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Ugandan Officials pay Courtesy Call on the Vice Chancellor

If the remarks by one member of a high ranking delegation from Uganda to Botswana is anything to go by, the University of Botswana remains one of the best institutions in terms of physical infrastructure and services offered. Paying a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Professor Thabo Fako, on December 7, 2016 the4 official remarked that “This is the best,” as a parting shot at the front of the Administration Block. The delegation comprised high ranking officials from the government of Uganda on an international benchmarking visit on December 5 – 10, 2016. Among them were also members of a steering committee overseeing the implementation of the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) program which is co-funded by the World Bank and the government of Uganda. They were hosted at UB by the Department of Architecture and Planning in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology, and the visit was part of the department and faculty’s initiative on community outreach and industrial engagement. Apart from paying a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, the officials attended a seminar presentation in the Department of Architecture and Planning as well as visited several central government ministries and departments, local authorities, Botswana Housing Corporation, and some private sector companies. The visit sought to, among others, enhance institutional performance among municipal local governments in terms of urban service delivery, and to build the capacity of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD) to enable it to effectively perform its mandate of urban development. Botswana was one of the four countries USMID selected for international benchmarking, the aim of which was to share experiences and learn from the host countries’ strategies employed in urban services delivery. At the end, it was expected that the exercise would enable the USMID team to determine what and where they needed to improve and to analyse how some organisations in Botswana achieved high performance levels. The team would also utilise the acquired knowledge and information to improve performance of local authorities in Uganda.

Source: University of Botswana

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State Department: No One Entered US with Visas Issued by Fake Embassy

The U.S. State Department on Monday said no one is known to have entered the United States on visas issued by a fake U.S. embassy that operated in Accra, Ghana, for a decade.”They were duped, they were conned,” the State Department’s deputy spokesman, …

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SOUTH AFRICAN FACTORY ACTIVITY REMAINS CONTRACTIONARY

Factory activity in South Africa remains in contraction territory, according to the latest Barclays Purchasing Managers’ Index which suggests that the manufacturing sector will not contribute meaningfully to growth in the fourth quarter.The index which…

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Collaboration saving children’s lives in northeast Nigeria and protecting them in the future

Over a hundred thousand families in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria have been reached so-far with food and nutrition support in a US$20 million (pound;16.1m) multi-year joint project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

With more than 4.4 million people struggling in crisis and emergency food security levels in Borno and Yobe � the two states worst-hit by the Boko Haram conflict � UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and Action Against Hunger (AAH) are working together to give families in the two states greater access to food and to protect children from malnutrition.

We are building a system not only to treat children for malnutrition, but to help families who have been devastated by the conflict to prevent their children from becoming malnourished in the futurerdquo;, said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

The three-year project is being carried out in collaboration with the primary health-care agencies of the Government of Nigeria and Borno and Yobe states. It is providing vitamin and mineral supplements for mothers and children, funding for families with severely malnourished children to buy nutritious food, treatment for children with diarrhoea, and advice for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on how they can provide the best possible nutrition for their children.

With high levels of malnutrition even before the start of the Boko Haram conflict, the two most-affected states have seen food insecurity and malnutrition rates rise dramatically as a result of the fighting. In an already poor area, agriculture and markets have been disrupted by the fighting, which intensified towards the end of last year. The majority of food and seed stocks have been depleted, looted or destroyed, and many of the 1.8 million people who have fled their homes because of the conflict have had to leave behind what little stocks they had. Displacement has left many families with no means of earning a living.

Although this is the harvest season, when more food would normally be available, an estimated 55,000 people in Borno state are living in famine-like conditions. That number is predicted to double by the middle of next year, making longer-term interventions such as the DFID-funded project all the more important.

The project, which began in April and runs through March 2019, has already treated 30,000 children for severe acute malnutrition. More than 100,000 pregnant women have received iron folate; 60,000 children have been treated for diarrhoea, which can cause malnutrition or make it worse; 350,000 children have been given vitamin A supplements, boosting their immune systems and helping to protect them from illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles, which are frequently fatal in the area; and 40,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers have been helped with information on the best ways to feed young children in the circumstances in which they live.

