Ericsson and UNICEF recently launched a global partnership to map internet connectivity in schools in 35 countries by the end of 2023, an initiative that aims to give young people digital skills so they can participate in the digital economy. CNBC Africa spoke with Todd Ashton, Vice President and Head of Ericsson South and East Africa for more.
After three consecutive years of no recorded outbreak of polio, the World Health Organisation says Nigeria's wild polio-free status has been accepted by the Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC). A delegation from the World Health Organisation will present the certification to Nigeria's President Buhari today. Anisur Rahman Siddique, Head of Immunization and Health Systems at UNICEF joins CNBC Africa for more.
Telecoms group Airtel Africa, a business that primarily has operations in East, West and central Africa, has reported a revenue increase and customer base increase for its first quarter results. The telecoms giant has also partnered with UNICEF to provide youth with remote learning facilities and has seen an increase in activity in May and June as the ease of lockdowns are implemented globally. Airtel Africa CEO, Raghunath Mandava joins CNBC Africa for more.
Covid-19 disruptions to global supply chains have raised the alarm around food insecurity in Africa, with millions of people at risk of plunging further into poverty. To help the continent feed itself throughout the crisis streaming platform YouTube has partnered with the World Food Programme and UNICEF to raise funding. That’s as Africa works on a sustainable plan for food production, which includes reducing its reliance on food imports. Alex Okosi, Managing Director for Emerging Markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at YouTube joins CNBC Africa for more.
UNICEF’s Chief of Health, Sanjana Bhardwaj says solutions designed for maternal health must have women and children at the centre. While speaking to CNBC Africa’s Christy Cole about the latest UNICEF report on global child nutrition and maternal health, the UNICEF Chief maintained data gathering and evidence must be efficiently in unpacking health sector issues.
UNICEF says Nigeria loses about 1.3 per cent of GDP annually due to poor sanitation. Zaid Jurji, Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Section at UNICEF Nigeria joins CNBC Africa to discuss the wider impact of Nigeria's lapses in sanitation.
Op-Ed: Protecting Africa’s invisible children, the case for birth registration and a digital identity
To achieve truly universal access will involve the strengthening and expansion of primary health care in low and middle income countries.
Only 97 million people have access to improved sanitation in Nigeria. This is according to Zaid Jurji, Chief, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Section of UNICEF, Nigeria. He joins CNBC Africa from Abuja to discuss solutions to Nigeria’s water sanitation crisis.
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