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World Health Organization (WHO) calls for more action to end ‘cycles of poverty and stigma’ related to tropical diseases

More countries have worked to eliminate dengue, leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) over the past decade, but greater efforts and investment are needed in the face of pandemic-related disruptions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday

To mark World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day, the UN agency has released a report highlighting progress and challenges in delivering care for these 20 conditions, which mainly affect the world’s poorest people.  NTDs are caused by a variety of pathogens including viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi and toxins, and can be deadly.  Other examples are…

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United States funding to help World Food Programme (WFP) fight food insecurity in Sierra Leone

According to an August 2022 Food Security Monitoring System analysis, 81 percent of Sierra Leonean households were unable to meet their basic food and nutrition needs

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$3.2 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide emergency food and development assistance to 68,000 people in Sierra Leone, where four out of five households have irregular access to safe and nutritious food.…

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    • ARCADIS Global, Government of Mozambique, and UN-Habitat Teams at the lower Beira corridor doing site assessments
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Post-cyclone Reconstruction Continues in Mozambique

The ongoing efforts for resilient recovery will help transform the rebuilding process into an opportunity to increase socio-economic resilience

More than three years after cyclone Idai and Keneth hit Mozambique in 2019, much of the country is still trying to recover. An example of such recovery taking place is being witnessed in the lower Beira corridor, in Sofala Province, along the Busi and Pungue river basins.  As the area…

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Sudan political process enters a decisive phase requiring wide participation

The Trilateral mechanism will continue to coordinate closely with the international community in supporting the Sudanese people to realize the objectives

Mohamed Belaiche, Ambassador for the African Union to Sudan; Volker Perthes, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan; Ismail Wais, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Special Envoy. After the signing of the Framework Political Agreement between a considerable number of Sudanese stakeholders on 5 December 2022, the political…

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff and the Cameroonian Authorities have Reached Staff-Level Agreement on the Third Review of the Extended Credit Facility and Extended Fund Facility for Cameroon

The mission also met with representatives of development partners, the diplomatic community, the private sector, civil society, and unions

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this…

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On World Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Day, over US$7 million new funding announced to expand efforts towards sleeping sickness elimination in nine African nations

The funding will support cost-effective, sustainable strategies to develop and maintain post-elimination surveillance programmes

New funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will build on the success of the Trypa-NO! partnership – a project led by FIND (https://www.FINDdx.org), the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) – that has supported Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea…

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Victories of Eritrean cyclists at several competitions

Biniam Ghirmay, one of the outstanding Eritrean cyclists, has become winner of Silver Medal at the competition held in Spain by finishing the 141.6 km race in second place

Eritrean cyclists registered shining victories in several competitions conducted on 29 January. Accordingly, Biniam Ghirmay, one of the outstanding Eritrean cyclists, has become winner of Silver Medal at the competition held in Spain by finishing the 141.6 km race in second place. Biniam Ghirmay has become winner of Bronze Medal…

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International Rescue Committee (IRC): Pope Francis visit to Congo and South Sudan is a unique opportunity for world leaders to address worsening humanitarian crises as needs spiral

Although a peace deal was signed in 2018 that promised an end to the five-year civil war, the predominantly Christian nation of South Sudan is still reeling from violence

As the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan prepare to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis on January 31, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) calls on the international community to break the cycle of crisis in the two countries as humanitarian needs grow at an unprecedented pace.  Although a peace…

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South Sudan army: It’s time to rebuild public trust and respect human rights to achieve peace

The workshop brought together 35 female and male commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the government army, 20 of whom were women

“If we want to truly transform and rebuild this country and a national army, we must listen to the voices of our civilians, so we can restore public trust and confidence,” Captain Joseph James Mangar, Head of the Department of Training and Advocacy on Military Justice of the South Sudan…

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) Activates Lassa fever Emergency Operations Centre to Strengthen the Response to Rising Cases of Lassa Fever in Nigeria

The purpose of EOC activation is to achieve a coordinated national response and especially across the affected states to interrupt disease transmission

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has activated the national multisectoral Emergency Operations Centre for Lassa Fever (LF-EOC) at level 2 to coordinate and strengthen ongoing response activities in the country. The LF-EOC was activated following a risk assessment carried out on the 20th of January 2023…