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  •   An alleged leader of a rebel group in the Central African Republic will go on trial in September to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity the International Criminal Court ICC said on Monday The Hague based court said in a statement that the trial of suspected Seleka leader Mahamat Said Abdel Kani 51 will start on September 26 2022 CAR authorities handed Said over to the ICC in January last year in response to an international arrest warrant The Central African Republic one of the world s poorest countries came into conflict in 2013 when President Fran ois Bozize was ousted by a rebel coalition called the Seleka made up largely of minority Muslims The coup triggered a sectarian bloodbath between Seleka and anti Balaka forces who were mainly Christian or animist The ICC the world s only independent war crimes tribunal established in 2002 confirmed charges against Said late last year including charges of torture persecution and cruel treatment of detainees suspected of being Bozize sympathizers Two former anti Balaka leaders Patrice Edouard Ngaissona and Alfred Yekatom are on trial at the ICC France the former colonial power in the Central African Republic intervened militarily to stop the 2013 conflict deploying some 2 000 UN mandated troops who eventually withdrew in 2016 The United Nations deployed its own peacekeeping mission the following year which remains Thousands lost their lives in the conflict and the country remains mired in sporadic violence Source Credit TheGuardian
    Alleged CAR rebel leader to go on trial in September: ICC
      An alleged leader of a rebel group in the Central African Republic will go on trial in September to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity the International Criminal Court ICC said on Monday The Hague based court said in a statement that the trial of suspected Seleka leader Mahamat Said Abdel Kani 51 will start on September 26 2022 CAR authorities handed Said over to the ICC in January last year in response to an international arrest warrant The Central African Republic one of the world s poorest countries came into conflict in 2013 when President Fran ois Bozize was ousted by a rebel coalition called the Seleka made up largely of minority Muslims The coup triggered a sectarian bloodbath between Seleka and anti Balaka forces who were mainly Christian or animist The ICC the world s only independent war crimes tribunal established in 2002 confirmed charges against Said late last year including charges of torture persecution and cruel treatment of detainees suspected of being Bozize sympathizers Two former anti Balaka leaders Patrice Edouard Ngaissona and Alfred Yekatom are on trial at the ICC France the former colonial power in the Central African Republic intervened militarily to stop the 2013 conflict deploying some 2 000 UN mandated troops who eventually withdrew in 2016 The United Nations deployed its own peacekeeping mission the following year which remains Thousands lost their lives in the conflict and the country remains mired in sporadic violence Source Credit TheGuardian
    Alleged CAR rebel leader to go on trial in September: ICC
    Foreign10 months ago

    Alleged CAR rebel leader to go on trial in September: ICC

    An alleged leader of a rebel group in the Central African Republic will go on trial in September to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Monday.

    The Hague-based court said in a statement that the trial of suspected Seleka leader Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, 51, "will start on September 26, 2022."

    CAR authorities handed Said over to the ICC in January last year in response to an international arrest warrant.

    The Central African Republic, one of the world's poorest countries, came into conflict in 2013 when President François Bozize was ousted by a rebel coalition called the Seleka, made up largely of minority Muslims.

    The coup triggered a sectarian bloodbath between Seleka and "anti-Balaka" forces, who were mainly Christian or animist.

    The ICC, the world's only independent war crimes tribunal established in 2002, confirmed charges against Said late last year, including charges of torture, persecution and cruel treatment of detainees suspected of being Bozize sympathizers.

    Two former anti-Balaka leaders, Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona and Alfred Yekatom, are on trial at the ICC.

    France, the former colonial power in the Central African Republic, intervened militarily to stop the 2013 conflict, deploying some 2,000 UN-mandated troops who eventually withdrew in 2016.

    The United Nations deployed its own peacekeeping mission the following year, which remains.

    Thousands lost their lives in the conflict and the country remains mired in sporadic violence.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   VIDEO Message from Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation marking World Cancer Day 2022 Share Copy Embed lt iframe width 560 height 315 src https www africa newsroom com press embed_video 70576 e frameborder 0 allowfullscreen gt lt iframe gt It has been estimated that by 2030 there will be a 70 increase in new cancer cases due to population growth and aging BANJUL Gambia February 3 2022 APO Group Merck Foundation Merck Foundation com marks World Cancer Day together with Africa First Ladies and Ministries of Health through building cancer care capacity and increasing the limited number of oncologists in their countries by providing One two and three years fellowship diploma and Master degree in oncology specialties for 90 African doctors from 25 Countries Merck Foundation makes history in Africa by training the first African oncologists and cancer care teams in countries such as The Gambia Sierra Leone Burundi Liberia Guinea Conakry Central African Republic Chad Burundi Malawi Niger Namibia Zimbabwe and more Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks World Cancer Day 2022 themed Close the care gap together with African First Ladies through their Cancer Access Program to build cancer care capacity with the aim to increase the limited number of Oncologists and develop the first multidisciplinary cancer care teams across the continent Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation Most Influential African 2019 2020 amp 2021 emphasized We at Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies mark World Cancer Day every day in a very special way and unique way That is by transforming and advancing cancer care in Africa by building professional capacity and improving access to quality and equitable cancer care in the continent We are making history together by providing this important training for the first oncologists and or the first cancer care team in many countries across Africa Despite rising incidence and mortality rates in Africa cancer has been given low priority in the research field and healthcare services It has been estimated that by 2030 there will be a 70 increase in new cancer cases due to population growth and aging I am proud that Merck Foundation has successfully able to increase the limited number of Oncologist in Africa by providing Oncology specialty training to more than young 90 doctors from 25 African Countries Dr Rasha Kelej added Launched in 2016 the Merck Foundation Cancer Access Program provides One two and three years fellowship diploma and master degree for African doctors from 25 African countries The clinical training is conducted in India Egypt and Kenya Moreover Merck Foundation also recently started to provide scholarships for 2 years online PG Diploma in Cancer and Clinical Oncology from one of the reputed Universities of the UK We are striving to form Multidisciplinary Oncology Care teams in many countries by providing training in Medical Oncology Surgery Oncology Pediatrics Oncology Gynecology Oncology Radiation Oncology Oncology Nursing Oncopathology and Radiology Technician training We are proud that we are making history in Africa through training the first oncologists and first cancer care teams in many countries such as The Gambia Sierra Leone Burundi Liberia Guinea Conakry Central African Republic Chad and Niger Merck Foundation is committed to leading Africa to a better future through transforming the landscape of Cancer care in the continent explained Senator Dr Rasha Kelej The First Lady of The Gambia H E Mrs FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW emphasized Merck Foundation is training the first ever oncologists from our country Having our own cancer specialists is very big for us and this has changed the cancer care sector in the country I appreciate the efforts of Merck Foundation and deeply value our partnership with them Merck Foundation through its Merck Foundation Cancer Access Program has till date provided training for 90 Oncologists from 25 countries which are Botswana Burundi Cameroon CAR Chad DRC Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinee Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Mauritius Namibia Niger Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Tanzania Uganda and Zambia Merck Foundation through its Merck Foundation Cancer Access Program has till date provided training for 90 Oncologists from 25 countries which are Botswana Burundi Cameroon CAR Chad DRC Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinee Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Mauritius Namibia Niger Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Tanzania Uganda and Zambia To watch Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation message of marking World Cancer Day 2022 please visit https bit ly 34yvzvW And to watch testimonials videos of Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship Alumni pls visit https bit ly 34jmwiq
    Merck Foundation and African First Ladies mark World Cancer Day 2022
      VIDEO Message from Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation marking World Cancer Day 2022 Share Copy Embed lt iframe width 560 height 315 src https www africa newsroom com press embed_video 70576 e frameborder 0 allowfullscreen gt lt iframe gt It has been estimated that by 2030 there will be a 70 increase in new cancer cases due to population growth and aging BANJUL Gambia February 3 2022 APO Group Merck Foundation Merck Foundation com marks World Cancer Day together with Africa First Ladies and Ministries of Health through building cancer care capacity and increasing the limited number of oncologists in their countries by providing One two and three years fellowship diploma and Master degree in oncology specialties for 90 African doctors from 25 Countries Merck Foundation makes history in Africa by training the first African oncologists and cancer care teams in countries such as The Gambia Sierra Leone Burundi Liberia Guinea Conakry Central African Republic Chad Burundi Malawi Niger Namibia Zimbabwe and more Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks World Cancer Day 2022 themed Close the care gap together with African First Ladies through their Cancer Access Program to build cancer care capacity with the aim to increase the limited number of Oncologists and develop the first multidisciplinary cancer care teams across the continent Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation Most Influential African 2019 2020 amp 2021 emphasized We at Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies mark World Cancer Day every day in a very special way and unique way That is by transforming and advancing cancer care in Africa by building professional capacity and improving access to quality and equitable cancer care in the continent We are making history together by providing this important training for the first oncologists and or the first cancer care team in many countries across Africa Despite rising incidence and mortality rates in Africa cancer has been given low priority in the research field and healthcare services It has been estimated that by 2030 there will be a 70 increase in new cancer cases due to population growth and aging I am proud that Merck Foundation has successfully able to increase the limited number of Oncologist in Africa by providing Oncology specialty training to more than young 90 doctors from 25 African Countries Dr Rasha Kelej added Launched in 2016 the Merck Foundation Cancer Access Program provides One two and three years fellowship diploma and master degree for African doctors from 25 African countries The clinical training is conducted in India Egypt and Kenya Moreover Merck Foundation also recently started to provide scholarships for 2 years online PG Diploma in Cancer and Clinical Oncology from one of the reputed Universities of the UK We are striving to form Multidisciplinary Oncology Care teams in many countries by providing training in Medical Oncology Surgery Oncology Pediatrics Oncology Gynecology Oncology Radiation Oncology Oncology Nursing Oncopathology and Radiology Technician training We are proud that we are making history in Africa through training the first oncologists and first cancer care teams in many countries such as The Gambia Sierra Leone Burundi Liberia Guinea Conakry Central African Republic Chad and Niger Merck Foundation is committed to leading Africa to a better future through transforming the landscape of Cancer care in the continent explained Senator Dr Rasha Kelej The First Lady of The Gambia H E Mrs FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW emphasized Merck Foundation is training the first ever oncologists from our country Having our own cancer specialists is very big for us and this has changed the cancer care sector in the country I appreciate the efforts of Merck Foundation and deeply value our partnership with them Merck Foundation through its Merck Foundation Cancer Access Program has till date provided training for 90 Oncologists from 25 countries which are Botswana Burundi Cameroon CAR Chad DRC Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinee Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Mauritius Namibia Niger Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Tanzania Uganda and Zambia Merck Foundation through its Merck Foundation Cancer Access Program has till date provided training for 90 Oncologists from 25 countries which are Botswana Burundi Cameroon CAR Chad DRC Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinee Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Mauritius Namibia Niger Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Tanzania Uganda and Zambia To watch Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation message of marking World Cancer Day 2022 please visit https bit ly 34yvzvW And to watch testimonials videos of Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship Alumni pls visit https bit ly 34jmwiq
    Merck Foundation and African First Ladies mark World Cancer Day 2022
    Africa10 months ago

