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Lagos : Nigeria | Jul 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM PDT
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Horn Of Africa Hit By Worst Drought In 60 Years

According to the study, it will take four years before the goal of access to education can be achieved thanks to policies already undertaken by African governments in support of literacy of young people, 60% of the continent’s population, and women. As for the other goals, significant progress has been achieved in fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, which bodes well for the future.However, as far as maternal and child health, in particular the decrease of mortality during pregnancy and childbirth, the UN points out that the only eastern Africa has made some progress and that in the western region, the situation remains unchanged. The biggest challenge is poverty reduction, which is to say the number of people living on less than USD1.25 a day: so far the steady economic growth in Africa has not translated into prosperity for the people and especially for the most vulnerable such as children, often under-nourished.The UN report notes that in recent years the continent’s food insecurity has been compounded by climate change, which manifests itself with floods and prolonged droughts, resulting in losses to agricultural production and increased food prices. The current situation in the Horn of Africa, where 12 million people are starving because of drought, while some West African countries like Nigeria, are under water, is emblematic of the new challenges that the continent poor must face.

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The Horn of Africa region has recently been hit by a serious drought
The Horn of Africa region has recently been hit by a serious drought
Rodolfo Buccico is based in Naples, Campania, Italy, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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