Category: World » Africa

Half the world lacks access to essential health services

15 Dec 08:08 | World

At least half of the world's population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a World Health Organization(WHO)study.read more »

Scientists urge endangered listing for cheetahs

12 Dec 12:23 | World

A comprehensive assessment of cheetah populations in southern Africa supported by the National Geographic Society reveals the dire state of one of the planet's most iconic big cats. read more »

Conflicts, drought drive hunger despite strong global food supply

8 Dec 11:57 | World

Despite strong global food supply, localized drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, the Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO) reported. read more »

Millions of babies, mostly in South Asia, risk brain damage from breathing toxic air

6 Dec 12:07 | World

Almost 17 million babies live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially risking their brain development, according to a new paper released by UNICEF.read more »

One in 10 medicines in developing countries substandard or falsified: WHO

30 Nov 2017 | World

Substandard or fake medicines that fail to prevent and cure disease – and could even cause death – are becoming more and more prevalent, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, calling on Governments to take urgent actions to tackle this global problem. read more »

Report urges Sudan to address plight of millions of displaced people in Darfur

21 Nov 2017 | World

The United Nations human rights office has called on the Government of Sudan to pursue effective, transparent and durable policies to enable the 2.6 million people who have been internally displaced by the long-running conflict in Darfur to return home voluntarily or to reintegrate into host communities. read more »

One in 10 children work, agency reports at start of conference to end underage labour

15 Nov 2017 | World

An estimated 152 million children around the world work, a practice that the international community at a conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is trying to eliminate.read more »

Pollution responsible for 16 percent of deaths globally - Lancet Commission report

23 Oct 2017 | World

Diseases caused by pollution were responsible in 2015 for an estimated 9 million premature deaths -- 16% of all deaths worldwide -- three times more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined; and fifteen times more than all wars and other forms of violence.read more »

Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day

20 Oct 2017 | World

More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, agencies said in a new report, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.read more »

Study links chocolate production to increased deforestation in poor nations

18 Oct 2017 | World

There are a number of social, economic and environmental inequalities that arise in the production of chocolate. Evidence of human trafficking and child slave labor have been found in the supply chain.read more »

Study exposes the dark side of coffee cultivation in Uganda

12 Oct 2017 | World

New research led by Kelly Austin, associate professor of sociology at Lehigh, explores unequal exchange in the coffee industry. She cites a range of negative consequences that coffee cultivation contributes to, including: malaria vulnerability, decreased participation in schooling, gender inequalities, and environmental degradation in Bududa, Uganda.read more »

Ancient Humans Left Africa To Escape Drying Climate

5 Oct 2017 | World

Humans migrated out of Africa as the climate shifted from wet to very dry about 60,000 years ago, according to research led by a University of Arizona geoscientist. read more »

Global Hunger Rising Again, Driven By Conflict And Climate Change

18 Sep 2017 | World

The number of people hungry around the world is up for the first time in more than a decade, says a new report, pointing to violent conflicts and climate change as the major drivers. read more »

Much Of The Planet's Land Severely Degraded Owing To Increased Consumption

13 Sep 2017 | World

A new United Nations report warns that a third of the planet’s land is now severely degraded thanks to a doubling in the consumption of natural resources over the past 30 years.read more »

Death rates from rheumatic heart disease falling since 1990

24 Aug 2017 | World

The risk of dying from rheumatic heart disease, a condition of damaged heart valves caused by bacterial infection that leads to rheumatic fever, has dropped around the world over the last 25 years, according to a new scientific study.read more »

Use Of Children As 'Human Bombs' Is On The Rise In North-East Nigeria

23 Aug 2017 | World

UNICEF has expressed extreme concern at the appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially girls, as “human bombs” in north-east Nigeria.read more »

Clues To A 'Ghost' Species Of Ancient Human

24 Jul 2017 | World

In saliva, scientists have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today.read more »

