Tag: Sierra Leone

Merck Foundation starts its first Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma around Infertility in Africa

Merck Foundation starts its first Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma around Infertility in Africa

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, KENYA, RWANDA, TANZANIA
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
UN Secretary-General appoints Ahunna Eziakonwa of Nigeria as Assistant Administrator, Director, UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa

UN Secretary-General appoints Ahunna Eziakonwa of Nigeria as Assistant Administrator, Director, UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
NEW YORK, United States of America The United Nations has appointed Nigeria's Ms. Eziakonwa who will succeed Abdoulaye Mar Dieye of Senegal, as the new Director for UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. The Secretary-General has expressed gratitude to Mr. Mar Dieye for his dedication and commitment to the Organization during his term as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa at UNDP. Ms. Eziakonwa has many years of distinguished service with the United Nations, most recently as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia since 2015. Before that, she served as Resident Coordinator in Uganda and Lesotho, and held several posts with the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as Chief of th
High Level Panel Calls for New Narrative on African Migration

High Level Panel Calls for New Narrative on African Migration

AFRICA
GENEVA, Switzerland The high Level Panel on Migration for Africa (HLPM) has held a meeting aimed to develop recommendations to help build Africa's case for facilitating safe, orderly and regular migration, and contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration. In her welcome remarks, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia and HLPM Chair, noted that while a lot of work has been done on migration in Africa, taking into account all the research analysis and empirical evidence, “the truth is that we have allowed the perception to supersede the reality and not internalized the benefits of migration in our own policies.”  Ms Sirleaf said one of the key messages emerging from the Panel’s work is the need for African states “to pursue a course of a
Ecobank Wins Best Digital Strategy Award

Ecobank Wins Best Digital Strategy Award

AFRICA, BUSINESS
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
Legislators in Africa address food security and nutrition challenges

Legislators in Africa address food security and nutrition challenges

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
MIDRAND, South AfricaThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is strengthening the capacity of Africa Legislators to address food security and nutrition challenges on the continent. Evidence has shown that food security and nutrition policies and frameworks that are anchored in legislation are more effective and sustainable This follows a Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) signed between FAO and Pan Africa Parliament titled “Strengthening capacities of Parliamentarians in Africa for an enabling environment for Food Security and Nutrition”, last October 2017. Various stakeholders, including Members of the Pan African Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (PAPA – FSN) and a delegation from the FAO gathered in Midrand, South Africa fo
The Secretary-General  congratulates Sierra Leone’s next President Mr. Julius Maada Bio

The Secretary-General congratulates Sierra Leone’s next President Mr. Julius Maada Bio

AFRICA
NEW YORK, United States of America The Secretary-General has  congratulated Mr. Julius Maada Bio on his election as the next President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and all the candidates for their contributions to the successful outcome of the electoral process. He also applauds the people of Sierra Leone: " for the sense of responsibility that they have demonstrated in successfully completing the elections in a peaceful manner" The Secretary-General commends the efforts of the national, regional and international electoral observation teams as well as those of his Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas. " I appeal for continued calm and stress the need for all stakeholders to seek redress of any grievances that could arise throug
New journalists’ network aims for stronger coverage of health sector

New journalists’ network aims for stronger coverage of health sector

INTERNATIONAL
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone: Around 150 journalists in Sierra Leone are taking part in a new initiative to strengthen coverage of health issues in the local and national media, with the official launch of the Health Accountability Network of Journalists (HANoJ). The journalists, from all districts of the country, have already taken part in two-day training workshops organized in Freetown, Makeni, Bo and Kenema during the month of December by UNICEF implementing partner, Initiatives for Media Development (IMdev). The network has the aim of promoting accountability in the health sector and will work closely with the existing bodies including the Media Reformed Coordinating Group (MRCG), Women in the Media – Sierra Leone (WIMSAL), the Independent Radio Network (IRN), and the Sierra