| Africatime
Sunday 02 August 2015
(CBC News 08/01/15)
'Winnipeg has been on the front-line fight against Ebola,' says African Communities of Manitoba Inc. An experimental Ebola vaccine developed in Winnipeg appears to be so effective in trials it has scientists with the World Health Organization (WHO) saying it could revolutionize the fight against the deadly disease. That has instilled hope for many in Winnipeg's African community. "If proven effective, this will be a game-changer," said Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO, which sponsored the trial. "It will change the management of the current Ebola outbreak and future outbreaks." Preliminary analysis of the rVSV-Ebola vaccine, developed by scientists in Canada's National Microbiology lab in Winnipeg, found 2,014 vaccinated subjects in a trial...
(Bloomberg 08/01/15)
Guinea will inoculate all people who have come into contact with new cases of Ebola after successful trials of a vaccine developed by Merck & Co., the head of the campaign against the virus said. Guinea’s government, the World Health Organization and the medical charity Doctors Without Borders began a series of trials of the VSV-EBOV vaccine in the West African nation on March 7, National Coordinator of the Fight against Ebola in Guinea Sakoba Keita told reporters Friday in the capital, Conakry. “The vaccine showed a 100 percent efficacy,” Keita said. “From today, all the contacts will be vaccinated so as to stop the evolution of the virus.” Ebola has killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa following...
(The New York Times 08/01/15)
Meningitis may be poised for a ferocious comeback in Africa, international aid organizations are warning, and vaccine manufacturers must step up production if the outbreak is to be averted. Meningitis is caused by one of several strains of the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. A vaccine introduced five years ago has all but defeated meningitis A infections in Africa. But infections with another strain, Type C, are on the rise. Some experts fear the new strain will explode next year, while others...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/15)
Guinea's security services used excessive lethal force and were implicated in gang-rape and widespread criminality while policing weeks of violent anti-government protests, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The New York-based campaign group, citing hospital records, said at least two protesters were killed and 146 people wounded during the violence in the capital Conakry in April and May, including at least 37 who were shot. In a report summarising interviews with more than 100 witnesses and victims in the wake...
(The Associated Press 07/31/15)
The World Health Organization's chief Dr. Margaret Chan says the agency is working to reform itself in the wake of its bungled response to last year's Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Chan said new protocols were being developed for how the agency functions during health emergencies. The agency has previously proposed creating a specialized center within WHO to handle emergencies that would be self-managed. Charles Clift, a public health expert at the London policy institute Chatham House, was unsure if adding more layers of bureaucracy to an already bloated WHO might help. Despite WHO's repeated vows to hold itself accountable, Clift was unconvinced, citing the panel it commissioned to assess its response.
(AFP (eng) 07/31/15)
Preliminary results of tests on an Ebola vaccine to be published later Friday in British science magazine The Lancet have shown "promising" results, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan said. "Early results of the vaccine are exciting and promising," Chan said, adding: "If they are confirmed it will change the management of the Ebola outbreak." More than 11,200 people have died in an Ebola outbreak in west Africa that began in late 2013 in Guinea -- the worst on record.
(The Associated Press 07/31/15)
An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the world's biggest outbreak began in the forest region of Guinea last year. "If proven effective, this is going to be...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/31/15)
Diageo targets even poorest consumers with liquor made locally and sold cheaply. or 20 years, Leonard Odhiambo has run a thriving business off a dirt path in Kibera, the biggest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. He brews changa’a, a potent spirit made from molasses and mashed grain. A half-liter bottle sells for just over a dollar. Changa’a is illegal, but the police aren’t his biggest threat these days. Diageo PLC, the world’s largest spirits company, is selling inexpensive liquor barely a...
(AFP (eng) 07/30/15)
The World Health Organization on Wednesday hailed the fewest weekly infections for over a year in the west African Ebola epidemic, but warned they were braced for a significant new outbreak in Sierra Leone. There were just four confirmed cases in Guinea in the week to Sunday and three in Sierra Leone, the WHO said in the latest of its weekly updates on the epidemic. But it warned that one of the Sierra Leone cases, a patient who died after...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/30/15)
When President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Kenya over the weekend, he visited not just his ancestral home, but one of the target countries in his $7 billion signature foreign aid initiative, Power Africa. Launched in 2013, Power Africa aims to boost electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative has prioritized expanding the continent’s capacity to generate electricity, with an additional focus on small-scale renewable energy investments. This is a useful first step. But investing in generation...
