Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Statement by USAID Acting Spokesperson Tom Babington on Monitoring Ebola in Uganda

USAID is monitoring the situation and will continue to work alongside partners to support the response in Uganda

Three cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Uganda, resulting in one death.  This marks the first cases of the deadly disease outside of neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the ongoing outbreak began in August 2018.  USAID is monitoring the situation and will continue to work alongside…

Source: MSD |

The Foundation of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA Announces Grant to American Cancer Society to Improve Access to Cancer Care in Resource-Limited Settings

$1.99 Million Grant Supports Patient Navigation Initiative in East Africa

The Foundation of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA (the Foundation) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) announced today that the Foundation awarded a $1.99 million, five-year grant to ACS to improve support and access to care for people living with cancer in low-and-middle-income countries, particularly in East Africa. This…

Merck Foundation
Source: Merck Foundation |

Merck Foundation together with First Lady of Burundi release “Plus Qu’une Mere” an empowering French Song as courtesy to all infertile women in Burundi and Africa

The song has been created by Merck More than a Mother Song Award Winners

The song has been created by Merck More than a Mother Song Award Winners, a talented band from Burundi under the leadership of First Lady of Burundi; Merck Foundation continues its commitment to raises awareness on infertility with aim to create a cultural shift through art. Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com) , the philanthropic…

Source: Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) |

UN emergency fund allocates $45 million to stave off famine risk in the Horn of Africa

The bulk of the funds, $30 million, will go to Somalia where 2.2 million people are projected to face acute food insecurity by September

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today allocated US$45 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to immediately scale up food and nutrition assistance, safe water provision, livelihoods protection, and other urgent humanitarian support to drought-affected people across parts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya who…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Only 6 per cent of children in Africa live in areas where air pollution is reliably measured at the ground-level

More reliable ground-level measurements are required to combat this silent killer of children, particularly in Africa where the problem is growing and gravely under-studied

Only 6 per cent of children in Africa live in areas where air pollution is reliably measured at ground-level, leaving half a billion children across the continent living in areas with no reliable means of measuring air quality, according to a new UNICEF report released on World Environment Day. For…

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

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) calls for “reset” of Ebola response as cases surpass 2,000

More than 1,300 people have died in what is now the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history

Aid organizations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) need to “reset” their response to the current Ebola outbreak and place more emphasis on understanding and addressing persistent community fears, mistrust and concerns. Nicole Fassina, Ebola Virus Disease Coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent…

Source: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) |

Galvanizing global ambition to end the AIDS epidemic after a decade of progress

The report shows that progress has been most marked in eastern and southern Africa

A new report from the United Nations Secretary-General, Galvanizing global ambition to end the AIDS epidemic after a decade of progress, has been presented to United Nations Member States during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Member States gathered at the United Nations in New York, United…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

United Nations strengthens Ebola response in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Ebola epidemic has claimed more than 1,200 lives and the risk of spread to other provinces in the eastern Congo as well as neighbouring countries remains very high

With the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo now in its tenth month and the number of new cases increasing in recent weeks, the United Nations announced today measures to strengthen its response and end the outbreak. The Ebola epidemic has claimed more than 1,200 lives and…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Strengthening the healthcare system in north-east Nigeria - a priority for WHO

WHO is coordinating health sector partners to target 5.1 million people for humanitarian health interventions in the region

It started like every other normal day. Mallam Isah and his wife, Hauwa, had set off to the farm as it was the peak of the farming season. Half way into the day’s work, the attention of the couple was needed back home. Bintu, their 3-year old daughter had high…

Source: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) |

Model Drug Law for West Africa presented to ministers of health on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly

The model drug law provides concrete templates that countries can adapt to reform their drug laws—legal provisions and how they relate to international legal obligations

The West Africa Commission on Drugs, UNAIDS and the Global Commission on Drug Policy today presented the Model Drug Law for West Africa to ministers of health of the Economic Community of West African States. Drug laws in western Africa are not having the intended effect. Neither drug use nor…