Ethiopia, HIV-positive mothers deliver babies free of the virus

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 2012 – Adanech* rushed to the Saris Health Centre in Addis Ababa when her labour pains started. Because of an effective mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme at the health centre, supported by UNICEF and its partners, Adanech has an excellent chance of having her wish come true. Like every mother in the world, she hoped to deliver a healthy baby. But Adanech is HIV positive, and without appropriate care, she could pass on the virus to her … [Read more...]

Ethiopia: HIV+ Mother Pulls Family Back from Brink

With the help of WFP's food support and livelihood assistance programmes, Belaynish Dabe and her HIV-positive husband no longer struggle to feed themselves and their children. WFP's food support to people living with HIV helps ameliorate the double burden of lack of income and deteriorating health. DEBRE ZEIT--Belaynish Dabe, an HIV-positive mother of six children, used to struggle to feed herself and her children due to a lack of regular income. She grew only maize, which she could … [Read more...]

Ethiopia, celebrating Call for an END to Genital Cutting

Two More Corners of Ethiopia Call for an End to Genital Cutting ARAR REGION, Ethiopia — In a ceremony of poetry, drama and music, the Buremudaytu and Argoba districts in the Afar region officially abandoned female genital mutilation/cutting earlier this month. The event– attended by government and religious leaders, clan elders, former circumcisers and other community officials – was a remarkable achievement in an area where an extreme form of FGM/C was almost universally practiced … [Read more...]

Ethiopia, Stop Forcing People Off Their Land!

Thousands of people are being forced out of their homes to make way for commercial agriculture.They receive little or no compensation for the loss of their land and homes, and are forced into villages without the basic facilities for new people. Stand up against this injustice! » Because of the timing of the relocations, at the beginning of the harvest, and because no food or health resources have been made available for these people, malnutrition, illness and starvation are becoming … [Read more...]

Yvonne Buluma Samba – WOMAN of ACTION

A Celebration of Women is honored to Celebrate the Life of yet another Amazing Women, this time from the United Kingdom via Kenya. When asked, her reply was humble saying; "I haven't battled any diseases or faced profound terrors, but to be where I am has taken a lot of Sacrifice and Teamwork; for myself as well as for those Believing in Me." This Woman shares the following Mantra...when helping others. from 'Possibility to Probability'... WOMAN of ACTION Yvonne … [Read more...]

UN WOMEN – Career Opportunity

Employment UN Women Personal History Form (P11) - Required when applying for all vacancies. UN Women is now hiring expert practitioners for the following assignments. (Please contact us if you have questions.) Policy Specialist (Data and Research – Progress of the World’s Women) Location: New York Post Level: P3 Application Deadline: 5 December, 2011 External Relations Specialist (Intergovernmental Support) Location: New York Post Level: P3 Application Deadline: 5 … [Read more...]

Ethiopia Maternal Health during ‘worst drought’ in History

  Ethiopia WORST DROUGHT IN HISTORY   GODE, Ethiopia, September 2011 - For Halimo Faliid, 70, the arrival of baby Higad Mahad was bittersweet. In gaining a grandson she lost her daughter, a family tragedy that is still too common in the Horn of Africa, where the current drought is adding to the hardships of women and children. Halimo said that her daughter had given birth in their small village of Dhadafe in this dust filled and parched part of Ethiopia near the … [Read more...]

FIRST LADIES to meet Sept. 7-8, 2011 at United Nations

First Ladies, Experts, to Discuss Successes, Challenges in Securing Essential Supplies in Neediest Countries   UNITED NATIONS, New York—First Ladies, ministers and development experts will gather next week to share their countries’ successes and challenges in the field of maternal and reproductive health commodity security. The high-level meeting, to take place in New York on 7-8 September, will also look into ways to bridge the gap in essential supplies to save the lives of … [Read more...]

Crossing to Safety: One Woman’s Story of Arriving in Dadaab from Somalia

“I was so hungry I thought I would die” DADAAB, Kenya— When Fatuma Ali together with her husband decided to begin a trek from Somalia to Kenya with their four children, they knew the journey would be torturous. But it was one that they had to take. Pregnant with her fifth child, Fatuma could hardly withstand the situation in Somalia -- a ravaging famine on top of one of the world’s most enduring conflicts. The punishing 17-day journey through the sandy desert into Kenya left her … [Read more...]

cbm Responding to the Horn of Africa‏

E-Newsletter July 2011 cbm Responding to the Horn of Africa Food Crisis Two seasons of drought have left nearly 10 million people in the Horn of Africa on the brink of disaster. cbm's partners in Kenya and Ethiopia are working diligently to get life-saving food and water to the most vulnerable people. [Read about cbm's 3-Step Action Plan] Our Report Back to you: Jan-Jul, 2011 Rescuing forgotten children through cbm Child Sponsorship Eight … [Read more...]

CANADIAN Government is Taking Action ~ Doubling UNICEF DONATIONS!

Dear Friends, Take Action !A triple disaster is unfolding for children in the Horn of Africa.A deadly combination of drought, on-going conflict and escalating food prices has placed over 11 million people in need of life-saving aid in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.Close to 2.5 million of those at risk are children under the age of five. This is the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years. Earlier this week, the United Nations declared that famine exists in two regions of southern Somalia. … [Read more...]

Lancet Series: 2.6 million babies stillborn

2.6 million babies stillborn in 2009 New global and country estimates published in Lancet Series 14 April 2011 | Geneva -Some 2.6 million stillbirths occurred worldwide in 2009, according to the first comprehensive set of estimates published today in a special series of The Lancet medical journal. LANCET: http://www.thelancetglobalhealthnetwork.com /   Every day more than 7200 babies are stillborn − a death just when parents expect to welcome a new life − and 98% of them occur in … [Read more...]

Female Genital Cutting (FGM) – Ending in Northern Ethiopia, celebrate!

  Two Districts in Northern Ethiopia  Declare an End to Female Genital Cutting       AFAR, Ethiopia — An official declaration marking the abandonment of female genital cutting was issued recently in the Amibara and the Awash-Fentale districts of Ethiopia’s Afar Region. The effort to abandon cutting started nearly 10 years ago in both districts. In 2008, UNICEF and UNFPA began a joint programme to support that effort in Semera town. The initiative culminated this past November in two separate … [Read more...]

UN Top Officials – Celebrate Call to 'Abolish FGM' globally!

    Top UN officials call for abolishing female genital mutilation   A type of blade used to carry out the FGM operation February 2011 – Stressing that all girls deserve to grow up free from harmful practices that endanger their well-being, United Nations officials on Sunday called for abolishing the practice of female genital mutilation to help millions lead healthier lives.     Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) is the partial or total removal of the external genitalia – … [Read more...]

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