| Africatime
Tuesday 22 July 2014
(Voice of America 07/22/14)
It’s a tough time to be gay in Africa, where 37 countries have banned homosexuality and where, at least in parts of the sub-Saharan region, HIV/AIDS rages. Anti-gay laws complicate the jobs of health care workers such as Ifeanyi Orazulike, who runs a clinic for gay men and transgender people in a poor area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. While the country’s prevalence of HIV infection was a relatively low 3.1 percent overall in 2012, it affected 17 percent of gay men. “The world is saying we want an HIV/AIDS-free generation,” says Orazulike, who is 33 and not infected. “We can’t achieve that without including [health care for] men who have sex with men. We can't...
(New Vision 07/21/14)
Ugandan health experts are monitoring neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo where suspected cases of Ebola have been reported. Dr. Asuman Lukwago, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health said: “The suspected cases were in Aruu and other parts of northeastern Congo. We learnt Kinshasa was testing the samples.” Although he could not provide how many suspected cases have been reported in DR Congo, Dr. Lukwago said Uganda has been on alert since the outbreak in West Africa. “If Ebola is confirmed in Congo, we can send our team to work with the Congolese so that the disease is controlled...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Nigeria, other ACP countries to benefit from euro facility for development. The European Union (EU) has approved the sum of 512 million euros for Nigeria to develop and promote good governance, health nutrition and sustainable energy under the EU National Indicative Programme (NIP), according to local media reports. The private Guardian newspaper reported on Wednesday that the programme is the first National Indicative Programmes under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2014-2020. The newspaper noted that the...
(PANA 07/21/14)
Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Michel Sidibe has dismissed fears over possible drying up of HIV/AIDS funds, saying steps have been taken to reduce the global cost of treatment to free more resources for investments. Sidibe said plans have been implemented across Africa to increase the number of people on HIV/AIDS treatment while also negotiating lower treatment costs. 'It is not really true that HIV/AIDS funding is drying up. We are mobilising more resources and...
(African arguments 07/19/14)
Despite their legal attributes, in functional terms many African states (constructs of the continent's encounter with colonial rule) came into being without possessing the requisite qualities of statehood. Apart from their alienation from the lived political and socio-cultural experiences of the masses of the people, they became states without the capacity to provide for the security and other basic needs of their people. To date, and despite the passage of half a century since the end of colonial rule, a...
(Voice of America 07/19/14)
A report on agriculture in Africa calls for increased investment for entrepreneurship in the rural food sector, and cites agriculture as the key sector for creating jobs for African youth. The "Small and Growing - Entrepreneurship in African Agriculture" report was released in London last month by the Montpellier Panel. The panel is a group of agriculture and trade experts from Europe and Africa who work together to improve food sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. "Africa produces over $280 billion worth...
(Dw-World 07/19/14)
Life is dangerous for Africa's gays and lesbians, despite a resolution from the African Commission for Human Rights. The UN warns that the persecution of homosexuals is hindering the fight against AIDS. Yaounde, Cameroon, 15 July 2013 - journalist and gay activist Eric Lembembe is found dead at his home. His body showed signs of having been severely tortured, his friends told police who launched an investigation - but without any results. Drissa Traore, deputy head of the International Human...
(PANA 07/18/14)
African leaders attending the 23rd Assembly of African Union (AU) heads of State and Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, are unanimous on the need to step up agricultural transformation for the continent’s development. Mauritania's President and AU chairperson, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, said agriculture occupied priority place in Africa's economy and had no other equivalent in combating poverty. Mr Aziz challenged AU member States to think 'more strategically' to do more, given that 10 years after the adoption of the...
(PANA 07/18/14)
Against the background of persistent insecurity, insurgencies and terrorist threats, the European Union (EU) has granted new funding of 750 million Euros to support peace and security in some African countries, including Nigeria. The fund is aimed at sustaining an EU adopted action programme during the period 2014 to 2016 in support of harmony and safety in the continent. The initiative as described by the President of the European Commission, Mr. José Manuel Barroso, at the Africa and EU summit,...
(PANA 07/18/14)
Amsterdam, Netherlands - Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is providing support to the GSMA(1) pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI), a mobile ecosystem that aims to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa. Acting as one of the first leading partners in this ambitious undertaking, Gemalto is contributing its digital security expertise to two key mHealth programmes: the United Nations Every Women Every Child Global Strategy and the Global Nutrition for Growth Compact. According to a press...
