UN AND AFRICA: Giving birth while fleeing Nigeria

12 Mar 2015

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Kalthouma Abakar, 22, and her newborn daughter. Photo UNHCR/Olivier Laban-Mattei

•Representatives of governments and women’s groups from around  the world have gathered in New York for a two-week session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. One of the issues they are discussing is violence against women which continues to be a problem in different parts of the world. The victims of this violence include women who have been forced to flee their homes in northern Nigeria after Boko Haram terrorists attacked their villages. One of the women gave birth while fleeing Nigeria.
Early detection sought for “zoonotic” diseases in Africa

Technician in Uganda Virus Research Institute. (Photo: IAEA/M. Warnau)

• Health experts across Africa should be able to better track and detect animal diseases that threaten humans thanks to  a new project launched by the UN’s atomic energy agency, (IAEA).Over 20 experts from 13 countries have been meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, to firm up plans to improve regional capacity for the early detection of these so-called zoonotic diseases. They include the Ebola Virus Disease which has killed almost 10,000 people in West Africa over the last year.
East African countries work towards a single currency

IMF Headquarters in Washington, DC. Photo: IMF/Henrik Gschwindt de Gyor

•Efforts are under way in East Africa to consolidate regional economic integration that will culminate in a single currency by 2024. That’s according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which has published a book laying out all aspects of the financial integration process for Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. A senior IMF official says the project has strong political backing because it was initiated by the heads of state of these countries.
Producer/Presenter: Derrick MbathaProduction Assistant: Sandra GuyStudio Engineer: Shalako GordonDuration: 10’00”