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Regional Workshop on Participation of Women addresses the barriers hinder women’s participation in electoral and other political processes

During the two-day brainstorming, participants of the regional workshop highlighted the importance of the workshop in light of forthcoming elections in the Great Lakes region

The African Union (AU) Department of Political Affairs (DPA), in partnership with the Office of the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), convened a regional workshop on the "Participation, Representation…

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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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UN Human Rights Office Welcomes New Agreement with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region

The Memorandum of Understanding establishes the basic parameters for the collaboration with the Office

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and the Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Zachary Muburi-Muita on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen the existing collaboration between the UN Human Rights Office and the ICGLR. “I look forward to…

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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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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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Refugee returns to Burundi must be voluntary and not under pressure

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reiterates that the principle of voluntary return requires that repatriation should be based on a freely-exercised choice

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is repeating its call to ensure that refugee returns from Tanzania to Burundi remain voluntary and not under pressure, following a bilateral agreement between the two governments in August this year to increase return rates. Recently, we have noted mounting pressure on Burundian refugees and…

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The First Lady of Burundi releases a song to contribute to Merck More Than a Mother and Break Infertility Stigma

The song will be launched during the Merck Foundation conference “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” in Accra, Ghana

The song and video have been composed, sung and produced by The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. DENISE NKURUNZIZA; the song will be launched during the Merck Foundation conference “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” in Accra, Ghana. Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany is very happy to…

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Burundi: Journalists, Driver Detained on Reporting Trip

Clampdown on Free Speech Increases as Elections Near

The Burundi authorities should immediately and unconditionally release four journalists and their driver arrested on October 22, 2019 while they were on a reporting trip to Bubanza Province for Iwacu newspaper, Human Rights Watch said today. The journalists had informed authorities of their plan to travel to the area to…

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The Government of Burundi is purchasing the Russian collaborative office suite solution MyOffice®

As a part of the state strategy for cooperative trade and economic development between Russia and African countries, Russian IT companies have started working with Africa

At the Russia-Africa Summit and Economy Forum 2019 (Oct. 23-24, Sochi, Russian Federation) Dmitry Komissarov, Member of the board of Russian Software Products Association “Russian Software” and CEO of New Cloud Technologies (NCloudTech.com) announced the start of deliveries of MyOffice® (MyOffice.ru) solutions to the Republic of Burundi, with the integration…

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Ten African countries endorse cross-border collaboration framework on Ebola outbreak preparedness and response

Representatives of the Member States agreed to strengthen mechanisms for the exchange of timely and accurate information on Ebola preparedness

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its nine neighbouring countries today, during a meeting of ministers, senior health and immigration officials and partners in Goma, endorsed a joint framework to strengthen cross-border collaboration on preparedness and response to Ebola virus and other disease outbreaks. Representatives of the 10…