(BBC News Africa 07/29/15)
When Barack Obama stepped off Air Force One in Kenya it felt like a moment of affirmation and an opportunity to use the US president's words to "call on the world to change its approach to Africa". As a continent, it depends less on aid now than it did in the past. Instead many countries which make up Africa are increasingly being seen as a global partner, not a minority shareholder in generating wealth, fighting terrorism and climate change. Mr...
(Voice of America 07/28/15)
President Barack Obama is closing his East African trip Tuesday, becoming the first sitting American leader to address the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital. His remarks at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa follow a meeting with AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and a tour of a food processing factory. Obama met Monday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn for what he called "frank discussions" that included urging the government to allow journalists and opposition parties to...
(AFP (eng) 07/27/15)
Guinea's main opposition politician, ex-prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo, was designated presidential candidate by his party on Saturday for the October vote, an AFP journalist said. Diallo, who heads the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea, also saw his party mandate extended for five more years during a three-day congress that ended Saturday in Conakry, the journalist added. "By voting for me to be party president and candidate for the presidency of the Republic, you are urging all Guineans to...
(The Christian Science Monitor 07/27/15)
President Obama pledged $1 billion to support entrepreneurship projects worldwide, with half earmarked for women and youth. President Barack Obama has announced the expansion of entrepreneurial centers in Africa that will benefit 1,600 women entrepreneurs. These community centers, offering resources, education, and training, are expected to create 7,194 new jobs and 630 certified female mentors by October 2016, according to the State Department. Speaking on Saturday at the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, the president announced a...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/15)
US President Barack Obama defended his "Power Africa" initiative against claims that the $7 billion plan has failed to achieve its goal of doubling access to electricity in Africa. "We are well on our way," Obama said as he met five vendors in Nairobi using solar technology to further the project's goal of creating 30,000 megawatts of "new, cleaner electricity generation capacity". In 2013 Obama launched the initiative to much fanfare, but reports have suggested that it has so far...
(Angola Press(En) 07/24/15)
Angolan minister of National Defence João Gonçalves Lourenço discussed Thursday military cooperation with chief of Staff of Armed Forces of Guinea Conakry, Namory Traoré. At the end of the audience the gen. Namory Traoré said that the meeting with defence minister analysed issues related to the increased cooperation, with stress to the fields of defence, security and military staff training. "I took the opportunity to convey to the Angolan minister a message of satisfaction under the historical ties between the two countries," said the visiting high-ranking military officer, who described the relations as positive.
(Voice of America 07/24/15)
An African Union (AU) official said President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya and Ethiopia is good news for the continent, and East Africa in particular. AU Commission deputy chairperson Erastus Mwencha said in addition to Obama coming to see his extended family, the president is also coming on a business trip - he’s being accompanied by over a thousand business executives who will take part in a global business summit. He said Africa is looking for ways to strengthen economic...
(CNN 07/23/15)
President Barack Obama's arrival this week in Kenya will be an emotional and historic moment. His visit to the land of his father's birth will be a celebration of the growing ties between African nations and the United States. Meanwhile, Americans and Africans are today being drawn together as never before by our common fight against poverty and conflict, by the threat of terrorism, and most of all by exciting new economic possibilities. But instead of a victory lap for...
(AFP (eng) 07/22/15)
President Barack Obama's keenly-awaited trip to Africa this week comes as the US superpower's military footprint on the continent is growing. But US diplomatic and trade ties in Africa have not kept pace with defense cooperation, and lag far behind those of Europe and China. - Targeted military presence - Compared to its large-scale bases in Europe and Korea, and ongoing operations in the Middle East and Afghanistan -- the US deployment in Africa is discreet. Indeed, the US military's...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/21/15)
Hollywood actor George Clooney launched an initiative on Monday to track down and help bring to justice those funding and profiting from Africa's deadliest conflicts in a bid to fight corruption in war zones. Clooney joined forces with U.S. human rights activist John Prendergast in a project called The Sentry that aims to investigate the flow of money in and out of conflict zones and give policymakers the tools to take effective action. Using data collection, field research and analysis technology, the initiative plans to expose how conflict is financed and profits laundered, with a website encouraging people to anonymously

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