    Merck Foundation and African First Ladies mark World Cancer Day 2022

    VIDEO Message from Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation marking World Cancer Day 2022 Share Copy Embed <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.africa-newsroom.com/press/embed_video/70576/e" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen ></iframe>

    It has been estimated that by 2030 there will be a 70% increase in new cancer cases due to population growth and aging

    BANJUL, Gambia, February 3, 2022/APO Group/ --

    Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com) marks World Cancer Day together with Africa First Ladies and Ministries of Health through building cancer care capacity and increasing the limited number of oncologists in their countries by providing One-, two- and three-years fellowship, diploma and Master degree in oncology specialties for 90 African doctors from 25 Countries. Merck Foundation makes history in Africa by training the first African oncologists and cancer care teams in countries such as The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Central African Republic, Chad, Burundi, Malawi, Niger, Namibia, Zimbabwe and more.

    Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, marks ‘World Cancer Day 2022’ themed ‘Close the care gap’ together with African First Ladies through their Cancer Access Program to build cancer care capacity with the aim to increase the limited number of Oncologists and develop the first multidisciplinary cancer care teams across the continent.

    Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, Most Influential African (2019, 2020 & 2021) emphasized, “We at Merck Foundation, together with African First Ladies, mark World Cancer Day every day, in a very special way and unique way. That is by transforming and advancing cancer care in Africa by building professional capacity and improving access to quality and equitable cancer care in the continent. We are making history together by providing this important training for the first oncologists and /or the first cancer care team in many countries across Africa”. 

    Despite rising incidence and mortality rates in Africa, cancer has been given low priority in the research field and healthcare services. It has been estimated that by 2030 there will be a 70% increase in new cancer cases due to population growth and aging.

    “I am proud that Merck Foundation has successfully able to increase the limited number of Oncologist in Africa by providing Oncology specialty training to more than young 90 doctors from 25 African Countries”, Dr. Rasha Kelej added

    Launched in 2016, the Merck Foundation Cancer Access Program provides One, two- and three-years fellowship, diploma and master degree for African doctors from 25 African countries. The clinical training is conducted in India, Egypt and Kenya. Moreover, Merck Foundation also recently started to provide scholarships for 2 years online PG Diploma in Cancer and Clinical Oncology from one of the reputed Universities of the UK.

    “We are striving to form Multidisciplinary Oncology Care teams in many countries by providing training in Medical Oncology, Surgery Oncology, Pediatrics Oncology, Gynecology Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Oncology Nursing, Oncopathology, and Radiology Technician training. We are proud that we are making history in Africa through training the first oncologists and first cancer care teams in many countries such as; The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Central African Republic, Chad, and Niger. Merck Foundation is committed to leading Africa to a better future through transforming the landscape of Cancer care in the continent”, explained Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.

    The First Lady of The Gambia, H.E. Mrs. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW emphasized, "Merck Foundation is training the first-ever oncologists from our country. Having our own cancer specialists is very big for us and this has changed the cancer care sector in the country. I appreciate the efforts of Merck Foundation and deeply value our partnership with them”.

    Merck Foundation through its Merck Foundation Cancer Access Program has till date provided training for 90 Oncologists from 25 countries which are: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinee, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

    Merck Foundation through its Merck Foundation Cancer Access Program has till date provided training for 90 Oncologists from 25 countries which are: Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinee, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

    To watch Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation message of marking World Cancer Day 2022, please visit:  https://bit.ly/34yvzvW

    And to watch testimonials videos of Merck Foundation Oncology Fellowship Alumni, pls visit: https://bit.ly/34jmwiq

