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Coronavirus – Uganda: Ministry of Health Vows Not To pay bad black

Coronavirus – Uganda: Ministry of Health Vows Not To pay bad black

HEALTH
The Ministry of Health has this Sunday afternoon released a three page media statement responding to “black mail” by Bad Black aka Shanita Namuyimbwa who yesterday recorded messages threatening to sue government unless the MoH pays her Shs500m. She says this demand is in respect of the COVID19-related audio and video message she recorded last month communicating the risk associated with reckless behavior among sex workers. Her message, that was for weeks aired on Radios and TVs, clearly targeted prostitutes and sex workers (the Ministry curiously calls them her colleagues) who were a high risk group that were being urged to shun truck drivers amongst whom COVID19 cases were rampant until recently. The Ministry says they never contracted Ms Black whose message even ceased to be relevant...
Coronavirus – Africa: Amidst COVID-19 challenges, UN ‘remains operational’ across Central Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: Amidst COVID-19 challenges, UN ‘remains operational’ across Central Africa

HEALTH
NEW YORK, United States of America, June 14, 2020/ -- The coronavirus pandemic has compounded increasing economic, social and humanitarian challenges facing States and regional institutions across Central Africa, the regional UN envoy told the Security Council on Friday. Despite the health crisis, Special Representative François Louncény Fallunderscored that the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) “remains operational”. Noting that the region had recorded its first case of COVID-19 on 6 March 2020, and that to date, all 11 member countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) are affected, he maintained that UNOCA continues to support the Community, during this crucial period of its evolution”. Mr. Fall said that World Health Organi...
COVID-19 in Africa: World Health Organization (WHO) urges constant vigilance as cases top 200,000

COVID-19 in Africa: World Health Organization (WHO) urges constant vigilance as cases top 200,000

HEALTH
NEW YORK, United States of America, June 13, 2020/ -- COVID-19 is accelerating in Africa, with more than 200,000 cases and more than 5,600 deaths, the regional office for the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday. Africa recorded its first case of the new disease in mid-February. While it took nearly 100 days to reach 100,000 cases, the jump to 200,000 cases occurred in less than 20. “For now, Africa still only accounts for a small fraction of cases worldwide”, said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “But the pace of the spread is quickening. Swift and early action by African countries has helped to keep numbers low but constant vigilance is needed to stop COVID-19 from overwhelming health facilities.” South Africa ...
Communiqué of the Joint Ministerial Meeting of Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Health Held on 03 June 2020

Communiqué of the Joint Ministerial Meeting of Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Health Held on 03 June 2020

HEALTH
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 12, 2020/ -- The African Union Commission convened a virtual meeting on 03rd June 2020 with African ministers of Health and Finance to discuss progress made and status of the Continental Response to halt transmission and combat the social and economic shocks in Africa related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his welcoming remarks, HE Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, welcomed the Ministers to the meeting. Chairperson Faki updated the Meeting on the status of pledges received by the AU COVID-19 Response Fund, established by the Bureau of the AU Assembly of the Heads of State and Government. He urged the three coordinating ministerial committees of Health, Finance and Transport of the AU COVID-19 Response Fund to maintain the co...
Coronavirus – Kenya: EU Ambassador to transfer €5 million to 80,000 vulnerable Kenyans through consortium of NGOs

Coronavirus – Kenya: EU Ambassador to transfer €5 million to 80,000 vulnerable Kenyans through consortium of NGOs

HEALTH
NAIROBI, Kenya, June 11, 2020/ -- This Thursday, June 11 2020 European Union Ambassador for Kenya, Simon Mordue will sign a €5 Million grant, in the presence of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, that will enable a consortium of NGOs to provide cash transfers to 80,000 vulnerable Kenyans who have lost their income sources due to COVID-19. The aim of the project is to improve food security covering 50% of recipients' food needs, and other essential costs such as soap, water, rent, and mobile phone credit. The grant singing ceremony was small in keeping with Ministry of Health social distancing regulations. As a result of COVID-19, an estimated 30% of Kenyans living in Nairobi’s informal settlements are experiencing severe hunger. The EU’s Partners Oxfam in Kenya, the Kenyan R...
Coronavirus – Africa: World Trade Organization (WTO) report looks at trade developments in poorest countries in wake of COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa: World Trade Organization (WTO) report looks at trade developments in poorest countries in wake of COVID-19

HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11, 2020/ -- A new information note published by the WTO Secretariat looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the participation of least-developed countries (LDCs) in global trade. The note stresses that LDCs have seen a significant decline in export earnings due to decreasing demand in key markets, falling commodity prices and a decline in remittances and are likely to be the hardest hit by the crisis due to their limited resources to stimulate growth. Most LDCs have experienced a significant decline in export earnings since the outbreak of COVID-19. The report anticipates that the downturn in world trade in 2020 will continue to be particularly severe for LDCs.LDC exports of textiles and clothing have been badly affected by declining global demand and...
Coronavirus – Egypt: Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC), European Union (EU), European Investment Bank (EIB) and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA) launch the second phase of Community Development Program in Egypt

