Author: Nicholas Dugan

Nicholas lives in Middletown, NJ. His academic interests include economics, English, journalism and sports journalism. Interestingly Nicholas is ambidextrous!

ACCRA, Ghana — Across Africa, millions of children receive life-saving vaccinations for diseases like meningitis, pneumonia and HPV thanks to the work of organizations such as UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Of the countries in need of assistance in the last decades, Ghana has emerged as one of the most receptive countries to new vaccinations. Thanks to the prevalence of vaccines in Ghana, the country has made significant progress in eliminating threats such as polio. “Ghana is one of the best African countries as far as vaccinations are concerned,” said Doctor Anthony Nsiah-Asare, the Director General of the Ghana Health…

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NEW DELHI — Throughout India, nearly 300 million school-aged children face difficult socio-economic conditions, run-down school infrastructure and other barriers preventing them from getting a quality education. Estimates are that 40 percent of those children of age do not make it past grade eight. To combat this, Asha for Education is dedicated to bringing education to slums and other poor areas of India to help bring about economic change. Asha for Education is transforming education in India by getting involved in different areas of local Indian communities, from providing health care, special needs and disability care, resource centers as well…

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SEATTLE — Improvements in education are imperative to facilitate global growth and development in areas such as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The World Bank’s mission statement recognizes education as a “powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health.” In recent years, the World Bank has turned its focus to developing education in MENA countries and to benefit refugees and others affected by conflict in the area. In September of 2016, at the height of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the World Bank launched its $224 million Support to Reaching All…

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ABUJA — As one of the largest and fastest growing nations in the world, Nigeria has emerged as a global economic player and taken on increased importance as the “Giant of Africa.” The continued presence of threatening diseases in Nigeria has recently prompted the country to take greater initiative in eliminating diseases such as malaria, ebola and meningitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, malaria is currently the biggest threat to Nigerians, accounting for 20 percent of deaths annually. Though still a dangerous disease, malaria is on the decline in Nigeria as new cases have been more…

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