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Niger President Urges Reduction In Nation’s Birth Rate To Adapt To Climate Change

The Guardian: Niger’s president blames explosive birth rate on ‘a misreading of Islam’ “A misreading of Islam led to Niger’s explosive birth rate, hampering the country’s fight to adapt to the climate crisis and preserve its shrinking resources, the country’s president has said. … [Mahamadou] Issoufou claims he has been…

WHO Reports Kingdom Of Eswatini Reduces TB Incidence By More Than Half

WHO: Hope restored in the Kingdom of Eswatini as tuberculosis incidence reduced by more than half “…Once labeled the country with the world’s highest TB incidence, the Kingdom [of Eswatini] has turned the tide and reduced the scourge by more than half. … In 2011, the Government of Eswatini declared…

Decline In Public Data Threatens Progress On SDGs In Africa, Ibrahim Foundation Report Says

Devex: Data gaps threaten achievement of development goals in Africa “Data gaps across the African continent threaten to hinder the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, according to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s first governance report released on Tuesday. The report, ‘Agendas 2063 & 2030:…

MSF Post Discusses Impacts Of Ebola Outbreak, Response On DRC’s Health System

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders: Ebola outbreak threatens fragile local health system in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo This post by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders addresses the impacts of Ebola and the outbreak response on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) health care system. The post states, “[T]he health…

DRC Becomes 47th Nation Since 1999 To Eliminate Maternal, Neonatal Tetanus

UNICEF USA: The Democratic Republic of the Congo Eliminates MNT In this post, Seva Tsivgas, global cause partnerships intern at UNICEF USA, writes, “The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has officially become the 47th country since 1999 to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). This milestone was achieved despite…

Ugandan Government To Introduce New Bill To Impose Death Penalty For Gay Sex

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Uganda plans bill imposing death penalty for gay sex “Uganda announced plans on Thursday for a bill that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals, saying the legislation would curb a rise in unnatural sex in the east African nation. The bill — colloquially known as ‘Kill…