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Ethiopia: Communities in Tigray Hit Hard by Growing Food and Fuel Prices

Ethiopia: Communities in Tigray Hit Hard by Growing Food and Fuel Prices

ETHIOPIA
Commercial activity in the Tigray region of Ethiopia is hampered by the ongoing crisis that began with fighting nine months ago. Over the last two weeks, since commercial traffic ground to a halt, food prices are skyrocketing. Banks throughout the region are now closed, and people are running out of cash to cover basic needs. Factories sit damaged or destroyed. Many businesses are closed, leaving people out of work; and affecting the availability of essential goods and services, including healthcare. The only company producing oxygen went out of business and the few functioning hospitals – submerged with referrals from no longer functioning primary healthcare centers – are all facing shortages as the country continues to address the Covid-19 crisis. Healthcare facilit...
Germany provides support to vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe

Germany provides support to vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe

AFRICA, WFP, ZIMBABWE
Download document(PDF | 157.7 KB) HARARE – The Government of Germany, through the German Federal Foreign Office, has contributed EUR 3 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Zimbabwe to support highly vulnerable communities struggling to meet their basic food needs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of a EUR 18 million contribution by Germany to Southern Africa for 2021-2023. This contribution will be used to improve access to food and ensure that vulnerable women, men, girls and boys, including refugees, consume an adequate and nutritious diet in times of need, particularly during lean season. Chargé d´affaires / Deputy Ambassador for German Embassy Harare Christian Oelfke said this contribution will help those who need support most. “As part...
Coronavirus – Mauritius: Telephone Talk between Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu and Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth

Coronavirus – Mauritius: Telephone Talk between Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu and Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth

INTERNATIONAL
TOKYO, Japan -- On September 7, commencing at around 15:35 for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with the Honorable Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius.At the outset, Minister MOTEGI paid respect to the government and the people of Mauritius for responding to the oil spill off its coast under difficult circumstances. Minister MOTEGI also explained that the Government of Japan took the accident very seriously, and upon the request of Mauritius, immediately dispatched the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Teams as well as provided equipment, and expressed his intention to continue to send experts. Following the outset remarks, Minister MOTEGI mentioned that he recognized the issues of t...
Coronavirus – Kenya: World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Country Director visits Malaba, contributes key items for COVID-19 response

Coronavirus – Kenya: World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Country Director visits Malaba, contributes key items for COVID-19 response

HEALTH
ROME, Italy -- On Friday 4th, WFP’s Deputy Country Director, Ryan Anderson (in gray stripes shirt) visited the Uganda-Kenya border post of Malaba where he was taken around the Uganda COVID-19 response facility. Through Mr. Anderson, WFP contributed the following items to the Malaba response: 1. 10 hospital beds 2. 10  computers 3. 10 biometric scanners 4. 10  digital cameras 5. 10  computer tables 6. 10  office swivel chairs 7. 100 plastic chairs Attached and pasted further down are Mr. Anderson’s brief remarks at the occasion, if you might want to make a story. Remarks: Greeting on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme. I would like to begin by commending the Government of Uganda and local district governments in Tororo, Bu...
WGI and GE aim to bring literacy to millions through launch of new education platform

WGI and GE aim to bring literacy to millions through launch of new education platform

TECHNOLOGY
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Lyra will initially teach users how to read and write in English, and will be offered for free to people in need of literacy skills the most; The app was co-developed by WGI and GE (www.GE.com), as part of their ongoing partnership; 20-year-old WGI CEO Chance Wilson and GE seek to expand literacy in many underserved communities around the world The WGI Worldwide Company and GE today announced the launch of Lyra, a new app-based education platform that uses innovative advanced speech recognition and touch screen analysis to teach reading and writing. It was co-developed by WGI and GE. The app represents the start of WGI’s transition to a digital provider of literacy learning and makes learning literacy skills more accessible for both adults and children....
Innocent Simiyu returns as Kenya Sevens Head Coach

