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Child Mortality: Great Progress, Yet Much Left to Be Done

Eritrea made substantial progress in improving child mortality and survival
New UN child mortality estimates highlight substantial progress since 1990, but also stresses the need to accelerate progress to meet the SDG target 3.2 to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age by 2030. Eritrea made substantial progress in improving child mortality and survival

BY FIKREJESUS AMHAZION (PH.D)

Last week, the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME), which includes members from UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank Group, and the United Nations Population Division, released an important new study on levels and trends in child mortality around the world. Continue reading Child Mortality: Great Progress, Yet Much Left to Be Done

African Union AIDS Summit is a ‘Talk Shop’

Conferences of this kind, with grandly-worded commitments, usually accomplish little.

They gathered once more for a talk shop

By Azad Essa (Al Jazeera),

Dubbed a “special summit” on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the summit has brought together African leaders in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to discuss progress in alleviating the threats posed by the three diseases.

And yet a trip to #Abuja+12 to discuss “progress” could be considered superfluous. A simple stroll down to a local clinic in Yibe, Addis Ababa or Khayelitsha in Cape Town or Kibera in Nairobi would give a true account of actual progress made in combating these diseases on the continent.

For anyone ever affected by TB, malaria or HIV/AIDS, directly or indirectly, which is a majority of Africans, these summits and their grandly worded commitments usually mean little.  Continue reading African Union AIDS Summit is a ‘Talk Shop’