Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles |

Coronavirus - Seychelles: Two new COVID-19 cases detected in Seychelles

The two visitors who are UK nationals living in UAE, arrived in the country on Monday 14th September 2020

The Public Health Authority has announced the detection of two new cases of COVID-19 on Friday 18th September 2020. The two visitors who are UK nationals living in UAE, arrived in the country on Monday 14th September 2020. They were residing on La Digue since their arrival. They approached the…

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Source: Foundation for a Smoke-Free World |

Issues in ensuring COVID-19 vaccine compliance (By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World)

We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness to use a COVID-19 vaccine and adopt other preventive healthcare measures was associated with trust

By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH An effective COVID-19 vaccine could help us emerge from isolation and end the social distancing required during this pandemic; but it will only work if people are willing to be vaccinated [1]. We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness…

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Source: World Rugby |

Rugby World Cup 2021: Former South Africa 15s international and current South Africa Women’s U20 head coach Laurian Johannes confirmed as Rugby World Cup 2021 coach interns

RWC 2021 Coaching Internship Programme is fully funded by World Rugby, as part of IOC international development grant

All nine Rugby World Cup 2021 qualified teams to avail of Coaching Internship Programme opportunity; Six RWC 2021 participating unions confirm coaching interns; Announcement marks one year to go until RWC 2021 with the tournament to be hosted for the first time in the southern hemisphere; Selected participants to be…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

World Food Programme (WFP) expands assistance to families struggling in flood-devastated regions of Sudan

The flooding is the worst Sudan has seen in nearly a century

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its emergency food assistance to reach nearly 160,000 people hit by devastating floods that have affected nine states of Sudan. “Rains and floods have been much worse than anyone could have anticipated, causing a national disaster,” said WFP Representative and…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 impacts driving up acute hunger in countries already in food crisis

Central African Republic, Honduras, Lesotho and Somalia have experienced an increase of more than 10 percentage points in the share of people facing acute hunger

Pandemic aggravates pre-existing drivers of acute food insecurity - Democratic Republic of the Congo is now world’s largest food crisis. FAO and partners call for urgent and decisive action. The Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) today held a high-level event to present a review of the most recent global data…

Source: South African Rugby Union |

Castle Lager Springbok Showdown to kick-start local season next month

The drama will unfold live on SuperSport, with the enlarged squad set to be announced live on Saturday

The battle lines are being drawn for a Castle Lager Springbok Showdown, which will pit the best local stars and top, up-and-coming talent against each other on 3 October, as SA Rugby ( announced its plans today to reignite an exciting four-month local season. Springbok assistant coaches Mzwandile Stick and…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

International Organization for Migration (IOM) Inaugurates New Headquarters for National Border Police in Niger, Completing USD 3 Million Effort

Country is exposed to various security threats, such as violent extremist terrorism, cross-border crime, trafficking and smuggling, some spilling over from neighboring countries

A landlocked country in the Sahel region, the Republic of Niger is positioned at the crossroad of West, Central and North Africa. This strategic location has made the country an important corridor for both trade and migration. Due to its large territory, neighboring seven countries with over 5,600 km of land…

Source: The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, South Africa |

Coronavirus - South Africa: UK Government donates R50m to Solidarity Fund for Projects Supporting and Promoting Women

This contribution forms part of the UK’s international COVID19 response and recovery efforts

The Solidarity Fund announced the receipt of a R50m grant from the government of the United Kingdom (UK). The grant is aimed at extending the Solidarity Fund’s ongoing efforts to counter the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa – focusing specifically on projects supporting and promoting women. This…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Coronavirus - Africa: Canada continues to lead international coordination on response to COVID-19

Hosted the 10th call of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, hosted the 10th call of the Ministerial Coordination Group on COVID-19 with his counterparts from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Morocco, Peru, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The ministers provided an update on their countries’ responses to COVID-19 and ongoing multilateral work on…

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 -        …