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The East African : Feb 18th 2017
26 OUTLOOK OUTLOOK: TITBITS BEHIND THE HEADLINES Mozambique deports Tanzanians Man-made lake for Ngorongoro SA minister warns against xenophobia Zimbabwe public doctors on strike The EastAfrican FEBRUARY 18-24,2017 The News: Mozambique has deported 132 Tanzanians in a crackdown on illegal immigrants in the country. There are an estimated 3,000 Tanzanians living in the mining city of Montepuez. The Lowdown: Dr Susan Kolimba, Tanzania’s deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and East African, Regional and International Co-operation said the government was monitoring the operation. In the same week, Tanzania announced that Zambians visiting the country for a stay longer than 90 days will require a resident permit or any other relevant permit. Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique are all members of the SADC bloc. The News: Tanzania is constructing a man-made lake in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a world heritage site, to provide regular and reliable water to the local Maasai community and their livestock. The Lowdown: The local Maasai community had been prohibited from grazing in the crater despite the drought that has hit the area. Last December Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa directed the building of the lake to serve the estimated 90,000 people currently living in Ngorongoro which is a multiple land-use conservation area. There are 125,000 heads of livestock in the area and both humans and animals are in dire need of water. The News: South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has called on political leaders to avoid making statements that incite hostility against immigrants. The Lowdown: The African Diaspora Forum recently wrote to President Jacob Zuma asking him to address the inflammatory memo circulating in Mamelodi, Pretoria calling for South Africans to march against foreign nationals on February 24. Mr Gigaba walked around the Johannesburg CBD — Yeoville and Hillbrow — before going to Mayfair and Rosettenville where several houses were burnt over the weekend by residents. The News: Public hospitals doctors in Zimbabwe went on strike Wednesday demanding better pay and improved working conditions at a time the government is struggling to pay its workers. The Lowdown: Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association president Edgar Munatsi said the medics were being overworked after the government put a freeze on health workers employment. They also accused the government of failing to review their on-call allowances from $288 a month, for the lowest paid doctor, to $720. All doctors from the consultant level upwards are expected to join in the nationwide boycott. Rwanda’s imp≥oved healthca≥e All over the world, the health status of a country gets better as wealth rises. However, in a recent review of their work in Africa, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates have recognised Rwanda as having cut down rate of death of new-borns despite having a lower GDP than some wealthy countries that are still grappling with high new born deaths Comparing Rwanda to Mali which has a matching GDP—Mali has a new-born mortality rate of 38 deaths per 1000 births, twice as high as Rwanda Bill Gates has this to say about Rwanda: “Poor countries that are doing a better job than wealthier countries and a far better job than some of their peers, from 2008 through 2015, Rwanda, one of the poorest countries in Africa, cut its new-born mortality by 30 per cent, down to 19 deaths per 1,000 births.” According to Bill and Melinda, Rwanda has fought death mortality through: Breastfeeding in the first hour and exclusively for the first six months, cutting the umbilical cord in a hygienic way and kangaroo care- skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby. RWANDA has fought death mortality through methods that do not require heavy government funding such as BREASTFEEDING. 122m the number of children’s lives saved since 1990 in the world. 19 million children, many of them living in conflict zones or remote areas, are still not fully immunized. One million infants died on the day they were born. A total of more than 2.5 million died in their first month of life. As the total number of childhood deaths has dropped, the proportion that are newborn deaths has gone up For every dollar spent on childhood immunisations, you get $44 in economic benefits- the money that families lose when a child is sick and a parent can’t work. 86pc Vaccine administrations are now the highest they have ever been, at 86 percent. And the gap between the richest and the poorest countries is the lowest it’s ever been. Vaccines are the biggest reason for the drop in childhood deaths.
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