UN releases $100 million to fight hunger in 6 African countries and Yemen

The UN has allocated $100 million to fight hunger in Africa and the Middle East as the spillover effects of the war in Ukraine threaten to push millions even closer to famine. The contribution from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), announced on Thursday, will go towards relief projects in six African countries and Yemen. The money will enable UN agencies and their partners to provide critical support, including food, cash, nutritional help, medical services, shelter, and clean water….

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APPIATSE TOWNSHIP RECEIVES DONATION FROM WAIMM

The West African Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (WAIMM) has donated an amount of GH 90,000 Ghana cedi (which is the equivalent US$13,250.00) to the fund Committee set up for the reconstruction of the Appiatse Township near Bogoso in the Western Region. This follows an explosive disaster incident that occurred on 20th January 2022 killing at least 13 people when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine crashed with a motorcycle in the Township. Presenting the cheque…

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International Women’s Day 2022

Message of WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti On 8 March every year, the world marks International Women’s Day. It is an opportunity to recognize the achievements of women globally, and to take stock of our progress towards gender equity, and of the challenges that still lie ahead. This year’s theme, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, celebrates the achievements of women and girls who are leading efforts on climate change adaptation, mitigation and response to…

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International Mother Language Day

IMLD 2022 aims to contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 by recognizing the role of teachers in promoting multilingual teaching and learning through technology. A recent UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank and OECD survey on national education responses to COVID-19 school closures of 143 countries showed that only 58 percent of low-income countries provided remote learning through online platforms for at least one education level. Most of these countries reported using broadcast media such as television (83%) and radio…

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Rural Africans ignored in deals between EU, African Union, Letter says

More than 100 faith-based and nongovernmental organizations from 22 African countries, as well as partners like CIDSE, said the European Union-African Union partnership failed to improve the lives of rural Africans and needs to put “the dignity and well-being of Africans at the center of policymaking.” The joint declaration issued Feb. 16, the day before a two-day summit between the European Union and African Union, said “this partnership and similar ones with other world regions have shown themselves to…

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World Radio Day: South Africans urged to continue supporting radio

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya has urged South Africans to continue supporting radio as it remains one of the powerful media platforms. The world commemorates World Radio Day on Sunday, under the theme ‘Trust and Radio’. Siweya has acknowledged the role of the medium in attaining freedom. “We celebrate this day, we want to call on everybody to continue to utilise the platform, to continue to support various media stations to ensure that we attain and maintain…

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Mozambique and Blue Forest to Employ Satellite Technology for Mangrove Project

Mozambique’s Mangrove forests around the Zambezi delta Mozambique’s Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries (MIMAIP) in partnership with Blue Forest, a UAE-based mangrove reforestation specialist has launched the largest mangrove reforestation project in Africa. The project will be implemented in the biodiversity-sensitive provinces of Sofala and Zambezia. Furthermore, it will spread across 185,000 hectares of mangrove forests. The project will plant between 50-100 million trees as part of this long-term partnership. Furthermore, it will offset approximately 200,000 tons…

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African Union welcomes $11.48 million grant from AfDB to strengthen delivery of Agenda 2063

The African Union Commission (AUC) will soon benefit from an $11.48 million grant from the African Development Fund to strengthen its governance and provide it with institutional support. Approval for the grant, from the Fund’s regional public goods window, came a few days ahead of the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly, which closed on Sunday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. On the sidelines of the Assembly, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina and African Union…

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Mauritius: Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre marks International Day for Women and Girls in Science

A webinar targeting secondary school students, educators and the public was organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC), this morning, in Bell Village, in the context of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, commemorated on 11 February annually. The theme of the webinar was ‘Water Unites Us: Perspectives from Mauritian Female Scientists’. The objectives of the webinar were to promote female scientists working in Mauritius as role models for secondary school students; to value the…

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Africa on track to control pandemic this year but vigilance is key: WHO

Since the first case on the continent was identified nearly two years ago, Africa has faced four waves of COVID-19, each with higher peaks or more total cases than the previous one. These surges were mainly driven by new variants which, though highly transmissible, were not necessarily more fatal. Against the oddsOn average, each wave was roughly 23 percent shorter than the one before, with the first lasting 29 weeks, while the fourth ended in six weeks. Dr. Matshidiso…

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