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  • Project Targets Teenage Pregnancy

    Save the Children has launched a three-year project geared at reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu, Malawi, to complement government’s work in the promotion of girls' education in the country.
     
    Speaking during the launch ceremony in Ntcheu, Save the Children programme manager, Frank Mwafulirwa, argued that incidences of teenage pregnancies contribute highly towards girl's school dropout rate in the country especially in primary schools.
     
    Mwafulirwa stated that, "According to Demographic Health Survey of 2010, 28 percent of girls drop out school due pregnancies and less than 10 percent of such girls are re-admitted in the schools across the country."
     
    To read the article titled, “Save the children intervenes in reducing teenage pregnancies in Ntcheu,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Global March Against Poaching

    Thousands marched in Africa and around the world on 4 October 2014 to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction.
     
    The protests, dubbed the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, took place in 136 cities and towns across six continents, from Soweto to Nairobi, and Paris to New York and Tokyo.
     
    In South Africa, which is struggling to stem a rhino poaching crisis, demonstrators gathered across 17 cities.
     
    To read the article titled, “Elephant poaching: thousands march worldwide for wildlife protection,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Guardian
  • Confusion Over Zim Unemployment Rate

    Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change has recently described Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate of 85 percent as a ticking time bomb.
     
    In its 2013 election manifesto, President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party claimed unemployment levels stood at 60 percent.
     
    The secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union, Japhet Moyo, told a newspaper late in 2012 that the unemployment rate was between 80 and 90 percent while the country’s National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations suggested that overall unemployment in 2011 stood at 95 percent.
     
    To read the article titled, “Is Zimbabwe’s unemployment rate four percent, 60 percent or 95 percent?” click here.

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    SABC News
  • Calls for Renewed Global Push to End Poverty

    In the report, ‘Financing Africa’s Future: The Fight Against Poverty’, the ONE campaign laments setbacks in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty around the world and called for a renewed drive to that end.
     
    ONE says that some progress has been made, noting that the proportion of people living on less than US$1.25 a day has been halved over the past two decades.
     
    The organisation praises such countries as Britain, Japan, Germany, Norway France, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands for increased aid.
     
    The advocacy organisation of nearly six million people - cofounded by Bono of the music group U2 - aims to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, and is funded by foundations, individual philanthropists and corporations.

    To read the article titled, “Advocacy group urges renewed global push to end Africa poverty,” click here.

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    The Citizen
  • WHO: Ebola Set to Explode Without Drastic Action

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that, the Ebola epidemic is set to explode unless the response is radically intensified, warning that hundreds of thousands could be infected by the end of 2014.

    In a report, the United Nations agency declares that new cases would surge from hundreds each week to thousands without ‘drastic improvements in control measures’, with the number of infections set to more than triple to 20 000 by November 2014.

    The research paper warns that the outbreak could drag out for years and become entrenched in West Africa, which has already seen almost 3 000 deaths.

    To read the article titled, “Ebola cases to explode without drastic action: WHO,” click here.

    Source: 
    The Citizen
  • Coalition Calls for Better Response to Mental Health, Addiction

    Health organisations have launched a new drive to address what some have called a ‘mental health pandemic’ fuelled by drug abuse in South Africa.

    During the Rural Health Conference in Worcester, Western Cape, the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, Rural Rehab South Africa (RuReSA) and other health organisations launched the Rural Mental Health Advocacy Campaign which aims to advocate for mental health services, including those aimed at addressing drug and alcohol addiction.

    RuReSA’s chairperson, Kate Sherry warns that, "We are facing a mental health pandemic, it is everywhere, and the health system is not prepared to deal with it."

    To read the article titled, “Coalition calls for better response to mental health, addiction,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Activists Call Action on Climate Change

    Activists concerned about climate change have delivered a petition on ‘climate justice demands’ to government officials at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

    The gathering, which comes ahead of the upcoming United Nations climate summit to be held in New York next week, saw climate and energy campaigners of groups such as local climate movement 350Africa, Greenpeace and Right2Know Campaign dancing and waving placards containing the slogans ‘We Fight Climate Change’, ‘No More Coal’, and "Clean Energy Now’.

    Ferrial Adam of climate movement 350Africa says people are tired of ‘talk shops’ and want to see real action.

    To read the article titled, “Climate change is happening to us now: Pretoria activists,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • NGOs Slam Attacks on Judge Masipa

    Several legal organisations say they are concerned by the threats and personal attacks directed at Judge Thokozile Masipa, who presided over the trial of blade runner, Oscar Pistorius.

    The Legal Resources Centre, SECTION27, and the Centre for Child Law state that the wave of criticism directed at Masipa personally in relation to her judgment had resulted in her requiring police protection.

    In a press statement, they argue that some of the remarks may even border on hate speech, defamation and contempt of court, adding that, “These comments allege that Judge Masipa is corrupt, and/or that her gender and/or race rendered her incompetent in appropriately applying the law to the evidence presented.”

    To read the article titled, “Legal groups slam attacks on Masipa,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • World Losing Battle Against Ebola

    The international medical agency, Medecins sans Frontieres, says the world was ‘losing the battle’ to contain Ebola as the United Nations (UN) warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.

    MSF told a UN briefing in New York that world leaders were failing to address the epidemic and called for an urgent global biological disaster response to get aid and personnel to West Africa.

    MSF international president, Joanne Liu, points out that, "Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it. Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat."

    To read the article titled, “World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola: MSF,” click here.

    Source: 
    Sowetan Live
  • NGOs Key in Conservation - Kasukuwere

    The Zimbabwean government has commended community-based and non-governmental organisations for becoming key partners in protecting and conserving the environment.

    Environment, Water and Climate Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, says this enhanced the Zim-Asset objectives in addressing environmental challenges through community participation.

    Speaking at the United Nations Development Programme - Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (UNDP-GEFSGP) Exhibition and Knowledge Fair Event in Harare, Kasukuwere pointed out that these organisations have become key partners in maintaining the fine balance between human needs and environmental sustainability.

    To read the article titled, “Community-based NGOs key in conservation,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
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