| Africatime
Monday 22 September 2014
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/14)
GENEVA (Reuters) - The killing in Guinea of eight people trying to educate locals about Ebola showed how much rural populations in West Africa mistrust authorities after years of instability and conflict, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Eight bodies were found after an attack on a team visiting remote southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday, showing the dangers faced by health workers fighting the deadly virus that is surrounded by suspicion and stigma.
(Voice of America 09/20/14)
CONAKRY, GUINEA / GENEVA— The World Health Organization says it will not be deterred in efforts to combat Ebola in Guinea and other West African countries by the killing of a team of educators trying to raise awareness of the disease in a village in Guinea. “We need to continue to combat against Ebola. We need to investigate about these murders, but they should not stop us. We should continue the dialogue with the community. We should continue to explain our work," WHO Technical Officer and Ebola specialist, Pierre Formenty, told VOA. "We should continue to show our empathy with...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/14)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. government technology expert who helped Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates launch the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will join the Obama administration's battle against Ebola in West Africa, administration officials said on Friday. Steve VanRoekel is stepping down as chief information officer at the White House to join the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is overseeing the Obama administration's response to the outbreak, officials said. VanRoekel's task as USAID's chief innovation officer will be to coordinate a U.S.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/14)
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and France agreed on Friday to launch a joint airlift to send aid supplies to western African states hit by Ebola, a spokesman for the German defense ministry said, adding the operation might start within 48 hours. Germany's armed forces will send up to 100 soldiers to a joint base in Dakar and from there two German Transall military transport planes will fly supplies to affected countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the spokesman said...
(PANA 09/20/14)
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire - Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Wednesday on the rise with the BRVM Index 10 inching up from 271.80 to 273.27 points, representing a rise of 0.54%. Also, the Composite BRVM Index gained 0.60% to 256.30 points against 254.77 points recorded previously. The transaction value was set at 849.08 million CFA francs against 353.67 million CFA francs recorded last Tuesday. Market capitalisation of shares added up to 6.222 billion CFA francs while...
(PANA 09/20/14)
Mobile money - Customers of Orange Money and Bank of Africa, in a number of African countries, will be able to transfer money directly between their two accounts within the next few months, telecoms industry global monitor Pyramid Research reported Thursday on its daily update. The France-headquartered company, Orange, said its Money customers would be able to buy goods and pay utility bills, as well as purchase air-time credit, without going to the bank or shop.
(AFP 09/19/14)
Guinea vowed Friday to hunt down the killers of an Ebola education team found dead two days after they were attacked by angry locals in a town at the epicentre of the outbreak. The victims, said to include local health officials and journalists, had been missing ever since their delegation was pelted with stones during an outreach visit in the southern town of Womey on Tuesday. "Everyone involved in these murders will be hunted down and brought before the courts...
(BBC News Africa 09/19/14)
Officials in Guinea searching for a team of health workers and journalists who went missing while trying to raise awareness of Ebola have found several bodies. A spokesman for Guinea's government said the bodies included those of three journalists in the team. They went missing after being attacked on Tuesday in a village near the southern city of Nzerekore. More than 2,600 people have now died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It is the world's worst outbreak of the deadly disease, with officials warning that more than 20,000 people could ultimately be infected.
(AL Jazeera 09/19/14)
Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman has said. "The eight bodies were found in the village latrine. Three of them had their throats slit," Damantang Albert Camara told Reuters on Thursday. The gruesome discovery came as the World Health Organisation (WHO said more than 700 more Ebola cases had emerged...
(Voice of America 09/19/14)
At least 2,622 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history, which has so far infected at least 5,335 people in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. The WHO said more than 700 more Ebola cases emerged in West Africa in one week, a statistic that shows the outbreak is accelerating. Just three weeks ago the number of new cases was around 500 for a one-week period. Confirmed cases of Ebola in...
(CNN 09/19/14)
(CNN) -- As hospitals in nations hardest hit by Ebola struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from survivors of the virus, the World Health Organization warned. The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed at least 2,400 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the countries most affected by the virus. Blood from survivors, referred to as convalescent serum, is said to have antibodies that can fight the deadly virus...
(PANA 09/19/14)
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire - Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Tuesday on the rise with the BRVM Index 10 inching up from 267.02 to 271.80 points, representing a rise of 1.79%. Also, the Composite BRVM Index gained 1.36% to 254.77 points against 251.35 points recorded previously. The transaction value was set at 353.67 million CFA francs against 328.62 million CFA francs recorded last Monday. Market capitalisation of shares added up to 6,185.77 billion CFA francs while...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/19/14)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations will create a special mission to combat Ebola, deploying staff in the worst-affected states - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - as the U.N. Security Council declared the outbreak a "threat to international peace and security." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he will appoint a special envoy to head the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which will push a "rapid and massive mobilization" of people, material and financial resources. "This international...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/19/14)
NEW YORK/PARIS Fri Sep 19 (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a "threat to international peace and security" as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. French President Francois Hollande announced the deployment of a military hospital to the remote Forest Region of southeastern Guinea, where the outbreak was first detected in March. Since then the virus has infected at...
(Voice of America 09/19/14)
ADDIS ABABA— African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. The new report, released Thursday, said African children are subjected to extremely high levels of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and current laws and policies have not been able to tackle this issue. African Child Policy Forum Executive Director Theophane Nikyema said a coordinated response is needed. “There has not been much focus on the prevention side when it comes to child protection
(Dw-World 09/19/14)
More than 2,600 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak. The virus has so far infected at least 5,300 people in West Africa since early this year. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday that the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 2,600 people, showed no signs of slowing, with 700 new cases reported in the last week with data available. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia account for the vast majority of cases and deaths in the outbreak;...
(KBC 09/19/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged African countries to work together in finding solutions to challenges facing the continent. He said African countries must pool their resources together – no matter how scarce they are – into joint efforts that will improve the continent. “We can cry that the world is not helping us but we must first of all realize that nobody has an obligation to help us. The only people that have an obligation to help are ourselves. And...
(BBC News Africa 09/18/14)
Officials in Guinea say a team of health workers and journalists who were trying to raise awareness about Ebola may have been kidnapped. The team of six went missing after being attacked on Tuesday in a village near the southern city of Nzerekore. Meanwhile, President Francois Hollande says France is setting up a military hospital in Guinea as part of its contribution to tackle the disease. More than 2,600 people have now died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It is the world's worst outbreak of the deadly disease, with officials warning that more than 20,000 people could ultimately be infected.
(AFP 09/18/14)
From the closure of a newspaper to arrests and harrassment of journalists, rights groups and the media say Liberia's fight against Ebola is being accompanied by an alarming assault on press freedom. The criticism comes with Human Rights Watch urging the worst-hit countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, to ensure respect for human rights and transparency in their struggle to halt the epidemic. "At this time when we have huge outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, we think the government and...
(BBC News Africa 09/18/14)
A French aid worker from the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, reports say. It follows a warning by the World Bank that the epidemic is threatening economic disaster across West Africa. The woman is being repatriated to the French capital Paris under maximum security. Ebola has killed 2,461 people in West Africa - the largest ever outbreak. MSF president Mego Terzian said the French Ebola patient was believed to be in a...

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