Coronavirus – Egypt: Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC), European Union (EU), European Investment Bank (EIB) and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA) launch the second phase of Community Development Program in Egypt

HEALTH
CAIRO, Egypt, June 9, 2020/ -- EGP 111m will be invested in five governorates under phase two; EGP 113m are being invested in six governorates under phase one The Ministry of International Cooperation (MOIC), the European Union (EU), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (MSMEDA) have launched the second phase of the community development program with a total financing of EGP 111 million. In the framework of the second phase, MSMEDA signed Framework agreements with five Egyptian governorates to support the provision and enhancement of community facilities, including drinking water networks, sewage networks, paving side roads with interlocking paving, schools, health clinics, and youth centres. The Community Development Pro...
Coronavirus – Libya: UNSMIL Statement on Recent Developments in Libya

Coronavirus – Libya: UNSMIL Statement on Recent Developments in Libya

ABU DHABI, AFCON, AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court
Protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including health facilities, schools, detention facilities, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemicTRIPOLI, Libya, June 7, 2020/ -- The tragedy that has beset Libya for more than a year has proven, beyond any doubt, that any war among Libyans is a losing war.  There can be no real victor, only heavy losses for the nation and its people, who have already suffered due to conflict for more than nine years.A political solution to Libya’s longstanding crisis remains within grasp and the Mission, as ever, stands ready to convene a fully inclusive Libyan-led and Libyan-owned political process.  We are encouraged by recent calls on the part of Libyan leaders for the resumption of such talks with an aim towards ending the fighting and...
Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 7th June 2020, 6 pm EAT

Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 7th June 2020, 6 pm EAT

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, CORRUPTION, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, World Health Organization
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 7, 2020/ -- As of 7 June 2020, 6pm EAT African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (184,333) deaths (5,071), and recoveries (81,780) by region:Central (19,693 cases; 439 deaths; 7,189 recoveries): Burundi (83; 1; 45), Cameroon (7,599; 212; 4,587), Central African Republic (1,570; 5; 37), Chad (836; 69; 672), Congo (683; 22; 210), DRC (4,016; 85; 537), Equatorial Guinea (1,306; 12; 200), Gabon (3,101; 21; 833), Sao Tome & Principe (499; 12; 68)Eastern (21,819; 638; 6,641): Comoros (141; 2; 67), Djibouti (4,207; 28; 1,877), Eritrea (41; 0; 39), Ethiopia (2,020; 27; 344), Kenya (2,767; 84; 752), Madagascar (1,052; 9; 233), Mauritius (337; 10; 324), Rwanda (431; 2; 283), Seychelles (11; 0; 11), somalia (2,289; 82; 431), south Sudan (1,317; 14; 6),...
HEALTH: The US has sued a Chinese firm over half-million ‘fake’ N95 masks.

HEALTH: The US has sued a Chinese firm over half-million ‘fake’ N95 masks.

China, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, USA, WORLD
The US Justice Department sued a Chinese company for selling nearly a half million fake and substandard N95 respirator to US buyers in April as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country.In a complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, the department said Guangdong-based King Year Packaging and Printing shipped three batches of purported N95 masks, needed to protect medical and other personnel from the coronavirus, to US buyers. The company falsely claimed the 495,200 masks it shipped met the N95 standard and also falsely claimed they were certified by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), according to the complaint.The complaint indicated the importer of the masks paid more than $1 million for them."The charges alleged in this complaint show a ...
HEALTH: Uganda Cancer Institute, UCC set up toll-free line to address knowledge gap in cancer management

HEALTH: Uganda Cancer Institute, UCC set up toll-free line to address knowledge gap in cancer management

HEALTH, UGANDA
KAMPALA — Uganda Communications Commission and Uganda Cancer Institute have partnered to provide outreach services and cancer related information to patients and the general public. The two parties signed a memorandum of understanding in June 2019, establishing an Interactive Voice Responsive System (IVR) at Mulago National Referral Hospital, where the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) is based. Under the memorandum of understanding, UCC supported UCI “to establish, develop, implement, and study the existence and impact of an Interactive Voice Response system (IVR)” in a bid to harness ICTs to improve cancer care provision. The project seeks to achieve “effective and efficient provision of cancer information to patients at the Uganda Cancer Institute and/or their caregivers and the g...
Coronavirus – Africa: Polio eradication expertise backs Africa’s COVID-19 response

Coronavirus – Africa: Polio eradication expertise backs Africa’s COVID-19 response

HEALTH
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), June 6, 2020/ -- Expertise in polio eradication that has put Africa on the verge of being certified free of wild poliovirus has been brought to the frontlines of COVID-19 fight. A network of responders from the World Health Organization (WHO) Polio Eradication Programme and partner organizations is providing critical resources and skills to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. While testing is the core of any strategy to contain the virus, the region has had a relatively low number of tests performed. Since the outbreak started, nearly two million tests have been carried out in the WHO African Region, with an average test rate of 15.3 per 10 000 population. To boost diagnosis, the WHO-coordinated polio laboratory network comprising 16 laboratories in 15 c...
Coronavirus – Sudan: Community leaders fight COVID-19 alongside United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan

