Malaria trial shows ‘striking’ 70% reduction in severe illness in children | Global health

[ad_1] A trial combining vaccinations and prevention drugs has substantially lowered the number of children dying of malaria in two African countries, according to researchers. The results of the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have been hailed as “very striking”, especially at a time when decades-long progress on combating malaria has … Read more

‘Use your £11bn climate fund to pay for family planning,’ UK told | Global development

[ad_1] The UK government has been urged to open up its £11bn pot of climate funding to contraception, as research from low-income countries shows a link between poor access to reproductive health services and environmental damage. In a letter to Alok Sharma, president of the UN Cop26 climate conference, an alliance of more than 60 … Read more

The Guardian view on global vaccine inequality: unwise as well as unethical | Editorial

[ad_1] The statistics are stark and shaming. During an exasperated intervention earlier this week, the World Health Organization’s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, pointed out that of 4.8bn Covid vaccine doses delivered around the world to date, around 75% have gone to just 10 countries. The level of vaccine donations from richer countries, he added … Read more

‘Don’t avert your eyes’: Afghan teachers urge world to defend girls’ education | Women’s rights and gender equality

[ad_1] Afghanistan’s only boarding school for girls has temporarily relocated to Rwanda, its co-founder has said, just days after a video of her burning class records to avoid Taliban recriminations was widely shared on social media. Shabana Basij-Rasikh, who escaped Kabul with 250 students and staff, urged the world to “not avert your eyes” from … Read more

Zimbabwean man charged with rape after girl, 15, dies giving birth | Global development

[ad_1] Zimbabwean police have charged a man after a 15-year-old girl died while giving birth at a church shrine last month. Hatirarami Momberume, 26, has been charged with raping Anna Machaya, whose death provoked outrage in the country and was condemned by the UN. The girl’s parents, Edmore Machaya and Shy Mabika, have been charged … Read more