  •   I welcome all winners to be members of our Merck Foundation alumni and to work closely with us to support and empower women and girls at all levels ACCRA Ghana January 12 2022 APO Group The Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany in association with African First Ladies announced the winners of the Merck Foundation African Media Recognition Awards More Than a Mother 2021 The awards were announced by Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Executive Director of the Merck Foundation and President of the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother along with African First Ladies who are also ambassadors for the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother The theme of the awards was Raising awareness about preventing infertility breaking the stigma of infertility and empowering girls and women through education Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Executive Director of the Merck Foundation celebrated the winners saying I am extremely proud and pleased to announce the winners of the Merck Foundation African Media Recognition Awards More Than a Mother 2021 I would like to take this opportunity to thank the African First Ladies for their continued support as Ambassadors of the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother I appreciate all the efforts made by the African Media Fraternity who became the voice of the voiceless to raise awareness of sensitive social and cultural issues such as the stigma of infertility and the education of girls last year I have always emphasized the prominent role of the media as I strongly believe that both media and art have the ability and ability to create cultural change in our communities in a profitable way I welcome all winners to become members s of our Merck Foundation alumni and work closely with us to support and empower women and girls at all levels The Merck Foundation received a great response from African journalists in the form of several excellent entries The Awards Committee of the Fundaci n Merck M s que una Madre presented the second and third places to select more than one winner for the different categories The awards committee also announced Special Awards to recognize the high quality of the work received in more than one category by the same applicant and this to foster their passion and dedication towards this noble cause Senator Dr Rasha Kelej said I am very happy with the work shown by all of our winners therefore it gives me immense joy to announce that the Merck Foundation additionally rewards the winners by giving them one year of access to an online educational training program called MasterClass MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self paced learning course that can be accessed from anywhere with the internet I encourage all winners to be The Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Advocate to raise more awareness of infertility remove the stigma around it and support girls education I also welcome you as valued members of Merck Foundation Alumni He further added I would also like to announce the call for applications for the Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards More Than a Mother 2022 I look forward to the entries from the Africa Media Fraternity this year to write messages meaningful and influencing stories and reports to raise awareness and sensitize our communities on preventing infertility breaking the stigma of infertility empowering girls and women through education We will soon share details about these awards for next year 2022 This is the list of the award winners Here are the winners from the West African countries in collaboration with the First Lady of The Gambia HE FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW the First Lady of Ghana SE REBECCA AKUFO ADDO The First Lady of Liberia SE CLAR MARIE WEAH and the First Lady of Nigeria HE Dr AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI COUNTRIES OF WEST AFRICA PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS First position Dzifa Tetteh Tay The Spectator GHANA Ojoma Akor Daily Trust newspaper NIGERIA Second position Jonathan Donkor Ghanaian Times GHANA Efia Akese The Mirror GHANA THIRD Position Yaw Asirifi Twum Freelance Journalist GHANA ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS First position Never Garmah Lomo Newspublictrust com LIBERIA Zadok Kwame Gyes Daily Graphic Graphic Online GHANA Second position Neta Kris Abiana Parsram and Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah Multimedia Group Limited GHANA Benedicta Gyimaah Folley Ghanaian Times GHANA THIRD Position Agnes Opoku Sarong New Times Corporation GHANA Bukola Afeni Newsdayonline com NIGERIA RADIO CATEGORY WINNERS First position Nyadror Adanuti Nelson Diamond FM Tamale Northern Region GHANA Second position Never Garmah Lomo Newspublictrust com LIBERIA WINNERS OF THE MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY First position Alieu Ceesay QTV Gambia GAMBIA Second position Akua Oforiwa Darko Ghana Broadcasting Corporation GHANA THIRD Position Beatrice Senadju Ghana Broadsting Corporation GHANA Winners from Southern African countries in association with Namibia s First Lady SE MONICA GEINGOS the First Lady of Malawi SE MONICA CHAKWERA The First Lady of Zimbabwe HE AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA SOUTH AFRICA COUNTRIES PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS First position Sonja Freelance Journalist at The Namibian Newspaper NAMIBIA Moses Mugugunyeki The Standard ZIMBABWE Second position Kutengule Chatonda Memorial Weekend Nation MALAWI THIRD Position Isaac Salima Times Group MALAWI ONLINE CATEGORY First position Shireen Van Wyk Freelance Journalist NAMIBIA Tendai Rupapa The Herald ZIMBABWE John Manzongo The Herald Newspaper ZIMBABWE Gracious Mugovera The Patriot ZIMBABWE Second position June Shimuoshili Unwrap Online NAMIBIA Catherine Murombedzi Nee Mwauyakufa The Observer ZIMBABWE THIRD Position Eva Hatontola Chanda Radio Christian Voice ZAMBIA RADIO CATEGORY First position Prudence Chibale Siabana Radio Phoenix ZAMBIA Second position Janet Mtali Trans World Radio MALAWI MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY First position Alepher kasongo Malawi Broadcasting Corporation MBC MALAWI Second position Brenard Mwanza Luntha Television MALAWI These are the winners from the East African countries COUNTRIES OF EAST AFRICA PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS First position Christina Mwakangale The Guardian TANZANIA ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS First position Puentes Mugala 2includeeveryone blogspot com KENYA Veronica Romwald Mrema matukionamaisha blogspot com TANZANIA RADIO CATEGORY First position Adam Gabriel Hhando CG FM Radio TANZANIA Victor Moturi Pamoja FM KENYA Second position Jumbe Benjamin KFM RADIO Nation Media Group Uganda UGANDA THIRD Position Mercy Tyra Murengu Atoo Sifa Fm Kakuma Voice of America Correspondent KENYA WINNERS OF THE MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY First position Walter Mwesigye NTV Uganda UGANDA Zainab Mohammed TV47 Kenya KENYA Second position Elizabeth Kadzo Gunga Royal Media Services Citizen TV KENYA Anne Njogu Standard Media Group KENYA Here are the winners from the French speaking African countries in association with the First Lady of Burundi HE ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE the First Lady of the Central African Republic HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA The First Lady of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI FRENCH SPEAKING AFRICAN COUNTRIES PRINT CATEGORY First position Issa Moussa Niger Times N GER Iradukunda Journal Le Renouveau du Burundi BURUNDI Second position Donat Muemba Jua Magazine DRC ONLINE CATEGORY First position Koami Agbetiafa Niger Inter Hebdo N GER Bahwa Ferdinand Le Journal Africa BURUNDI Ambrosine M m d Azododassi Savoir News Agency TOGO Second position Br hima Traore Alert mali com MALI Ngwa Keziah Fela Cameroon Radio Television CRTV Yaound CAMEROON RADIO CATEGORY First position Schella Claudicia Yemengali Radio Centrafrique CAR Ndayishimiye Cyriaque Radio TV Buntu BURUNDI Magendero Benigne RTV Buntu Buye BURUNDI Second position Stephane Kokanzo Radio Centrafrique Central African Republic THIRD Position Innocent Ndihokubwayo Radio Tv Buntu BURUNDI MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY First position Donat Muemba Jua Services Jua Magazine RDC Matthias Kabuya Tshilumba Radio T l vision D bout Kasa RTDK Mbuji Mayi RDC Jean N pomusc ne Irambona Radio TV Buntu BURUNDI These are the winners of the special awards SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS Cassien Tribunal Aungane Diplomacy and Development RDC Jessy NZENGU lualabamaprovince com RDC Jean Bosco NtaconayigizE Radio TV Buntu BURUNDI Ahmed Bello Savoirnews net CAMEROON Maurice Tuninahazimana Radio TV Buntu BURUNDI
    Merck Foundation CEO and African First Ladies announce the winners of Merck Foundation “ More Than a Mother” 2021 media recognition awards
      I welcome all winners to be members of our Merck Foundation alumni and to work closely with us to support and empower women and girls at all levels ACCRA Ghana January 12 2022 APO Group The Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany in association with African First Ladies announced the winners of the Merck Foundation African Media Recognition Awards More Than a Mother 2021 The awards were announced by Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Executive Director of the Merck Foundation and President of the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother along with African First Ladies who are also ambassadors for the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother The theme of the awards was Raising awareness about preventing infertility breaking the stigma of infertility and empowering girls and women through education Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Executive Director of the Merck Foundation celebrated the winners saying I am extremely proud and pleased to announce the winners of the Merck Foundation African Media Recognition Awards More Than a Mother 2021 I would like to take this opportunity to thank the African First Ladies for their continued support as Ambassadors of the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother I appreciate all the efforts made by the African Media Fraternity who became the voice of the voiceless to raise awareness of sensitive social and cultural issues such as the stigma of infertility and the education of girls last year I have always emphasized the prominent role of the media as I strongly believe that both media and art have the ability and ability to create cultural change in our communities in a profitable way I welcome all winners to become members s of our Merck Foundation alumni and work closely with us to support and empower women and girls at all levels The Merck Foundation received a great response from African journalists in the form of several excellent entries The Awards Committee of the Fundaci n Merck M s que una Madre presented the second and third places to select more than one winner for the different categories The awards committee also announced Special Awards to recognize the high quality of the work received in more than one category by the same applicant and this to foster their passion and dedication towards this noble cause Senator Dr Rasha Kelej said I am very happy with the work shown by all of our winners therefore it gives me immense joy to announce that the Merck Foundation additionally rewards the winners by giving them one year of access to an online educational training program called MasterClass MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self paced learning course that can be accessed from anywhere with the internet I encourage all winners to be The Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Advocate to raise more awareness of infertility remove the stigma around it and support girls education I also welcome you as valued members of Merck Foundation Alumni He further added I would also like to announce the call for applications for the Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards More Than a Mother 2022 I look forward to the entries from the Africa Media Fraternity this year to write messages meaningful and influencing stories and reports to raise awareness and sensitize our communities on preventing infertility breaking the stigma of infertility empowering girls and women through education We will soon share details about these awards for next year 2022 This is the list of the award winners Here are the winners from the West African countries in collaboration with the First Lady of The Gambia HE FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW the First Lady of Ghana SE REBECCA AKUFO ADDO The First Lady of Liberia SE CLAR MARIE WEAH and the First Lady of Nigeria HE Dr AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI COUNTRIES OF WEST AFRICA PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS First position Dzifa Tetteh Tay The Spectator GHANA Ojoma Akor Daily Trust newspaper NIGERIA Second position Jonathan Donkor Ghanaian Times GHANA Efia Akese The Mirror GHANA THIRD Position Yaw Asirifi Twum Freelance Journalist GHANA ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS First position Never Garmah Lomo Newspublictrust com LIBERIA Zadok Kwame Gyes Daily Graphic Graphic Online GHANA Second position Neta Kris Abiana Parsram and Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah Multimedia Group Limited GHANA Benedicta Gyimaah Folley Ghanaian Times GHANA THIRD Position Agnes Opoku Sarong New Times Corporation GHANA Bukola Afeni Newsdayonline com NIGERIA RADIO CATEGORY WINNERS First position Nyadror Adanuti Nelson Diamond FM Tamale Northern Region GHANA Second position Never Garmah Lomo Newspublictrust com LIBERIA WINNERS OF THE MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY First position Alieu Ceesay QTV Gambia GAMBIA Second position Akua Oforiwa Darko Ghana Broadcasting Corporation GHANA THIRD Position Beatrice Senadju Ghana Broadsting Corporation GHANA Winners from Southern African countries in association with Namibia s First Lady SE MONICA GEINGOS the First Lady of Malawi SE MONICA CHAKWERA The First Lady of Zimbabwe HE AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA SOUTH AFRICA COUNTRIES PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS First position Sonja Freelance Journalist at The Namibian Newspaper NAMIBIA Moses Mugugunyeki The Standard ZIMBABWE Second position Kutengule Chatonda Memorial Weekend Nation MALAWI THIRD Position Isaac Salima Times Group MALAWI ONLINE CATEGORY First position Shireen Van Wyk Freelance Journalist NAMIBIA Tendai Rupapa The Herald ZIMBABWE John Manzongo The Herald Newspaper ZIMBABWE Gracious Mugovera The Patriot ZIMBABWE Second position June Shimuoshili Unwrap Online NAMIBIA Catherine Murombedzi Nee Mwauyakufa The Observer ZIMBABWE THIRD Position Eva Hatontola Chanda Radio Christian Voice ZAMBIA RADIO CATEGORY First position Prudence Chibale Siabana Radio Phoenix ZAMBIA Second position Janet Mtali Trans World Radio MALAWI MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY First position Alepher kasongo Malawi Broadcasting Corporation MBC MALAWI Second position Brenard Mwanza Luntha Television MALAWI These are the winners from the East African countries COUNTRIES OF EAST AFRICA PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS First position Christina Mwakangale The Guardian TANZANIA ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS First position Puentes Mugala 2includeeveryone blogspot com KENYA Veronica Romwald Mrema matukionamaisha blogspot com TANZANIA RADIO CATEGORY First position Adam Gabriel Hhando CG FM Radio TANZANIA Victor Moturi Pamoja FM KENYA Second position Jumbe Benjamin KFM RADIO Nation Media Group Uganda UGANDA THIRD Position Mercy Tyra Murengu Atoo Sifa Fm Kakuma Voice of America Correspondent KENYA WINNERS OF THE MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY First position Walter Mwesigye NTV Uganda UGANDA Zainab Mohammed TV47 Kenya KENYA Second position Elizabeth Kadzo Gunga Royal Media Services Citizen TV KENYA Anne Njogu Standard Media Group KENYA Here are the winners from the French speaking African countries in association with the First Lady of Burundi HE ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE the First Lady of the Central African Republic HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA The First Lady of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI FRENCH SPEAKING AFRICAN COUNTRIES PRINT CATEGORY First position Issa Moussa Niger Times N GER Iradukunda Journal Le Renouveau du Burundi BURUNDI Second position Donat Muemba Jua Magazine DRC ONLINE CATEGORY First position Koami Agbetiafa Niger Inter Hebdo N GER Bahwa Ferdinand Le Journal Africa BURUNDI Ambrosine M m d Azododassi Savoir News Agency TOGO Second position Br hima Traore Alert mali com MALI Ngwa Keziah Fela Cameroon Radio Television CRTV Yaound CAMEROON RADIO CATEGORY First position Schella Claudicia Yemengali Radio Centrafrique CAR Ndayishimiye Cyriaque Radio TV Buntu BURUNDI Magendero Benigne RTV Buntu Buye BURUNDI Second position Stephane Kokanzo Radio Centrafrique Central African Republic THIRD Position Innocent Ndihokubwayo Radio Tv Buntu BURUNDI MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY First position Donat Muemba Jua Services Jua Magazine RDC Matthias Kabuya Tshilumba Radio T l vision D bout Kasa RTDK Mbuji Mayi RDC Jean N pomusc ne Irambona Radio TV Buntu BURUNDI These are the winners of the special awards SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS Cassien Tribunal Aungane Diplomacy and Development RDC Jessy NZENGU lualabamaprovince com RDC Jean Bosco NtaconayigizE Radio TV Buntu BURUNDI Ahmed Bello Savoirnews net CAMEROON Maurice Tuninahazimana Radio TV Buntu BURUNDI
    Merck Foundation CEO and African First Ladies announce the winners of Merck Foundation “ More Than a Mother” 2021 media recognition awards
    Africa11 months ago

