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Coronavirus – Africa: Migrant workers and remittances in the context of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: Migrant workers and remittances in the context of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa

CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH
ROME, Italy, August 2, 2020• African migrants stimulate economic growth and development in areas of destination, transit and origin through their labour, skills transfer, consumption and investments. Their remittances also make significant contributions to food security, human capital, rural development and overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in areas of origin.• The impact of COVID-19 affects migrant workers disproportionally. Often precarious working conditions and overcrowded living and transport arrangements increase their vulnerability to contagion and loss of employment, threatening their health and livelihoods. Those working under informal arrangements, commonly in the agriculture sector, are largely excluded from accessing real-time reliable information, social protection, health...
Coronavirus – Rwanda: Robots use in Rwanda to fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Rwanda: Robots use in Rwanda to fight against COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, World Health Organization
To minimize contact time with confirmed cases and therefore reducing the risk of contamination of health professionals in COVID-19 treatment centres, robots were deployedGENEVA, Switzerland, August 2, 2020/ -- One of the challenges being faced worldwide is the rate of infection of health professionals while treating COVID-19 patients. 2016 statistics show the following picture of Rwanda’s health sector: 1/50,505 ground ambulance / population Ratio; 1/10,055 Doctor/population ratio; 1/1,094 Nurse/population ratio; 1/10,500 Laboratory technicians /population ratio.Although Rwanda is on track to meeting most of the required quota, the country cannot afford the set back that a pandemic like COVID-19 among health professionals would cause.To minimize contact time with confirmed cases and there...
France donates hand sanitizers to help UPDF fight Covid-19

France donates hand sanitizers to help UPDF fight Covid-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, WORLD
The Ambassador of France to Uganda, H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou,  on Tuesday handed over a consignment of 2,510 twenty-liter jerrycans of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to the Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister. (R-L)The Secretary and Administrator of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and nominated Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy, Chairperson of the Fund, Mr Emmanuel Katongole, the deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt. Gen. Wilson Mbadi, the Political head and Minister in charge of Gen Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, and the UPDF Chief of Medical Services, Maj. Gen. Dr. Ambrose Musinguzi at the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ambassador of France to Uganda, H.E Jules...
UGANDA: Club, Bar owners seek Parliament support on reopening

UGANDA: Club, Bar owners seek Parliament support on reopening

AFRICA, COVID-19, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Players in the entertainment and service industry have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, to intervene in their timeless closure by government in her bid to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Under their Club, Restaurants and Entertainment Owners Association of Uganda, they admit that they can no longer service their obligations such as loans and rent. While presenting their concerns to Kadaga on 25 June 2020 at Parliament, the chairperson of the association, Tesfalem Gherautu, said that the continued closure of clubs and entertainment places has also led to loss of jobs, thereby rendering the youth idle as they account for the bulk of their employees. “Our sector is a linked sector and its closure affects the agriculturalists who supply to ...
Airtel Uganda staff donate Shs72 million to health workers at border towns

Airtel Uganda staff donate Shs72 million to health workers at border towns

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, WORLD, World Health Organization
Airtel Uganda staff donate Shs72 million to health workers at border towns Donation intended to buy Personal Protective EquipmentElegu, Mutukula, Malaba and Busia border towns to benefitDonation confirms company’s commitment towards Uganda as it celebrates 10 years 18th June 2020: Kampala. Airtel Uganda staff have today donated UGX 72,280,000/- to aid health workers at Uganda’s border posts in the fight against Covid-19. (R-L) The incoming Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy, the Human Resources Director, Airtel Uganda, Dennis Kakonge, Legal and Regulatory Director Airtel Uganda, the Political Head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut,Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Region...
Great Lakes Energy Company Hands Over 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

Great Lakes Energy Company Hands Over 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, UNITED KINGDOM
Donation handed over on behalf of Kabulasoke Power Project. The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Chairman of the Fund Emmanuel Katongole and Robert Kabushenga, the Vision Group Managing Director and Member of the Fund during the donation at Serena recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.  Kampala. Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) - the investors of Kabulasoke Solar Power Plant, in Kabulasoke, Uganda - has today handed over five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups worth 134,300 US Dollars (approximately UG Shillings 507.6m) to Hon. Mary Okurut, the Minister In Charge of General Duties and the head of the Government Covid-19 taskforce. The Chairman of the National Respo...
Uganda Revenue Authority  staff donate 85,650,000 Million in the  fight against COVID-19

Uganda Revenue Authority staff donate 85,650,000 Million in the fight against COVID-19

AFRICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, WORLD
The URA Commissioner General, John Musinguzi Rujoki this week led a delegation of senior URA staff to deliver the URA staff contribution to the fight against COVID-1919. Courtesy Photo. A few weeks ago, a call was made by the CG to URA staff encouraging them to emulate the example set by The President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of donating half of his salary to the fight against COVID-19. The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon.Karooro Okurut (second left) receives a dummy cheque from the Uganda Revenue Authority team led by the Commissioner-General Mr. Musinguzi John Rujoki .Right is the Fund Secretary and administrator Mrs. Kisaka Dorothythe Assistant C...
12 Covid19 Cases and recoveries in Uganda