(Daily News (zw) 07/17/14)
HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is assuming the chairmanship of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (Sadc) next month, at a summit to be hosted in Victoria Falls, Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi has said. Mumbengegwi told a news conference yesterday that all was set for the August 17 and 18 heads of State meeting. Southern African leaders, who last July endorsed the re-election of the Zimbabwean veteran politician, brushing aside appeals from the opposition MDC who said the vote...
(Xinhuanet 07/17/14)
JOHANNESBURG, July (Xinhua) -- Most HIV infections in the past 12 months across the world took place in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to figures released on Wednesday. During the period, over two million more people have contracted HIV, bringing the number of people living with HIV to 35 million globally, says a report released by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The UNAIDS report points out that of the 35 million HIV infected people, 19 million do not know...
(Dw-World 07/17/14)
The new BRICS development bank and reserve fund launched this week are intended to provide an alternative to existing Western-led institutions. Africa hopes for aid to make infrastructural improvements. At a summit of BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Fortaleza, Brazil this week, the launch of a new development bank and reserve fund was formally announced. This is a concrete sign that these emerging economies want to gain more independence from the developed industrial world. To...
(Addis Standard 07/17/14)
Today the EU has adopted an action program that will provide up to €750 million during the period 2014-2016 to support peace and security in Africa. The new funding had been announced by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, at the Africa-EU summit in April and will be channeled through the African Peace Facility (APF) to support the African Union and African sub-regional organizations in their peace and security efforts. An initial amount of €325 million will...
(Caj News Africa 07/16/14)
Accra — The European Union (EU) has adopted an action programme that will culminate in the provision of up to €750 million during the period 2014-2016 to support peace and security in Africa. This follows the announcement by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, at the Africa-EU summit in April. The funds will be channelled through the African Peace Facility (APF) to support the African Union and African sub-regional organisations in their peace and security efforts. An...
(Voice of America 07/16/14)
PARIS — French President Francois Hollande flies to Africa Thursday, on a three-nation visit that will focus on economic issues and rooting out terrorism in the Sahel area. Security tops the agenda of President Francois Hollande's trip to Africa, where he will visit French troops and hold talks with the leaders of Niger, Chad and Ivory Coast. France has just announced a new mission to fight jihadists in the Sahel area. The operation is called Barkhane, named after a type...
(Caj News Africa 07/16/14)
Nairobi — The country is poised to benefit from Tetra Tech's announcement it had been awarded a $64 million contract to provide technical assistance for the Power Africa Transactions and Reform Programme that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding to improve power supply in the African continent. Tetra Tech, the United States-headquartered firm, has been awarded the five-year contract to support the Power Africa Initiative. This contract has a base period of three years with two...
(Radio Okapi 07/15/14)
La police des étrangers de la Direction générale des migrations (DGM) a lancé mardi 15 juillet à Goma (Nord-Kivu) l’opération de contrôle des permis de séjour pour les étrangers, particulièrement les ressortissants des pays de la région des Grands Lacs. Ceux d’entre eux qui étudient ou travaillent en RDC et ne possédent pas encore ce document, seront soumis au payement des amendes, préviennent les responsables de la DGM. La plupart des étrangers concernés, pour le moment, par cette opération sont...
(Ips News 07/15/14)
Johannesburg — An African proverb says "a child that we refuse to build today will end up selling the house that we may build tomorrow." The moral of this is clear. Unless we invest in our children and young people today, they might become a threat or a burden in the future. As the international community commemorates World Population Day on July 11, Africa's growing youth population should be recognised as a 'powerful force for change' that requires greater investment today. Judging by the current challenges confronting young people, the extent to which African countries are investing in the youth is unclear.
(This Day Live 07/14/14)
Rio de Janeiro — The pathetic state of the Beautiful Game in Africa has reflected in FIFA not listing any of the players that featured for the continent's five representatives at Brazil 2014 World Cup for individual honours. Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroun and Algeria represented Africa at Brazil 2014. Only the Super Eagles and the Desert Foxes made it to the Round of 16 before crashing out to France and Germany respectively. One name noticeably absent from the shortlist...

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