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April 2015

25 Apr
Can We Close The Gap?
world-malaria-day-2015In recent years, four countries have been certified by   the WHO Director-General as having eliminated malaria: United Arab Emirates (2007), Morocco (2010), Turkmenistan (2010), and Armenia (2011); and on the basis of reported cases for 2013, 55 countries are on track to reduce their malaria case incidence rates by 75 per cent, in line with the World Health Assembly targets for 2015. Their secret is simply a large-scale use of WHO-recommended strategies, currently available tools, strong national commitments, and coordinated efforts with partners.
World Hemophilia Day 2015
images (1)Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder that hinders the body’s ability to control clotting or coagulation. It is believed that the severity of a person’s hemophilia depends on the amount of the clotting factor that is missing. Prolonged bleeding and re-bleeding are the diagnostic symptoms of hemophilia. Severe hemophiliacs bleed internally and spontaneously (without evident trauma); If not treated promptly, joint bleeds can lead to permanent joint damage and disfigurement.

Every year, the World Health Organization chooses a global public health theme to celebrate its birthday; and this year, governments, manufacturers, retailers and all consumers are being alerted to the significance of food safety. Food-borne diseases kill hundreds of thousands of people annually and each one of these groups of people have a part to play in ensuring that by the time food gets on the plate, it is safe to eat. World Health Day on April 7 is a reminder that it's time to take food safety much more seriously therefore all groups need to collaborate more to improve food safety. Local communities, women’s groups and school children must not be left out, as education on food safety should be an essential part of learning both at home and at school.

Shinning A Light On Autism In Nigeria
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Three years ago, I met Idiongho, a special 19 year old living under the most inhumane conditions. He used to have episodes that I and many others thought strange - violent outbursts, banging his head on surfaces, throwing tantrums – and so his mother kept him chained and locked up. The unofficial diagnosis was that he had gone mad but, as a matter of fact Idiongho was just an autistic boy living in an ignorant world. I remember Idiongho today because April 2 is a day made significant globally because it is the World Autism Awareness Day. Fortunately for Idiongho, he was rescued and is being rehabilitated. But today, as I read about the great inroads made in the research of Autism in developed countries, I can’t but think about untold numbers – in Nigeria and Africa as a whole - who suffer in silence, destined to live out their days labeled insane, demon possessed or worse.