Saturday 21 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The #MeToo social media campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment and abuse has sparked conversation in parts of Africa where domestic violence is rampant but strong cultural and religious taboos prevent women from admitting it. Prompted by sexual abuse allegations against American film mogul Harvey Weinstein, millions of women around the world have been sharing their experiences of harassment and abuse on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #MeToo. The movement has reached only a small part of the population in West Africa, but some women are participating in defiance of attitudes which dictate that being abused brings shame on the family, is a curse, or makes a woman...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - Twelve people Malawians have died in a road accident in the western Mozambican province of Tete, APA can report on Monday. Eleven of the victims were Malawians and one was a Mozambican, according to Mozambican police, who said the accident at midnight on the road between the border district of Tsangano and the Tete provincial capital. The casualties include seven people who were injured, some of them seriously. The accident occurred after one of the rear tires burst, and the mini-bus involved in the accident overturned. State-controlled Radio Mozambique said Mozambican police have confirmed that the victims are illegal immigrants from Malawi, who were suspect to be on their way to neighbouring South Africa, in search of...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
A 17-year-old albino boy was killed and his brain removed for what is believed to be use in witchcraft in Mozambique, local news reports said. Albinos in Mozambique are often hunted for their body parts, which are used as charms and magical potions in the belief that they bring wealth and good luck. "The criminals took the bones out of the arms and legs, the hair and broke the head to remove the brain," a local official told Mozambican news...
(APA 09/14/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new five-year strategic plan to combat hunger in Mozambique, a country where more than 579,000 children will need treatment from the effects of severe hunger this year alone and five million people urgently need food assistance. The WFP said in a statement on Thursday that the plan for Mozambique is part of a series of new plans initiated by the United Nations agency in several countries around...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
Mozambique's anti-corruption authorities on Tuesday initiated here a trial of 28 officials who allegedly diverted 2.7 million U.S. dollars from the national fund for agriculture. Setina Titosse, the kingpin of the alleged fraud, is the former managing director of the Agriculture Development Fund (FDA). She was arrested soon after the anti-corruption bureau gathered evidence of her crimes. Titosse was accused of involvement in approving fictitious agriculture projects. Since most did not exist or were partly implemented, the money was later...
(Xinhuanet 09/12/17)
Unitaid, an international organization hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), launched here on Monday a project to bring malaria prevention care to 400,000 pregnant women and their babies in four African countries. According to Unitaid, with a budget of 50 million U.S. dollars, the "Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy" (TIPTOP) project will be implemented in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria, countries from the Sub-Saharan region hit by malaria. In Mozambique in particular, latest...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist...
(APA 09/04/17)
Twelve people have been confirmed dead and 11 others were seriously injured after a bus caught fire after it skidded off the road following a tyre burst in Mozambique's southern Inhambane province on Sunday. State-controlled Radio Mozambique reported that the accident occurred in the district of Zavala where the bus, which was travelling from the capital Maputo to Inhassoro district in Inhambane, overturned and caught fire. The Maputo-based broadcaster quotes police district commander in Zavala, Joaquim Guil as saying the...
( The Southern Times 09/04/17)
The Mozambican government has strongly condemned the attempt by Morocco to prevent a delegation from the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) from participating at last week’s Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) ministerial meeting in Maputo. On Thursday, the first day of the meeting, the Moroccan delegation, in full sight of journalists, attempted physically to stop the SADR delegation from entering the conference hall. An angry exchange between the two delegations degenerated into shoving and pushing, which was eventually...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take...
(Macau Daily Times 08/23/17)
Mozambique will host the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) from today to Friday, an event that will be attended by foreign ministers, among other government officials, the Mozambican press reported. The meeting, which is taking place for the first time in Mozambique, has already confirmed the participation of 31 African ministers, including 24 Ministers for Foreign Affairs, seven other ministers and vice ministers, according to the Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Oldemiro Balói. The Minister said...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(APA 08/08/17)
Agricultural Development and Food Security Minister Patrick Ralotsia said Tuesday that the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation has developed a foot and mouth disease rapid diagnostic test which is expected to help in the fight against the disease that ravages the country’s cattle every year. Responding to a question in Parliament, Ralotsia said the kit was expected to undergo rigorous validation, proficiency testing and accreditation before it can be approved in accordance with international protocols. He said once...
(APA 08/08/17)
Mozambique's Central Office for Combating Corruption, (GCCC) has accused former transport minister Paulo Zucula of abuse of office and taking bribes amounting to about US$37,000, state media reported on Tuesday. According to Noticias daily newspaper, the GCCC, a unit under the Attorney General's Office, also accused current and former officials of the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique (IACM) of crimes related to abuse of office. It is alleged that while transport minister in 2009, Zucula illegally authorized payments to members...
(Macauhub 08/08/17)
South Korea will donate US$700,000 to Mozambique to pay for studies meant to find solutions to improve the water supply for three cities, Xai-Xai, Nampula and Lichinga, respectively the capitals of Gaza, Nampula and Niassa provinces, reports AIM news agency. The financing agreement was initialled on Monday in Maputo by the director of the Water Supply Assets and Investment Fund (FIPAG), Pedro Paulino, and the head of the South Korean Institute of Environmental Technology and Industry (KEITI), Nam Kwang Hee...

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