Innocent Simiyu returns as Kenya Sevens Head Coach

Sports
NAIROBI, Kenya -- The Kenya Rugby Union (https://www.KRU.co.ke/) is excited to announce the appointment of Innocent Simiyu as the Head Coach of the Kenya 7s Team. The appointment of Simiyu comes after an intensive interview process last month in which he topped a short list of four candidates Simiyu, Dennis Mwanja, Paul Murunga and Nick Wakley. Following a KRU board meeting on Monday 1st September 2020, we would like to confirm Simiyu as the Head Coach having attained top marks in the interview. The panel had Thomas Odundo, KRU acting CEO, Paul Feeney, former Kenya 7s Head Coach and Peter Harding, World Rugby High Performance consultant. Pertinent issues arising from the Paris 2018 tournament were discussed with Simiyu and both parties have agreed on a working formula. The Ken...
Internet Solutions to rebrand to Dimension Data as the company consolidates its businesses across Africa

Internet Solutions to rebrand to Dimension Data as the company consolidates its businesses across Africa

TECHNOLOGY
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Integrated ICT services provider, Internet Solutions Limited is set to rebrand and operate as Dimension Data (http://www.DimensionData.com) by the end of this year in all its operating companies. This is part of Dimension Data's larger plan to consolidate its businesses, enhance efficiency, and better deliver the changing technology needs of its clients in Nigeria. Consequently, Olugbenga Olabiyi has been appointed as the Country Manager to head the company's business operations in this country. Commenting on the new developments, Olabiyi assured clients that the company will continue to deliver services seamlessly and efficiently even as the firm works through the rebranding and integration process. He noted that they will be focusing on developing uniquely tailo...
Canon releases new Ultra-Compact Scanner, with flexible connectivity for small businesses

Canon releases new Ultra-Compact Scanner, with flexible connectivity for small businesses

TECHNOLOGY
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Yesterday, Canon announced a new and easy-to-use desktop scanner, designed with flexible USB and WiFi connectivity, to support small businesses wherever their workspace is set up. Building on the successful format of our imageFORMULA DR-S150, the new imageFORMULA DR-S130 answers the call for a robust and high-performance digitisation solution for any small or home office. Flexible connectivity to support the evolving workplace Designed to support small businesses and office teams as they continue adapting to new working environments, the imageFORMULA DR-S130 desktop scanner provides much needed flexibility, offering both WiFi and USB connectivity. For added ease-of-use, the device is equipped with CaptureOnTouch Pro software which boasts a user-friend...
Coronavirus – Africa: World Bank appoints New Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda

Coronavirus – Africa: World Bank appoints New Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda

INTERNATIONAL
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America -- The World Bank has appointed Mr. Keith Hansen as the new Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda effective September 8, 2020. Mr. Hansen, who has over 30 years of experience in development practice, will lead an active multi-country portfolio consisting of over 100 projects totaling more than US$13 billion. Under Mr. Hansen’s leadership, the World Bank will work closely with the four countries to provide innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, with a specific emphasis on COVID-19 recovery.  His appointment comes at a time when the governments of Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda are confronting bo...
Coronavirus – Africa: World manufacturing set for biggest collapse in decades but impacts uneven – UN Industrial Development Organization report

Coronavirus – Africa: World manufacturing set for biggest collapse in decades but impacts uneven – UN Industrial Development Organization report

Uncategorized
VIENNA, Austria -- During the second quarter of 2020, manufacturing production fell sharply in most countries around the world, with the notable exception of China where output had already returned to moderate growth. On current estimates, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) expects a decline in global manufacturing value added of 8.4 per cent for the year as a whole, which would make 2020 the worst year on official records for the sector. In the second quarter of 2020 (April-June), global manufacturing output fell by 11.2 per cent compared with the same quarter in the previous year, according to official figures from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The dramatic drop reflects the economic impact of measures imposed to halt the ...
Coronavirus – Egypt: UNAIDS participates with WHO and partners in the launch of training resource on “Primary health care practice in the context of COVID-19”