Coronavirus – Sudan: Community leaders fight COVID-19 alongside United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan

HEALTH
KHARTOUM, Sudan, June 6, 2020/ -- ‘Any child is everyone’s child,’ one Sudanese proverb goes. ‘None of us is safe until all of us are safe’ might be a timely interpretation. In Sudan, UNDP is working with trusted local partners to respond and rebuild better as the ongoing pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress in tackling poverty and inequality. Coordinating with health authorities and others, Sudanese community groups and networks —operating in eight languages — are partnering with UNDP to ensure at-risk groups including internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees, and migrants, with untapped skills and huge unmet basic needs, aren’t left even further behind. ‘We have a great responsibility to our community, especially regarding health,’ Fadlalla Mohamed Gabriel, le...
Coronavirus – Uganda: 212 taxis impounded over breaking COVID-19 safety rules

Coronavirus – Uganda: 212 taxis impounded over breaking COVID-19 safety rules

HEALTH
The Police have impounded over 200 taxis in day one operation after President Yoweri Museveni eased lockdown on public transport. Addressing journalists at the Media Centre, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, said the vehicles were impounded after flouting the new protocol guidelines. The new protocol guidelines were issued by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Ministry of Works.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic fight, public transport was banned and only eased on June 4, where taxis and buses were ordered to carry on half the number of passengers.  For new people to register they should have the following; A logbook, vehicle owner's national identification card, a valid driving permit, driver ID, the driver's and of the taxi's phone number, and also...
UGANDA: MINISTRY OF HEALTH CLARIFICATION ON COST OF COVID-19 TESTING

UGANDA: MINISTRY OF HEALTH CLARIFICATION ON COST OF COVID-19 TESTING

HEALTH
Kampala – 5 June 2020- Attention has been drawn to a video currently circulating on social media where Kampala Central Member of Parliament, Hon. Muhammad Nsereko made what I will not term as malicious but uninformed false allegations on the cost of COVID-19 testing in the country. The Legislator alleged that; The Ministry of Health is using Rapid Diagnostic Kits (RDTs) purchased at a cost of $65 hence causing financial loss of billions of shillings as opposed to the exact price of USD 3.3$ on open market. The Ministry of Health would like to clarify as follows;There are 3 types of tests available for COVID-19;i. Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDT) which are either antibody or antigen. The antibody test is not singularly used for diagnosis because of the following reasons;a) People who could...
Coronavirus – Joint action against malaria: European Investment Bank, European Commission and Investitionsbank Berlin inaugurate €70 million fund

Coronavirus – Joint action against malaria: European Investment Bank, European Commission and Investitionsbank Berlin inaugurate €70 million fund

HEALTH
LUXEMBOURG CITY, Luxembourg, June 4, 2020/ -- EU Malaria Fund closes with an initial €70 million to support scientifically promising projects not yet pursued by the pharmaceutical industry; the fund is backed by InnovFin EU and the European Fund for Strategic Investments, joint initiatives of the EIB and the European Commission; first fund investment: €24.8 million for two companies, whose malaria R&D could potentially lead to secondary use against COVID-19. The European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Commission and Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) today announced the first closing of their EU Malaria Fund. The European Commission and the EIB are investing an initial €64 million into the fund, which aims to bridge the gap between molecule and market for feasible and affordable in...
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Red Cross calls for “swift and extensive” response to the new Ebola outbreak

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Red Cross calls for “swift and extensive” response to the new Ebola outbreak

HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 4, 2020/ -- More than 150 trained Red Cross volunteers have been deployed as part of a first wave of response to the latest Ebola outbreak in the Équateur Province, in the western part of Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr Simon Missiri, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Regional Director for Africa said: “The resurgence of the virus in Équateur province comes at the worst possible time, when we are already facing a double outbreak - COVID-19 and Ebola in East and West DR Congo - in one of the most complex and dangerous environments in the world.  “The health, economic and social impact has the potential to be huge for millions of people who have limited capacity to cope, as their access to healthcare, fo...
Toyota Uganda donates to Government of Uganda in support of Covid-19 interventions

Toyota Uganda donates to Government of Uganda in support of Covid-19 interventions

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, UK, World Health Organization
Kampala,Uganda 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 Toyota Uganda Family led by their Managing Director Mahmood Omar.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA updates. Toyota Uganda Ltd has today handed over a brand-new Hino 500 series truck valued at UGX 225 million to the National Covid taskforce to support in the transportation of medical and food supplies as part of efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. Toyota Uganda Managing Director Mahmood Omar (L),the National Sales & Marketing Manager Edwin Muhumuza and the National Customer Relations Manager Joweria M.Butele .Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA updates. The broad donation, which also included 6.5 to...
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,...