"Dramatic" improvement in education in Africa

Congolese school children

• Education has improved dramatically in Sub-Saharan Africa over the last five to ten years according to the UN's 2011 Human Development Report. But despite the improvement, the ten lowest positions in the rankings all are occupied by Sub-Saharan countries. Bottom of the list is the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC.

Parasitic disease kills over 700 people in South Sudan

female sand fly

• Over 700 people in South Sudan have
died after succumbing to kala-azar. The disease is caused by a deadly parasite that is spread by the bite of a female sand fly. It gets into a person's internal organs such as the liver, spleen or bone marrow.

African countries get help to deal with cancer

cancer cell

• Cancer has become a serious problem in Africa which does not have adequate health facilities for cancer patients. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says the rates of cervical cancer, breast cancer and HIV-associated Kaposi's sarcoma are very high on the continent. The IAEA is helping African countries tackle this problem.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Editor: Daniel Dickinson
Production Assistant: Florence Poblete-Enriquez
Studio Engineer: Zach Prewit
Duration: 10'00"

Filed under UN and Africa.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
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