Eliminating Preventable Child Deaths in Africa

Seventy-five percent of the more than one million premature babies who die annually can be saved by using simple and affordable prevention and treatment methods, an advocate says.

Mothers sit with their malnourished and dehydrated children in a ward at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu.

  • Rwanda:  Men Urged to Play Role in Child Immunisation

    The New Times, 10 November 2012

    As the world celebrates World Immunisation Day today, men have been urged not to abandon the duty of immunising children to mothers. read more »

  • Somalia:  Thousands of Children Run Risk of Polio

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 9 November 2012

    An estimated 135,000 children are at risk of polio in Somalia's port city of Kismayo, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). read more »

  • Kenya:  Hope for Malaria Control Comes With New Trial Vaccine

    The Star, 9 November 2012

    We could have a new malaria vaccine in two years if the WHO approves a trial vaccine that reduces malaria cases in children by half. read more »

  • Africa:  Major Malaria Vaccine Less Effective Than Hoped

    Inter Press Service, 9 November 2012

    Researchers unveiling critical trial results of a potentially major anti-malaria vaccine are expressing disappointment that the drug's efficacy levels have proved lower than they ... read more »

  • South Sudan:  Polio-Immunisation Campaign Kicks Off in Jonglei

    Sudan Tribune, 8 November 2012

    South Sudan Polio Campaign, which is expected to run for three days, has started in Jonglei on Wednesday, targeting more than 60,000 children up to five years old. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Pneumonia Kills 130,000 Every Year As Vaccine Lingers

    Daily Trust, 9 November 2012

    Pneumonia kills an estimated 130,000 children every year in Nigeria, a number thought to be the second highest deaths from the disease globally, according to the National Primary ... read more »

  • Africa:  Eleven Countries Participate in Research on Malaria Vaccine

    Leadership, 9 November 2012

    Eleven African countries are meeting in South Africa to research on the possibility of having a malaria vaccine to reduce infant and under-five deaths, a trial investigator, Dr ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  WHO Says 83 Percent of Chilldren Worldwide Received DPT Immunisation

    Leadership, 6 November 2012

    Four in five children (about 83 per cent) worldwide received the recommended three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine during infancy in 2011, the World Health ... read more »

  • Zimbabwe:  Govt Must Step Up Malaria Fight

    The Herald, 31 October 2012

    It defies logic that the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, the vanguard of the people's lives, has once again bungled by buying ineffective Para-Check malaria rapid diagnostics ... read more »

  • Uganda:  Life-Saving Commodities Good News for Citizens

    The Observer, 23 October 2012

    Last week's African ministers' pledge to speed up access and use of 13 life-saving commodities for women and children by 2015 was momentous, bringing good news for families and the ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Saving Women and Children From Maternal Death

    This Day, 25 October 2012

    In 2010, the UN Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health highlighted the suffering of women and children around the world caused by lack of access to ... read more »