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Merck Foundation marks “World Diabetes Day 2019” in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health to increase the Diabetes experts nationwide

Merck Foundation to provide One and two Year on-line Post-graduate Diabetes Diploma and Masters from South Wales University for more than 180 doctors from 34 countries in Africa and Asia

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marked ‘World Diabetes Day 2019’ by building diabetes care capacity in Africa and Asia. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explained, “We strongly believe that starting the “Merck Nationwide Diabetes Blue Points Project” is the right strategy to ensure…

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Norway Increases Support for Sexuality Education in Developing Countries

The NOK 75 million in funding will be disbursed during the period 2019–2021 and will be used to support the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) work

‘Girls and boys need knowledge about their bodies, relationships and living together as well as about health and rights if they are to make good choices and develop positive relationships. This is why Norway is increasing funding for comprehensive sexuality education by NOK 75 million,’ said Minister of International Development…

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Pay-as-you-go solar market leader, Greenlight Planet, partners with leading telecom operators in sub-Saharan Africa

Full-fledged sales and distribution partnerships have been launched with three leading telecom operators, Vodacom (Tanzania), Orange (Burkina Faso) and Telma (Madagascar)

Greenlight Planet (www.GreenlightPlanet.com), the market leader in the rapidly expanding pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar industry has successfully partnered with major telecom operators in Africa. Recognizing the natural synergy between the telecom and pay-as-you-go solar industries, the company is pursuing a strong telecom-focused strategy that aims to have a far-reaching impact on…

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New Internet Exchange Point in Democratic Republic of Congo to bring faster and more reliable Internet access to region

Currently, Internet traffic in Lumbumbashi, the second largest city in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is exchanged outside the region and in many cases, outside the country

The Internet Society (InternetSociety.org), a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet and the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (ISPA-DRC.cd) launched a new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Lubumbashi that will bring faster and more reliable…

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Helping vulnerable displaced people in Burkina Faso

Since the start of the year, close to half a million people in Burkina Faso have been forced to flee the fighting

Fighting in the Sahel, Centre-North and North regions of Burkina Faso has forced thousands of people from their homes in recent weeks. In Soum province (Sahel), hundreds of farmers and their families had to flee to the province's capital Djibo. "A lot of women and children left everything to escape…

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    • (L-R) H.E. DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi; H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central Africa Republic; H.E. HINDA DEBY ITNO, The First Lady of Chad; H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia; H.E. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi; Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG; H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana; DR. RASHA KELEJ, CEO, Merck Foundation; H.E. AISHA BUHARI, The First Lady of Nigeria; H.E. FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Sierra Leone; H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia; H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe during the 6th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary
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President of Ghana, H.E. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO inaugurates Merck Foundation “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” to build Healthcare capacity in Africa and Asia

More than 1000 healthcare providers, policy makers and academia from 50 countries benefited from the Luminary

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG inaugurated Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Ghana; The 6th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” co-chaired by H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (http://www.Merck-Foundation.com); African…

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DG Azevêdo: Regional and multilateral efforts are key to Africa’s integration strategies

Azevêdo discussed the importance of regional and multilateral trade efforts to help drive Africa’s economic integration, growth and development

Meeting with ministers and senior officials in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on 25 October 2019, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo discussed the importance of regional and multilateral trade efforts to help drive Africa’s economic integration, growth and development. During his visit, the Director-General met with Burkina Faso's President H.E. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.…

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Displacement spike in Burkina Faso shows need for Kampala Convention on its 10th anniversary

The Kampala Convention was adopted on 23 October 2009 and came into force in 2012

This year Burkina Faso hits record levels of people forced from their homes by violence while exactly 10 years ago member States of the African Union became the first in the world to adopt a legally binding framework to assist and protect internally displaced persons. The surge in population displacement…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan |

Japan-Burkina Faso Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Minister Motegi welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation for the promotion of Japanese private sector’s investment in Burkina Faso

On October 21, commencing at 1:30 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with H.E. Mr. Alpha Barry, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Burkina Faso, who was visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as…

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Participatory Dance to Strengthen Resilience to Violent Extremism in Niger

These performances offered youth from challenging environments opportunities to share their daily experiences and aspirations for a better future

The Tillabéri region, located in southwest Niger, straddles Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso. The region is characterized by fragile stability and today sits threatened by various economic and security risks concentrated at this three-state border zone. Lack of effective border control and tensions over limited available resources have…