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A new statistics from the East Africa’s demographic and health survey points to something we may all be familiar with through sketches or stories: the longer a girl stays in school, the longer she is likely to delay marriage, and the fewer children she is likely to have.
The conclusion form the survey is simply: In most all African societies, education is the number one factor that will influence when a girl gets married and when she starts having children.
Early marriage and childbirth have been linked to higher maternal mortality, as young mothers are more likely to die during childbirth; and with higher fertility rates, as women who start having children young tend to have many children
Samples Demographic Housing Survey shows that the median age of marriage increases with advances in education —
Girls who have no education will get married at about 17.5 years
Girls with at least a secondary education will tie the knot at 22.4 years, almost a five year delay.
Girls who have never been to school will be married by 17.7 years of age, but
Girls who have a secondary education or higher are likely to postpone marriage till 23.1 years.
In communities where educating the girl child is not a priority, Give Back Africa Foundation will work with the local communities through our Community Outreach Educational Programs to communicate the importance of educating the local girls and offer assistance to select students when needed.
A research reported in Malaria Journal indicates that malaria-carrying mosquitoes are on their last legs in some parts of Africa, but the scientists were not sure as to why.
Figures presented showed that controls such as anti-mosquito bed nets treated with insecticide are having a significant blow on the incidence of malaria in some sub-Saharan countries. But the data also showed that mosquitoes are disappearing from areas with even less controls.
The question is whether the mosquitoes are being eradicated or merely on vacation? The later is a scary scenario because if that were the case, we should expect them to return with renewed vitality.
The research conducted by a group of researchers from Senegal has found that there is growing resistance to a common class of insecticide by Anopheles gambiae, the species of mosquito that is responsible for transmitting malaria to humans in Africa.
The introduction of artemisinin-combination therapies (ACTs) and widespread distribution of insecticide-treated bednets have resulted in major reductions in malaria transmission in Africa.
The researchers also found that 37% of A gambiae mosquitoes were resistant to deltamethrin insecticide in 2010, and that the genetic mutation conferring resistance to pythethroid insecticides increased from 8% in 2007 to 48% in 2010.
Mosquitoes also ‘developing resistance to bed nets’
While insecticide-treated bed nets have contributed significantly in reducing the prevalence of mosquito in many part of the world and have become a leading method of preventing malaria, especially in Africa, the study suggested that mosquitoes can rapidly develop resistance to bed nets treated with insecticide.
This is the reason I think mosquitoes really suck!