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Somalia security remains a concern, head of UN Mission warns Security Council

Mr. Swan urged Member States to urgently resource a Drought Impact Response Plan issued by the UN and Somali Government

Despite “encouraging” developments, insecurity across Somalia remains a serious concern, James Swan, head of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), warned the Security Council, in his first briefing to the world body since taking office. Mr. Swan noted the effectiveness of the collaboration between the UN and international partners, and…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO and Africa CDC agree on joint actions to improve health security in Africa

The agreement operationalizes a relationship which began in August 2016 when Africa CDC was established

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union Commission (AUC) through its Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) deepened their ties today by endorsing an ambitious action plan that aims to tackle health security challenges facing the continent. The two organizations signed an agreement outlining clear…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Restoring people’s trust in medical facilities an essential prescription for achieving universal health coverage

The delegates to the annual WHO meeting in Brazzaville recommended including universal health coverage as a standing item on the agenda of every Regional Committee

Populations across the 47 Member States of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) African Region only utilize an average 48% of their available health services. But only an average 34% of those same populations even has access to essential services. And health systems in those countries only perform, on average, at…

Source: United Nations - Security Council |

Security Council Press Statement on Sudan

The Security Council commended the commitment of the people of Sudan to a peaceful transition and welcomed the commitment by the civilian-led transitional Government

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Joanna Wronecka (Poland): The Security Council welcomed the agreement signed on 17 August 2019 between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council in Sudan on the establishment of a new civilian-led transitional Government and…

Source: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) |

In Security Council Briefing, UN Envoy Highlights Achievements And Need For Cooperation For Progress To Continue

The UN Special Representative took up his assignment in late June

 In his first briefing to the Security Council, the United Nations envoy to Somalia highlighted the progress the country has made in many areas, while flagging that the window to continue achieving that progress was narrowing without greater cooperation. “In my travels around the country I have observed many examples…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Countries launch synchronized cross border campaign to fight against polio: Somali region of Ethiopia alone to vaccinate over half a million under 5 children

The overall synchronized target areas involved in Somalia and Ethiopia are Puntland and all regions in Somaliland except one and five zones of Somali region

Polio is a highly infectious, debilitating disease which affects children and causes permanent paralysis. Polio is not curable, and can only be prevented by vaccination. Families and communities must ensure their children are vaccinated both during polio campaigns and through routine immunization. The Horn of Africa is currently in emergency…

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

Insecurity in Mali's Menaka region affects humanitarian assistance

Humanitarian organisations recorded seven incidents of violent robberies and burglaries, intimidation and theft

Insecurity and increased crime in the region of Menaka is having a detrimental impact on the civilian population and humanitarian organizations in the area. With a monthly average of six incidents of robberies and burglaries of humanitarian organizations, their residents and office, the level of crime is putting the humanitarian…

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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Successful Conclusion of Ethiopia Debates! Competition

The final debate competition took place at Addis Ababa University on August 20-21 and included 28 participants from 14 universities

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa celebrated the successful conclusion of the first Ethiopia Debates! Competition on August 21, 2019 in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia Debates! is a nationwide program that creates an interactive platform for university students to engage in a series of debate competitions, during which they learn public…

Source: Kwik |

Kwik Delivery reaches 2000 verified customers 2 months after its launch in Lagos

kwik verifies its customers through mobile phone OTP as well as email verification

Just two months after its launch in Lagos, the kwik Delivery ( platform reached 2000 verified customers and is already well on its way toward 3000 verified customers. "We are thrilled by the response from Lagosians to our on-demand B2B delivery service. Among the 2000 verified customers are several large corporate…

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African health ministers agree to an all-fronts push to control the rise in vector-borne diseases

The framework on the implementation of the strategy is Africa’s first regional step since the World Health Assembly adoption of it to fill the missing link

With countries in Africa experiencing increased cases and deaths due to malaria and other vector-borne diseases, 47 health ministers endorsed the region’s first aggressive plan for vector control across the continent that recognizes the need for an all-fronts push on eliminating the disease transmitters. The plan, in the form of…