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Merck Foundation to announce journalists in Africa and Latin America for best media coverage of coronavirus, as winners of “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards

Merck Foundation to advance Media capacity in Africa to improve their standard of reporting and advocating for Health, Social and Economic issues in their countries

During a video conference, Dr. Rasha Kelej conducted the Merck Foundation (http://www.Merck-Foundation.com) Award Ceremony to celebrate the Winners of Africa and Latin America “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards and welcome them to Merck Foundation Alumni;  81 Winners from 28 African Countries and 16 Winners from 4 Latin American Countries…

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New Report Highlights Global Rise in Rugby Interest in 2019

A new global study from Nielsen has recorded 877 million followers and 405 million fans of rugby union worldwide in 2019

Rising rugby interest in Africa is not limited to just South Africa, and several emerging nations, particularly Zimbabwe and Namibia, have shown impressive growth In Namibia and Zimbabwe, 50 per cent of people are interested in rugby; 23 per cent of people in Kenya are very interested in rugby In…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Outbreak Brief #41 - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

Six countries account for approximately 84% of the new COVID-19 cases reported

Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (20 October 2020), 3,025,116 new confirmed [1] coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 40,780 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 42,977,875 COVID-19 cases and 1,152,8883 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.7%) have been reported from 219 countries and territories.…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Outbreak Brief #40 - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

Six countries account for approximately 86% of the new COVID-19 cases reported since the last brief

Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (13 October 2020), 2,524,173 new confirmed [1] coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 36,810 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 39,952,759 COVID-19 cases and 1,112,108 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.8%) have been reported from 219 countries and territories. This…

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Landmark Move: South Africa & India propose no patents on COVID-19 medicines, tools during pandemic

India and South Africa on 2 October asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow all countries to choose to neither grant nor enforce patents

MSF: "With this bold action, India and South Africa have shown that governments want to be back in the driver’s seat when it comes to ensuring all people can have access to needed COVID-19 medical products" In a landmark move, India and South Africa on 2 October asked the World…

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SouthBridge Group and Brazil Africa Institute sign partnership to bring Brazilian investors closer to the African opportunities

Both organizations seek to jointly create a platform that will make it easier for Brazilian investors approaching the vast opportunities available on the African continent

SouthBridge Group (www.SouthBGroup.com) signed a Collaboration Agreement with The Brazil Africa Institute (https://IBRAF.org) (IBRAF). The Agreement was signed by Professor João Bosco Monte, President of IBRAF, and Andrew Alli, CEO of the SouthBridge Group. Both organizations seek to jointly create a platform that will make it easier for Brazilian investors…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Canada continues to lead international coordination on response to COVID-19

Hosted the 10th call of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, hosted the 10th call of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19 with his counterparts from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Morocco, Peru, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The ministers provided an update on their countries’ responses to COVID-19 and ongoing multilateral work on…

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Coronavirus Global Response: Access to COVID-19 Tools-Accelerator Facilitation Council holds inaugural meeting

The ACT-Accelerator is the proven, up-and-running, global collaboration accelerating the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres appeals for a quantum leap in funding for the ACT-Accelerator, a global solution to get the world moving, working and prospering again -         H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, and H.E. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, co-chair the ACT-Acceleration Facilitation Council -        …

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 – Global response Fact Sheet, Fiscal Year (FY) 2020

Vulnerable communities worldwide are experiencing increasing protection-related humanitarian needs generated or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic

KEY DEVELOPMENTS The U.S. Department of State (DoS) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) remain committed to assisting the world’s most vulnerable countries in fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. To date, pledged funding from USAID includes $299 million in assistance from USAID’s Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious…

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Coronavirus - Democratic Republic of Congo: With conflict and COVID-19 deepening hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo, more help is needed to save millions of lives

Four in ten of DRC’s estimated 100 million people are food insecure, according to the most recent nationwide data, with 15.6 million suffering “crisis” or “emergency” hunger

As conflict and the coronavirus escalate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), aggravating one of the world’s biggest but most under-funded hunger crises, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that millions of lives could be lost unless the international community steps up with more help. Four…