BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo The World Health Organization in the African Region, in collaboration with UNICEF, African Union and other partners, has launched the eighth African Vaccination Week (AVW).The week long campaign from 23 to 29 April 2018 under the theme: ’Vaccines work, Do your part!,’ will raise awareness of the need and right of everyone, particularly children and women, to be protected from diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. It will also draw attention to the progress that has been made to ensure access to basic life-saving vaccinations across the continent. “The African Region has made commendable progress towards improving access to vaccines. African Heads of State and Government committed to investing more in immunization services and ensurin
KHARTOUM, SudanThe UN Independent Expert has expressed concern about reports that the security forces were using violence, intimidation and other forms of abuse to silence women across the country. “These abuses are made worse in the wider context of gender inequality in Sudanese society and the legal framework that institutionalizes it,” Aristide Nononsi said at the end of a 10-day visit to the country. He added that so called public morality offenses, such as those used against women deemed to be “indecently” dressed, along with the humiliation of corporal punishment, violated international human rights norms. Nononsi reiterated his call for the Government to take effective measures, including reforming the country’s current legal framework, to address the serious insti
Nairobi, Kenya The government of Kenya has rebuked claims within the media speculations in respect of the impending arrival of medical specialists from Cuba. Nzioka Waita, CBS Chief of Staff and Head of the President's Delivery Unit, states that the doctor-to-patient ratio remains 1 doctor to every 16,000 patients which means that Kenya is not anywhere near to meeting the ratios required for the provision of quality healthcare to a majority of Kenyans. Under this partnership with the Cuban Government, Kenya is bringing in specialists in very complex areas of medicine, including oncology, nephrology and dermatology. "Specialists in these areas are few and far between, yet their services are in high demand." he said Further, the underlying objective of the partnership is to b
GENEVA, Switzerland The Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families has concluded this afternoon its twenty eighth session after adopting its concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Algeria and Guyana, as well as conclusions in the absence of a report on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Ahmadou Tall, Committee Chairperson, reminded that the Committee had held interactive dialogues and adopted concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Algeria and Guyana, and had adopted conclusions in the absence of a report on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. "The Committee has held a successful ceremony to launch the General Comments on the rights of the child in the context of migration, and t...
PRETORIA, South AfricaCervical cancer remains a leading cause of cancer death among women in Africa. According to the Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy , by the year 2030, cervical cancer will kill more than 443,000 women yearly worldwide, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. The report released by the Human papillomavirus (HPV) Center, 2017, reveals that cervical cancer ranks as the most frequent cancer in women in Malawi, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe and the second most frequent cancer in women in South Africa. "The increase in the incidence of cervical cancer in Africa could counteract the progress made by African women in reducing maternal mortality and longevity." reads the report Nevertheless, cervical cancer is a potentially preventable non-communicable disease
LUXEMBOURG, LuxembourgThe European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), signed a Letter of Understanding to pool their expertise and experience to promote sustainable economic development, financial stability and inclusive growth in Africa. The EIB will contribute with EUR 3m to IMF economic institutions, namely the African Regional Capacity Development Centers (AFRITACs) and the Financial Sector Stability Fund (FSSF), and will launch a new course with the IMF on financial intermediation and financial inclusion, as well as funding. The EIB will provide guidance to the AFRITACs and FSSF by participating in their governing bodies. Our partnership with the EIB will support continued IMF efforts to strengthen institutions in Africa through...
ACCRA, GhanaAn International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts said the operator of Ghana’s research reactor has demonstrated a high commitment to safety following the conversion of the reactor core to use low enriched uranium (LEU) as fuel instead of high enriched uranium (HEU). The team also made recommendations for further safety enhancements. The Integrated Safety Assessment for Research Reactors (INSARR) team concluded a five-day mission today to assess the safety of the GHARR-1 research reactor, originally commissioned in 1994. The 30 kW reactor, operated by the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) at the National Nuclear Research Institute in the capital Accra, is used primarily for trace element analysis for industrial or agricultural purposes, research, educat
LONDON, United KingdomThe new investments were announced as Pakistan and Nigeria joined 53 nations in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), with the benefits of intra-Commonwealth trade high on the agenda. Global consumer brand Unilever will invest £86 million in new manufacturing capacity at its 4 factories in Pakistan. Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell will also invest up to £13 million by 2020 in around 100 new fueling stations along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route. This will allow trucks carrying goods between the countries to refuel, driving increased trade. Meanwhile Dorset-based renewable energy firm Low Energy Designs Limited UK is launching ‘Light up Lagos’, a £38 million investment to deliver 40,000 low energy LED streetlights i