Source: MSD |

Cote d’ Ivoire and Liberia both Launch National Immunisation Programmes for Human-Papillomavirus (HPV)

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women aged 15 to 44 years in Cote D’ Ivoire

MSD (www.MSD.co.za), known as Merck & Co., Inc., (NYSE: MRK) in the United States and Canada, congratulates both Cote d’ Ivoire and Liberia on the successful launch of the National Immunisation Programme (NIP) for the Human-Papillomavirus (HPV - the main cause of cervical cancer).[1] Approximately 530 000 women are diagnosed…

Source: South African Rugby Union |

Soyizwapi hoping to bring it all together

The new captain officially took over the armband from Philip Snyman at the start of the 2019/20 season

Twice last season Siviwe Soyizwapi – as stand-in captain – took the Blitzboks onto the podium and lifted trophies in Vancouver and Singapore. So, when the winger speaks about “bringing all the parts together”, Soyizwapi is referring to what was done right in those two weeks and what the Springbok…

Source: IMPACT |

India Turning a Blind Eye to Smuggled Gold

New report calls for more vigilance on gold entering and exiting India

IMPACT’s (www.IMPACTTransform.org) new report reveals India to be one of the largest gold smuggling hubs in the world. As a result, gold that is tied to conflict, human rights abuses, and corruption in Africa and South America is entering legal international markets through India. In its latest report, A Golden…

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Africa Investment Forum 2019 - Promises made, promises kept: Champions share why investments benefit women

We are looking at the value chain of businesses and asking how do we support women across the value chain…from the factory floor all the way to the boardroom? - Tokunboh Ishmael

60% of Mara phones’ 400-450 employees are women: This is why our quality is better than anyone else’s – Ashsish Thakkar; We are looking at the value chain of businesses and asking how do we support women across the value chain…from the factory floor all the way to the boardroom?…

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Masai Ujiri urges African leaders to invest in sports, commissions two new “players”

We need to invest in sports; African talent is like gold and diamonds – Masai Ujiri

Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors, made his second appearance at the Africa Investment Forum, renewing his call for African governments to invest in sports. Ujiri, the only President of National Basketball Association (NBA) of African origin in franchise history, has worked hard over the past year to scout…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Humanitarian funds release US$18.7 million for life-saving floods response in Somalia

The $8 million from CERF will enable UN agencies and their partners to sustain and scale up their ongoing time-critical interventions in the worst-affected areas

 A combined $18.7 million has been released from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) to scale up life-saving assistance to just over half a million people affected by floods in Somalia. “These funds come at a critical time, enabling humanitarian partners to…

Source: MSD |

ERVEBO® [Ebola Zaire Vaccine] Awarded Prequalification Status by the World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO prequalification means that ERVEBO has met the WHO’s standards of quality, efficacy and tolerability

Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD (www.MSD.com) outside the United States and Canada, today announced that ERVEBO [Ebola Zaire Vaccine (rVSVΔ-ZEBOV-GP live)] has been awarded prequalification status by the World Health Organization (WHO).  ERVEBO is the first vaccine to be prequalified by the WHO for the prevention of Ebola Virus…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO prequalifies Ebola vaccine, paving the way for its use in high-risk countries

Prequalification means that the vaccine meets WHO standards for quality, safety and efficacy

The World Health Organization (WHO) today prequalified an Ebola vaccine for the first time, a critical step that will help speed up its licensing, access and roll-out in countries most at risk of Ebola outbreaks. This is the fastest vaccine prequalification process ever conducted by WHO. Prequalification means that the…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

2019 Africa Investment Forum Kicks Off Delivering on the Promise to Redefine and Unpack the Continent’s Investment Opportunities

The 2019 Africa Investment Forum opened on Monday living up to its promise to move from commitment to action

$500 million equity closed for the Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund to speed up investments in agriculture; Financial close for the Africa Guarantee Fund $175 Equity transaction to support Small and Medium Size Enterprises, and $350 million for South Africa’s beef agro-processing project. The 2019 Africa Investment Forum opened on Monday…

Source: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) |

New Contribution of $2.11 Million from the Federal Republic of Germany to the Trust Fund in Support of Peace and Security in Mali

As part of the German government's support for peace and security in Mali, the rehabilitation of the Kidal airstrip will play a major role in ensuring the sustainable use of this infrastructure

The Federal Republic of Germany is officially strengthening its participation in the Trust Fund in support of peace and security in Mali with a new contribution of $2.11 million, more than CFAF 1.250 billion. This support was confirmed during a ceremony held on 6 December at MINUSMA’s Headquarters in Bamako,…