expressed optimised that the current global economic challenges might well turn out to be a blessing for Nigeria. This he said was because the crisis would stimulate the latent economic opportunities that Nigerians had left untapped for decades. Speaking in Abuja yesterday at the opening of the International Islamic Conference on […]

Gambia: Two Remanded for Practising Female Genital Mutilation

Gambia: Two Remanded for Practising Female Genital Mutilation

Barely two months after the government pronounced the ban on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country, two suspects were yesterday indicted and remanded in custody for allegedly practising FGM. Sunkaru Darboe and Saffiatou Darboe were arraigned before principal magistrate Omar Cham at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, charged with conspiracy to commit felony, prohibition of […]

Cote d’Ivoire: UNAIDS Piloting New Mobile Platform to Better Inform HIV Patients, Improve Health Care

Cote d’Ivoire: UNAIDS Piloting New Mobile Platform to Better Inform HIV Patients, Improve Health Care

Starting this month, a thousand people living with HIV in Côte d’Ivoire will receive additional health information through their mobile phones, the United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response announced today. The four-month pilot project in Abidjan is part of a collaboration between the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the telecommunications operator […]

D’Banj, Oprah Winfrey, Femi Kuti, Others Join Call for Global Gender Equality

D’Banj, Oprah Winfrey, Femi Kuti, Others Join Call for Global Gender Equality

In commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, influential figures across the globe have urged world leaders to end extreme poverty by investing in girls and women. Top among the influential figures who have added their voices to the campaign are Oprah Winfrey, Muhammad Ali, D’Banj, Melinda Gates, Femi Kuti, Charlize Theron, Yemi Alade and […]

Police Launch Hunt for Girls Abducted From Boarding School in Lagos

Police Launch Hunt for Girls Abducted From Boarding School in Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command has said they are on the trail of the armed men who allegedly abducted about three school girls in Ikorodu on Monday night. ‎The students were taken from their hostel at the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Agunfoye Lugbusi‎, at about 8 p.m., reports say. “We are working on their rescue,” […]

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