Today, on the day thatthe AU/EU summit opens,more than 13,000 African children under the age of five will die, most from easily preventable illnesses, Save the Children said.
Save the Childrencalled on African leaders to fulfil their promises made in Abujain 2001 to spend at least 15% of their annual budgets on health.
Martin Kirk, Save the Children's Head of Campaigns and Advocacy, said: "Almost five million children under the age of five die each year in sub-Saharan Africa.
"The majority of these deaths are caused by diarrhoea, pneumonia andmalaria - illnesses that …
Cologne/Bobo Dioulasso. Malteser International supports the help for the flood victims in Burkina Faso. "Since Wednesday, paramedics of the Burkinabe Association of the Order of Malta are rescuing sick and injured people from the flood areas and bringing them to health centres and hospitals. Furthermore, they have built four community tents to host the people who had to flee from the floods", Dr.
"The vaccines are there, the logistics are in place, the vaccination is underway, but the funds are missing," explains Meinie Nicolai, MSF's Operational Director.
Meningitis is highly contagious, and in view of the seriousness of the disease the health authorities have made public appeals for people to report to health centres as soon as any symptoms appear.
MSF and MSF Podcasts: Luxembourg, Ouagadougou - The meningitis epidemic that started in Burkina Faso at the end of February continues to spread.
The most recent statistics issued by the health authorities in mid-March show around 801 deaths and some 10,796 suspected cases since the beginning of the year.
In addition to the planned vaccination of a further 600,000 people in the West African state of Burkina Faso, assessments are being carried out in a number of areas and teams are on alert in other countries where outbreaks are feared.
MSF and MSF Podcasts: During the past weeks, teams from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) assisted in the vaccination of over 860,000 people against meningitis, a contagious and potentially fatal infection of the brain membrane.
These mass immunisation campaigns …