Development Health Advice 

Counting down to Peace Day, UN chief urges: Stand up against hatred and care for planet 

As we strive to heal from the COVID-19 pandemic and reimagine a better future for people and planet, Secretary-General António Guterres introduced this year’s theme: “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.”  Regardless of ethnicity, location or religion, the virus attacks everyone.   Confronting this common enemy, we must remember that we are not each other’s enemy.   To be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, we must make peace with one another.  “Peace is the foundation of that recovery. The global vaccination effort cannot advance amidst armed…

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Development Health Advice 

Guterres: Vaccines should be considered ‘global public goods’

Speaking via videolink in London, Secretary-General António Guterres said there was no other way of defeating a virus that spreads across developing countries “like wildfire” and risks mutating, other than through equitable, mass vaccination, adding that shots need to be “available and affordable to all”.  “That is not only a matter of fairness and justice but it’s also a question of efficiency”, he said, pointing out that mutations “abide by Darwin’s laws of evolution” – meaning that the worst viruses tend to survive, multiply and eventually disable the vaccines.   Vaccination programmes…

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Development Health Advice 

New WHO guidance aims to stamp out rights violations in mental health services

Globally, mental health care mainly continues to be provided in psychiatric hospitals, and rights abuses and coercive practices remain all too common, according to the UN agency.  ‘A more holistic approach’  The guidance recommends that mental health provision should be located in the community and include support for daily living, such as facilitating access to accommodation, as well as education and employment services.  “This comprehensive new guidance provides a strong argument for a much faster transition from mental health services that use coercion and focus almost exclusively on the use…

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Africa Business East Africa World 

IMF says Tanzania must publish Covid-19 data to get $574 mln loan

– Advertisement – The International Monetary Fund has asked Tanzania to publish data on the spread of Covid-19 before getting approval for a $574 million emergency loan. Since last year May, Tanzania has not published any data on the extend of spread of Covid-19. The country’s previous president, John Magufuli was a critic and doubter of the pandemic and stopped the publication of the data. The then-President John Magufuli’s administration played down the threat from the disease and little was known about the infection rate and deaths. New president Samia…

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Development Health Advice 

UN experts to G7: Production of safe COVID-19 vaccines must outweigh profit 

“Everyone has a right to have access to a vaccine for COVID-19 that is safe, effective, timely and based on the application of the best scientific development”, the experts said ahead of the three-day Summit of the G7 intergovernmental group of leading countries in the United Kingdom, which begins on Friday.  No time for barriers  The nine independent experts said it was time for “international solidarity and cooperation” to assist all Governments in vaccinating people and saving lives.  “It is not the time for protracted negotiations or for lobbying to…

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Africa Investments 

Bank-funded project boosts water supply in Zimbabwe’s second-largest city

Limited investments in water and sanitation infrastructure across Zimbabwe’s urban centers in recent times have largely contributed to poor service provision, which has left citizens scrambling for the precious liquid. Bulawayo, the country’s second-largest city, was not spared. Frequent droughts in nearby regions worsened the water woes.  “The situation worsened in 2018, where we would go for three weeks without water. It was a difficult period as we had to endure long queues at a nearby borehole just get to enough water for the day,” explained Nothando Maphosa, a 35-year-old…

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Development Health Advice 

Step up HIV fight, to end AIDS ‘epidemic of inequalities’ by 2030 

“They are at greatest risk of being left behind as AIDS remains not just a health issue, but a broader development challenge”, said Volkan Bozkir, kicking off a three-day High-Level Meeting on the continuing epidemic.  The road well-travelled  While acknowledging that AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 61 per cent since the peak in 2004, Mr. Bozkir warned that under-investment has caused many countries to “fall short of the global targets set out five years ago”, to fast-track the international response.   Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict and humanitarian emergencies have…

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UNICEF and celebrities appeal to G7 countries: Donate COVID vaccinations ‘now’  

“We’re asking you to make these urgent donations by August and to set out a roadmap to scale up donations as supplies increase”, wrote the celebrities, influencers and activists.  Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Billie Eilish were among those highlighting that the Summit provides a vital opportunity for the G7 intergovernmental group of leading countries to agree actions that will get COVID-19 vaccines “where they are most needed, fast”.   Threatening variants  Despite spending a year and a half battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus continues to spread in many countries, producing…

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Africa Investments 

Guinea: African Development Bank approves $430,000 grant for Ebola emergency relief project

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a $430,000 grant to Guinea to fight the spread of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever epidemic throughout the country. Since mid-February 2021, Guinea has been facing a resurgent Ebola-related epidemic, following the major crisis of 2014. This new epidemic comes against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which poses both health and socio-economic challenges to the West African country. The project was approved on 3 June. The funding from the African Development Bank will enable Guinea to strengthen the diagnostic…

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Africa Investments 

La Banque africaine de développement et ses partenaires célèbrent la nature et la restauration des écosystèmes

Comme chaque année, la Banque africaine de développement s’est associée, ce samedi 5 juin, au ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement durable de Côte d’Ivoire, au Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement et à d’autres partenaires pour célébrer la Journée mondiale de l’environnement. La Journée mondiale de l’environnement, dont le Pakistan accueille les célébrations mondiales, était célébrée sur le thème de la « restauration des écosystèmes ». Elle marquait également le lancement officiel de la Décennie des Nations unies pour la restauration des écosystèmes 2021-2030. La restauration des écosystèmes prend de nombreuses…

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