| Africatime
Friday 19 September 2014
(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 Western AfricaConfirmed cases of Ebola in Western Africa The number of people believed to have killed is now more than 2,600, an increase of roughly 200 from the last estimate, WHO said Thursday. Most deaths...
(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 least 5,357 people, according to World Health Organization (WHO), mostly in Guinea, neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. It has also...
(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...
(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;...
(AL Jazeera 09/18/14)
Liberia's president has called on the world to do more to end a spiralling Ebola outbreak that has crippled her country. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday described US President Barack Obama's commitment to ramp up efforts against the virus as "significant" but said she hopes it will only be the beginning. "This disease is not simply a Liberian or West African problem. The entire community of nations has a stake in ending this crisis.' "We hope this decision by...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
GENEVA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- United Nations under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Valerie Amos on Tuesday called for a quick response to avoid the humanitarian crisis in Ebola affected countries. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, She warned Ebola could be a major humanitarian crisis in countries currently affected. Noting that Liberia and Sierra Leone have emerged from humanitarian crisis less than a decade ago and Guinea has been through a period of political instability, she said the Ebola outbreak poses...
(Voice of America 09/18/14)
UNITED NATIONS— The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Thursday on containing the spread of the Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 2,500 people in West Africa.The Council, which deals with threats to international peace and security, has previously discussed only one other public health crisis - HIV AIDS. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports nearly 5,000 cases of the hemorrhagic fever-like illness in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with Liberia being at the epicenter of the outbreak...
(Ipp media 09/18/14)
Weak meteorological management systems in most Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries undermine weather disaster predictions leaving the region vulnerable to natural catastrophes. To address the challenge, Meteorological Association of Southern Africa (MASA) has developed mitigation strategies that will lead to improved forecast. Speaking at the opening of the 8th MASA Annual General Meeting (AGM-VIII), Acting Arusha Regional Commissioner Jowika Kasunga said, the low quality management systems currently in use leave the region susceptible to natural disasters. He acknowledged that...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
NAIROBI, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Travel bans to Ebola-hit West African countries have undermined the fight against the pandemic that has claimed 2500 lives, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Wednesday. WHO Regional Director for Africa, Luis Sambo, regretted that countries defied international health regulations to impose a travel ban to the pandemic hotspots. "Travel restrictions to countries affected by Ebola have compromised the deployment of emergency assistance, including personnel and essential commodities," Sambo told a regional ministerial summit...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
KIGALI, Sep. (Xinhua) -- Business and government leaders at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Kigali declared Africa is open for business on Wednesday, at the conclusion of the three-day meeting. Speaking at the closing session, International Trade Center (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González said the conference, first time held in Africa, reflected the reality of global trade. "We have seen the dynamism and synergies of South-South partners at this WEDF, including from China, India, Brazil and Turkey who...
(PANA 09/18/14)
Africa lags behind in achieving international hunger targets, with sub-Saharan Africa lagging behind global trends, United Nations food agencies said Tuesday. Despite overall progress in developing countries as a whole, large differences remain across regions, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) report, published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), says. The region has been afflicted by conflict and natural disasters, and more than one in four people remain undernourished in sub-Saharan Africa – the highest prevalence of all the regions.
(Voice of America 09/17/14)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations is "taking the lead" in efforts to combat the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. He told reporters Tuesday that he and World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan will outline an international plan on Thursday during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. The council is due to vote the same day on a U.S.-drafted resolution calling on member states to quickly send aid, field hospitals and health workers to...
(BBC News Africa 09/17/14)
President Barack Obama has called the West Africa Ebola outbreak "a threat to global security" as he announced a larger US role in fighting the virus. "The world is looking to the United States," Mr Obama said, but added the outbreak required a "global response". The measures announced included ordering 3,000 US troops to the region and building new healthcare facilities. Ebola has killed 2,461 people this year, about half of those infected, the World Health Organization said. The announcement...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
(Reuters) - The unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa requires a $1 billion response to keep its spread within the "tens of thousands" of cases, United Nations officials said on Tuesday. The virus has killed 2,461 people, half of the 4,985 infected by the virus, and the toll has doubled in the last month, World Health Organization Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said. "Quite frankly, ladies and gentlemen, this health crisis we're facing is unparalleled in modern times," Aylward told a news conference in Geneva. "We don't know where the numbers are going on this."
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council could adopt a resolution later this week to expand the global response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa by calling on countries to lift travel restrictions and provide urgent assistance, including field hospitals and staff. The draft U.N. resolution on Ebola, circulated to council members and obtained by Reuters, calls on U.N. member states, particularly in the region, "to lift general travel and border restrictions ... that contribute to...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/17/14)
ATLANTA/MONROVIA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region. "The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better," Obama said at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "But, right now, the world still...
(Standard Digital 09/17/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts against Ebola, saying the global reaction to the deadly disease would not have been the same if it had happened in Europe or America. Speaking during a round table discussion panel of high level delegates comprising of Heads of States and leaders of Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, President Kenyatta said time has come for African leaders to look for homegrown solutions to the continent's problem. He said the global response to...
(Ipp media 09/17/14)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Florie Liser today will discuss the outcomes of the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit including commitments and progress on trade and economic growth. A report from US Embassy to Tanzania that was made available to The Guardian yesterday say the discussion will be held via telephonic press conference. It will reflect on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that took place in Washington DC on August 4th to 6th this year to discuss various issues relating to investment in African countries, peace keeping, democracy and governance, health issues, areas to partners with African countries.
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) said on Monday that it is giving pre-deployment briefing to volunteers under its operation support to Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The first batch of 30 volunteers to be deployed in Liberia are receiving the briefing at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa and they are expected to depart the headquarters on Wednesday. AU is sending a team of health workers and other specialists to tackle the Ebola Virus...
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
PRETORIA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Monday kicked off an emergency summit in South Africa's Pretoria to find solutions to political stalemate in Lesotho. The gathering is the second of its kind after Lesotho's military staged an attempted "coup" last month, forcing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to flee to South Africa and paralyzing the government. In his opening remarks, South African President Jacob Zuma, who is also the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics,...

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