Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

UN Secretary-General's remarks to the Africa Dialogue Series

The United Nations and the African Union are deepening our strategic partnership in all areas

By UN Secretary-General Welcome to the Africa Dialogue Series. As we look to build and bolster multilateralism, we need strong coalitions across international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society, academia, the media and more. The Africa Dialogue Series is an important part of this effort.  The United Nations…

Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

Oral statement to Parliament on the Ebola crisis in DR Congo

Secretary of State for International Development, Rory Stewart, updates on the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the UK's response

By Rory Stewart Ebola is back, this time in the eastern DRC. It is the largest outbreak in the country’s history, the second largest in the world, and the first in a conflict zone. So far 1,209 people have died. And we must do much more to grip this situation.…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO announces four new goodwill ambassadors for promoting global health

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Cynthia Germanotta, Alisson Becker and Natália Loewe Becker to champion global health

World Health Organization today announced today the appointment of four new goodwill ambassadors, from the fields of sports, politics and community mobilization, to promote healthier lives, stronger health workforces and improved mental health globally. The new ambassadors are: Alisson Becker, goalkeeper of the Brazilian national and Liverpool football teams, and…

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Seven Local Startups to Represent Egypt in Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2019

The annual GES conference brings together top entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, corporate partners, and policy makers

Seven Egyptian startups have been selected to represent the country in the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in The Hague, Netherlands, June 3-5. While in the Netherlands, representatives of the seven firms will have opportunities to network with over 1,000 other entrepreneurs and over 300 investors from around the world.…

Source: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

Federal Foreign Office on emergency aid to contain Ebola in eastern Congo

The Federal Foreign Office is now providing the WHO with a further four million euros for immediate humanitarian relief in eastern Congo to contain the Ebola outbreak

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (19 May) on stepping up assistance measures to combat the world’s second largest outbreak of Ebola: "The Federal Foreign Office is now providing the WHO with a further four million euros for immediate humanitarian relief in eastern Congo to contain the Ebola…

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EU support to promote access to clean water and improved sanitation in Zambia

EUR 5 million EU investment grant, channeled by the European Investment Bank, from the EU Water Facility Pooling Mechanism, targets investments in peri-urban areas

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has teamed up with the EU’s external action service in a bid to provide clean water and adequate sanitation to citizens in the Zambian Copperbelt Province, bordering on the DRC. The EU grant financing, will help the Mulonga Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) implement the…

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UNICEF and partners vaccinate hundreds of thousands of children affected by Cyclone Idai; stepping up life-saving cholera prevention work in northern areas affected by Cyclone Kenneth

More than 700,000 children have been vaccinated against Polio and more than 650,000 against Measles and Rubella

Hundreds of thousands of children affected by deadly Cyclone Idai in Mozambique have been vaccinated and received vitamin A supplements in the past week, with UNICEF and partners including the World Health Organisation (WHO) supporting the Government-led Health Week in the 21 most affected districts of Sofala, Manica, Inhambane, and…

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UN Peacekeepers in Bor save the arm of 8-year-old boy bitten by snake

He was rushed to the peacekeeping mission’s hospital, where Sri Lankan medical staff performed immediate surgery that saved his arm from amputation

The family of an 8-year-old boy has praised the UN Mission in South Sudan for saving the arm and quite possibly the life of their child, who was bitten by a snake in Bor North county in the Jonglei region. The boy was attending to a herd of goats in…

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Merck Foundation marks “World Hypertension Day 2019” by their continuous programs of advancing hypertension and diabetes care in African and Asian countries

Merck Foundation has been providing One Year Diploma in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine and Diabetes to young doctors from more than 40 African and Asian countries

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marked ‘World Hypertension Day 2019’ by building hypertension care capacity in Africa and Asia through their nationwide programs. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation “Merck Foundation launched ‘Merck Hypertension Award’ in 2016 in more than 40 African and Asian…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

DR Congo: We cannot scale down while Ebola escalates, says IFRC

Since the outbreak started in August 2018, more than 1,100 people have died, making this the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history

The international community must urgently increase its investment in Ebola response efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo before the outbreak escalates further, warns the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Despite some successes in containing the outbreak, there has been an alarming increase in…