Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease

Just a few cigarettes a day, occasional smoking, or exposure to second-hand smoke increase the risk of heart disease

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September. This equates to one in five of all deaths from…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Coronavirus: European Investment Bank (EIB) approves € 12.6 billion financing for transport, clean energy, urban development and COVID-19 resilience

Also backed investment in agriculture, water, housing, telecommunications and urban development across Europe, as well as in Africa, Asia and Latin America

€ 3.1 billion for COVID-19 public health and business financing; € 3.5 billion for private sector investment and working capital schemes; € 3 billon for clean energy and energy efficiency investment around the world; € 2 billion for Naples-Bari high speed train link largest loan in EIB history The European…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus Global Response: Access to COVID-19 Tools-Accelerator Facilitation Council holds inaugural meeting

The ACT-Accelerator is the proven, up-and-running, global collaboration accelerating the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres appeals for a quantum leap in funding for the ACT-Accelerator, a global solution to get the world moving, working and prospering again -         H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, and H.E. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, co-chair the ACT-Acceleration Facilitation Council -        …

Source: Epazz, Inc. |

Epazz DeskFlex is Experiencing Increased Growth in Europe and as a Result is Hiring Account Managers in Dublin, Ireland to Keep Up with the Global Demand for Desk Booking Software after COVID-19 Lockdowns

DeskFlex room booking and scheduling software is expanding into Europe by hiring account managers in Dublin, Ireland and will also be hosting cloud applications in Europe in order to comply with European Laws

Epazz Inc. DeskFlex (www.DeskFlex.com) (OTC: EPAZ), a mission-critical cloud business software provider, announced today that DeskFlex desk booking software is hiring more account managers as the company experiences more product requests, virtual demonstrations, and employee training on software navigation in Europe. DeskFlex is receiving calls from companies based in Germany,…

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

Coronavirus - Tanzania: Back to School - Zanzibar plans for quality learning for all children with $1.5 million from Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for COVID-19 education response

The GPE-funded programme is closely aligned to existing education sector plans and the National Education Response and Recovery Plan for COVID-19

Zanzibar has received a $1.5 million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus)-related school closures and ensure that more than 520,000 children return to school safely, leaving no child left behind. The grant is part of GPE’s $500 million COVID-19 response, which is helping…

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Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Africa: 1,200 missing migrants recorded thus far in 2020 may well undercount totals since COVID-19 outbreak

Responses to COVID-19, including border closures and other measures, have increased the risks of migratory journeys

Despite the mobility restrictions put in place in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, over 1,200 migrants lost their lives during migration in the first half of 2020, according to data from IOM’s IOM’s Missing Migrants Project. Responses to COVID-19, including border closures and other measures, have increased the risks of…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus - Africa: WHO chief points to ‘green shoots of hope’ in COVID-19 pandemic

Tedros underlined two elements for addressing the pandemic effectively, namely that “leaders must step up to take action and citizens need to embrace new measures”

Although COVID-19 cases are on track to hit 20 million worldwide this week, and 750,000 deaths, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed to “green shoots of hope” amidst the global crisis, while urging both governments and people everywhere to work to suppress the new coronavirus. “I…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Rwanda: WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 (10 August 2020)

Some countries in the Mekong Region, New Zealand, Rwanda, and many island states across the Caribbean and the Pacific were able to suppress the virus early

By WHO Director-General Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, This week we’ll reach 20 million registered cases of COVID-19 and 750,000 deaths. Behind these statistics is a great deal of pain and suffering. Every life lost matters. I know many of you are grieving and that this is a difficult…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Africa: International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Organization for Migration (IOM) launch COVID-19 Guidance for the Protection of Migrants

Migrant workers are a crucial part of the global workforce, accounting for 3.5% of the world’s population

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) this week are releasing employer guidance for measures to protect migrants during COVID-19. Migrant workers are a crucial part of the global workforce, accounting for 3.5% of the world’s population, according to IOM. Worldwide, micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises…

Source: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) |

ECOWAS hands over sheep kits and cattle feed to households in Kebbi State, Nigeria

The donations event taking place in Kangiwa, which is in the Arewa Local Government Area of the state is meant to bring succour to the vulnerable families

As part of its commitment to bolstering food security in the region, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), through its Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (ARAA), is handing over Sheep Kits and Cattle Feed to households in Kebbi state of Nigeria on the 8th of August 2020.…