| Africatime
Tuesday 30 September 2014
(BBC News Africa 09/30/14)
At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola this year, the UN children's agency has said. Finding care for them is proving incredibly difficult because the children are stigmatised, Unicef added. Some are "being fed by neighbours but no more", the agency said. The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than 3,000 people have died of Ebola in West Africa - the world's most deadly outbreak of the virus. The Unicef figure on the number of children orphaned because of Ebola follows a two-week assessment mission in the three countries worst-affected by the outbreak. It found that children as young as three or four-years-old were...
(Ghana Web 09/30/14)
Members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are expected to announce the adoption of a common external trade policy next year to ensure full economic integration. Kofi Afresah Nuhu, Director in charge of manufacturing at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, who disclosed this, said ECOWAS was in the process of establishing administrative measures to regulate trade relations with non-member countries. One notable trend in the global economy in recent times has been the accelerated movement toward regional integration to ensure free flow of goods and services, he stated.
(Voice of America 09/30/14)
Johannesburg — The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has released its annual index of governance in Africa. The report shows continued small improvement continent-wide, although performance varied greatly from country to country. This year's annual Mo Ibrahim African Governance Index came as something of an anticlimax: many of the 52 nations maintained their spots from last year, with tiny Mauritius at the top and volatile Somalia at the bottom. The charitable foundation said it has moved back the date for awarding the...
(Voice of America 09/29/14)
Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait. In an effort to save lives, health authorities are determined to roll out potential vaccines within months, dispensing with some of the usual testing, and raising unprecedented ethical and practical questions. Maryland hospital to treat US doctor...
(CNN 09/29/14)
(CNN) -- When it comes to purchasing products on the Internet that claim to treat or cure Ebola, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has one word for consumers: Beware! This week the FDA sent warning letters to three companies the government agency says are selling products over the Internet that claim to treat, prevent or even cure the deadly disease. The letters were issued after an alert warning consumers about fraudulent Ebola products being hawked online went out last...
(CNN 09/29/14)
(CNN) -- The West Africa Ebola outbreak is "a growing threat to regional and global security," U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday, telling a high-level meeting on the deadly epidemic at the U.N. General Assembly that only an international response can prevent "a humanitarian catastrophe across the region." "If ever there were a public health emergency deserving of an urgent, strong and coordinated international response, this is it," the President said. Obama has declared the epidemic -- which is centered...
(Business Week 09/29/14)
DUBAI, UAE - The Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also United Arab Emirates Vice-President, is hosting the Second African Global Business Forum which is by invitation only and organized by The Economist publication. The event (AGBF) takes place this week starting Wednesday and several African Heads of State have confirmed attendence. The theme is ‘New Realities – New Connections’.
(Voice of America 09/27/14)
CONAKRY— The Guinean student who traveled to Senegal and became the country's lone confirmed case of Ebola has returned home fully recovered. The incident highlighted the difficulty of trying to contain the outbreak, even though Senegal had closed its borders with Guinea. Mamadou Alimuo Diallo says he went to Senegal in August to see his uncle and to inquire about attending school there. He told VOA he did not know he was sick at the time. He said he felt...
(Independent Online 09/27/14)
With the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa showing no signs of relenting, the World Bank is committing up to $400 million (over Shs 1 trillion) to help the worst-affected countries in West Africa address the emergency. Speaking on Sept.25 during a special session on Ebola at the United Nations General Assembly, the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim said the Bank will commit $230 million toward the emergency response and $170 million for medium- and long-term projects...
(BBC News Africa 09/27/14)
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has passed 3,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. The latest figures indicate that more than 6,500 people are believed to have been infected in the region. Liberia is the worst affected country, having recorded around 1,830 deaths linked to the latest outbreak. The outbreak is the world's most deadly - US President Barack Obama has called it a "threat to global security". Some studies have warned that the numbers of infected could rise to more than 20,000 by early November.
