Child marriage often cuts short a girl’s education and increases the possibility of death in childbirth or injuries. West and Central Africa have some of the world’s highest rates of child marriage – three in four girls in Niger, and more than half in Mali, are married by the time they turn 18 – according to UNICEF.
The European Union is to evacuate the families of staff members as well as some non-essential employees from Burundi after a wave of political violence in the central African nation, officials said Friday (13 November).
SPECIAL REPORT: Billions of people in developing nations lack the health and social protections that most Europeans take for granted, a gap that experts say harms efforts to reduce poverty and prevent crises like the killer Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
The European Union has withdrawn millions of euros of funding from Gambia due to its poor human rights record, according to an EU spokesman, at a time when the mainly Muslim West African nation is looking more to the Middle East for support.
EU officials said Wednesday (15 October) that the main challenge is to mobilise more medical staff, including volunteers, and send them to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the countries mostly hit by the Ebola epidemic.
The European Commission asked for "explanations" from Spain Tuesday (7 October) about the circumstances surrounding the infection of a nurse with the Ebola virus, who was in contact with one of two ill Spanish priests, who died of the disease in Madrid. EURACTIV Spain contributed to this article.
Scientists have used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to predict a 75% chance the virus could be imported to France by October 24, and a 50% chance it could hit Britain by that date.
US President Barack Obama yesterday (16 September) called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the US role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region.
The EU will intensify its financial assistance to Western Africa, in order to contribute to the efforts in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. At a special meeting held yesterday (15 September) in Brussels, the bloc reiterated its willingness to work hard to stop the spread of the disease. EURACTIV Spain reports.
West African nations held last-minute talks yesterday (27 March) to address lingering doubts over an agreement with the European Union that would open up the region's economy of 300 million consumers to tariff-free trade, officials said.
The European Union could finalise a trade agreement with West Africa's 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) within the next three months, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said yesterday (14 November).
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