An additional part of the project is a system of providing funds directly to families with the lowest incomes to enable them to buy nutritious food to prevent relapse after children have been treated for malnutrition. So far, more than 7,000 families have received this cash assistance.

Access to cash has proven effective in helping internally displaced families to have a rich and varied diet, ensuring good nutrition for their children as well as enabling them to meet basic needsrdquo;, said Sory Ouane, WFP Nigeria’s Representative and Country Director.

Working with Nigerian government authorities, UNICEF is administering the nutrition aspects of the programme in Borno state, which has the heaviest burden of malnutrition, while WFP is managing the cash transfers and AAH is managing both aspects of the project in Yobe state.

The fact that this is a multi-year commitment enables us not only to save children’s lives today, but to provide families and the most vulnerable young children with protection from malnutrition in the future as wellrdquo;, said UNICEF Representative Fall.

In the three northeast Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, an estimated 400,000 children under the age of five will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year. It is an extremely dangerous condition, making a child nine times more likely to die from an illness than a properly-nourished child. UNICEF, AAH and other partners working in these three states have so far this year managed to treat more than 130,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, including those in the DFID-funded project.

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Collaboration saving children’s lives in northeast Nigeria and protecting them in the future

Over a hundred thousand families in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria have been reached so-far with food and nutrition support in a US$20 million (pound;16.1m) multi-year joint project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

With more than 4.4 million people struggling in crisis and emergency food security levels in Borno and Yobe � the two states worst-hit by the Boko Haram conflict � UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and Action Against Hunger (AAH) are working together to give families in the two states greater access to food and to protect children from malnutrition.

We are building a system not only to treat children for malnutrition, but to help families who have been devastated by the conflict to prevent their children from becoming malnourished in the futurerdquo;, said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.

The three-year project is being carried out in collaboration with the primary health-care agencies of the Government of Nigeria and Borno and Yobe states. It is providing vitamin and mineral supplements for mothers and children, funding for families with severely malnourished children to buy nutritious food, treatment for children with diarrhoea, and advice for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on how they can provide the best possible nutrition for their children.

With high levels of malnutrition even before the start of the Boko Haram conflict, the two most-affected states have seen food insecurity and malnutrition rates rise dramatically as a result of the fighting. In an already poor area, agriculture and markets have been disrupted by the fighting, which intensified towards the end of last year. The majority of food and seed stocks have been depleted, looted or destroyed, and many of the 1.8 million people who have fled their homes because of the conflict have had to leave behind what little stocks they had. Displacement has left many families with no means of earning a living.

Although this is the harvest season, when more food would normally be available, an estimated 55,000 people in Borno state are living in famine-like conditions. That number is predicted to double by the middle of next year, making longer-term interventions such as the DFID-funded project all the more important.

The project, which began in April and runs through March 2019, has already treated 30,000 children for severe acute malnutrition. More than 100,000 pregnant women have received iron folate; 60,000 children have been treated for diarrhoea, which can cause malnutrition or make it worse; 350,000 children have been given vitamin A supplements, boosting their immune systems and helping to protect them from illnesses such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles, which are frequently fatal in the area; and 40,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers have been helped with information on the best ways to feed young children in the circumstances in which they live.

An additional part of the project is a system of providing funds directly to families with the lowest incomes to enable them to buy nutritious food to prevent relapse after children have been treated for malnutrition. So far, more than 7,000 families have received this cash assistance.

Access to cash has proven effective in helping internally displaced families to have a rich and varied diet, ensuring good nutrition for their children as well as enabling them to meet basic needsrdquo;, said Sory Ouane, WFP Nigeria’s Representative and Country Director.

Working with Nigerian government authorities, UNICEF is administering the nutrition aspects of the programme in Borno state, which has the heaviest burden of malnutrition, while WFP is managing the cash transfers and AAH is managing both aspects of the project in Yobe state.

The fact that this is a multi-year commitment enables us not only to save children’s lives today, but to provide families and the most vulnerable young children with protection from malnutrition in the future as wellrdquo;, said UNICEF Representative Fall.

In the three northeast Nigerian states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, an estimated 400,000 children under the age of five will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year. It is an extremely dangerous condition, making a child nine times more likely to die from an illness than a properly-nourished child. UNICEF, AAH and other partners working in these three states have so far this year managed to treat more than 130,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, including those in the DFID-funded project.

