Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Burundi |

Burundi launches first polio vaccination campaign in more than a decade

The country has prepared more than 3.7 million doses of nOPV2 vaccine for administration over the next four days

Burundi’s health authorities today launched the country’s first national polio vaccination campaign since 2011, targeting nearly 3 million children under seven years of age following the first alerts of circulating poliovirus type 2 in more than three decades. Supported by World Health Organization and other Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners,…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tourism - Foreign Affairs Department, Republic of Seychelles |

Importance of Economic Integration highlighted at 22nd Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Heads of State and Government Summit

The Vice President recognised the importance of green investments and reiterated the need for greater attention to be directed towards investments in relation to the ocean

The Vice President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Ahmed Afif, led the Seychelles delegation to the 22nd Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Heads of State and Government Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, which took place on 8th June 2023. The opening ceremony of this year’s Summit witnessed the transfer…

Source: State House – Office of the President of the Republic of Seychelles |

President Ramkalawan to undertake State Visit to Maldives

President Ramkalawan will be accompanied on this mission to the Maldives by the First Lady, Mrs Linda Ramkalawan

The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Wavel Ramkalawan will undertake a state visit to the Maldives from 10th to 14th June 2023, at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Maldives, H.E Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. President Ramkalawan and President Solih have previously interacted on various international…

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Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

African Development Bank Group, Government of Tanzania launch $54 million initiative to drive job creation for youth in Zanzibar’s blue economy

Ocean-based activities, including tourism, contribute more than 29% of Zanzibar’s gross domestic product and employ about 33% of its work force

The African Development Bank Group ( and the Republic of Tanzania have launched the Skills Development for Youth Employability in Blue Economy project. This is a project that will enable Zanzibari youth to find well-paying maritime and other blue economy jobs. The Bank is providing grant financing of $48.65 million…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Refugees fleeing violence trapped and forgotten in Chad due to rainy season

There are also concerns over increased risks of waterborne and infectious diseases under the current conditions of poor access to clean water and sanitation services

Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad in need of emergency humanitarian response with onset of rainy season; thousands of refugees who have crossed the border now face isolation, disease and malnutrition.  Thousands of people amassed at Chad’s eastern border in Sila region and other border areas – seeking refuge from a raging conflict in neighbouring Sudan -…

Source: FAO Regional Office for Africa |

Sierra Leone, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Viet Nam sign agreement to develop the rice sector in the African country to increase production and productivity through improved technologies and best practices

Over the course of a four-year project, Viet Nam will provide its expertise in rice-value-chain development to Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone, FAO and Viet Nam today signed a South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) agreement aimed at developing the rice sector in the African country. The new project has an estimated budget of $5 million to be implemented through a Unilateral Trust Fund (UTF) from Sierra Leone. The tripartite agreement…

Source: Ministry of Information, Eritrea |

Eritrea: Vocational training for college students

The objective of the training program was to equip the students with skills of their choice alongside their academic activities

The National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students branch in Sawa and Higher Educational Institutions organized a vocational training program for 326 May-Nefhi college students including 147 females. The training program included video editing, sign language, Arabic, as well as graphics and electronics. At the graduation ceremony conducted on 6…

Source: Amnesty International |

Senegal: Amnesty International calls for independent enquiry into deadly crackdown on protests

Amnesty International spoke to 18 people, including witnesses to the fatal use of force and relatives of the victims

The Senegalese authorities must immediately carry out an independent and transparent investigation into the deaths of at least 23 people, including three children, during the violent demonstrations of 1 and 2 June 2023, and shed light on the presence of armed civilian personnel operating alongside the security forces, Amnesty International…

Source: Ministry of Information, Eritrea |

Eritrea: Commendable voluntary blood donation activity

Voluntary blood donation activities are augmenting as a result of the increased awareness of society, Dr. Yohannes stated

The National Blood Transfusion Services in collaboration with partners particularly the National Voluntary Blood Donation Association is conducting an effective undertaking in collecting and supplying safe blood to hospitals. The statement was made by Dr. Yohannes Tekeste, Medical Director of National Blood Transfusion Services. In an interview conducted with Erina…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea’s economy expanded in 2022 for the first time since 2014, with real GDP growth estimated at 2.2 percent

A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Mesmin Koulet-Vickot, conducted a mission during May 29–June 7, 2023, to update macroeconomic projections based on recent developments and take stock of the authorities’ policy vision and priorities. At the end of the visit, Mr. Koulet-Vickot issued the following statement:…