(AL Jazeera 09/27/14)
Cuba says it will send nearly 300 more doctors and nurses to West Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic. The Cubans will work in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, Regla Angulo, head of the Cuban medical relief agency, said in a statement on Friday. The announcement means that up to 461 Cuban medical personnel would have been sent to help address the epidemic spreading across West Africa. Angulo said the staff were currently undergoing intense training ahead of their...
(PANA 09/27/14)
The African Union (AU) has pledged to push for the implementation of policies to stop international companies operating in lucrative economic sectors in Africa, where violation of human rights is rampant, to respect the laws safeguarding workers rights. AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Aisha Abdullahi said policies would be in place across Africa to ensure all firms abide by common code of conduct that guarantees the protection of workers’ rights. “All too often, human rights concerns have fallen by the...
(Xinhuanet 09/27/14)
WASHINGTON, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday approved a total of 130 million U.S. dollars to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries worst hit by Ebola, to respond to Ebola outbreak. The IMF said the financing would be made available to the three countries immediately, in addition to the assistance provided for them under existing programs. It would help cover part of the immediate balance of payments...
(Xinhuanet 09/27/14)
HAVANA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Cuba will send a total of 461 doctors and nurses to West Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic, local media reported Friday. The first batch of 165 healthcare workers will arrive in Sierra Leone in early October, including 62 doctors and 103 nurses. The second batch of 296 doctors and nurses will head to Liberia and Guinea, the official news agency Prensa Latina reported. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday thanked Cuba for its medical...
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
CONAKRY, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Guinea's Justice Minister Cheick Sacko revealed on Wednesday that 22 suspects had been arrested in connection to last week's killing of officials involved in sensitization of the public against Ebola in the southeast region of Wome. Among those arrested included Labile Haba, a 30-year-old hawker who is believed to have been the head of the operation. Other suspects include two residents of Wome who had tried to flee to Cote d'Ivoire, as well as their two colleagues arrested in the town of Gueckedou in Guinea's southern region.
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
BEIJING Sept. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday said the people of China will always stand beside the African people in the fight against Ebola. Wang made the pledge while addressing a high-level meeting on response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease on the sidelines of the annual UN General Debate. "The epidemic may be merciless, but people with love help each other," said Wang. "The Chinese government has provided instantly drugs, medical equipment and...
(AFP (eng) 09/26/14)
Experimental vaccines to treat Ebola could be ready for use in African countries badly hit by the deadly virus early next year, the World Health Organization said Friday. WHO is focusing on two vaccines, one made by British company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and the other by US group NewLink Genetics, and is working with both companies to accelerate clinical trials, WHO assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny told reporters in Geneva. Some clinical trials of the GSK vaccine have begun in the...
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
CAPE TOWN, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The South African Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday it seeks to raise 250 million rand (about 24 million U.S. dollars) to coordinate and manage relief assistance for Ebolo-affected countries. As such, the DOH is making an urgent call to South Africa's private sector to donate to the Ebola Response Fund, set up by the department last month, said department spokesperson Joe Maila. The objective of the fund is to support South Africa's drive...
(Xinhuanet 09/26/14)
MOSCOW, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Some 335 students from high-risk regions in Africa remain in quarantine in Russia for Ebola, a Russian health official said Wednesday. About 1,000 residents from African countries were put in quarantine for the virus, and the majority have been cleared, the Interfax news agency quoted Chief Sanitary Inspector Anna Popova as saying. No case of Ebola has been detected in Russia, she said, adding that due to high migration flows the country is not 100-percent guaranteed...
(Voice of America 09/26/14)
Regional health ministers from the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] will evaluate the implementation of strategic plans aimed at combating Ebola at a meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra, this weekend, according to Haruna Warkani, acting ECOWAS communications director. He said the regional group is working closely with member countries battling the disease including Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria, as well as its international health partners. Warkani said the regional health ministers, who recently met in Accra, outlined strategic plans to contain and subsequently eradicate the disease.

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