New Assessment Identifies Global Hotspots For Water Conflict

18 Jul 2017 | World

More than 1,400 new dams or water diversion projects are planned or already under construction and many of them are on rivers flowing through multiple nations, fueling the potential for increased water conflict between some countries.read more »

Security Council Deplores Ongoing Violence In Central African Republic

14 Jul 2017 | World

The United Nations Security Council has expressed concern at the ongoing clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) and deplored that civilians from some communities, UN peacekeepers and aid workers continue to be targeted.read more »

Billions Around The World Lack Safe Water, Proper Sanitation Facilities

13 Jul 2017 | World

Some three in ten people around the world lack access to safe and readily available water at home, and almost six in ten to safely managed sanitation, a new report has warned, calling on countries to do more to fulfil these basic human needs.read more »

Global Use Of Wastewater To Irrigate Agriculture At Least 50 Percent Greater Than Thought

5 Jul 2017 | World

The use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 percent more widespread than previously thought, according to a new study.read more »

WHO Declares End To Latest Ebola Outbreak In DR Congo

5 Jul 2017 | World

A recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is over, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, while adding that enhanced surveillance for the virus continues.read more »

Agency Saves 600 Stranded Migrants In Sahara Desert, But 52 Dead In Niger

28 Jun 2017 | World

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Niger has saved more than 600 lives since April 2017 through a new search and rescue operation that targets migrants stranded in Sahara Desert, but 52 did not survive.read more »

Africa's Largest Refugee Crisis Now A 'Children's Crisis'

21 Jun 2017 | World

Raising alarm over the plight of refugees, in particular the situation of women and children, arriving in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya having fled violence and instability in South Sudan, UNICEF has called on governments to do more to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected.read more »

Record High Temperatures Grip Much Of The Globe, More Hot Weather To Come

21 Jun 2017 | World

Extremely high May and June temperatures have broken records in parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, warning of more heatwaves to come.read more »

Violence And Persecution Uprooted Record 65.6 Million People In 2016

20 Jun 2017 | World

Nearly 66 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes last year, the United Nation refugee agency reported, stressing the “very high” pace at which conflict and persecution is forcing people to flee their homes.read more »

Conflict And Drought Deepen Food Insecurity In Africa, Middle East

13 Jun 2017 | World

Protracted fighting and unrest are swelling the ranks of displaced and hungry in some parts of the world, even as large agricultural harvests in some regions are buoying global food supply conditions, according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization. read more »

Where Climate Change Is Most Likely To Induce Food Violence

9 Jun 2017 | World

Climate change is expected to lead to more violence related to food scarcity, but new research suggests that the strength of a country's government plays a vital role in preventing uprisings. read more »

Dating Expert Ages Oldest Modern Human

8 Jun 2017 | World

A Griffith University geochronologist's state-of-the-art dating methods push back the origins of our species by an unprecedented 100,000 years, uncovering the oldest modern human and our deep biological history in Africa.read more »

New research reveals earliest directly dated rock paintings from southern Africa

6 Jun 2017 | World

Researchers have shown that paintings in south-eastern Botswana are at least 5500 years old, whilst paintings in Lesotho and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, South Africa, date as far back as 3000 years. read more »

Yemen Grapples With 'Unprecedented' Cholera Outbreak

1 Jun 2017 | World

Amid an “unprecedented” increase in suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen – where medical facilities are teetering on the edge of collapse – UNICEF has stepped up its response but warned that time may be “running out.”read more »

South Sudan Fighting 'Must Stop Now' So Millions Can Be Spared From Famin

26 May 2017 | World

Despite “appalling conditions” in South Sudan, it is not too late to save more people from dying, the head of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said, joining the World Food Programme (WFP) chief in a call to all parties enmeshed in the country’s conflict to end the violence and work together to ensure access to food and other life-saving support.read more »

Violence In North Africa, Middle East Puts Health Of 24 Million Children In Jeopardy

