GENEVA, SwitzerlandMaking the case was UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, fresh from a mission to South Sudan, Chad and Niger; all countries where women and children are paying what she called the “stark cost” of conflict. For Bineta Diop, the AU Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, the mission highlighted the “heart-rending and poignant realities” of women and girls in places such as the Lake Chad Basin region, where the activities of the militant group Boko Haram have displaced millions. While the delegation met women terrorized by the extremists, or who had been married off while still girls, they encountered others who had stepped in to maintain livelihoods in the absence of men, as well as women religious leaders who are working to end child marriage and
NEW YORK, United States of America In her nets she has perhaps fifty fish, a good enough catch, given she started fishing just five hours earlier. But, it is not sufficient to feed her eleven children. “I can sell this fish and use that money to buy grain to feed my family,” she said, “but the grain doesn’t go far. I have been fishing for twenty years and it is becoming more difficult to catch fish.” Fishing has traditionally sustained communities in the Lake Chad Basin area, supporting nearly 30 million people living along its shores in Chad, but also Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger. However, the once huge lake which covered 250,000 km2 has now shrunk to one tenth of its original size, largely due to unsustainable water management and the corrosive effects of climate chang
GENEVA, Switzerland The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa Mohamed Ibn Chambas has highlighted the “immense” potential of the region – from natural resources and renewable energy to culture and tourism. “Such significant opportunities offer a path to prosperity – provided we also address the root causes of today’s crisis,” he said, on behalf of Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed. “We are committed to working closely with all … countries of the Sahel and other partners whose initiatives fit under the Strategy.” Mr. Chambas also highlighted the importance of mobilizing private and public investments in the Sahel as well as to empower people, reduce inequalities and enable all people in the region to enjoy lives of dignity and peace.
NAIROBI, KenyaMerck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany has announced the winners of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards 2017. The awards were initiated with the aim to recognize and appreciate professional journalists and students who have produced accurate, informative and compelling stories about infertility, infertile women or couples. The award ceremony will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on the 9th of July 2018. It will be attended by top fertility experts, eminent media personalities, policy makers, infertile women and other distinguished media people from across Africa. “I strongly believe that media has the power to bring in desired behavior change in the society. Media plays an important role in educating people around sensitive issu
WINDHOEK, Namibia Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany starts its first Merck Health Media Training on 10th of July 2018 from 10:00 to 17:30 at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. The training program is part of ‘Merck more than a Mother’ community awareness initiative. It is being organized to emphasize the important role that media plays to influence our society to create a cultural shift with the aim to break the stigma around infertility in general and Infertile women in particular. During the training program, Merck Foundation will announce the start of new hashtags #MenToo and #NotoInfertilityStigma to invite media from all over Africa to share its opinions and stories on social media about the topic. “I am very happy to initiate this important
NEW YORK, United States of AmericaEmergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock has released US$30 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to urgently scale-up relief efforts in West Africa’s Sahel, where an acute drought, combined with exceptionally high food prices and worsening insecurity, has escalated humanitarian needs. Thousands of families have exhausted their food reserves and are cutting down on daily meals. Up to 1.6 million children are at risk of life-threatening malnutrition, and five million people need food and livelihoods assistance in what is expected to soon be the worst lean season when food stocks deplete ahead of the next harvest in years. “To avert a catastrophe, we need to act early to get assistance quickly to the most vulnerable peop
LOME, TogoEcobank has won the Best Digital Strategy Award at the Retail Banker International’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London last week. Ecobank’s digital strategy leverages digitalisation for scale and ubiquity and is the key plank in its ambition to be the top consumer financial services franchise in Africa and to achieve its target of serving 100 million customers. As a pan-African bank we’re absolutely committed to meeting the rapidly changing demands for convenience and functionality that Africans need and demand The Ecobank Mobile App, which has already been downloaded by over 5 million people, is a unified banking app serving 33 African countries, enabling 24/7 banking services and transactions in 18 different currencies and in
KHARTOUM, SudanAt the end of a three day mission to Sudan, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has urged the international community to step up support to the humanitarian response to 7.1 million vulnerable people and invest in the country’s social-economic development. He stressed that unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to people in need across Sudan is critical for the delivery of relief. During his mission, Mr. Lowcock met Government officials and humanitarian partners, and visited settlements for internally displaced persons in Murta and Kulba in South Kordofan. “Millions of people face serious and growing humanitarian needs. Many have suffered for the past 15 years, but we cannot let them slide back into a situation where they become completely depe