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Children, COVID-19, vaccines and Africa, refugees… Thursday’s news

ByMicheal Johnson

Sep 7, 2020

Suicide, unhappiness, obesity and a lack of academic and social skills have become all too common traits of minors in high-income countries, says a new report by the UN Children’s Fund.

The analysis seeks to understand what determines the well-being of children in rich countries using data prior to the appearance of COVID-19 and includes a classification table according to the mental and physical health of children and their academic and social skills. Based on these indicators, the top three countries for the youngest they are the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.

“Many of the richest countries in the world – which have the resources to provide a good childhood for all – are failing children,” said the director of the Office of Research of UNICEF.

The agency said that unless governments take swift and forceful measures to protect the well-being of children as part of their responses to the pandemic, an increase in child poverty rates can be expected, a deterioration of mental and physical health and a deepening of the skills gap between boys and girls.

Africa must participate in clinical trials of vaccines

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A nurse prepares the pneumococcal vaccine in Ghana.

Fifty-four countries in Africa have expressed interest in participating in the COVAX coalition, a global initiative led by the World Health Organization and its partners to develop and ensure universal access to a COVID-19 vaccine.

Eight countries in Africa have agreed self-finance their vaccine doses through the initiativewhile 46 nations are eligible to receive support from the financing instrument.

According to the Coalition for Innovations in Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), responsible for COVAX vaccine research, it is essential that countries in Africa participate in vaccine trials.

“Testing vaccines on the continent ensures that sufficient data is generated on the safety and efficacy of the most promising candidate vaccines for the African population, so that they can be confidently implemented in Africa once the vaccines are approved ”, assured the director of the coalition.

COVAX seeks to develop up to three safe and effective vaccines that are available to participating countries. They currently support nine candidates, two of them are in testing in South Africa.

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Shefuka, a nine-year-old girl, studies at home with the support of her mother and teacher in a Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh. Your camp education center is closed due to COVID-19.

If the international community does not take immediate and ambitious action to counter the effects of COVID-19 on the education of refugees, the potential of millions of young refugees living in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities will be further threatened. , alerts a new report of the UN Refugee Agency published this Thursday.

He United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, highlighted that half of the world’s refugee children were not in school before the crisis caused by the coronavirus.

“After all they have endured, we cannot steal their future by denying them an education today. Despite the enormous challenges posed by the pandemic, by offering more international support to refugees and their host communities, we can develop more innovative means to protect the critical gains in refugee education made in recent years. ” .

If there is no greater support, could be reversed, in some cases permanently, the constant increase in enrollment in schools, universities and technical studies and vocational training, jeopardizing efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4, which seeks to ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education for all .

Food prices go up

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A woman in Mali works in a community garden that is part of the World Food Program’s capacity-building project.

World food prices rose for the third month in a row in August on firmer demand and a weaker U.S. dollar, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks international prices for the most traded food products, averaged 96.1 points in August, 2 percent more than the previous month and the highest level since February 2020.

The price of cereals, sorghum, corn and rice rose due to a number of factors, from strong import demand from China and crop damage in the United States, to reduced seasonal availabilities in Africa.

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