The proliferation of fake medicines
in Africa is a public health crisis that can no longer be ignored,
according to a UK charity.
There's a meeting of seven African countries, in Togo, this week, to combat the problem.
Congo, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, Ghana and The Gambia will discuss measures to clamp down on trafficking in fake medicines, says the Brazzaville Foundation.
But how big a problem is counterfeit medicine in Africa, and what impact does it have?
How many counterfeit drugs are there?
the trade in counterfeit pharmaceuticals is worth up to $200bn (£150bn)
annually, with Africa among the regions most affected, according to
The World Health Organization (WHO) says 42% of all fake medicines reported to them between 2013 and ...
China's economy grew last year at the slowest pace in almost three decades.
figures show that the world's second largest economy expanded by 6.1%
in 2019 from the year before - the worst figure in 29 years.
The country has faced weak domestic demand and the impact of the bitter trade war with the US.
The government has been rolling out measures over the past two years in an attempt to boost growth.
comes after almost two years of trade tensions with the US - although
hopes of a better relationship with America have seen improvements in
manufacturing and business confidence data.
In response to the lower growth rate, Beijing is now widely expected to roll out yet more stimulus measures.
The government has used a combination of measures aimed
at easing th...
Days after China’s navy commissioned its biggest and most advanced
surface warship yet, on a path to an estimated 420 ships by 2035, key
experts told Congress the U.S. must form a new and creative strategy to
deter China, beyond nuclear weapons.
Addressing the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, former
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, former Joint
Rapid Acquisition Cell Director Andrew Hunter and retired Rear Adm.
Michael McDevitt warned that China is on track to outpace America
technologically and at sea.
The three witnesses offered a number of concrete recommendations to
preserve a credible security guarantee from America to its allies in the
“The No. 1 military objective for the United States today should be
The 100 lawmakers of the US Senate
were sworn in on Thursday as jurors for the impending impeachment trial
of President Donald Trump.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts administered the oath to the senators to "do impartial justice".
the coming weeks, the senators will decide whether Mr Trump should be
removed from office over charges brought by the House of
The trial is scheduled to begin on 21 January.
Roberts asked the senators, "Do you solemnly swear that in all things
appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump,
President of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial
justice according to the Constitution and the laws, so help you God?"
The lawmakers responded with "I do" before each sign...
Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement
aimed at clearing the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion
dam project on the Nile River.
The foreign ministers and water resources officials of the three
countries concluded three days of meetings in Washington on Wednesday
with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and World Bank President David
The project, called the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, is around
70% complete and promises to provide much-needed electricity for
Ethiopia’s more than 100 million people. However, Egyptian officials are
concerned that filing the reservoir behind the dam too quickly could
significantly reduce the amount of Nile water available to Egypt.
The joint statement late Wednesday d...
President Yoweri Museveni has received the outgoing American
Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac, who called on him today
at State House, Entebbe to take leave of him after her 4-year tour
of duties in Uganda.
Ambassador Malac said that she enjoyed her stay in Uganda and
called for further strengthening of the bonds of bilateral
cooperation between Uganda and the United States of America.
She informed the President that she is retiring to private work in
America following 39 years of service as her country’s envoy in a
number of countries including Cameroon, South Africa, Senegal,
Liberia, Ethiopia and Uganda, she will return to Africa focusing on
issues of investment for development particularly in Uganda
because of the country’s conducive climate, plenty of sunshine
and the good politic...
peacekeepers are now patrolling the city to protect civilians,
including some 400 people displaced by the violence who have sought
shelter at the UN baseNEW YORK, United States of America, January 16, 2020/ -- By Stephane DujarricTurning
to the Central African Republic, following clashes last week in the
city of Alindao, the UN peacekeepers are now patrolling the city to
protect civilians, including some 400 people displaced by the violence
who have sought shelter at the UN base.The clashes took place on
January 9th and involved the country’s armed forces and members of an
armed group associated with the ex-Seleka coalition. Two personnel from
the Central African Republic’s armed forces died in the violence.Today,
the UN Mission says that the situation is calm, despite...
USAID’s program in Egypt, totaling over $30 billion since 1978, promotes a healthy, educated, and employed populationCAIRO,
Egypt, January 16, 2020/ -- U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID) Mission Director Sherry F. Carlin visited Aswan Governorate to
reaffirm USAID’s strong partnership with the Egyptian people and support
for Egypt’s development priorities, including higher education and
voluntary family planning.In partnership with the Ministry of
Higher Education and Scientific Research, USAID inaugurated the
University Center for Career Development at Aswan University, which will
prepare Egypt’s youth for—and connect them to—today’s job market. This
activity is a vital link between higher education and the private sector
in Egypt.“It’s an honor to celebrate the ...
All pending non-immigrant visas (NIV) to domestic employees of Ghanaian diplomats posted in the United States that were received during the visa restrictions will now be processed
ACCRA, Ghana, January 16, 2020/APO Group/ --
United States has lifted the visa restrictions applied under Section
243(d) of the United States Immigration and Nationality Act. As of
Friday, January 17, 2020, visa processing will return to the normal
The validity period and number of entries on new tourist and business
visas (B1, B2, and B1/B2) for all Ghanaian executive and legislative
branch employees, their spouses, and their children under 21 will revert
to receiving the norma...
The Budongo Sub County Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)
chairperson, Mr Esau Amanio has been arrested after he was allegedly
found with petition forms to take President Museveni to the
International Criminal Court (ICC).Amanio was picked on Wednesday by
police to go and explain why he was allegedly in possession of the
forms and why he was registering people’s names without the consent of
The Masindi Resident District Commissioner, Mr
Godfrey Nyakahuma vowed to arrest more of those found registering people
without police notice.“It is true we have arrested him and we are
going to arrest more who are involved in registering people without
police notice,” Mr Nyakahuma said.Mr Innocent Bikorwomuhangi, the
Coordinator of the opposition ‘People’s Government’ in Masindi s...