Coronavirus – Egypt: UNAIDS participates with WHO and partners in the launch of training resource on “Primary health care practice in the context of COVID-19”

HEALTH
CAIRO, Egypt -- Within the successful  partnership under the Regional Health Forum, and the “Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All”, which identifies PHC as the primary driver in achieving SDG 3 to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; World Health Organization collaborates with UN partners and  World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) to support countries in adopting this comprehensive integrated approach. UNAIDS participates with WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and other partners in the launch of a new online training resource on “Primary health care (PHC) practice in the context of COVID-19”, tomorrow, Monday, 7 September 2020. The online training aims to support PHC personnel in their efforts to maintain esse...
Coronavirus – Ethiopia: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) donates medical, non-medical items to 11 places of detention

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) donates medical, non-medical items to 11 places of detention

HEALTH
MAPUTO, Mozambique -- The ICRC donated medical and non-medical items to 11 places of detention throughout six regions in support of the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in prisons. Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), consisting of 27, 550 surgical and respiratory masks, 17,600 gloves, close to 2,000 gowns, surgical caps and aprons, were among the items distributed to the prisons in August 2020. "The donation is aimed at enhancing the capacity of the health system in prisons to provide standard services to COVID-19 detainee patients and non-COVID19 detainees potentially neglected because of the coronavirus-induced crisis," remarked Apollo Kinyokie Barasa, Health Unit Coordinator with the ICRC. The ICRC also supplied a large quantity of medical waste bins,...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Lives Resumed by Education – The Second-Chance Education for Women and Girls in Nigeria

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Lives Resumed by Education – The Second-Chance Education for Women and Girls in Nigeria

Uncategorized
PARIS, France, September 7, 2020/ -- Aqsa Dajani (alias for confidentiality) just finished listening to a radio session on literacy in her home compound at Yola South, Adamawa State of Nigeria; she is a beneficiary of the second-change education activity organized by the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative: Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls. The rape experience of her elder sister left a crushing influence on Aqsa, leaving her to believe that women neither have rights nor access to instruments to protect those rights. "Sincerely, listening to this radio program plays a vital role especially to us – women and girls who stay at home idly. [Thanks to this programme,] I was able to read and write and also [sic] it educates me to know my rights as a woman which I did not know before." Aqs...
Mozambique’s Ministry of Energy backs Upcoming Gas & Power Conference

Mozambique’s Ministry of Energy backs Upcoming Gas & Power Conference

AFRICA
MAPUTO, Mozambique, September 7, 2020/ -- Africa Oil & Power (www.AfricaOilAndPower.com) has signed a strategic partnership with Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy for the upcoming Mozambique Gas & Power 2021 Conference & Exhibition (March 8-9); Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy H.E. Max Tonela will be in attendance, accompanied by a ministerial delegation of high-level decision makers; Africa Oil & Power represents the continent’s leading investment promotion platform for the energy sector. Africa Oil & Power (AOP) is proud to announce its strategic partnership with Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy (MIREME) for the inaugural Mozambique Gas & Power (MGP) 2021 Conference & Exhibition, taking place in Maputo ...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Norway to take on leading role in effort to beat the pandemic

Coronavirus – South Africa: Norway to take on leading role in effort to beat the pandemic

INTERNATIONAL
OSLO, Norway -- Norway is to lead the effort to ensure that the global activities to fight the Covid-19 pandemic are as effective as possible. Together with South Africa, Norway has been chosen to co-chair the Facilitation Council for the Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which has been set up to promote equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.‘If we are to succeed in beating this pandemic, we must make sure that this work is as effective as possible. I can’t think of anything more important right now than ensuring equitable access to vaccines, tests and treatments,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.  A core group of countries and international actors was set up in response to the G20 leaders’ statement calling for actions to promo...
Coronavirus – Uganda: WHO works with the Army to educate a fishing community about COVID-19 in Uganda

