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COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund donated money, but health workers still have no PPEs

One year ago, WHO created the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to respond to the unprecedented show of support by individuals and companies to help WHO in the fight against COVID-19. Powered by the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, it was developed as an innovative platform to enable private companies, individuals, and other organizations

New partnership to connect African data science graduates to international opportunities

Ishango, a social enterprise creating highly skilled jobs in Africa, and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Africa’s first and largest network of centres for innovative post-graduate training in mathematical sciences, have announced a partnership to connect top African data scientists with international work experience opportunities. The partnership will boost African data science graduates’

GIZ – GIAE and IITA launch a project to boost maize, Cassava productivity in Nigeria

The Green Innovation Centers for the Agriculture and Food Sector Program (GIAE) – Nigeria funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is launching an eighteen (18) months project to boost maize and cassava production and create job opportunities for youth and women in

Africa’s health systems unfit to meet needs of the poor, new UHC Report shows

By Adelyn Wangusi Africa’s health systems are poorly attuned to meet the health care needs of the poor, the State of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa Report, a comprehensive document that maps the progress of African countries towards their UHC goals and unveiled today by the independent Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) Commission shows. According

Rotavirus vaccines made available for use in humanitarian crises

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Save the Children, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) welcome the opportunity to make rotavirus vaccine available to more children living in humanitarian crises thanks to a landmark pricing agreement with the manufacturer, GSK. Children living in refugee camps, displaced communities or in other emergency situations now have a better

With vaccine deliveries to Accra and Abidjan, the race for equity begins 

By Dr. Solomon Zewdu    On February 24, 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Accra, Ghana. Two days later, another 504,000 doses arrived in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. On Tuesday, 3.92 million vaccine doses arrived in Abuja, Nigeria and a further 324,000 arrived in Dakar, Senegal the following day. These were the first international deliveries of COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX Facility, and—with the first doses administered in both countries just days later—the

Uganda ready to host African Climate Week

By Henry Neondo The government of Uganda is ready to host the African Regional Climate Week from March 3-4 to build regional momentum for the annual UN Climate Change Conferences and drive forward regional implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The Regional Climate Week will provide a platform for representatives of national and subnational governments, cities,

COVID-19 Vaccine roll out: Health experts urge Africa to exploit all available routes

By Henry Neondo   Health experts in Africa have urged African countries to exploit any of three available routes to access vaccines to protect citizens from COVID-19. According to the experts, massive advances in vaccine science over the past year offered hope, but the global community needed to learn from its mistakes with inequitable HIV

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