    Merck Foundation CEO and African First Ladies announce the winners of Merck Foundation “ More Than a Mother” 2021 media recognition awards

    I welcome all winners to be members of our Merck Foundation alumni and to work closely with us to support and empower women and girls at all levels.

    ACCRA, Ghana, January 12, 2022 / APO Group / -

    The Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany in association with African First Ladies, announced the winners of the Merck Foundation African Media Recognition Awards "More Than a Mother" 2021 The awards were announced by Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, Executive Director of the Merck Foundation and President of the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother along with African First Ladies, who are also ambassadors for the 'Merck Foundation More Than a Mother'. The theme of the awards was: Raising awareness about preventing infertility, breaking the stigma of infertility, and empowering girls and women through education.

    Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, Executive Director of the Merck Foundation, celebrated the winners saying, "I am extremely proud and pleased to announce the winners of the Merck Foundation African Media Recognition Awards 'More Than a Mother' 2021. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the African First Ladies for their continued support as Ambassadors of the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother. I appreciate all the efforts made by the African Media Fraternity, who became the voice of the voiceless to raise awareness of sensitive social and cultural issues, such as the stigma of infertility and the education of girls, last year. I have always emphasized the prominent role of the media as I strongly believe that both media and art have the ability and ability to create cultural change in our communities in a profitable way. I welcome all winners to become members s of our Merck Foundation alumni and work closely with us to support and empower women and girls at all levels. ”

    The Merck Foundation received a great response from African journalists in the form of several excellent entries. The Awards Committee of the 'Fundación Merck Más que una Madre' presented the second and third places to select more than one winner for the different categories. The awards committee also announced Special Awards, to recognize the high quality of the work received in more than one category by the same applicant and this to foster their passion and dedication towards this noble cause.

    Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej said, “I am very happy with the work shown by all of our winners; therefore, it gives me immense joy to announce that the Merck Foundation additionally rewards the winners by giving them one year of access to an online educational training program called 'MasterClass'. MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course that can be accessed from anywhere with the internet. I encourage all winners to be 'The Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Advocate' to raise more awareness of infertility, remove the stigma around it, and support girls' education. I also welcome you as valued members of 'Merck Foundation Alumni'.

    He further added: “I would also like to announce the call for applications for the Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition Awards 'More Than a Mother' 2022. I look forward to the entries from the Africa Media Fraternity this year to write messages. meaningful and influencing stories and reports to raise awareness and sensitize our communities on preventing infertility, breaking the stigma of infertility, empowering girls and women through education. We will soon share details about these awards for next year, 2022 ”.

    This is the list of the award winners:

    Here are the winners from the West African countries in collaboration with the First Lady of The Gambia, HE FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW; the First Lady of Ghana, SE REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO; The First Lady of Liberia, SE CLAR MARIE WEAH; and the First Lady of Nigeria, HE Dr. AISHA MUHAMMADU BUHARI:

    COUNTRIES OF WEST AFRICA

    PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS:

    First position:

    Dzifa Tetteh Tay, The Spectator, GHANA Ojoma Akor, Daily Trust newspaper, NIGERIA

    Second position:

    Jonathan Donkor, Ghanaian Times, GHANA Efia Akese, The Mirror, GHANA

    THIRD Position:

    Yaw Asirifi-Twum, Freelance Journalist, GHANA

    ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS:

    First position:

    Never Garmah Lomo, Newspublictrust.com, LIBERIA Zadok Kwame Gyes, Daily Graphic / Graphic Online, GHANA

    Second position:

    Neta Kris Abiana Parsram and Emmanuel Kwasi Debrah, Multimedia Group Limited, GHANA Benedicta Gyimaah Folley, Ghanaian Times, GHANA

    THIRD Position:

    Agnes Opoku Sarong, New Times Corporation, GHANA Bukola Afeni, Newsdayonline.com, NIGERIA

    RADIO CATEGORY WINNERS:

    First position:

    Nyadror Adanuti Nelson, Diamond FM, Tamale (Northern Region), GHANA

    Second position:

    Never Garmah Lomo, Newspublictrust.com, LIBERIA

    WINNERS OF THE MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY:

    First position:

    Alieu Ceesay, QTV Gambia, GAMBIA

    Second position:

    Akua Oforiwa Darko, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GHANA

    THIRD Position:

    Beatrice Senadju, Ghana Broadsting Corporation, GHANA

    Winners from Southern African countries in association with Namibia's First Lady, SE MONICA GEINGOS; the First Lady of Malawi, SE MONICA CHAKWERA; The First Lady of Zimbabwe, HE AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA:

    SOUTH AFRICA COUNTRIES

    PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS:

    First position:

    Sonja, Freelance Journalist at The Namibian Newspaper, NAMIBIA Moses Mugugunyeki, The Standard, ZIMBABWE

    Second position:

    Kutengule Chatonda Memorial, Weekend Nation, MALAWI

    THIRD Position:

    Isaac Salima, Times Group, MALAWI

    ONLINE CATEGORY

    First position:

    Shireen Van Wyk, Freelance Journalist, NAMIBIA Tendai Rupapa, The Herald, ZIMBABWE John Manzongo, The Herald Newspaper, ZIMBABWE Gracious Mugovera, The Patriot, ZIMBABWE

    Second position:

    June Shimuoshili, Unwrap.Online, NAMIBIA Catherine Murombedzi Nee Mwauyakufa, The Observer, ZIMBABWE

    THIRD Position:

    Eva Hatontola Chanda, Radio Christian Voice, ZAMBIA

    RADIO CATEGORY

    First position:

    Prudence Chibale Siabana, Radio Phoenix, ZAMBIA

    Second position:

    Janet Mtali, Trans World Radio, MALAWI

    MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY

    First position:

    Alepher kasongo, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation - MBC, MALAWI

    Second position:

    Brenard Mwanza, Luntha Television, MALAWI

    These are the winners from the East African countries:

    COUNTRIES OF EAST AFRICA

    PRINT CATEGORY WINNERS:

    First position:

    Christina Mwakangale, The Guardian, TANZANIA

    ONLINE CATEGORY WINNERS:

    First position:

    Puentes Mugala, 2includeeveryone.blogspot.com, KENYA Veronica Romwald Mrema, matukionamaisha.blogspot.com, TANZANIA

    RADIO CATEGORY

    First position:

    Adam Gabriel Hhando, CG FM Radio, TANZANIA Victor Moturi, Pamoja FM, KENYA

    Second position:

    Jumbe Benjamin, KFM RADIO (Nation Media Group - Uganda), UGANDA

    THIRD Position:

    Mercy Tyra Murengu, Atoo Sifa Fm-Kakuma, Voice of America Correspondent, KENYA

    WINNERS OF THE MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY:

    First position:

