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COVID-19 burden lessens in Africa, vigilance crucial as year-end season begins

The continent recorded the four-week long rise until 20 November, but the number of new cases dropped slightly over the past two weeks ending on 2 December, breaking the upward trend

While Africa is witnessing its lowest level of new COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic, a recent four-week rise—the first such sustained increase in four months—underscores the criticality of maintaining vigilance as the end-year holiday seasons sets in. The continent recorded the four-week long rise until 20 November,…

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Diagnostic testing is fundamental to our future with COVID-19 (By Kekeletso Kao & Yenew Kebede Tebeje)

As African leaders gather in Kigali at the second annual international Conference on Public Health in Africa next week to discuss the future of pandemic preparedness and post-pandemic recovery, we may be facing our first true test of whether we are ready to live with COVID-19

By Kekeletso Kao, Senior Manager, Access at FIND (www.FINDdx.org), the global alliance for diagnostics and Yenew Kebede Tebeje, Head of Division of Laboratory Systems and Ag. Head of Division, Surveillance & Disease Intelligence at Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Although it seems we have weathered the worst of the…

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Bolstering Africa’s health emergency readiness and response

The latest simulation took place against the backdrop of an ongoing Ebola outbreak in Uganda

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in partnership with Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, West African Health Organization, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UK Health Security Agency, Robert Koch Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today kicked off the region’s…

Source: Western Cape Education ​Department, South Africa |

South Africa: Member of the Executive Council (MEC) David Maynier urges candidates to celebrate responsibly during matric rage events

Two large matric rage events will take place in Plettenberg Bay and Ballito this weekend

Matric rage events will kick off in the Western Cape and other provinces this weekend, and we urge all of our candidates to celebrate safely and responsibly this year. While 44 039 candidates still need to write Afrikaans Paper 3 on Friday, as well as a number of smaller exams…

Source: The Presidency, Republic of Ghana |

“Climate Change a Global Emergency; Redeem $100 Billion Pledge” – President Akufo-Addo to Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27)

President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the fact that climate adaptation costs are currently outstripping current international public finance flows

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has described Climate Change as a “global emergency”, and has urged the developed world to redeem a thirteen (13) year old pledge to make available $100 billion annually to help developing countries fight the scourge of climate change. Delivering Ghana’s national…

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COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-Out Stagnates in Africa

The WHO analysis shows that the percentage of people with complete primary vaccination series has barely budged in 27 out of 54 African countries in the past two months

COVID-19 vaccination coverage has stagnated in half of African countries, while the number of doses administered monthly declined by over 50% between July and September, a World Health Organization (WHO) analysis finds. Although Africa is far from reaching the year-end global target of protecting 70% of the population, modest progress…

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General's opening remarks at media briefing – 19 October 2022

While the global situation has obviously improved since the pandemic began, the virus continues to change, and there remain many risks and uncertainties

Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening.  Last night I returned from the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany, which this year WHO co-hosted for the first time. I was very encouraged to see the level of commitment from leaders from government, civil society, academia and the private sector for…

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Nigeria Expands Genomic Sequencing Intervention Beyond Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The strategy is intended to improve preparedness and reinforce health security in Nigeria

Given that genomic sequencing technology enhanced the fight against COVID-19 globally, Nigeria is working on a strategy to integrate other infectious diseases into the genomic surveillance in the country. The strategy is intended to improve preparedness and reinforce health security in Nigeria. These efforts are in line with the WHO Global…

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Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) President Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua Leads First In-Person OPEC Meeting Since COVID-19

H.E. Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, Minister of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Congo, who is currently serving as the 2022 President for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, led OPEC’s first in-person meeting since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic

This week, H.E. Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, the Republic of Congo’s Minister of Hydrocarbons and the 2022 President for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led the oil cartel’s first in-person meeting since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Held in Vienna on Wednesday October 5, the meeting saw a…

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FIND to share COVID-19 testing experience with the President of Tanzania and other global health experts at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH)

WISH is a global summit organized biannually by the Qatar Foundation, bringing together leading experts and decision makers to address pressing global health challenges

FIND (www.FINDdx.org) Chief Access Officer will join a discussion with H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and other distinguished panellists, calling on governments and decision makers to prioritize local manufacturing capacity as a key part of their pandemic preparedness and resilience planning; the session will take…