ADDIS ABABA, EthiopiaThe United States of America has expressed gratitude towards its partnership with Ethiopians in their fight against Malaria " We salute Ethiopia’s health heroes: doctors, nurses, community health workers, lab technicians, mosquito sprayers, pharmacists, researchers, drivers, warehouse workers, data entry specialists and many more who work every day to safeguard health, prevent illness and assist those in need." reads the letter When a young child wakes up lethargic and feverish in many rural communities, mothers often turn to health extension workers who use a rapid finger stick test to see if malaria parasites are present in the child’s blood. And if the test is positive, health workers administer an antimalarial treatment so the child can recove
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
THE HAGUE, NetherlandsThe President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, has concluded an official visit to Nigeria, where he met with the senior leadership of the country to discuss ways to strengthen the international criminal justice system aimed at suppressing impunity for the gravest crimes. During his stay in Abuja, President Eboe-Osuji met with H.E. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President and acting President of Nigeria as well as H.E. Senator Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, H.E. Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives and H.E. Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the Senate, together with some of their colleagues in the senior leadership in the National Assembly. He also held meetings with H.E. Geoffrey Onyema, Mi...
NORTH DARFUR, SudanThe UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Commissioner of Refugees (COR) have welcomed the first convoy of 53 Sudanese refugees who have returned to Sudan after more than 14 years in exile, in eastern Chad. Accompanied by Deputy Representative of UNHCR in Chad and Commissioner for Refugees and other senior government officials in Chad, the returnees were warmly received by the Commissioner of Tina locality, the Commissioner of Refugees and UNHCR Representative in Sudan as well as leaders of local administration and community in Tina. Sudanese refugees fled to Chad following eruption of conflicts in Darfur in 2003 -2004. Many refugees have indicated their interest to return to Sudan with the stabilization and improvement of general security in Darfur. This re
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates Dubai-based flydubai’s flight has launched its first ever inaugural direct links to the Congolese capital, Kinshasa at N'djili Airport. Flydubai will operate daily flights to N’djili Airport with an enroute stop in Entebbe. With the start of flights to Kinshasa another gateway is opened up for passengers from the GCC, Russia and the Indian Subcontinent into Central Africa. Passengers from Kinshasa have access to more than 90 destinations on the flydubai network and through its code share partnership with Emirates, they can connect easily and conveniently to Emirates destinations spanning six continents in over 80 countries. The inaugural flight touched down at 14:20 (local time) and on board was a delegation led by Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior
GENEVA, SwitzerlandThe United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries is set to visit Chad for the first time starting from 16th to 23rd April. The delegation, will comprise Patricia Arias and Saeed Mokbil, who will be in the country to assess the activities of mercenaries and foreign fighters, and their impact on human rights. "They will examine the existing regulatory framework regarding private military and security companies." reads the statement from the delegation The Group will hold meetings in the capital, N’djamena, with Government officials, members of civil society and non-governmental organizations, particularly those working on human rights and humanitarian affairs. They will also meet members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of UN agencies.
BANGUI, Central African Republic Fresh violence has erupted in the city of Bangui, Central African Republic, forcing the trauma unit at a major hospital to be filled to capacity, where ambulances transporting the wounded have often been delayed because of street battles and barricades. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Central African Red Cross (CRCA) are providing emergency services following the eruption of violence in Bangui’s PK5 district on April 8. “Our 34-bed trauma unit at Bangui’s Community Hospital is completely full. We have set up a close surveillance room and another casualty ward. They are full as well. We have two tents ready to be put up in case of need. They can accommodate at least another 20 patients.”” said Marcelle Baltzinger