    Walter Mwesigye, NTV Uganda, UGANDA Zainab Mohammed, TV47 Kenya, KENYA

    Second position:

    Elizabeth Kadzo Gunga, Royal Media Services (Citizen TV), KENYA Anne Njogu, Standard Media Group, KENYA

    Here are the winners from the French-speaking African countries in association with the First Lady of Burundi, HE ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE; the First Lady of the Central African Republic, HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA; The First Lady of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI:

    FRENCH-SPEAKING AFRICAN COUNTRIES

    PRINT CATEGORY

    First position:

    Issa Moussa, Niger Times, NÍGER Iradukunda, Journal Le Renouveau du Burundi, BURUNDI

    Second position:

    Donat Muemba, Jua Magazine, DRC

    ONLINE CATEGORY

    First position:

    Koami Agbetiafa, Niger Inter Hebdo, NÍGER Bahwa Ferdinand, Le Journal Africa, BURUNDI Ambrosine Mêmèdé Azododassi, Savoir News Agency, TOGO

    Second position:

    Bréhima Traore, Alert-mali.com, MALI Ngwa Keziah Fela, Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) Yaoundé, CAMEROON

    RADIO CATEGORY

    First position:

    Schella Claudicia Yemengali, Radio Centrafrique, CAR Ndayishimiye Cyriaque, Radio TV Buntu, BURUNDI Magendero Benigne, RTV Buntu Buye, BURUNDI

    Second position:

    Stephane Kokanzo, Radio Centrafrique, Central African Republic

    THIRD Position:

    Innocent Ndihokubwayo, Radio Tv Buntu, BURUNDI

    MULTIMEDIA CATEGORY

    First position:

    Donat Muemba, Jua Services / Jua Magazine, RDC Matthias Kabuya Tshilumba, Radio Télévision Débout Kasaï (RTDK) Mbuji-Mayi, RDC Jean Népomuscène Irambona, Radio-TV Buntu, BURUNDI

    These are the winners of the special awards

    SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

    Cassien Tribunal Aungane, Diplomacy and Development, RDC Jessy NZENGU, lualabamaprovince.com, RDC Jean-Bosco NtaconayigizE, Radio TV Buntu, BURUNDI Ahmed Bello, Savoirnews.net, CAMEROON

    Maurice Tuninahazimana, Radio TV Buntu, BURUNDI

  •   Orange Sponsors Change helps educate young people about environmental issues through football DOUALA Cameroon January 6 2022 APO Group The Africa Cup of Nations Total Energies Cameroon 2021 is a major event on the continent and this year s edition is eagerly awaited after being postponed in 2021 due to the Covid crisis In the run up to the big event and as an official sponsor Orange www Orange com has held a series of Orange Sponsors Change regional soccer tournaments across its footprint that allow 12 13 year olds to play soccer football and collect plastic waste in exchange for rewards and the chance to take place during the AFCON final on February 6 All winners of the regional tournament will be invited to the international final of Orange Sponsors Change next spring for an unforgettable experience The competition which will run from January 9 to February 6 2022 will take place in six stadiums in five cities across the country Of the 24 teams classified 11 belong to a country where Orange is present Cameroon Ivory Coast Burkina Faso Egypt Guinea Guinea Bissau Sierra Leone Mali Morocco Senegal and Tunisia Passion with a purpose the genesis of the Orange Sponsorship Change The Total Energies Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations provides Orange with the opportunity to reiterate its environmental commitments Plastic waste is now one of the world s biggest problems and Orange believes they can play a role in fighting this problem Orange Sponsors Change is a unique program that was first launched in 2018 in Liberia and Cameroon and then successfully rolled out in 2019 to Egypt and Tunisia With fan passion for soccer and a participatory approach at its core Orange Sponsors Change gives all soccer fans and young players the opportunity to enjoy their passion for soccer while having a positive impact on their communities and the planet Fans are encouraged to collect and recycle their plastic waste through recycling bins during tournaments and in return for their recycling efforts Orange works with local businesses to recycle collected plastic and return it to fans and their communities in form of soccer jerseys balls and even soccer fields built exclusively with recyclable materials Orange Sponsors Change premiere of a pan African program This year Orange wanted to take advantage of its association with the largest African sporting event to extend and promote Orange Sponsors Change in 12 countries of the continent Morocco Sierra Leone Mali Liberia Cameroon Senegal Ivory Coast Guinea Conakry Guinea Bissau Burkina Faso CAR DRC and give it a new pan African dimension This first Pan African edition encouraged young people aged 12 13 to participate in local qualifying tournaments while collecting plastic waste and the first local tournaments mobilized thousands of young people and their families and achieved tons of plastic waste collection for example In Cameroon soccer players participating in Orange Sponsors Change joined forces with Orange s Clean Up Your City initiative to collect waste in seven cities across the country In total 1 300 volunteers roamed the streets to collect 14 tons of plastic that will be transformed into soccer equipment and redistributed to soccer academies in Cameroon In C te d Ivoire 500 players from 50 different clubs across the country participated in the competition collecting more than 19 tons of plastic that will be transformed into construction equipment During AFCON The stadiums will be filled with orange taps allowing fans to support their team and share their passion This year all faucets will no longer be made from plastic but from recycled biodegradable potato starch reflecting Orange s commitment to reducing plastic waste Additionally Orange will provide young players along its footprint with 20 000 balls made from recycled rubber so they can continue to enjoy their passion for soccer long after the big event B atrice Mandine Executive Director of Communication Brand and Engagement said At Orange we support the main sporting events in the countries where we operate by putting the focus of our strategy on the fans we offer them the means to enjoy their passion Orange Sponsors Change adds another brick to this promise combining a passion for football and a commitment to the environment It is a great action that will leave a positive legacy Alioune Ndiaye Executive Director of Orange Africa and the Middle East explains Africans are very passionate about football Orange Sponsors Change helps educate young people about environmental issues through football this is a great proof of the Orange Group s commitment to society and the planet
    Orange holds first Pan-African football tournaments enabling youth to be actors of positive change, to tackle plastic waste, via their passion for football
      Orange Sponsors Change helps educate young people about environmental issues through football DOUALA Cameroon January 6 2022 APO Group The Africa Cup of Nations Total Energies Cameroon 2021 is a major event on the continent and this year s edition is eagerly awaited after being postponed in 2021 due to the Covid crisis In the run up to the big event and as an official sponsor Orange www Orange com has held a series of Orange Sponsors Change regional soccer tournaments across its footprint that allow 12 13 year olds to play soccer football and collect plastic waste in exchange for rewards and the chance to take place during the AFCON final on February 6 All winners of the regional tournament will be invited to the international final of Orange Sponsors Change next spring for an unforgettable experience The competition which will run from January 9 to February 6 2022 will take place in six stadiums in five cities across the country Of the 24 teams classified 11 belong to a country where Orange is present Cameroon Ivory Coast Burkina Faso Egypt Guinea Guinea Bissau Sierra Leone Mali Morocco Senegal and Tunisia Passion with a purpose the genesis of the Orange Sponsorship Change The Total Energies Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations provides Orange with the opportunity to reiterate its environmental commitments Plastic waste is now one of the world s biggest problems and Orange believes they can play a role in fighting this problem Orange Sponsors Change is a unique program that was first launched in 2018 in Liberia and Cameroon and then successfully rolled out in 2019 to Egypt and Tunisia With fan passion for soccer and a participatory approach at its core Orange Sponsors Change gives all soccer fans and young players the opportunity to enjoy their passion for soccer while having a positive impact on their communities and the planet Fans are encouraged to collect and recycle their plastic waste through recycling bins during tournaments and in return for their recycling efforts Orange works with local businesses to recycle collected plastic and return it to fans and their communities in form of soccer jerseys balls and even soccer fields built exclusively with recyclable materials Orange Sponsors Change premiere of a pan African program This year Orange wanted to take advantage of its association with the largest African sporting event to extend and promote Orange Sponsors Change in 12 countries of the continent Morocco Sierra Leone Mali Liberia Cameroon Senegal Ivory Coast Guinea Conakry Guinea Bissau Burkina Faso CAR DRC and give it a new pan African dimension This first Pan African edition encouraged young people aged 12 13 to participate in local qualifying tournaments while collecting plastic waste and the first local tournaments mobilized thousands of young people and their families and achieved tons of plastic waste collection for example In Cameroon soccer players participating in Orange Sponsors Change joined forces with Orange s Clean Up Your City initiative to collect waste in seven cities across the country In total 1 300 volunteers roamed the streets to collect 14 tons of plastic that will be transformed into soccer equipment and redistributed to soccer academies in Cameroon In C te d Ivoire 500 players from 50 different clubs across the country participated in the competition collecting more than 19 tons of plastic that will be transformed into construction equipment During AFCON The stadiums will be filled with orange taps allowing fans to support their team and share their passion This year all faucets will no longer be made from plastic but from recycled biodegradable potato starch reflecting Orange s commitment to reducing plastic waste Additionally Orange will provide young players along its footprint with 20 000 balls made from recycled rubber so they can continue to enjoy their passion for soccer long after the big event B atrice Mandine Executive Director of Communication Brand and Engagement said At Orange we support the main sporting events in the countries where we operate by putting the focus of our strategy on the fans we offer them the means to enjoy their passion Orange Sponsors Change adds another brick to this promise combining a passion for football and a commitment to the environment It is a great action that will leave a positive legacy Alioune Ndiaye Executive Director of Orange Africa and the Middle East explains Africans are very passionate about football Orange Sponsors Change helps educate young people about environmental issues through football this is a great proof of the Orange Group s commitment to society and the planet
    Orange holds first Pan-African football tournaments enabling youth to be actors of positive change, to tackle plastic waste, via their passion for football
    Africa11 months ago

    Orange holds first Pan-African football tournaments enabling youth to be actors of positive change, to tackle plastic waste, via their passion for football

    Orange Sponsors Change helps educate young people about environmental issues through football

    DOUALA, Cameroon, January 6, 2022 / APO Group / -

    The Africa Cup of Nations Total Energies Cameroon 2021 is a major event on the continent and this year's edition is eagerly awaited after being postponed in 2021 due to the Covid crisis. In the run-up to the big event and as an official sponsor, Orange (www.Orange.com) has held a series of 'Orange Sponsors Change' regional soccer tournaments across its footprint that allow 12-13 year olds to play soccer. football and collect plastic waste. in exchange for rewards and the chance to take place during the AFCON final on February 6. All winners of the regional tournament will be invited to the international final of 'Orange Sponsors Change' next spring for an unforgettable experience.

