Niger’s President: ‘Too Many Children Still Die, Too Many Mothers Die Giving Birth’NIAMEY, Niger, November 6, 2013 – Responding to Niger’s “Call to Action” for improvements in women’s reproductive health... Show More + and girls’ education, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim pledged today to strongly support the initiative and to invest $200 million in a new regional project aimed at improving the regional response to maternal and reproductive health and adolescent girls’ issues.“Too many children still die, too many mothers are lost to complications of childbirth, and too few girls are in secondary school,” said Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou. “So we need to do much more.”During an historic trip to the region by leaders from five international organizations – the UN, World Bank, African Union, African Development Bank, and the European Union – Kim announced the $200 million Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographics Project. The initiative, Show Less -
DR. KIM: Thank you, all, so much for coming and welcome to the World Bank.As always, I have some very nice prepared remarks, and so I will give them out of respect for the people who prepared them,... Show More + but I'm also going to talk a little bit about from personal experiences. Hundreds of millions of children and adults in Africa live at risk of disfigurement, impaired development, blindness, and even death from seven major preventable, neglected--so called neglected tropical diseases, includes river blindness, elephantiasis, trachoma, and various types of [? 00:37] [unclear] parasites. It's not that these diseases really have been neglected. It's the people who suffer from them who have been neglected. Protecting poor people from preventable diseases and from acute suffering remains a part of our mission to end poverty and [unclear] Show Less -
IDA Grant: US$28.9 Million EquivalentProject ID: P119917Project Description: The project aims to improve the utilization and quality of reproductive health services, with a particular focus on selected... Show More + regions of Burkina Faso. Show Less -
IDA Grant: US$36 Million EquivalentProject ID: P125285Program Description: The development objective of the project is to improve access and quality of priority health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS services.