The European Union (EU) has invested €18 million for water sanitation improvements in Angola. Investing in water sanitation will not only improve an aging public utility, but also help to eradicate poverty, promote sustainable development, and save lives, said by the delegate of EU embassy to Angola, Maria José Baptista, during the national seminar on 'Water Management'. The EU has been partnering with Angola on various development projects 1988.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged governments in developing countries to ban a toxic pesticide – already outlawed in the European Union – linked to the deaths of more than 20 children in India in the month of July alone.
At the end of July, the United Kingdom House of Lords sent a letter to the European Commission to express its members’ concern over the lack of political interest for solving the water, sanitation and hygiene situation in sub-Saharan Africa, the British newspaper The Guardian informs.
African governments are spending more of their own money to combat the AIDS virus, malaria and other health plagues - according to a new report by the United Nations’ AIDS agency and the African Union (AU), released on Monday (15 July) -, but a senior global health official says progress in preventing infectious diseases could slow if the EU and other donors skimp on their aid.
Strains of one increasingly antibiotic-resistant Salmonella serotype have seen a “rapid worldwide spread,” according to a study published by researchers at the Institut Pasteur in Paris and Morocco. The resistance is believed to be caused by “the massive overuse” of antibiotics in African poultry farming.
On 10th June, the European Union and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to pool resources for research into HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, malaria and other poverty-related diseases.
EU will continue the fight against malaria, European development commissioner Andris Piebalgs said on the occasion of the world malaria day, celebrated this year on April 25.
Watch the interview with Christian Borgermeister, Director General of ICIPE - a pan-African research organisation focused on tropical insect science – to find out more about the way the two technologies that they have developed with support from the EU could dramatically improve the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the standard of living of East-Africa pastoralists.
A new tsetse repellent technology, developed through a partnership between ICIPE – an independent research center based in Nairobi (Kenya) and the EU, reduces tsetse bites by more than 90% and has the potential to considerable increase the standard of living of East-Africa pastoralists.
A new policy, which aims to improve the nutrition of mothers and children in order to reduce mortality and diseases, was launched Wednesday March 13.
The new policy is set out in the Communication “Enhancing Maternal and Child Nutrition in external assistance: an EU policy framework”, and aims to reduce the number of children under five years of age who are stunted (with a low height for their age and impaired mental development) by at least 10% (7 million) by 2025.