    The competition, which will run from January 9 to February 6, 2022, will take place in six stadiums in five cities across the country. Of the 24 teams classified, 11 belong to a country where Orange is present: Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Mali, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia.

    Passion with a purpose: the genesis of the "Orange Sponsorship Change"

    The Total Energies Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations provides Orange with the opportunity to reiterate its environmental commitments. Plastic waste is now one of the world's biggest problems and Orange believes they can play a role in fighting this problem.

    “Orange Sponsors Change” is a unique program that was first launched in 2018 in Liberia and Cameroon and then successfully rolled out in 2019 to Egypt and Tunisia. With fan passion for soccer and a participatory approach at its core, 'Orange Sponsors Change' gives all soccer fans and young players the opportunity to enjoy their passion for soccer while having a positive impact on their communities and the planet. Fans are encouraged to collect and recycle their plastic waste through recycling bins during tournaments and in return for their recycling efforts, Orange works with local businesses to recycle collected plastic and return it to fans and their communities in form of soccer jerseys. balls and even soccer fields built exclusively with recyclable materials.

    "Orange Sponsors Change", premiere of a pan-African program

    This year, Orange wanted to take advantage of its association with the largest African sporting event to extend and promote Orange Sponsors Change in 12 countries of the continent (Morocco, Sierra Leone, Mali, Liberia, Cameroon, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea). Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, CAR, DRC) and give it a new pan-African dimension.

    This first Pan-African edition encouraged young people aged 12-13 to participate in local qualifying tournaments while collecting plastic waste, and the first local tournaments mobilized thousands of young people and their families and achieved tons of plastic waste collection, for example:

    In Cameroon, soccer players participating in Orange Sponsors Change joined forces with Orange's Clean Up Your City initiative to collect waste in seven cities across the country. In total, 1,300 volunteers roamed the streets to collect 14 tons of plastic that will be transformed into soccer equipment and redistributed to soccer academies in Cameroon. In Côte d'Ivoire, 500 players from 50 different clubs across the country participated in the competition, collecting more than 19 tons of plastic that will be transformed into construction equipment.

    During AFCON

    The stadiums will be filled with orange taps allowing fans to support their team and share their passion. This year, all faucets will no longer be made from plastic, but from recycled biodegradable potato starch, reflecting Orange's commitment to reducing plastic waste. Additionally, Orange will provide young players along its footprint with 20,000 balls made from recycled rubber, so they can continue to enjoy their passion for soccer long after the big event.

    Béatrice Mandine, Executive Director of Communication, Brand and Engagement said: “At Orange, we support the main sporting events in the countries where we operate by putting the focus of our strategy on the fans: we offer them the means to enjoy their passion. “Orange Sponsors Change” adds another brick to this promise: combining a passion for football and a commitment to the environment. It is a great action that will leave a positive legacy ”.

    Alioune Ndiaye, Executive Director of Orange Africa and the Middle East, explains: “Africans are very passionate about football. Orange Sponsors Change helps educate young people about environmental issues through football; this is a great proof of the Orange Group's commitment to society and the planet ”.

