Africa Business World 

Soros Economic Development Fund acquires Mologic Ltd

– Advertisement – A group of philanthropic funds and investors led by the Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has announced the launch of Global Access Health (GAH), a social enterprise that will seek to expand access to affordable state-of-the-art medical technology through decentralized research, development, and manufacturing in and for the Global South. The group has financed the acquisition of Mologic Ltd, a world leading innovator in the development of lateral flow and rapid diagnostic technologies including tests that can help…

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Africa World 

Africa records significant surge in Covid-19 related deaths

– – There are concerns among health experts in Africa that the continent is getting overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic. It follows news of a 43% jump in Covid-19 deaths from last week, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO’s weekly briefing revealed that infections and hospital admissions have now risen and many countries are facing shortages of oxygen and intensive-care beds. On Thursday the WHO Africa office revealed that the case fatality rate which is the proportion of deaths among confirmed cases now stands at 2.6% against the…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana to pay $2.5 mln surgery fee to separate conjoined twins

– – The government of Ghana has taken up the full cost of surgery for the separation of conjoined twins delivered at one of the top health facilities in the country, the Greater Accra Regional Hospital. The Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare who made the disclosure paid a visit to twins and their parents. The parents and doctors at the facility had been appealing for funds to save the lives of the babies with the support of the media. “It is my pleasure to announce that the President has said that…

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Africa Madagascar World 

Madagascar: Families eating mud due to worst drought in 40 years

– – Some families in southern Madagascar are reportedly eating mud as the country experiences its worst drought in four decades. The World Food Programme which made the shocking revelation said the worst drought in southern Madagascar is causing hunger and famine-like condition. Its director, David Beasley, who’s just visited the area, said that without immediate assistance more than half a million people would soon be “knocking on famine’s door”, with another 800,000 marching towards it. He said he was shocked by what he’d seen in southern Madagascar – children who…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana’s Green project targets planting over 5 million trees

– – Ghana on Friday launched a green project called Green Ghana Day aimed at getting citizens to plant over 5 million trees. The project is expected to mobilize efforts to preserve and protect the country’s forest cover and the environment. Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo lead the event on Friday which was replicated across the country. Friday, 11th June, 2021 is #GreenGhanaDay. Let’s plant a tree for future generations. #GreenGhanaProject #LetsGoPlanting 🌳 pic.twitter.com/fL90yEAllz — Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) June 8, 2021 Thousands of people participated in the project, planting trees at…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

Ghana’s ‘inflated’ Covid-19 vaccine price sparks calls for probe

– – Ghana’s minority lawmakers and anti-corruption campaigners are demanding a probe into the award of a contract for the supply of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines. It follows a publication by a Norwegian newspaper that the government of Ghana bought the vaccines at a price which is 90 percent more than the factory price. The report revealed that the government purchased the Sputnik V vaccine from an Emirati official and a Norwegian citizen charged with money laundering. Although Ghana’s parliament gave approval for the purchase of a dose of the…

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Africa North Africa World 

Morocco legalizes cannabis production for medical use

– – Morocco‘s government has legalized the production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes. With the approval, farmers would now be allowed to farm so the cannabis can be exported and used domestically. The government is hopeful this move will lift up impoverished farmers in the Rif mountains amid a growing legal global market for the drug. Cannabis is mostly grown in the northern Rif mountains of Morocco. Until this approval growing the plant was illegal although the production has been overlooked by authorities with Morocco among the top…

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Africa East Africa World 

COVID-19 PCR Test Requirements to Travel to Ethiopia

– – Ethiopia’s borders remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. Foreign citizens are able to apply for an Ethiopian visa and travel to the country provided they meet all the entry requirements now in place. Visitors from overseas need to take extra steps when preparing for their trip to Ethiopia. The government has introduced a PCR test requirement for most travelers. This article contains important information about the COVID-19 test to enter Ethiopia including: When to have the PCR test for Ethiopia Which type of COVID-19 test is accepted Where to get tested for coronavirus Exemptions…

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Africa Central Africa Featured World 

DRC: Thousands evacuate amid fears of another volcano eruption

– – Thousands of people have been evacuated in the Democratic Republic of Congo over fears of another eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano. The governor of North Kivu province ordered the evacuation of ten districts of the city, saying an eruption could take place with very little warning. At least 31 people are now known to have died when Nyiragongo erupted last weekend. Houses were destroyed and Rwandan authorities have said about 3,000 people had officially crossed from Goma. Cracks measuring hundreds of metres long have appeared in the city…

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Africa World 

New study predicts more Covid-19 patients to die in Africa

– – A new study has predicted that patients who are critically ill with Covid-19 are more likely to die in Africa than in any other region in the world. The study published by The Lancet attributes this to the shortage of crucial equipment in hospitals that are helpful in saving lives as well as shortage of specialised staff. About 48% of severely ill patients admitted to a hospital in Africa die, the report notes, compared to the global average of 31.5. And the rate could be even higher in…

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