Coronavirus – Uganda: WHO works with the Army to educate a fishing community about COVID-19 in Uganda

HEALTH
KAMPALA, Uganda -- At Rwenshama point of entry on the shores of Lake Edward in Rukungiri district, western Uganda, it’s a warm windy day and the place is bustling with activity. At one end, many sailors in groups of over eight are standing by their boats and preparing their nets for the day’s catch. On the other side, others are preparing to set off into the lake while in a permanent shelter, another group has displayed their catch for the day for all to see and buy the fish of their choice. Waterbucks are seen sunbathing in a distance. The air is filled with the smell of fish and there are lots of people, very few are putting on a face mask and all people are very close to one another. Those putting on facemasks do not have their noses covered. As our World Health Organization (WHO...
African Development Bank partners with Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa as sponsor of virtual African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

African Development Bank partners with Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa as sponsor of virtual African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

TECHNOLOGY
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, September 7, 2020/ -- The African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/en) returns as a top-tier partner of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) – Africa’s largest agriculture conference – to be held online for the first time from 8-11 September 2020, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tenth annual AGRF will be headlined by African Heads of State and Government, and will bring together delegates from governments, civil society, the private sector and research communities. AGRF 2020 is hosted by the Government of Rwanda and the AGRF Partners Group, organized under the theme Feed the Cities, Grow the Continent. Leveraging Urban Food Markets to Achieve Sustainable Food Systems in Africa. “As COVID-19 causes disruptions across Africa, we must priori...
Coronavirus: Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin

Coronavirus: Ethiopia Humanitarian Bulletin

Uncategorized
GENEVA, Switzerland, September 7, 2020/ -- HIGHLIGHTS • Of 1,044,005 samples tested as of 06 September, 58,672 were confirmed positive making Ethiopia the country with the highest caseload in East Africa, and the fourth highest in Africa next to South Africa, Egypt and Morocco. • 25 highest-risk IDP sites further prioritized for decongestion and scaledup multi-sector response as part of COVID-19 prevention and control effort amongst IDPs. Download Report:https://bit.ly/35ffM3e FUNDING REQUIREMENTS US$1.44 billion Total COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 revised requirements US$1.06 billion Non-COVID-19 requirements US$374.2 million COVID-19 requirements COVID-19 - Ethiopia updates Over 1 million samples tested, close to 59,000 confirmed cases and more...
Coronavirus – Africa: Preventing a lost generation – Private sector partnerships to support refugee education now and beyond the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus – Africa: Preventing a lost generation – Private sector partnerships to support refugee education now and beyond the coronavirus pandemic

AFRICA
GENEVA, Switzerland, September 7, 2020/ -- The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the greatest disruption of education systems in history, affecting 1.6 billion learners. Refugee children and youth were already at a grave disadvantage before the pandemic: they are twice as likely to be out of school as their non-refugee peers and their educational options dramatically reduced after primary school. The latest UNHCR Education Report warns that COVID-19 threatens to reverse hard-won gains in refugee education and destroy the ambitions of tens of thousands of refugees. Coordinated action of all stakeholders, including the private sector, is crucial to minimize the risk of refugee children and youth being left behind. Many struggle to adapt to at-home learning as they lack appropriate h...
Coronavirus: UNICEF Chad Humanitarian Situation Report

Coronavirus: UNICEF Chad Humanitarian Situation Report

Uncategorized
N'DJAMENA, Chad, September 7, 2020/ -- Highlights During the reporting period, 38,059 malnourished children were admitted and treated in the supported health centres, bringing the year-to-date total to 146,205 in the provinces targeted by HAC, with a cure rate of 91 percent.245 children received psychosocial support, including in child-friendly spaces, bringing the year-to-date total to 3,105 children.18,320 people received access to safe clean drinking water using water-purifying sachets for household water treatment and building of 17 new boreholes, bringing the year-to-date total to 44,947 people.In support of the National Contingency Plan for Preparedness and Response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF focused on limiting humanto-human transmission to protect individuals from ex...