  •   WHO encourages its Member States to take all actions necessary to keep travellers well informed of risks and preventive measures including vaccination GENEVA Switzerland December 24 2021 APO Group In 2021 nine countries in the WHO African Region Cameroon Chad Central African Republic CAR C te d Ivoire the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC Ghana Niger Nigeria and Republic of Congo reported human laboratory confirmed cases of yellow fever YF in areas that are at high risk for the disease and have a history of YF transmission and outbreaks These outbreaks are growing in case numbers necessitating an urgent response Since the beginning of 2021 and as of 20 December there have been 300 probable and 88 laboratory confirmed cases of YF Among the probable cases there have been 66 deaths reported from six countries Ghana 42 Cameroon 8 Chad 8 Nigeria 4 Congo 2 DRC 2 the overall case fatality ratio CFR among the probable cases is 22 with a very wide variation among countries e g Ghana 40 and Cameroon 21 In October and November 2021 confirmed active YF outbreaks were reported in Ghana and Chad respectively and required support from the International Coordinating Group ICG for vaccine provision from the emergency global stockpile of YF vaccine Among the affected countries some are classified as having a fragile conflict affected or vulnerable FCV setting in addition to low YF population immunity Gaps or delays in investigations of suspected YF cases due to insecurity Chad Cameroon CAR or under served nomadic communities Ghana have implications for harm to human health and risk of onward amplification and spread The situation is also concerning where cases have been confirmed in inaccessible health districts with weak YF surveillance preparedness and response systems and significant population displacements into neighbouring countries e g Cameroon Chad CAR In addition there are major urban areas such as Abidjan Cote d Ivoire that have reported YF cases and are a high concern as they pose a significant risk of amplification mediated by Aedes aegypti person mosquito person transmission without sylvatic intermediary Urban YF outbreaks can rapidly amplify with onward spread internationally as seen in Angola and DRC in 2016 The case count of confirmed and probable cases is rapidly evolving and has challenges to track due to the complexity of interpretation in the context of available epidemiological and clinical data including vaccination history of the cases The overall YF vaccination coverage in these regions is not sufficient to provide herd immunity and prevent outbreaks Estimates from WHO and UNICEF in 2020 on routine YF vaccination coverage was 44 in the African region much lower than the 80 threshold required to confer herd immunity against YF The national coverage in the countries of concern were all under 80 with the exception of Ghana 88 Congo 69 Cote D Ivoire 69 Niger 67 Cameroon 57 DRC 56 Nigeria 54 CAR 41 and Chad 35 These low YF vaccination coverages indicate the presence of an underlying susceptible population at risk of YF and a risk of continued transmission These outbreaks are occurring in a large geographic area in the West and Central regions of Africa These reports signal a resurgence and intensified transmission of the YF virus The outbreaks have included areas that have previously conducted large scale mass vaccination campaigns but with persistent and growing gaps in immunity due to lack of sustained population immunity through routine immunization and or secondary to population movements newcomers without history of vaccination For example outbreaks were identified in late 2020 in countries with a history of nationwide preventive mass vaccination campaigns PMVCs including an outbreak in Guinea notified in November 2020 history of PMVCs 2005 2010 and Senegal notified in November 2020 history of PMVCs 2007 plus reactive campaigns in 2011 2005 2002 In 2021 the recently confirmed outbreak in Ghana is marked by an impact on nomadic communities despite the country having completed the final phase of PMVC in November 2020 Outbreaks and case reports of suspected probable and or confirmed cases are also occurring in other settings in the region where nationwide phased PMVCs are ongoing and yet to be completed DRC Nigeria or yet to be initiated Chad Niger further compounding the risk of spread Another potential factor contributing to the enhanced risk is a delay in the investigation of probable cases The investigation of probable cases has faced challenges in many of the reporting countries made complicated due to stretched resources capacity and logistical challenges The health systems in the nine countries with confirmed YF in addition to the COVID 19 pandemic and COVID 19 vaccine rollout have been strained with many other competing acute public health outbreaks which has diverted attention from YF preparedness and response activities The numerous YF cases and outbreaks in a broad geographic scope with upward trend of confirmed cases and outbreaks is indication of ongoing intense YF virus transmission in an extended area in the region and represent a persistent and growing risk to all unvaccinated people living or visiting YF high risk countries Countries reporting probable but no confirmed YF case in 2021 Probable YF cases have also been reported from Benin Burkina Faso Gabon Mali Togo and Uganda The most recent with samples collected during September October were two cases in Port Gentil district Ogoou Maritime province Gabon and two cases in Haho Notse city and Ogou Atakpame city health districts Plateaux region Togo These samples are currently being shipped to the regional reference laboratories for confirmation WHO risk assessment Yellow fever YF is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes including Aedes sp and Haemogogus sp Transmission can be amplified in circumstances where the Aedes mosquitos day feeder are present in urban settings and densely populated areas causing a rapid spread of the disease While many people who become infected do not experience severe symptoms a subset will develop severe disease Following a 3 6 day incubation period cases develop an acute phase illness characterized by fever muscle pain with a prominent backache headache shivers loss of appetite nausea and or vomiting which resolves within 3 4 days Approximately 15 of cases enter a second toxic phase within 24 hours of initial remission which may include high fever jaundice with or without abdominal pain and vomiting haemorrhage and kidney failure 50 of these cases die within 10 to 14 days Vaccination is the most important means of preventing the infection The risk at regional level is assessed as high due to the active YF virus circulation in these nine high risk countries countries or areas where YF has been reported currently or in the past plus vectors and animal reservoirs currently exist increased population movement including a vulnerable nomadic population that is not covered by routine immunization and undocumented border crossings with risk of spread regionally and beyond the AFRO region potential risk of outbreaks in urban settings such as Abidjan Cote D Ivoire or Lagos Nigeria which are a real threat to regional and international spread YF clusters located in mixed urban and agriculture forest territories e g central Abidjan Cote d Ivoire highlighting the persistent risk of YF spill over into an urban area with marked cross reactivity with other circulating flaviviruses which complicates the final interpretation of laboratory results the affected countries are part of the savannah region with similar ecosystems forest and shrub land and a variety of animals including non human primates monkeys that are the primary wild hosts of the YF virus The ecosystem is also conducive for the Aedes mosquito which is the vector for YF and has been involved in the savannah transmission cycle that connects the sylvatic and urban cycles of both humans and primates suboptimal YF surveillance within the affected countries due to weak health systems and conflicts which delay investigation of probable cases of YF leading to a likely underestimation of the actual number of cases and the severity of the outbreaks decreased routine immunization coverages in countries with history of previous YF vaccination campaigns with a downward trend in coverages over the last decade 72 average in 2010 65 in 2020 YF preventive vaccination campaigns delayed in countries such as Nigeria DRC or yet to be planned Ethiopia Chad and Niger concurrent outbreaks cholera meningitis malaria circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 cVDPV2 chikungunya leishmaniasis plague Lassa fever etc and the COVID 19 pandemic that might hamper surveillance and the response The overall risk at the global level is considered low as no cases related to this current outbreak have been reported outside of the African region at this stage However there are favourable ecosystems for YF outside the African region and there might be challenges in the surveillance and immunization capacities due to potential onward transmission if not timely detected More than 2 billion individuals in Asia live in areas where the competent vectors A aegypti and A albopictus are present The expansion of global air travel and the rapid ecological and demographic changes increase the risk of YF introductions into Asia Based on the interconnectivity with endemic countries studies have suggested China India the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are at the greatest risk of YF introduction however the risk of autochthonous transmission is unknown There is a risk of outbreaks in urban settings introduced by viraemic travellers to largely unprotected urban populations such as Lagos Nigeria N Djamena Chad or Bangui CAR with continued risk of rapid amplification internationally The impact on public health will persist until the ongoing outbreaks are controlled YF vaccination coverage is high and immunity gaps in the population are closed The importation of cases to countries with suboptimal coverage and persisting population immunity gaps poses a high risk to the Region and may jeopardize the tremendous efforts invested to achieve elimination WHO advice The countries reporting YF cases and outbreaks are all high priority countries for the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemic EYE strategy These countries have introduced yellow fever vaccination into their routine immunization schedule for those aged 9 months and also requirements of proof of vaccination against YF for all incoming travellers 9 months except Chad and Nigeria who request proof of vaccination only for travellers coming from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission Vaccination is the primary means for prevention and control of yellow fever In urban centres targeted vector control measures are also helpful to interrupt transmission WHO and partners will continue to support local authorities to implement these interventions to control the current outbreaks WHO recommends vaccination against yellow fever for all international travellers 9 months of age or older going to yellow fever high risk countries The affected countries also require a yellow fever vaccination certificate for travellers aged 9 months or over Yellow fever vaccines recommended by WHO are safe highly effective and provide life long protection against infection In accordance with the IHR 2005 the validity of the international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever extends to the life of the person vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccine A booster dose of approved yellow fever vaccine cannot be required of international travellers as a condition of entry WHO has published guiding principles for immunization activities during the COVID 19 pandemic and is currently developing specific operational guidance for conducting mass vaccination campaigns in the COVID 19 context When conditions permit the EYE Strategy will support rapid resumption of preventive YF activities according to WHO guidance WHO encourages its Member States to take all actions necessary to keep travellers well informed of risks and preventive measures including vaccination Travellers should also be made aware of yellow fever symptoms and signs and instructed to seek rapidly medical advice when presenting signs Viraemic returning travellers may pose a risk for the establishment of local cycles of yellow fever transmission in areas where the competent vector is present The updated areas at risk for yellow fever transmission and the related recommendations for vaccination of international travellers were updated by WHO on 1 July 2020 the map of revised areas at risk and yellow fever vaccination recommendations is available on the WHO International Travel and Health website WHO does not recommend any restrictions on travel and trade to the region on the basis of the information available on these 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    Yellow Fever – West and Central Africa
      WHO encourages its Member States to take all actions necessary to keep travellers well informed of risks and preventive measures including vaccination GENEVA Switzerland December 24 2021 APO Group In 2021 nine countries in the WHO African Region Cameroon Chad Central African Republic CAR C te d Ivoire the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC Ghana Niger Nigeria and Republic of Congo reported human laboratory confirmed cases of yellow fever YF in areas that are at high risk for the disease and have a history of YF transmission and outbreaks These outbreaks are growing in case numbers necessitating an urgent response Since the beginning of 2021 and as of 20 December there have been 300 probable and 88 laboratory confirmed cases of YF Among the probable cases there have been 66 deaths reported from six countries Ghana 42 Cameroon 8 Chad 8 Nigeria 4 Congo 2 DRC 2 the overall case fatality ratio CFR among the probable cases is 22 with a very wide variation among countries e g Ghana 40 and Cameroon 21 In October and November 2021 confirmed active YF outbreaks were reported in Ghana and Chad respectively and required support from the International Coordinating Group ICG for vaccine provision from the emergency global stockpile of YF vaccine Among the affected countries some are classified as having a fragile conflict affected or vulnerable FCV setting in addition to low YF population immunity Gaps or delays in investigations of suspected YF cases due to insecurity Chad Cameroon CAR or under served nomadic communities Ghana have implications for harm to human health and risk of onward amplification and spread The situation is also concerning where cases have been confirmed in inaccessible health districts with weak YF surveillance preparedness and response systems and significant population displacements into neighbouring countries e g Cameroon Chad CAR In addition there are major urban areas such as Abidjan Cote d Ivoire that have reported YF cases and are a high concern as they pose a significant risk of amplification mediated by Aedes aegypti person mosquito person transmission without sylvatic intermediary Urban YF outbreaks can rapidly amplify with onward spread internationally as seen in Angola and DRC in 2016 The case count of confirmed and probable cases is rapidly evolving and has challenges to track due to the complexity of interpretation in the context of available epidemiological and clinical data including vaccination history of the cases The overall YF vaccination coverage in these regions is not sufficient to provide herd immunity and prevent outbreaks Estimates from WHO and UNICEF in 2020 on routine YF vaccination coverage was 44 in the African region much lower than the 80 threshold required to confer herd immunity against YF The national coverage in the countries of concern were all under 80 with the exception of Ghana 88 Congo 69 Cote D Ivoire 69 Niger 67 Cameroon 57 DRC 56 Nigeria 54 CAR 41 and Chad 35 These low YF vaccination coverages indicate the presence of an underlying susceptible population at risk of YF and a risk of continued transmission These outbreaks are occurring in a large geographic area in the West and Central regions of Africa These reports signal a resurgence and intensified transmission of the YF virus The outbreaks have included areas that have previously conducted large scale mass vaccination campaigns but with persistent and growing gaps in immunity due to lack of sustained population immunity through routine immunization and or secondary to population movements newcomers without history of vaccination For example outbreaks were identified in late 2020 in countries with a history of nationwide preventive mass vaccination campaigns PMVCs including an outbreak in Guinea notified in November 2020 history of PMVCs 2005 2010 and Senegal notified in November 2020 history of PMVCs 2007 plus reactive campaigns in 2011 2005 2002 In 2021 the recently confirmed outbreak in Ghana is marked by an impact on nomadic communities despite the country having completed the final phase of PMVC in November 2020 Outbreaks and case reports of suspected probable and or confirmed cases are also occurring in other settings in the region where nationwide phased PMVCs are ongoing and yet to be completed DRC Nigeria or yet to be initiated Chad Niger further compounding the risk of spread Another potential factor contributing to the enhanced risk is a delay in the investigation of probable cases The investigation of probable cases has faced challenges in many of the reporting countries made complicated due to stretched resources capacity and logistical challenges The health systems in the nine countries with confirmed YF in addition to the COVID 19 pandemic and COVID 19 vaccine rollout have been strained with many other competing acute public health outbreaks which has diverted attention from YF preparedness and response activities The numerous YF cases and outbreaks in a broad geographic scope with upward trend of confirmed cases and outbreaks is indication of ongoing intense YF virus transmission in an extended area in the region and represent a persistent and growing risk to all unvaccinated people living or visiting YF high risk countries Countries reporting probable but no confirmed YF case in 2021 Probable YF cases have also been reported from Benin Burkina Faso Gabon Mali Togo and Uganda The most recent with samples collected during September October were two cases in Port Gentil district Ogoou Maritime province Gabon and two cases in Haho Notse city and Ogou Atakpame city health districts Plateaux region Togo These samples are currently being shipped to the regional reference laboratories for confirmation WHO risk assessment Yellow fever YF is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes including Aedes sp and Haemogogus sp Transmission can be amplified in circumstances where the Aedes mosquitos day feeder are present in urban settings and densely populated areas causing a rapid spread of the disease While many people who become infected do not experience severe symptoms a subset will develop severe disease Following a 3 6 day incubation period cases develop an acute phase illness characterized by fever muscle pain with a prominent backache headache shivers loss of appetite nausea and or vomiting which resolves within 3 4 days Approximately 15 of cases enter a second toxic phase within 24 hours of initial remission which may include high fever jaundice with or without abdominal pain and vomiting haemorrhage and kidney failure 50 of these cases die within 10 to 14 days Vaccination is the most important means of preventing the infection The risk at regional level is assessed as high due to the active YF virus circulation in these nine high risk countries countries or areas where YF has been reported currently or in the past plus vectors and animal reservoirs currently exist increased population movement including a vulnerable nomadic population that is not covered by routine immunization and undocumented border crossings with risk of spread regionally and beyond the AFRO region potential risk of outbreaks in urban settings such as Abidjan Cote D Ivoire or Lagos Nigeria which are a real threat to regional and international spread YF clusters located in mixed urban and agriculture forest territories e g central Abidjan Cote d Ivoire highlighting the persistent risk of YF spill over into an urban area with marked cross reactivity with other circulating flaviviruses which complicates the final interpretation of laboratory results the affected countries are part of the savannah region with similar ecosystems forest and shrub land and a variety of animals including non human primates monkeys that are the primary wild hosts of the YF virus The ecosystem is also conducive for the Aedes mosquito which is the vector for YF and has been involved in the savannah transmission cycle that connects the sylvatic and urban cycles of both humans and primates suboptimal YF surveillance within the affected countries due to weak health systems and conflicts which delay investigation of probable cases of YF leading to a likely underestimation of the actual number of cases and the severity of the outbreaks decreased routine immunization coverages in countries with history of previous YF vaccination campaigns with a downward trend in coverages over the last decade 72 average in 2010 65 in 2020 YF preventive vaccination campaigns delayed in countries such as Nigeria DRC or yet to be planned Ethiopia Chad and Niger concurrent outbreaks cholera meningitis malaria circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 cVDPV2 chikungunya leishmaniasis plague Lassa fever etc and the COVID 19 pandemic that might hamper surveillance and the response The overall risk at the global level is considered low as no cases related to this current outbreak have been reported outside of the African region at this stage However there are favourable ecosystems for YF outside the African region and there might be challenges in the surveillance and immunization capacities due to potential onward transmission if not timely detected More than 2 billion individuals in Asia live in areas where the competent vectors A aegypti and A albopictus are present The expansion of global air travel and the rapid ecological and demographic changes increase the risk of YF introductions into Asia Based on the interconnectivity with endemic countries studies have suggested China India the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are at the greatest risk of YF introduction however the risk of autochthonous transmission is unknown There is a risk of outbreaks in urban settings introduced by viraemic travellers to largely unprotected urban populations such as Lagos Nigeria N Djamena Chad or Bangui CAR with continued risk of rapid amplification internationally The impact on public health will persist until the ongoing outbreaks are controlled YF vaccination coverage is high and immunity gaps in the population are closed The importation of cases to countries with suboptimal coverage and persisting population immunity gaps poses a high risk to the Region and may jeopardize the tremendous efforts invested to achieve elimination WHO advice The countries reporting YF cases and outbreaks are all high priority countries for the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemic EYE strategy These countries have introduced yellow fever vaccination into their routine immunization schedule for those aged 9 months and also requirements of proof of vaccination against YF for all incoming travellers 9 months except Chad and Nigeria who request proof of vaccination only for travellers coming from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission Vaccination is the primary means for prevention and control of yellow fever In urban centres targeted vector control measures are also helpful to interrupt transmission WHO and partners will continue to support local authorities to implement these interventions to control the current outbreaks WHO recommends vaccination against yellow fever for all international travellers 9 months of age or older going to yellow fever high risk countries The affected countries also require a yellow fever vaccination certificate for travellers aged 9 months or over Yellow fever vaccines recommended by WHO are safe highly effective and provide life long protection against infection In accordance with the IHR 2005 the validity of the international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever extends to the life of the person vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccine A booster dose of approved yellow fever vaccine cannot be required of international travellers as a condition of entry WHO has published guiding principles for immunization activities during the COVID 19 pandemic and is currently developing specific operational guidance for conducting mass vaccination campaigns in the COVID 19 context When conditions permit the EYE Strategy will support rapid resumption of preventive YF activities according to WHO guidance WHO encourages its Member States to take all actions necessary to keep travellers well informed of risks and preventive measures including vaccination Travellers should also be made aware of yellow fever symptoms and signs and instructed to seek rapidly medical advice when presenting signs Viraemic returning travellers may pose a risk for the establishment of local cycles of yellow fever transmission in areas where the competent vector is present The updated areas at risk for yellow fever transmission and the related recommendations for vaccination of international travellers were updated by WHO on 1 July 2020 the map of revised areas at risk and yellow fever vaccination recommendations is available on the WHO International Travel and Health website WHO does not recommend any restrictions on travel and trade to the region on the basis of the information available on these 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    Yellow Fever – West and Central Africa
    Africa12 months ago

