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Fighting individual, social, and structural racism is a public health and social justice emergency that must be addressed today. This means addressing our own implicit biases, and collectively working with our global health community to combat racism in our institutions. We are committed to fostering greater diversity, equity, and inclusion —to upend the racist systems that perpetually oppress black communities and other communities of color


The West and Central Africa region accounts for a third of all global child deaths, with most child deaths caused by easily preventable and treatable diseases such as neonatal complications, pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhea.


Progress among certain groups is slow. Deaths in the first month of life remain excessively high, with one in 30 babies dying in the neonatal period. The likelihood of a pregnant woman or new mother dying has decreased, but pregnancy is still the leading cause of death among teenage mothers.

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More than 800 Million people around the world do not have enough to eat and have to go hungry. Around one billion more suffer from undernourishment – so-called ‘hidden hunger’. Their diet does not provide them with enough of the essential nutrients suck as vitamins and minerals that they need, leading to sickness, and irreparable damage to their health.

Health and illness

A functioning health system is crucial in ending poverty. In addition to lack of care health access, many people in Africa, have chronic health issues such as malnutrition and diarrhea.  Lack of clean water is widespread, and families cannot afford to purchase food.  An estimated 29 per cent of children under five in Africa are underweight. 

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