Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) |

COVID-19 Scientific and Public Health Policy Update – (March 24, 2020)

African countries have imposed tighter travel and public health policies such as full border closures

In addition to our weekly brief on the spread of COVID-19 and the actions that Africa CDC is taking to help member states, Africa CDC has begun to share a weekly brief detailing the latest changes in scientific knowledge and public health policy changes, as well as updates to the…

Source: Paxful |

Global Bitcoin Maketplace Paxful, launches Annual List of Top 10 African Women to Watch, in Bitcoin & Blockchain

The individuals on this year’s list are all innovative and inspirational leaders who are actively making a difference and carving the pathway for other females to enter and make their mark

Blockchain technology is one of the most notable developments of our age. A recent Deloitte survey of senior executives worldwide in 2019 found that 53% of respondents said blockchain has become a critical priority (an increase from last year) (http://bit.ly/33FXAgF) and 83% of respondents believe there are compelling use cases for…

Source: World Rugby |

South Africa’s triumph over England was the most watched Rugby World Cup final ever

Rugby World Cup 2019 sets new broadcast records and inspires new audiences

Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan was the most watched rugby event ever with more than 857 million people around the world watching the action via World Rugby’s network of rights-holding broadcast partners, an increase of 26 per cent from the previous tournament in England. With World Rugby (https://www.World.Rugby/) producing…

Source: Dangote Group |

Dangote donate N200m to fight Coronavirus in Nigeria

The Aliko Dangote Foundation has earmarked N124million that will support facilities to help prevent, assess and respond to health events at Point of Entry to ensure National Health Security

The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) yesterday pledged a whooping sum of N200million to support current effort of the Nigerian government towards curbing the spread of Corona Virus or Covid-19 in the country. ADF’s intervention is considered the largest single donation by a corporate organization in the country to contain the…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Statement by USAID Administrator Mark Green on the commitment of $37 million in assistance to Rrespond to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

The U.S. Government is providing these funds to the World Health Organization, other multilateral institutions, and programs led by USAID's implementing partners

The U.S. Government announced today a commitment of $37 million in financing from the Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for 26 countries affected by novel coronavirus COVID-19 or at high risk of its spread. The U.S. Government is providing these…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh |

Artists representing 12 languages join celebration of “International Mother Language Day” at the Bangladesh High Commission in Nigeria

A documentary on the “International Mother Language Day” was screened

Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria observed “Martyrs’ Day” and “International Mother Language Day” in a befitting manner. A discussion cum colourful multi-lingual cultural event was organized at the auditorium at 7 pm on 21 February 2020 at the auditorium of the High Commission. At the outset of the discussion meeting, one minute…

Source: National Basketball Association (NBA) |

Record 19 International Players from 15 Countries highlight Global Reach of NBA All-Star 2020

NBA All-Star 2020 will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages

All-Star Starters Antetokounmpo, Dončić, Embiid and Siakam Headline Record Eight International All-Stars; NBA All-Star 2020 Will Reach Fans in 215 Countries and Territories in 47 Languages A record 19 international players from 15 countries will participate in NBA All-Star 2020 (NBA.com/AllStar), which will reach fans in 215 countries and territories…

Aella
Source: Aella |

Financial inclusion in West Africa gets a boost with new $10m raise by Aella Fintech

Aella has made a visible impact on the lives of more than 300k borrowers across its Employer Backed and Direct to Consumer Verticals, who now have access to simple financial products

Focused on improving financial inclusion for West Africa’s low-income segment, a Nigerian fintech start-up, Aella (https://AellaCredit.com/) has raised a $10m debt financing round, from HQ Financial Group (HQF), Singapore-based private company specializing in new material science, semiconductor and blockchain financial investments. This debt financing round is Aella’s second raise and…

National Basketball Association (NBA)
Source: National Basketball Association (NBA) |

All-Star Pascal Siakam, Wizards’ Bertāns, Celtics’ Fall and Bulls’ Markkanen to Coach Top International Prospects at Sixth Annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp During NBA All-Star 2020 Will Bring Together Top 64 High School Age Boys and Girls from 34 Countries and Regions

The National Basketball Association (NBA) (https://www.NBA.com/) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 64 boys and girls from 34 countries and regions who will travel to Chicago for the sixth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp, which will be held Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb.…

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Source: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) |

Disasters displace more people than conflict and violence

Over 143 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America - or around 2.8 percent of the population of these three regions - could be forced to move within their own countries

As climate change intensifies, extreme weather events, such as floods, storms, bushfires and heatwaves are forcing millions from their homes each year. In 2018, disasters displaced 17.2 million people from their homes, 90 per cent fled weather and climate-related hazards. There were 1,600 recorded disaster events over the course of…