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International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl celebrates the importance, power, and potential of girls around the world, and focuses attention on the particular problems they can face. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities and disrupting access to vital health and support services. However, it has also accelerated the use of digital health and …

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ANALYSIS: Prodding the rich world to jab the rest

US President Joe Biden’s proposal of a new global fund might just be the key to vaccine equity. Only 4 per cent of Africa’s population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is despite the continent’s efforts, including those of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) …

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UN chief’s message to world leaders: ‘Wake up, change course, unite’

In a wide-ranging interview with UN News, Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on world leaders to ‘wake up’, make an immediate course correction at home and abroad, and unite. “The institutions we have, have no teeth. And sometimes, even when they have teeth, like in the case of the Security Council, they have not much appetite to bite”, the UN chief said. With only a few days until the 76th session …

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USAID launches CoVLEx

Initiative to start with Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Indore, Bhubaneswar, and ten cities in South Asian and African countries The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and NITI Aayog launched a USAID-supported ‘City-to-City COVID-19 Vaccination Learning Exchange (CoVLEx) initiative to build a global COVID-19 vaccination knowledge management platform and initiate an …

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Activists celebrate World Refill Day

As plastic debris can still be frequently found in our environment, activists celebrate World Refill Day on June 16th. The global public awareness campaign aims_ at preventing plastic pollution by urging people to reuse their containers, whether it be cups or bottles. “The problem is really that recycling is not …

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How best we can equalise the fight against cancer

Informing someone that they have cancer is indescribably difficult. It is all the more heart-wrenching when we know that their disease possibly could have been detected and treated earlier, thus increasing their survival chances, or even prevented entirely. Ten million people died prematurely from cancer in 2020. Half of these …

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