In 2017, Senegal became the 15th country to sign the 'Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities' with the Global Fund, strengthening a 15-year long partnership to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
UNICEF-Ghana and KOICA to address challenges faced by adolescent girls
UNICEF-Ghana and the Korean development agency (KOICA) have signed a partnership agreement to launch the ‘A Better Life for Girls in Ghana’ project, which seeks to address the inequalities that disproportionaly affect adolescent girls between the ages of 12 and 19 in the country. The project will work to combat child marriages, and support girls to stay in school and obtain vocational and entrepreneurial skills. It is part of KOICA's global campaign - 'A Better Life for Girls' - to strengthen health services and improve education for the most vulnerable girls in 15 countries.
Spanning 2017 to 2020, the agreement involves a US$5.2 million investment from KOICA, while UNICEF-Ghana will lead on strategy development and implementation in select districts. The hope, according to Woochan Chang, country director of KOICA in Ghana, is that the project will aid the successful implementation of Ghana's new National Strategic Framework on Ending Child Marriage.
Canada’s development minister speaks at CanWaCH adolescent health conference
Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, spoke at the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health's Conference (CanWaCH) on global adolescent health. The conference highlighted the importance of supporting health quality for adolescents, particularly adolescent girls, many of whom continue to face systemic inequalities. Minister Bibeau outlined Canada’s current work around the health and rights of women and girls, which includes support for the She Decides movement and the Her Voice Her Choice initiative. She also emphasized the prominence of gender equality as part of Canada’s new “feminist” international assistance policy.
ANU hosts seminar on drought and famine relief in Papua New Guinea
The Australian National University (ANU) hosts a public seminar on the outcomes of the 2015-2016 El Niño drought in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The phenomenon led to widespread shortages of drinking water and food in PNG, negatively impacting villagers’ health, and causing the partial or complete closure of many schools. Five speakers, who were all closely involved in the assessment of food shortages and the distribution of foreign assistance, are set to cover the impacts of El Niño on PNG and evaluate the responses made by the government, donors, churches, and international agencies.