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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.…

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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…

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New WHO Representative in Sierra Leone presents credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

This engagement now gives Mr Liyosi the official recognition by the government to represent the Organization in Sierra Leone

The newly appointed Representative of the World Health Organization Country Office in Sierra Leone, Mr Evans Majani Liyosi, today 15 May 2019 presented his credentials to the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon Nimatulai Bah Chang , in Freetown. This engagement now gives Mr Liyosi the official…

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European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone Celebrates A Colourful Europe Day 2019

Guests were pleasantly surprised by a flash mob dance performed by the teachers and students of the British International School

To celebrate the power of unity, cooperation and dialogue in Europe and around the world, more than 400 guests happily joined in the celebration of Europe Day 2019 at a reception held at Sierra Lighthouse. The EU Delegation had prepared a video for the occasion with messages on EU in…

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Global partners announce $61.8 million allocation to boost African Development Bank initiative for women entrepreneurs

“This substantial support from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, We-Fi, will help us scale up our actions and achieve greater results for women entrepreneurs across the continent” - Vanessa Moung

The Governing Committee of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) has approved a funding allocation of $61.8 million for the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/en/) Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) (https://bit.ly/2Q1fF1L) program. We-Fi (https://We-Fi.org/) is a partnership among 14 donor governments, eight multilateral development banks, and other public and…

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IMF Staff Concludes First Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Review Mission to Sierra Leone

Stepping up structural reform efforts will be crucial to managing fiscal risks, ensuring greater accountability, and diversifying the economy for the benefit of all Sierra Leoneans

The Sierra Leone authorities and IMF mission concluded discussions, ad referendum, on economic policies to pave the way for consideration by the IMF Executive Board of the first review under the ECF-supported program; Continued actions to mobilize revenue and manage public finances remain key priorities to reduce public debt and…

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Sierra Leone: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff concludes First ECF Review Mission

The economic landscape in Sierra Leone remains challenging

The Sierra Leone authorities and IMF mission concluded discussions, ad referendum, on economic policies to pave the way for consideration by the IMF Executive Board of the first review under the ECF-supported program; continued actions to mobilize revenue and manage public finances remain key priorities to reduce public debt and…

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Orange, a key player engaged in the digital transformation in Africa and the Middle East, launches its first “Orange Digital Centre” in Tunisia

The Orange Digital Centre has been set-up as a centre to provide wide-ranging support for startups

Orange (www.Orange.com) is launching the “Orange Digital Centre” today in Tunis, a place built around a completely new concept and entirely dedicated to innovation. Attending the launch are Anouar Maarouf, Tunisian Minister of Communication Technologies and the Digital Economy, Abdelkoddous Saadaoui, Tunisian Secretary of State for Youth, Alioune Ndiaye, Chief…

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MoFA Secretary-General Receives Credentials Copies for Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, and New Zealand Ambassadors

HE Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi received Sunday a copy of the credentials of HE the Republic of Nicaragua's (non-resident) Ambassador to the State Mohammed Mohammed Farara El Ashtar, of HE the Republic of Sierra Leone's (non-resident) Ambassador to the State Rashid…

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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President of Merck More than a Mother with H.E. First Ladies of Mauritania, Namibia, Guinea Conakry, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Botswana, Niger, Central African Republic, Burundi, Mozambique, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019
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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Merck Foundation Team during committee meeting with H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Merck Foundation Team during committee meeting with H.E. MADAM AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU The First Lady of the Republic of the Niger & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother with H.E. MADAM NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady Of Botswana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Merck Foundation Team during committee meeting with H.E. MADAM NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady Of Botswana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother in conversation with H.E. MADAM FATIMA MAADA BIO, the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother meeting with First Ladies of Africa during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM CONDE DJÈNÈ The First Lady of the Republic of Guinée & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW The First Lady of the Republic of The Gambia & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother meeting with First Ladies of Africa during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO The First Lady of the Republic of the Congo & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady Of Botswana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM CLAR MARIE-DUNCAN WEAH The First Lady of the Republic of Liberia & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI)
    • H.E. MADAM AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA The First Lady of Republic of Zimbabwe & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI)
    • H.E. MADAM FATIMA MAADA BIO The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother meeting with First Ladies of Africa during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother meeting with First Ladies of Africa during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM BRIGITTE TOUADERA The First Lady of Central African Republic & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador and H.E. DR. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI The First Lady of the Republic of Mozambique & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador with Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
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Merck Foundation brings together 15 African First Ladies to break the stigma of Infertility

The Merck foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 was attended by 15 African First Ladies

Merck foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 was attended by as many as Fifteen African First Ladies to discuss the strategy to break the stigma of infertility and empower women and girls in Education. Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative…