Daily news and weekly updates from Africa
- Thursday 16 October 2014According to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday October 15, a total of 4,493 people have died from the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating as of October 12, 8,997 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of the virus had been reported in seven countries, with majority of them in the three West African nations.
- Thursday 16 October 2014Vitamin A deficiency is widely prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Tuesday 14 October 2014Family farming is the focus of World Food Day on 16 October, coupled with the theme: ‘Feeding the world, caring for the earth’.
- Tuesday 14 October 2014According to the World Health Organization, 7,470 cases of Ebola had been reported as of Oct. 3, with 3,431 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
- Tuesday 14 October 2014Multi-national tech-firms have pitched shop in Africa to tap in the first growing market, as countries race to adopt digital mode of doing things from government offices to primary schools in remote areas by laying fibre optic cables to increase access to internet and the digital world.
- Tuesday 14 October 2014Findings by the UN taskforce indicate that approximately 100, 000, (27%) of deaths between people aged 30 to 70 in Kenya annually are due to various modern diseases such as heart ailments, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, raising concerns over this statistics which are higher than the WHOs global target of less than 25% of premature deaths from NCDs by 2025.
- Monday 13 October 2014According to the WHO, Malawi had a maternal mortality rate of 510 deaths per 100 000 births in 2013, of which about 17% due to unsafe abortions with studies by local researchers in 2011, indicating that 70 194 abortions and most of them illegal were performed in 2009 and about 19 500 others were treated in health facilities for abortion-related complications that same year.
- Friday 10 October 2014WHO statistics show maternal mortality is unacceptably high with approximately 800 women dying from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth daily, of which more than half of 99% of all the deaths in the developing world occurs in sub-Saharan Africa due to low-resource settings and most, could have been prevented.
- Friday 10 October 2014In a global forecast prepared for the next meetings, the IMF downgraded its outlook this year because Europe is at risk of slipping back into recession and persistent weakness is slowing Japan, China and Brazil, terming the recovery uneven as global growth this year would be 3.3%, one-tenth of a percentage point below its forecast in July thus lowering its outlook for 2015.
- Friday 10 October 2014The ICC has received criticism over its perceived selective application of justice on account of only pursuing cases involving Africans; something which hasn’t olgered well with Africa countries as they watch in utter disbelief the court that they enthusiastically supported and signed signatory to, being turned into a modern day colonization tool used by the imperialists and biased, terming it a racist court.
- Thursday 9 October 2014Activities include mobilizing communities to reduce their risk of infection through awareness campaigns; boosting food and cash crops, livestock and fisheries production, introducing microfinance strategies to safeguard rural incomes; and setting up early warning and response systems to reduce Ebola risks at the human-animal interface.
- Wednesday 8 October 2014Equity Bank is determined to challenge the M-Pesa’s monopoly in this area
- Tuesday 7 October 2014This annual campaign builds on the momentum of the successful 2013 campaign and seeks to underscore the United Nations family in the Republic of South Sudan, and the Government of South Sudan’ zero-tolerance policy towards any act of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA).
- Tuesday 7 October 2014IOM carried out an ambitious plot registration campaign that will provide families with the exact address of their new plot.
- Thursday 2 October 2014It protects people who are not or are no longer taking part in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare.