Committing to the Early Years, the Foundation for Growth

In 2013, I was confronted by the realization of my country’s situation at a 156_info_1024_x_512parliamentarian workshop organized by UNICEF where I learned about the different forms of malnutrition that we face. There, I discovered that my country, Cameroon, has an overall stunting prevalence of 32% for children under age five. In other words, one in three children under the age of five is affected. I now know of the devastating effects of malnutrition on the health of families, children and adolescents and consequently on the development of our country. As a parliamentarian, I’ve worked to serve my constituency and set up a community health insurance which helps improve the coverage of vulnerable children and young people. These challenges are our daily reality, but I was surprised to see them highlighted by the President of the World Bank in Washington, DC when I traveled there for the World Bank’s Spring Meetings.

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World Bank Mobilizes US$200 Million to Combat Cholera in Yemen

WASHINGTON, August 25, 2017 – The World Bank announced today an emergency

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US$200 million grant to support Yemen as it struggles to contain one of the world’s largest cholera outbreaks. This will strengthen the country’s health, water and sanitation systems, addressing the source of the epidemic and improving systems to prevent future outbreaks.
The integrated support package financed by the new grant will include the training of 7,500 health workers, strengthening the local capacity to treat and manage cholera cases, provision of bulk chlorination of water supplies, rehabilitation of critical wastewater treatment plants, supporting mass communication and social mobilization campaigns, and supporting one the largest ever cholera vaccine campaigns aiming to reach millions of Yemenis. Continue reading

MTV Shuga Soap Opera Turns Edutainment into a Tool to Fight HIV and Gender-Based Violence

  • A study in Nigeria finds that young people who watched MTV Shuga were twice as mtv-feature-story-family-picture-780x439likely to get an HIV test.
  • Chlamydia infections dropped by 58% among women.
  • The show is an example of “edutainment” – the use of mass media to educate people and promote positive behavior change

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Imagining infrastructure services in 2017

<!– <!– /sites/all/themes/blogs/templates/header/js/jquery-1.4.4.min.js –>One of my favorite songs when I was growing up was John Lennon’s “Imagine.” A few months ago, UNICEF created a project around it to highlight the plight of millions of refugee children. Now, as the year draws to a close, I couldn’t help but imagine a world with high-quality, affordable, sustainable, well-maintained, infrastructure services for everyone.

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