Factsheet on the Sahel

The Sahel is the semiarid region of north-central Africa south of the Sahara Desert. It includes the following countries: Senegal, southern Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, southern Algeria, Niger, northern Nigeria, Chad, northern Cameroon, Sudan (including Darfur and the southern part of Sudan), and Eritrea.

A food crisis is looming in the Sahel. More than a million children are facing possible life-threatening malnutrition. It is landlocked, which makes providing supplies a huge challenge. The region already has one of the highest mortality rates in the world: one in five children die before the age of five.

Find out more about the issues in the Sahel.


Closing the Gap resources

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released three new Closing the Gap clearinghouse reports today:

What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: key learnings and gaps in the evidence 2010-11
The latest Closing the Gap Clearinghouse publication What works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage: Key learnings and gaps in the evidence 2010-11 is an AIHW report that summarises findings from the second year of the Clearinghouse.

Increasing Indigenous employment rates: this issues paper is a comprehensive review and synthesis of the evidence on what works to increase Indigenous employment (this is a non-AIHW authored paper).

Strategies to enhance employment of Indigenous ex-offenders after release from correctional institutions: this resource sheet summarises the evidence on what works to enhance employment for Indigenous ex-offenders.(a non-AIHW authored paper.)

These reports can be obtain from the following link http://www.aihw.gov.au/closingthegap/publications/

Bellita – a naturally low-carb potato

Did you know that Bellita potatos are naturally gorwn and naturally low in carbohydrates? Bellita potatoes are suitable for a range of cooking techniques including boiling, baking and roasting.Visit their website to find out more information about this potato that has a a soft, no peel flesh.

One hundred grams of Bellita potatoes contain 9.5 gram of carbohydrates compared to 100 grams of pasta that contains 67.6 grams of carbohydrate and 100 grams of rice that contains 76 gram of carbohydrate. According to the FSANZ NUTTAB 2010, Bellita potatoes contains 50% less carbohydrates when compared with other commonly available potatoes.


Children, conflict and war education kit

UNICEF Australia has developed a teaching resource for primary and secondary school students around the Kony 2012 campaign.

These resources aim to help teachers introduce students to the impact of war on children and explore the possible reasons children may be recruited into armed conflicts. Teachers can adapt these lesson plans to suit their classroom requirements.


World atlas of gender equality in education

The education of girls and women is important not only as a matter of respecting a basic human right for half the population but as a powerful force for economic development and achieving social goals such as enhanced health, nutrition and civic involvement.

This World atlas of gender equality in education presents the latest data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics on trends in educational access and progression, from pre-primary through tertiary levels and adult literacy, with special attention to the all-important issue of gender equality. These trends are depicted through colour-coded maps that make it easy for readers to visualize global and regional trends and to understand how they are shaped by factors such as national wealth and geographic location


Thirteen ways of delivering for rural women

The challenge of delivering for rural women is a critical issue for UNFPA as it works to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted and every childbirth is safe. This link provide a good discussion about issues related to delivering for rural womena and outlines thirteen ways to minimise risks to the pregnancy.