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COVID-Fuelled Child Labour Crisis Spurs Call For Global Social Protection Fund

COVID-Fuelled Child Labour Crisis Spurs Call For Global Social Protection Fund

With thousands of children being forced into child labour every day, leading child rights activists on Wednesday called for a global social protection fund to stem the loss of a generation to COVID-19. The pandemic has pushed many countries – from the United States to Rwanda – to spend trillions of dollars on short-term measures, […]

Females Lag Behind in Vaccination

Females Lag Behind in Vaccination

Health authorities here reveal that with a total of 16,821 Liberians vaccinated with the Johnson &Johnson jab, females are far behind their male counterparts with turnout just at 5,728 against 11,098 males vaccinated. Giving an update on the enrollment Thursday, August 19, 2921, at the Ministry of Information’s weekly press briefing, the head of immunization […]

Govt Cancels Independence Celebrations Due to Covid-19 Fears

Govt Cancels Independence Celebrations Due to Covid-19 Fears

South Sudan’s Council of Ministers has resolved that there will be no official celebrations for the country’s 10th independence anniversary on Friday over the fear of coronavirus. The council also postponed the arranged swearing-in of the new transitional legislature from Friday to a date yet to be announced. In an extraordinary sitting chaired by President […]

COVID-19 Crisis Makes Electricity Too Costly For Millions In Africa, Asia

COVID-19 Crisis Makes Electricity Too Costly For Millions In Africa, Asia

The economic toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has left more than 25 million people in Africa and Asia unable to afford electricity, threatening a global goal to provide power to everyone by 2030, international agencies warned on Monday. Two-thirds of those affected were in sub-Saharan Africa, deepening disparities in the region’s access to electricity, according […]

400 GBV Cases Withdrawn in 2020

400 GBV Cases Withdrawn in 2020

Despite growing calls by government officials discouraging the withdrawal of gender-based violence cases, the country has recorded 404 withdrawals last year, Chief Justice Peter Shivute announced yesterday. Domestic violence cases brought before the lower courts took a sharp increase in 2020, with a record of more than 2 300 cases. This, according to Shivute, surpassed […]

Women Work The COVID Frontline But Lack A Voice, Poll Shows

Women Work The COVID Frontline But Lack A Voice, Poll Shows

Seven in 10 workers on the frontline of the pandemic are female yet women are left out of many COVID-19 response and recovery plans, according to a global survey published on Thursday. The survey, by New York-based women’s rights advocacy group Women Deliver and Paris-based research organization Focus 2030, gathered the views of 17,000 men […]

Old Mutual Medical Equipment Donation Breathes Life Into Malawi’s Covid-19 Fight

Old Mutual Medical Equipment Donation Breathes Life Into Malawi’s Covid-19 Fight

Premier financial services provider, Old Mutual (Malawi) Limited, has donated assorted medicine and personal protective equipment (PPE) worth K30 million to Blantyre and Lilongwe District Health Offices (DHOs) to help the two offices in the fight against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Chief Executive Officer for Old Mutual (Malawi) Limited, Edith Jiya, said the donation is […]

COVID-19 cases soar In Brazil’s Largest Indigenous Reservation

COVID-19 cases soar In Brazil’s Largest Indigenous Reservation

 The coronavirus has spread rapidly through the Yanomami indigenous reservation in northern Brazil and more than a third of its 27,000 people could have been exposed, according to a report produced by their leaders. The Yanomami’s territory, which is also home to 600 Ye’kwana people, is the largest indigenous reservation in Brazil. It is threatened […]

‘Corona carriers’: Stigma Halts Medication And Meet-Ups For HIV+ Malawians

‘Corona carriers’: Stigma Halts Medication And Meet-Ups For HIV+ Malawians

Malawian student Kondwani has fought against the stigma of being HIV-positive for most of his life, but COVID-19 has reignited old prejudices and given rise to a new term of abuse – “corona carrier”. A widely held misconception that HIV-positive people are at high risk of catching the coronavirus is fueling discrimination and making it […]

World Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day 2020

This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought many challenges: for health-care workers, providing care in difficult circumstances, going to work fearful of bringing COVID-19 home with them; for students, adapting […]

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