25 May 2017 | World

From Libya to Syria, grinding conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East have damaged health infrastructure and compromised water and sanitation services, threatening the health of 24 million children, UNICEF warned.read more »

Experts Race Against Clock To Quell Ebola Outbreak

19 May 2017 | World

A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the World Health Organization (WHO) said.read more »

As Four Countries Face Famine, World 'Must Step Up Now'

18 May 2017 | World

With famine looming in four countries, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) stressed the need to rally support for both immediate relief to people at risk and for longer-term initiatives.read more »

New Ebola Virus Outbreak In Northern DR Congo

15 May 2017 | World

An Ebola outbreak in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has killed at least one person, according to the World health Organization.read more »

The 'Cycle Of Revenge' In South Sudan Will 'Hurt Everyone'

12 May 2017 | World

Deteriorating security in parts of South Sudan coupled with increased displacement could worsen the humanitarian suffering in the country through outbreaks of diseases such as diarrhoea and even cholera, the United Nations envoy for the country has warned.read more »

More Than One Million Children Have Fled Escalating Violence In South Sudan

10 May 2017 | World

The escalating conflict in South Sudan had driven more than one million children out of the country, the United Nations said, warning that the future of a generation is ‘on the brink.’read more »

International Criminal Court May Investigate Migrant-Related Crimes In Libya

9 May 2017 | World

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has told the United Nations Security Council that her Office is considering launching an investigation into alleged migrant-related crimes in Libya, including human trafficking.read more »

UNICEF Welcomes Release Of 80 Chibok Schoolgirls Abducted By Boko Haram

8 May 2017 | World

The United Nations Children's Fund has welcomed the release of more than 80 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents over three years ago.read more »

Somalia: 1.4M Children To Suffer Acute Malnutrition This Year

3 May 2017 | World

Some 1.4 million children in Somalia are projected to be acutely malnourished this year, an increase of 50 per cent over last year, UNICEF announced.read more »

Starvation Looms For 20 Million People

26 Apr 2017 | World

If nothing is done soon, 20 million people will starve to death over the next six months in South Sudan, Somalia, north-eastern Nigera and Yemen, the Food and Agricultural Organization warned. read more »

Discovery Of More Mass Graves Reveal 'Unfolding Horror' In DR Congo

20 Apr 2017 | World

Raising alarm over increasing reports of serious human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations human rights chief underscored that the scale and nature of the allegations could warrant an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC).read more »

Famine Looms For Millions

17 Apr 2017 | World

Senior United Nations officials have repeated mid-February's 'call to action' on behalf of some 20 million people across four countries that now face the risk of famine. read more »

'Alarming' Rise In Use Of Children In 'Suicide' Attacks By Boko Haram

13 Apr 2017 | World

The use of children, particularly girls, by the Boko Haram terrorist group in violent attacks in the Lake Chad region has seen an “alarming” surge in 2017, UNICEF has reported.read more »

African Migrants Reportedly Being Sold In 'Slave Markets' In Libya

12 Apr 2017 | World

Hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country.read more »

'Horrible Attack' In South Sudan Town Sends Thousands Fleeing Across Border

10 Apr 2017 | World

Host communities and aid agencies in Uganda are struggling to feed and shelter new refugees who have been displaced following a spike in violence in parts of neighbouring South Sudan's Eastern Equatoria province. read more »

Pirates Off Somalia's Coast Still A Potent Threat

6 Apr 2017 | World

Recent attacks on commercial ships off the coast of Somalia highlight the continued threat of piracy, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which has urged ships to follow advice of navies and that of the International Maritime Organization while planning passage through the region.read more »

Over 100 Million People Face Severe Food Insecurity Worldwide

3 Apr 2017 | World

Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people worldwide were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a report on food crises that offers benchmark for action needed to avoid catastrophe.read more »

As Famine Looms, Malnutrition And Disease Rise Sharply Among Somali Children – UNICEF

31 Mar 2017 | World

As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea – a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. read more »

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