Invasive Asian mosquito species threatens African cities: study

WASHINGTON, A species of mosquito originally from Asia threatens to put tens of millions of city-dwellers in Africa at higher risk of catching malaria as the invading insect spreads throughout the continent, a study said. Malaria — which killed 400,000 people in 2018, mainly children in Africa — is caused by parasites that roughly 40 mosquito species spread among humans when they feed. The Anopheles gambiae group of mosquito species are the main drivers of malaria’s spread in Africa, but these insects dislike the polluted puddles seen in cities and…

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Collectively we need to do more to protect education from attack

Statement to High-Level Virtual Event to Commemorate the First International Day to Protect Education from Attack, Delivered by ICRC President Peter Maurer Excellencies, Congratulations to Your Highness Sheika Moza bint Nasser and the State of Qatar on your dedicated efforts to advance on this critical issue. This week I am traveling to the Sahel region to visit ICRC operations and discuss our humanitarian concerns with authorities. As in many violent places around the world, the children of the Sahel have suffered enormously during conflict, including the loss of their schooling.…

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Briefing Paper: Supporting Safe Education in the Central Sahel (September 2020)

Attacks on Students, Teachers, and Schools Surge in Africa’s Sahel First International Day to Protect Education from Attack Addresses Violations Globally (New York, September 8, 2020) – The Central Sahel has seen a significant spike in attacks on students, teachers, and schools since 2018, according to a new report released today by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The report is launched ahead of the first ever United Nations International Day to Protect Education from Attack on September 9, 2020. Supporting Safe Education in the Central Sahel…

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Five things you need to know this week about global education (September 04, 2020)

Our roundup looks at the pandemic’s effect on refugee children, the latest news on classes reopening around the world and a deadly attack on a primary school. Act now or refugee children face bleak future The future of millions of refugee children is threatened unless urgent and bold action is taken to beat the catastrophic effects of Covid-19 on their education. That warning comes in a report from the UN refugee agency UNHCR, which finds that young refugees have been particularly disadvantaged during the pandemic. Before the health crisis, a…

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Education in Danger Monthly News Brief, July 2020

Africa Burkina Faso 27 July 2020: In Tansarga department, Tapoa province, Est region, gunmen reportedly entered Toptiagou village and stole fuel before burning five primary schools (Katela Primary School, Diamanga Primary School, Kobana Primary School, Kotchari Primary School and Bodiaga Primary School) before fleeing to W Parc (possibly W National Park).* Sources: Gulmo and Twitter 27 July 2020: In Tansarga department, Tapoa province, Est region, gunmen reportedly set another seven schools (Malpoa Primary School – Kombongou Primary School, Pielgou Primary School, Kobdari Primary School, Nangbanli Primary School, Tchontchonga Primary School,…

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Regional Bureau for West and Central Africa Education Newsletter, July-August 2020

A school year coming to an end under the cloud of COVID-19 While all education experts agree that it is urgent and essential that children across the African continent return to school quickly and safely, education policy makers face the dual challenge of getting children back into school and planning for the long-term consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. In West & Central Africa, there was an education crisis even before the coronavirus pandemic. The region has the lowest school enrolment rates in the world. Now, according to Save the Children…

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Africa Health Officials Call for Children to Return to School

JOHANNESBURG – Experts from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund say it’s urgent and essential that children across the African continent return to school soon, and safely. To that end, the U.N. agencies have formulated guidelines to make school openings safer on the continent. Across the African continent, hundreds of millions of children have been shut out of school as governments have imposed coronavirus restrictions by closing educational institutions. But top global health officials say that after nearly six months of disruption, it’s time to…

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