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

IFRC Secretary General calls for global support for plague response in Madagascar

IFRC has launched an international emergency appeal for 5.5 million Swiss francs to expand the already growing Red Cross response

  The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy has appealed for international support for Madagascar’s plague response, at the end of an emergency visit to the Indian Ocean island nation. “We remain very concerned about this outbreak,” said Mr.…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Madagascar: MSF Working to Tackle Outbreak of Plague

1,032 cases of plague, including 695 cases of pneumonic plague and 89 deaths, were recorded in Madagascar from August 1 to October 17

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began working with local authorities yesterday to tackle an outbreak of pneumonic plague in the port city of Tamatave on the east coast of Madagascar. MSF’s international medical personnel are supporting staff from the Malagasy Ministry of Health to provide treatment to patients currently…

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

IFRC Secretary General visits Madagascar as Red Cross scales up plague response

IFRC has deployed equipment for a plague treatment centre to Madagascar that is expected to arrive in the coming days

The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, arrives later today in Madagascar as the Red Cross response to the plague outbreak continues. Mr Sy will spend Thursday 19 October meeting with Red Cross officials and volunteers involved in the…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Suspected cases from Seychelles test negative for plague

World Health Organization is working with the Seychelles health authorities to reduce the risk of plague spreading from neighbouring Madagascar

Samples from patients in Seychelles suspected to be ill with pneumonic plague tested negative at a World Health Organization (WHO) partner laboratory in Paris, France on Tuesday (17 October). The ten samples were shipped by the Seychelles Ministry of Health and WHO to the collaborating centre for Yersinia at the Institut Pasteur…

Source: United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS) |

The United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration enters into force today

The Convention has been signed by Australia, Belgium, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Netherlands, Sweden, Syria, United Kingdom and the United States

The United Nations Convention in Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration ("The Mauritius Convention on Transparency") will enter into force today, 18 October 2017. The Convention has to date been ratified by Canada, Mauritius and Switzerland. None of the ratifying States made reservations and, as a result, the Transparency Rules are…

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

Madagascar: IFRC to deploy first-ever plague treatment centre, releases 1 million Swiss francs as infections spread

A full medical team will be deployed along with the 50-bed treatment centre that has the capacity to isolate and treat patients suffering from plague

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is deploying a treatment centre to provide urgent care for hundreds of people in Madagascar who have been infected with plague. A full medical team will be deployed along with the 50-bed treatment centre that has the capacity to…

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Source: Deutsche Post DHL |

DHL the only company to be named Top Employer in 18 African countries

Only organizations that qualify from the selection process receive the Top Employers title and certification seal

DHL Express (www.dpDHL.com) has been certified as a Top Employer in Africa for the fourth executive year, at the prestigious Top Employer Africa 2018 certification ceremony, held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Thursday 12 October 2017. Hennie Heymans, CEO, DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, explains that this is the…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, on Death Penalty

Last month Madagascar became the 85th State to ratify the Second Optional Protocol, and the Gambia moved a step closer by signing the treaty

Statement attributable to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville: Today is World Day Against the Death Penalty, and we would like to take this opportunity to repeat our call for all States to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights…

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

Madagascar: Red Cross training 1,000 volunteers to fight Pneumonic plague, releases global emergency funds

Madagascar’s crowded urban areas, weak health systems and poor infrastructure are contributing to the rapid spread of the disease in major cities

The Malagasy Red Cross is training 1,000 volunteers and staff to serve on the frontline of its growing response to the outbreak of pneumonic plague. In Madagascar, cases of bubonic plague-- spread between animals to humans through flea bites-- occur nearly every year. The emergence of the more virulent pneumonic…

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

Madagascar: Red Cross scaling up efforts as plague crisis worsens

The outbreak started following the death in late August of a 31-year-old man in the central highlands where plague is endemic

The Malagasy Red Cross is scaling-up community surveillance, contact tracing and communication in an effort to prevent further spread of a plague outbreak that has killed 30 people in Madagascar. The outbreak started following the death in late August of a 31-year-old man in the central highlands where plague is…