12 Covid19 Cases and recoveries in Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19
KAMPALA, Uganda, June 13, 2020/ -- Results from samples tested on 12 June 2020 confirm 8 new COVID-19 cases. The total confirmed cases are now 694.4 truck drivers from Elegu while 1 is a truck driver from Mutukula Point of Entry3 are among contacts and alerts: 2 from Kyotera and 1 from Arua Coronavirus - Uganda: 18 foreign truck drivers test positive for COVID-19KAMPALA, Uganda, June 13, 2020/ -- 18 foreign truck drivers tested positive for COVID-19Total Recoveries: 199Samples from Points of Entry tested today: 1,439Samples from alerts and contacts: 1,149Total samples tested today: 2,588 Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health - Republic of Uganda. SOURCEMinistry of Health - Republic   SOURCEMinistry of Health - Republic of Uganda
Kansai Plascon Uganda Donates Anti Mosquito Paint and Masks to Uganda Schools Ahead of Reopening Post COVID-19 Lockdown

Kansai Plascon Uganda Donates Anti Mosquito Paint and Masks to Uganda Schools Ahead of Reopening Post COVID-19 Lockdown

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
KAMPALA, June 12, 2020―Kansai Plascon Uganda (“Kansai Plascon”), subsidiary of Japanese paint company Honorable Dr. John Muyingo, Uganda's State Minister for Higher Education (L) chats with School heads of Nabisunsa Girls Ms. Zulaika Nabukeera and Sr. Regina Nabawanuka of Mt St Mary's College respectively. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Kansai Paint Co., Ltd., announced a donation of 4,000 litres of the company’s Anti Mosquito Paint to the Ministry of Education and Sports for use in schools. Additionally, in support of the government’s fight against COVID-19, Kansai Plascon has also made available 20,000 face masks to support school staff as they prepare for the reopening of schools. The donation was facilitated by the Japanese government and formalised at a ceremony att...
President Yoweri Museveni says the commissioners who recently resigned from Uganda Revenue Authority were actually sacked because of corruption, Uganda Passes Budget  of 45.5 trillion 2020/2021 financial year budget Presentation 20/21

President Yoweri Museveni says the commissioners who recently resigned from Uganda Revenue Authority were actually sacked because of corruption, Uganda Passes Budget of 45.5 trillion 2020/2021 financial year budget Presentation 20/21

2021 ELECTIONS, AFRICA, AGRICULTURE, Business, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force, WORLD, World Health Organization
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga@RebeccaKadagaUG#BudgetUg2020#PlenaryUg Before we commence the Budget Presentation, I would like on a sad note to inform the House about three events in the last four days, namely: the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza, the death of Amb. Onyanga Aparr & the death of Gen. Kasirye Gwanga. Uganda's Speaker Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga. Uganda's Finance Minister Matia Kasaijja arrives to Present the Budget. Ugandan Members of Parliament Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut (R) with Hon. Naigaga Mariam. Hon. Mawanda and Hon Jimmy Akena,former Ugandan President Obote's Son Jimmy Akena. President Yoweri Museveni has said the commissioners who recently resigned from Uganda Revenue Authority were actually sacked because of corruption. Museveni, who was speaking a...
GreenAfrika donates 100 Cartons of envopa photocopying Paper worthy 12.5 Uganda Million shillings.

GreenAfrika donates 100 Cartons of envopa photocopying Paper worthy 12.5 Uganda Million shillings.

AFRICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, CORRUPTION, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA, WORLD, World Health Organization
GreenAfrika Company on Wednesday joined the rest of the donors to contribute towards the fight against Covid 19 in Uganda. They donated 100 Cartons  of envopa photocopying Paper worthy 12.5 Uganda Million shillings. The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister in charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut (Left) and the Fund Secretary and Administrator Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy (R) receive Karuhanga Innocent Kabwisho, Director Marketing, Green Africa Company (extreme left and Kariisa Muhame Bruce, Director Product Development. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Envopap is the greenest Paper in the world.Its made out of agricultural waste 100 percent These were received by the National Response Fund Polit...
Urban Snail Farm donates 3000 bottles of hand Sanitizers gel worth 30 Million shillings to the government of Uganda (National Task Force) to fight Covid19

Urban Snail Farm donates 3000 bottles of hand Sanitizers gel worth 30 Million shillings to the government of Uganda (National Task Force) to fight Covid19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, WORLD, World Health Organization
Urban Snail Farm is an innovative limited company working on a research based project with value addition on Snail products. (R-L) The Presidential Adviser,Administrator and Secretary to the National National Response Fund to Covid19 Mrs Kisaka Dorothy,the Political head to the Fund also Minister in charge of General Duties Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut, Ms Hanifa Karadi,the Executive Director of Urban Snail Farm Mugisha Shilling Lucy during the donation on wednesday.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Founded by Ms Lucy Mugisha Shillingi in 2018 she started off with feasibility studies on snails in West Africa, Europe and Asia. (R-L) The National National Response Fund to Covid19 Political head also Minister in charge of General Duties Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut, Ms Hanifa Karad...
Fountain Publishers Ltd donates learning materials worth Shs 354m to the government to ease education of Students in their homes.