At first it seems like a quirky, what-are-the-chances-of-that headline: "China rewards fishers who netted foreign spy devices."
But behind that headline in Chinese state media, there is a different - and more intriguing - story.
this wasn't two or three fishermen receiving awards. It was 11 - one
woman, the rest men - who found seven devices in total.
this wasn't the first time fishermen from Jiangsu had found "spy
drones". In 2018, some 18 were rewarded for finding nine devices. There
was also a ceremony a year earlier.
And thirdly, the rewards were
huge - up to 500,000 yuan ($72,000; £55,000) - around 17 times the
average disposable income in China.
So where do the "submarine spies" come from? What do they do? Why are they valuable?
And why a...
Judicial Service Commission has started inviting applicants for the
position of Chief Justice to replace Bart Katureebe who retires in June.
Judiciary spokesperson, Solomon Muyita says that they hope to have a new Chief Justice before Katureebe leaves office.
was speaking at the sidelines of the swearing in of newly appointed
Principle Judge and Supreme Court Justices at State House Entebbe
Kenya's military said it killed at least four terrorists Sunday in repelling an attack on an airstrip located near a US military base.A US service member and two civilian contractors working for the Defense Department were killed in the attack, according to US Africa Command.
In a statement, Kenya's Defense Forces (KDF) said there had been an attempt to breach security at Manda Airstrip -- which is near the Camp Simba US base -- but it had been "successfully repulsed.""Four terrorists' bodies have so far been found," the KDF said in the statement. "The airstrip is safe."Al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in Lamu county, near Kenya's border with Somalia.US Africa Command -- which is responsible for military relations with nations on the continen...
Libya's renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar has declared a ceasefire, ending a nine-month campaign to seize the capital, Tripoli.The conditional ceasefire in the western region of the country -- including Tripoli -- started at 12:01 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the general's spokesman, Ahmed al-Mismari.That's provided that the rival side -- the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) -- abides by it, the statement added."The response will be harsh to any breach of this armistice," said al-Mismari.The GNA said the ceasefire was violated just minutes after going into effect by militias in Salah al-Din and Wadi al-Rabi districts. Despite this, the GNA is still committed to the ceasefire but said if it occurs again the "response will be violent and harsh."Since April, forc...
Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Most Kenyans and Nigerians have confidence in President Donald Trump, according to data released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.While international confidence in Trump's handling of world affairs has flagged across Europe and most of the rest of the world, opinions of the US President remained mostly positive in two of Africa's most populous countries, the research finds.
Sixty-five percent of Kenyans and 58% of Nigerians believe Trump "will do the right thing regarding world affairs," it finds. By
contrast, trust in Trump dips in the other two African countries
polled, with just 12% of those in Tunisia -- in the continent's north --
and 42% of South Africans confident of his global decisions, polls
show. Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans also fa...
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders did not look happy with each other at the end of CNN's Democratic debate in Iowa.
two senators had sparred over the question of whether a woman could
beat Donald Trump and win the White House in November's election.
agreed that a woman could become US president - but disputed whether Mr
Sanders had told Ms Warren otherwise in a private conversation in 2018.
The Massachusetts senator then used the opportunity to contrast
the electoral record of the male and female candidates on the debate
Iran announced Tuesday authorities have arrested those responsible for accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian
passenger plane last week as President Hassan Rouhani said that anyone
involved in the “painful and unforgivable” mishap “should be punished.”
The arrests come as Iran’s judiciary also has taken 30 people into custody over street protests that have erupted inside the Islamic Republic following the plane disaster. The shootdown and the lack of transparency from Iranian officials – who initially claimed the crash was the result of a mechanical failure – has reignited anger at the country’s leadership.
"The judiciary should form a special court with a ranking judge and
dozens of experts," President Rouhani said in a speech televised in
Iran. “This is no...
Actor Mark Hamill, who played the character Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars," has deleted his Facebook account and criticized the company's policy on political ads.
Hamill made the announcement Sunday on Twitter. He said he was "disappointed" with Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Last week, Facebook announced that it would continue to let politicians run advertisements and it would not police the truthfulness of the messages posted.
we don’t think decisions about political ads should be made by private
companies," said Rob Leathern, Facebook's director of product
"In the absence of regulation, Facebook and other
companies are left to design their own policies. We have based ours on
the principle that people should be able ...
By Ronald Kabuubi/Kma updates.
Ladies hate revealing their age on birthday events but
Ms Halima Namakula (middle) is seen with Rema Namakula during her 60th birthday at home recently.Right is Rechal K and Reft is Rema Namakula. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates
This was not the case for Uganda's Veteran Musician Halima Namakula.
Ms Halima Namakula is seen with Rema Namakula during her 60th birthday at home recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates
Infact, she was very happy for it as
she organized her 60th birth with young artistes of this new
Ms Halima Namakula is seen with Nantume during her 60th birthday at home recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates
At the event
held at her home at Zebra House Kansanga in
The Country's President Yoweri Museveni has called on universities in the country to teach courses that will help address the needs of society and the development of the country.
Some of the graduants attentively listening to President Museveni as he addressed them during the 15th Graduation ceremony of Gulu University at their main campus on Saturday 11th January 2020.Photo by Abu Mwesigwa/PPU
The President was today officiated the 15th
graduation ceremony of Gulu University in Northern Uganda where over 1,500
students graduated with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. 226 of the students
had been on government sponsorship.
“Human living is about solving the needs (emikyeno) of society, like food, health, mobility, water,
communication and entertainment. In the c...