Africa Investments 

Lutte contre la corruption en Afrique : la Banque africaine de développement et l’OCDE appellent à plus de vigilance dans le contexte actuel de crise…

La Banque africaine de développement et l’Organisation pour la coopération et le développement économique (OCDE) ont estimé, lors d’une table ronde virtuelle organisée mercredi 14 avril, que le contexte actuel lié à la pandémie de Covid-19 nécessitait une vigilance accrue dans la promotion de la conformité des entreprises et de lutte contre la corruption, en particulier en Afrique.  La rencontre intitulée « Conformité des entreprises en matière de lutte contre la corruption en Afrique : pratiques, défis et perspectives » a permis de dresser un état des lieux des efforts de lutte contre…

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Development Health Advice 

Alert over shortage of new drugs for ‘world’s most dangerous bacteria’  

The alert from the World Health Organization (WHO) is delivered in a report showing that none of the 43 antibiotics in development today sufficiently addresses the growing threat posed by 13 priority drug-resistant bacteria.  “The persistent failure to develop, manufacture, and distribute effective new antibiotics is further fuelling the impact of antimicrobial resistance and threatens our ability to successfully treat bacterial infections,” said Dr. Hanan Balkhy, WHO Assistant Director General on antimicrobial resistance.  Those most at risk are young children and those living in poverty, but antibiotic-resistant infections can affect anyone, said WHO partner AMR.  Youngsters at risk  According to WHO, three in 10 newborns who develop blood infections die, because the antibiotics that are used to treat sepsis are no longer effective.  Bacterial pneumonia – another preventable illness…

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Africa Business Ghana Nigeria West Africa World 

Twitter office in Ghana sparks anger among Nigerians

– – Some Nigerians have not been happy with the decision to pick Ghana as host of the Africa headquarters of social media giant Twitter. Making the announcement on Monday, the US based social media company cited Ghana’s role as a champion for democracy, a supporter of free speech and online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate as reasons for choosing Ghana. The company also said Ghana’s recent appointment to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with its overarching goal…

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Development Health Advice 

New global compact aims to drive down diabetes deaths, boost insulin access

The development comes as risk of early death from diabetes is increasing, underscoring why countries must tackle the disease and bring treatment to all who need it.  The COVID-19 connection  “The need to take urgent action on diabetes is clearer than ever”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General.   “The number of people with diabetes has quadrupled in the last 40 years.  It is the only major noncommunicable disease for which the risk of dying early is going up, rather than down. And a high proportion of people who…

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Africa Investments 

Webinar on countering misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine

What: Webinar Who: Civil Society and Community Engagement Division of the African Development Bank, Economic, Social & Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union, and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) When: 15 April 2021, 10.30-12.00 GMT Where: Virtual The Civil Society and Community Engagement Division of the African Development Bank, in partnership with the AU- ECOSOCC and Africa CDC, will host a second webinar in the Covid-19 Awareness and Community Empowerment Series. The partners initiated this series in March 2020 to raise awareness among African citizens…

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Africa Investments 

Future of Africa’s jewellery market lies in socially conscious consumers, industry experts and designers tell Fashionomics Africa webinar

The future of Africa’s jewellery industry lies in ethically and responsibly made bling that appeals to socially conscious consumers, industry experts said during Fashionomics Africa’s latest webinar about the continent’s jewellery manufacturing potential. The webinar brought together experts in gold and gemstones and leading jewellery designers such as Boitshoko Kebakile, a Vogue-featured jeweller from Botswana, and certified gemmologist Amina Egwuatu, who has been featured in The Financial Times and industry publications for her extensive experience in the gemstone industry. “What is easiest to translate and tell our story to the…

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Development Health Advice 

WHO and partners urge countries to halt sales of wild mammals at food markets

The interim guidance, published on Tuesday, is aimed at reducing public health risks associated with these transactions as most emerging infectious diseases have wildlife origins.  Globally, traditional markets play a central role in providing food and livelihoods for millions of people. Banning the sale of these live wild mammals can protect the health of market workers and shoppers. ▶️ https://t.co/vKU5RdszBD https://t.co/uLAlaOk1IK — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 13, 2021 “Globally, traditional markets play a central role in providing food and livelihoods for large populations. Banning the sale of these…

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Africa Investments 

Understanding the Africa Regional Integration Index

What: Webinar on the Africa Regional Integration Index Who: The African Development Bank, African Union Commission, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa When: Thursday, 15 April 2021, 15.00-17.00 East Africa Time Where: Virtual The African Development Bank, the African Union Commission, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa will host a webinar to discuss the implications of the latest Africa Regional Integration Index for the East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Southern African Development Community. Policymakers, analysts, government leaders, the…

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Africa Business Ghana West Africa World 

Why Twitter picked Ghana as its head quarters in Africa

– – Social media giant, Twitter has announced that Ghana will host its Africa head quarters. The company’s co-founder Jack Dorsey made the announcement on Twitter on Monday. In a statement the company said “in line with our growth strategy, we’re excited to announce that we are now actively building a team in Ghana. To truly serve the public conversation, we must be more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the African continent.” According to Twitter it decided to settle…

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Development Health Advice 

COVID ‘long way from over’ as cases and deaths surge – WHO

Although January and February saw six consecutive weeks of plummeting COVID-19 cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief said that had gone into reverse, with last week yielding “the fourth-highest number of cases in a single week so far”.  “We have now seen seven consecutive weeks of increasing cases, and four weeks of increasing deaths”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists at a regular media briefing.  Keep physical distancing  More than 780 million doses of vaccine have now been administered globally, but several Asian and Middle Eastern countries have seen large…

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