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President Meron Visits Dar es Salaam

During his visit to Dar es Salaam, President Meron met with Dr. Damas Ndumbaro, Tanzanian's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, and with foreign diplomats to discuss matters related to the work of the tribunal

The President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), Judge Theodor Meron visited Tanzania this week and thanked the Government of Tanzania for its constant and loyal support to International Criminal tribunals. “I express my gratitude to the Government of Tanzania for its loyal support to International Criminal…

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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation entering the National Cancer Institute along with alumni students from Ghana, Namibia, Liberia and Rwanda, registered with the Master Degree program in Medical Oncology under Merck Cancer Access Program
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with Prof. Dr. Hatem Ahmed Aboulkassem, Dean of National Cancer Institute(on her left), Prof. Abdel-Rahman Zekri, Vice Dean of National Cancer Institute (on her right) and Alumni from Ghana, Namibia, Liberia and Rwanda, registered with the Master Degree program in Medical Oncology under Merck Cancer Access Program
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with Prof. Dr. Hatem Ahmed Aboulkassem, Dean of National Cancer Institute, Prof. Abdel-Rahman Zekri, Vice Dean of National Cancer Institute during the meeting
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Merck Foundation partners with National Cancer Institute of Egypt to provide Master Degree in Medical Oncology for African Doctors

This initiative is a part of Merck Foundation’s ‘Merck Cancer Access Program’ that has been initiated by the Merck Foundation to increase the limited number of oncologists across Africa

Merck Foundation supports Africa through the partnership with Egypt, to build the Cancer Care Capacity in the African Continent; Through this partnership, Merck Foundation aims to provide two-year Medical Oncology Master Degree program for African doctors. Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany ​partners with Egypt’s National Cancer…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

DRC inter-communal clashes drive 16,000 refugees into Congo-Brazzaville

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is supporting local authorities in the Republic of the Congo to provide humanitarian assistance to some 16,000 recently arrived refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). People are fleeing deadly clashes that erupted at the end of December 2018 between two communities in…

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European Investment Bank confirms support for EUR 495m transformational investment across Africa at Vienna summit

EIB President outlines support for sustainable development at High‑Level Forum Africa‑Europe

EUR 495m new support for sustainable transport in Africa’s largest city, improving access to clean energy and connecting East Africa to global communications; EIB President outlines support for sustainable development at High‑Level Forum Africa‑Europe; EIB experts highlight how cooperation with African business, public sector and international partners unlocking crucial investment. At the…

Source: Amnesty International |

Death penalty: Global abolition closer as record number of countries vote to end executions

Dominica, Libya, Malaysia and Pakistan changed their vote to support the resolution, while Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and South Sudan moved from opposition to abstention

After a record number of UN member states today supported at the final vote a key UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, Amnesty International’s Death Penalty Expert Chiara Sangiorgio said: “The fact that more countries than ever before…

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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán travelled to Vienna to attend High-Level Forum Africa-Europe

The event will be hosted by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and President of Rwanda Paul Kagame

The meeting will be attended by representatives of 25 African states, including seven heads of state and government, as well as by 13 European heads of state and government and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. The event will be hosted by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and President of…

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Minister Rob Davies concludes Egypt and London Visit

In Egypt Minister Davies attended the third edition of the Africa Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh that took place under the theme ‘Bold Leadership and Collective Commitment: Advancing Intra-African Investments’

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has arrived back in the country, following his visit to Egypt and the United Kingdom. In Egypt Minister Davies attended the third edition of the Africa Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh that took place under the theme ‘Bold Leadership and Collective Commitment:…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Rwanda: African Development Bank approves €115 million, providing 1.5 million people access to water

The new financing is to scale up the country’s largest water and sanitation sector investment program

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Board has approved additional funding support of €115 million to Rwanda’s Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Program, enabling 1.5 million people to access improved, reliable and sustainable water supply services.   The funding will cover strategic cities and address water and sanitation challenges in areas with a low access rate…

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Looking Ahead to Chart Today’s Course: The Future of Work in sub-Saharan Africa

Opening Remarks by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

As Prepared for Delivery Introduction Thank you, Minister Gyan-Baffour, for that kind introduction. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Vice-President Bawumia and the Ghanaian government for co-hosting this conference with the IMF. Your excellency, Vice-President Bawumia, Minister Gyan-Baffour, honored guests — it is my pleasure to welcome…

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    • Figure 1: Confirmed and probable Ebola virus disease cases by health zone in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, Democratic Republic of the Congo, data as of 11 December 2018 (n=505)
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Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Non-engagement from communities and conflict continue to hamper response activities in some affected areas

The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is occurring in an unforgiving context. Non-engagement from communities and conflict continue to hamper response activities in some affected areas. Moreover, poor infection prevention and control (IPC) practices across numerous private and public health centers remain a…