Fountain Publishers Ltd donates learning materials worth Shs 354m to the government to ease education of Students in their homes.

AFRICA, AMERICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, UGANDA, World Health Organization
By Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Kampala,Uganda Leading publishing house Fountain Publishers Ltd has donated learning materials worth Shs 354m to the government to support the continuity of learning with millions of learners currently stuck in their homes following the closure of schools in the wake of the deadly coronavirus. The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Hon.Mary Karooro Okutut and the Chairman Mr Emmanuel Katongole receive the donations from the Managing Director of Fountain Publishers ltd Mr James Tumusiime Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The donations were received by the Political head of the National response Fund to Covid19 Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut,the Chairman of the Fund Mr Emmanuel Katongole and the Secretary and Administrator of the ...
Debt burden, economic sanctions key concerns as OACP states discuss Covid-19 response

Debt burden, economic sanctions key concerns as OACP states discuss Covid-19 response

COVID-19
NAIROBI, 4th June 2020 —Countries that form the Organization of the African, Carribean and Pacific States (OACPS) have identified the growing debt burden and existing economic sanctions among its members as challenges that are aggravating the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking today during a virtual summit of Heads of State and Government that was convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta in his capacity as the organization's President-in-Office, the leaders welcomed the various debt relief measures being rolled out by global lenders but called for more interventions including debt cancelation. President Uhuru Kenyatta attending the conference In his opening remarks, President Kenyatta observed that the debt of many OACP countries continues to rise saying close to hal...
HEALTH: The Covid-19 cases in Africa tally 158,030; 4,505 deaths; 67,491 recoveries.

HEALTH: The Covid-19 cases in Africa tally 158,030; 4,505 deaths; 67,491 recoveries.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, HEALTH
There are now more than over 150,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 in Africa, the breakdown remains fluid as countries confirm cases as and when. As of May 13, every African country had recorded an infection, the last being Lesotho. We shall keep updating this list largely sourced from the John Hopkins University tallies, Africa CDC and from official government data. Major African stats: June 2 at 13:00 GMT: Confirmed cases = 158,030Number of deaths = 4,505Recoveries = 67,491Active cases = 86,034
AFRICA: Two Congolese doctors detained over fake virus diagnosis.

AFRICA: Two Congolese doctors detained over fake virus diagnosis.

AFRICA, COVID-19, Democratic Republic of Congo, HEALTH
The death of a young woman in Brazzaville over fake covid-19 diagnosis has sparked fury. André Ngakala Oko, prosecutor of the Congo Republic on Monday visited the Albert Leyono Municipal Clinic, one of the facilities treating coronavirus patients. He then ordered the opening of a judicial inquiry to shed light and establish responsibility for the death of Chloé Bafoui-din-soni. Two doctors working in the hospital were immediately arrested. “There was a man’s death. There’s a woman who was found dead. Following the death of this lady, I am ordering an inquiry. There were two doctors who were arrested and must answer for the acts of which they are accused. For now, I do not have anything to say yet. Let’s wait for the investigation to be completed,’‘ Oko told Africanews correspondent,...
UAP OLD MUTUAL GROUP UGANDA DONATES 100 HOSPITAL BEDS FOR THE NATIONAL REFERRAL HOSPITALS AS CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS SUPPORT EFFORTS BY NATIONAL COVID-19 TASKFORCE

UAP OLD MUTUAL GROUP UGANDA DONATES 100 HOSPITAL BEDS FOR THE NATIONAL REFERRAL HOSPITALS AS CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS SUPPORT EFFORTS BY NATIONAL COVID-19 TASKFORCE

AFRICA, Business, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UNITED KINGDOM, WORLD, World Health Organization
In addition to the earlier presented Ush10 Million towards COVID-19 relief efforts in the country, UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda has today handed over to the National COVID-19 Taskforce another contribution of 100 hospital beds worth Ush 100 Million. The beds will be distributed to the various regional referral hospitals to help in the improvement of healthcare during and after the COVID-19 crisis.   UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda Board Chairman Dr William Kalema taking to journalists.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The contribution was presented by representatives of the Board and management of UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda to the Prime Minister of Uganda, the Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda. UAP Old Mutual Group Uganda Board Chairman Dr William Kalema talks to journalists.Photo by...
EUROPE: Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive to Covid-19  after lock-down party.

EUROPE: Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive to Covid-19 after lock-down party.

Belgium, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, EUROPE
Prince Joachim, 28, travelled from Belgium to Spain for an internship on 26 May, the palace said. Two days later, he went to a party in the southern city of Córdoba, before testing positive for Covid-19. Spanish reports suggest the prince, a nephew of Belgium's King Philippe, was among 27 people at the party. Under Córdoba's lockdown rules, a party of this size would be a breach of regulations, as gatherings of no more than 15 people are currently permitted. Spanish police have launched an investigation into the party. Those found to have flouted lockdown rules could be fined up to €10,000 (£9,000; $11,100). Everyone who attended the party is said to be in quarantine. Prince Joachim, the youngest son of Princess Astrid and 10th in line to the Belgian throne, is said to have...