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Ocean Climate Action Making Waves

A special Oceans Action Event at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP22) is bringing together over 400 high-level participants from around the world to advance oceans and climate change issues and to pledge concrete actions in support of …

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General

General

Mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens & Mexico City Stumble; African Nations Get It Right on Policies for Cleaner Air with Cleaner Diesel Fuel & Technology

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Last week, the mayors of four cities – Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens – announced they had pledged to remove diesel vehicles from their cities by 2025.  Last week, five African countries – Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Nigeria and Benin – announced they would reject shipments of high […]

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New Gambia President Vows to Release Political Prisoners

On Monday, an appeals court in Gambia ordered the release on bail of top opposition politician Ousainou Darboe and 18 other protesters who had been arrested in April under outgoing President Yahya Jammeh.President-elect Adama Barrow has vowed to releas…

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Gambians Welcome New Era With Barrow’s Victory

Gambians across Africa and elsewhere rejoiced at the news Friday that longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh had conceded defeat in the country’s presidential election.Celebrations erupted in the streets of the Gambian capital, Banjul. Sulyman Sawaneh, 19 and une…

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Medical and Health

Medical/Health Care

Jhpiego Reaches Two Million Men and Youth with Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention

BALTIMORE, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — More than 2 million men and youth across sub-Saharan Africa have reduced their lifetime risk of HIV infection by accessing Jhpiego-supported voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services. This milestone represents more than 15 percent of the World Health Organization-estimated 11.7 million VMMCs performed worldwide. Jhpiego, a nonprofit global health […]

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Johnson & Johnson lance un appel aux idées innovantes afin de réduire les infections au VIH en Afrique subsaharienne

Les partenaires DREAMS annoncent un défi de l’innovation de 85 millions $ axé sur les solutions pour les adolescentes et les jeunes femmes NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, le 18 février 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Aujourd’hui, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE : JNJ) a lancé un appel pour des idées innovantes dans le cadre du défi de l’innovation DREAMS qui est soutenu […]

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New Malaria Test, illumigene® Malaria, Sets a New Gold Standard for Diagnosis

Meridian Bioscience Collaborates With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar to Launch Diagnostic Test up to 80,000 Times More Sensitive Than Current Options CINCINNATI, Jan. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) today announced that it has received the CE Mark for illumigene® Malaria, a novel, highly […]

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Sports

Sports

South African Business Delegation Off to Algeria for African Investment and Business Forum

A delegation of over 80 South African businesspeople has been invited to participate in the African Investment and Business Forum taking place in Algiers, Algeria from 3 to 5 December 2016. The forum will be attended by over 2000 delegates from differe…

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South African Business Delegation Off to Algeria for African Investment and Business Forum

A delegation of over 80 South African businesspeople has been invited to participate in the African Investment and Business Forum taking place in Algiers, Algeria from 3 to 5 December 2016. The forum will be attended by over 2000 delegates from differe…

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Grant of US$ 10 million to Mozambique as drought assistance

On behalf of the Government and People of India, our High Commissioner in Mozambique handed over a cheque of US Dollar 10 million yesterday to the Minister of Trade and Industry of Mozambique. This grant-in-aid was provided in response to a request fro…

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Technology

Technology

UN Launches Record Appeal for Nearly 93 Million Vulnerable People

The United Nations is launching a record appeal of $22.2 billion to provide life-saving assistance for nearly 93 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in 33 countries.At a gathering of international donors in Geneva, the U.N. said the world is …

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UN Launches Record Appeal for Nearly 93 Million Vulnerable People

The United Nations is launching a record appeal of $22.2 billion to provide life-saving assistance for nearly 93 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in 33 countries.At a gathering of international donors in Geneva, the U.N. said the world is …

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eRAD Expands Install Base in South Africa at Netcare Pinehaven Hospital

Full eRAD platform for radiology department of nation’s biggest hospital group GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eRAD announced today that it has successfully deployed its Radiology Information System (RIS) and PACS for Motshudi, Bergman and Ross Radiologists—an imaging practice that will serve as the in-house radiology department for Netcare Pinehaven Hospital in […]

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