Government of Senegal boosts Ebola awareness through SMS campaign

Health WorkersSenegal’s recent stamping out of Ebola was achieved not only through its rapid infectious disease control work, but also by using a novel SMS-driven platform originally designed to help people manage diabetes.

On 29 August, Senegal’s first — and only — case of Ebola virus disease was confirmed in a young man who had direct contact with an Ebola patient in Guinea and then travelled, by road, to Dakar. Together with WHO and partners, the Government of Senegal launched an immediate, broad-based and well-coordinated response that stopped the virus dead in its tracks.

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International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence calls on African States to back ICC

Sonke Gender Justice joins Nobel laureates and women’s rights campaigners
to call on African leaders to support the International Criminal Court

Johannesburg, October 11 – In a letter released yesterday, the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict—including 7 Nobel peace laureates—called on members of the African Union (AU) to back the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a critical tool for combating rape and other forms of gender violence. African leaders are gathering in Addis Ababa, today and tomorrow for an extraordinary summit of the AU. It is expected that member states will consider a proposal for a united pullout from the ICC and the treaty that created it, the Rome Statute.

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Medical advice: Hazards of Health Drinks

Variety Of Health DrinksLots of energy drinks are being sold in the market these days. Energy drinks are advertised as energy boosters and ads claim that they can keep individuals alert and active for long periods of time. The drinks are targeted largely at teenagers and young adults and are readily available in grocery stores, convenience stores and a variety of other places. Many drink the products under the illusion that it will help them sustain higher energy levels. Students often consume them before exams or for recreation under the belief that it will give them a high just as alcoholic beverages do. 

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