| Africatime
Wednesday 01 October 2014
(AFP (eng) 10/01/14)
The Democratic Republic of Congo raised its death toll from the dealy Ebola virus to 42 on Wednesday as it struggled to contain the second outbreak of the deadly disease in Africa this year. The latest figures include eight health workers, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said in a message sent to AFP. Some 70 cases of the deadly virus have been confirmed in a remote region near the town of Boende some 800 kilometres (500 miles) northwest of Kinshasa, with a mortality rate of around 60 percent. According to the World Health Organization and the authorities in Kinshasa, the outbreak is not related to the worst ever epidemic of the virus which has killed...
(BBC News Africa 10/01/14)
More than 100 demobilised militia fighters and their relatives have died from starvation and disease in an army camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a right groups says. They were moved to the isolated camp in north-western DR Congo last year after surrendering in the volatile east, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. They received minimal food and health supplies, some apparently surviving on crops stolen from farmers' fields. Defence Minister Alexandre Luba Ntambo told HRW there had been significant delays and problems with financing the government's demobilisation programme. "The situation is really very bad, and we are aware of...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/30/14)
LUSAKA/KINSHASA Tue Sep 30, 2014 (Reuters) - A month ago, Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) border post with Zambia, one of Africa's busiest land frontiers, went high-tech, with a web-based customs system that was meant to improve efficiency and eradicate corruption. It's not quite working to plan. As officials struggle to get to grips with the new system and DRC's decrepit phone network groans under the weight of data, the Kasumbalesa border post 300 km (200 miles) north of Lusaka has almost ground to a halt, according to drivers and freight operators.
(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...
(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...
(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 09/26/14)
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...
(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)
PRETORIA. (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will send observer missions to the countries in the region having elections this year, the South African government said on Thursday. Briefing media in Pretoria on Thursday, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers said the SADC will observe elections in Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia later this year. South Africa will facilitate the deployment of the SADC Electoral Observation Missions in its capacity as Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security.
(PANA 09/25/14)
A new initiative announced Tuesday at the UN Climate Summit in New York is expected to reduce dependency on fossil fuels in eastern and southern Africa at a time when regional demand for electricity is estimated to at least double over the next quarter century, a document circulated at the summit stated. Also, a second initiative, coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), aims to deliver a cleaner energy mix for up to 4.7 million people on the frontlines of climate change in so-called small island developing States. The document signed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said:
(Voice of America 09/24/14)
Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus by January 20, 2015, according to a report issued on Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The top range of the estimate, 1.4 million, assumes that the number of cases officially cited so far, 5,864 according to the count kept by the World Health Organization, is significantly underreported, and that it is likely that 2.5 times as many cases,...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/24/14)
NEW YORK/GENEVA (Reuters) - Global experts issued stark new warnings of the scale of West Africa's Ebola outbreak on Tuesday, with the U.S. government estimating between 550,000 and 1.4 million people might be infected in the region by January. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said its projection was based on data from late August and did not take into account a planned U.S. mission to fight the disease, so the upper end of the forecast was...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/24/14)
New Delhi — An event aimed at promoting trade and investment between India and Africa has been postponed due to concerns over the deadly Ebola outbreak, India's foreign affairs ministry said on Wednesday. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than 2,800 people in West Africa. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that between 550,000 and 1.4 million might be infected in the region by January. The India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) was due to take...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/23/14)
GENEVA Tue Sep 23, 2014 (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and might "rumble on" for years in a holding pattern, researchers said on Tuesday. In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, experts from the World Health Organization and Imperial College said that infections will continue climbing exponentially unless patients are isolated, contacts traced and communities enlisted. The WHO,...
(Voice of America 09/23/14)
GENEVA— A new study warns of tens of thousands of Ebola cases in West Africa in the coming months if swift action is not taken to curb this deadly disease. An article appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine provides new data on the scale and spread of this deadly disease. The report notes the world was late in reacting to the Ebola epidemic and has a lot of catching up to do to control and reverse the trend...
(CNN 09/23/14)
(CNN) -- A young boy wanders through the high grass, looking lost after attending church services in Kakata, Liberia. The child, Moses Kallie, wears a black T-shirt that's too big for him. It reads "Trouble is my middle name." Trouble has certainly come into his life. He's lost 13 of his relatives recently -- his parents among them. They were all killed by Ebola. His village is a hotspot for the virus. So far 1,578 people are believed to have...
(Voice of America 09/23/14)
GENEVA— Independent health advisers to the World Health Organization (WHO) have assessed that there should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the U.N. agency said on Monday. Some airlines have stopped flights to affected areas and WHO and other agencies have said this has hampered aid efforts and the ability of experts to reach victims of the world's worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever. In a statement...
(AL Jazeera 09/23/14)
There should be no general ban on travel or trade with countries reeling from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, independent health advisers to the World Health Organisation (WHO) have assessed. Some airlines have stopped flights to affected areas and WHO and other agencies have said on Monday that this has hampered aid efforts and the ability of experts to reach victims of the world's worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever. In a statement issued by the UN agency,after...
(Bloomberg 09/23/14)
The outlook for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is bleak, according to a new forecast predicting there could be almost 21,000 cases of the virus by November if control efforts in Western Africa aren’t quickly increased. The estimate, made by the World Health Organization’s Ebola response team, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine today. Presuming no additional aid, the model forecasts 9,939 cases in Liberia, 5,925 cases Guinea, and 5,063 in Sierra Leone by Nov. 2,...

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