UN, World Bank support 'call to action' for women and girls in the Sahel

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Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim (left of Mr. Ban) arrive in Timbuktu, Mali

The UN Secretary-General and the president of the World Bank this week led a delegation of international development leaders to Africa's Sahel region.

Donn Bobb reports on one initiative launched early on in their mission which will boost support to women and girls.

ILO skills training programme gives Bangladesh garment workers a new lease on life

Garment industry in Bangladesh ( © Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

Workers who survived the deadly Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh in April are being trained so that they can find new jobs.

The project, which is sponsored by the International Labour Organization (ILO) is one of the initiatives stemming from the tragedy in which more than 1,000 people were killed.

UNICEF supports life-saving medical upgrades for mothers and babies in India

Indian mothers and children

Only a few years ago, the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India was plagued with high infant and maternal mortality rates.

Thanks to innovative health centres, neo-natal care units, call centres and ambulances, the statistics have turned around.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports that today, eight out of 10 women in Madhya Pradesh are giving birth in hospitals.

Producer: Dianne Penn
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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