    Yellow Fever – West and Central Africa

    WHO encourages its Member States to take all actions necessary to keep travellers well informed of risks and preventive measures including vaccination

    GENEVA, Switzerland, December 24, 2021/APO Group/ --

    In 2021, nine countries in the WHO African Region (Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic (CAR), Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, and Republic of Congo,) reported human laboratory confirmed cases of yellow fever (YF) in areas that are at high risk for the disease and have a history of YF transmission and outbreaks. These outbreaks are growing in case numbers, necessitating an urgent response.

    Since the beginning of 2021 and as of 20 December, there have been 300 probable and 88 laboratory confirmed cases of YF. Among the probable cases there have been 66 deaths reported from six countries (Ghana = 42; Cameroon = 8; Chad = 8; Nigeria = 4; Congo = 2; DRC = 2), the overall case fatality ratio (CFR) among the probable cases is 22%, with a very wide variation among countries e.g Ghana (40%) and Cameroon (21%).

    In October and November 2021, confirmed active YF outbreaks were reported in Ghana and Chad respectively and required support from the International Coordinating Group (ICG) for vaccine provision from the emergency global stockpile of YF vaccine. 

    Among the affected countries some are classified as having a fragile, conflict-affected or vulnerable (FCV) setting, in addition to low YF population immunity. Gaps or delays in investigations of suspected YF cases due to insecurity (Chad, Cameroon, CAR) or under-served (nomadic) communities (Ghana) have implications for harm to human health and risk of onward amplification and spread.

    The situation is also concerning where cases have been confirmed in inaccessible health districts with weak YF surveillance, preparedness, and response systems, and significant population displacements into neighbouring countries (e.g., Cameroon, Chad, CAR). In addition, there are major urban areas such as Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire that have reported YF cases and are a high concern as they pose a significant risk of amplification mediated by Aedes aegypti person-mosquito-person transmission (without sylvatic intermediary). Urban YF outbreaks can rapidly amplify with onward spread internationally, as seen in Angola and DRC in 2016. The case count of confirmed and probable cases is rapidly evolving and has challenges to track due to the complexity of interpretation in the context of available epidemiological and clinical data, including vaccination history of the cases.

    The overall YF vaccination coverage in these regions is not sufficient to provide herd immunity and prevent outbreaks. Estimates from WHO and UNICEF in 2020 on routine YF vaccination coverage was 44% in the African region, much lower than the 80% threshold required to confer herd immunity against YF. The national coverage in the countries of concern were all under 80% with the exception of Ghana (88%): Congo (69%), Cote D’Ivoire (69%), Niger (67%), Cameroon (57%), DRC (56%), Nigeria (54%), CAR (41%), and Chad (35%). These low YF vaccination coverages indicate the presence of an underlying susceptible population at risk of YF and a risk of continued transmission.

    These outbreaks are occurring in a large geographic area in the West and Central regions of Africa. These reports signal a resurgence and intensified transmission of the YF virus. The outbreaks have included areas that have previously conducted large-scale mass vaccination campaigns but with persistent and growing gaps in immunity due to lack of sustained population immunity through routine immunization and/or secondary to population movements (newcomers without history of vaccination). For example, outbreaks were identified in late 2020 in countries with a history of nationwide preventive mass vaccination campaigns (PMVCs) including an outbreak in Guinea notified in November 2020 (history of PMVCs 2005, 2010) and Senegal notified in November 2020, (history of PMVCs 2007 plus reactive campaigns in 2011, 2005, 2002). In 2021, the recently confirmed outbreak in Ghana is marked by an impact on nomadic communities, despite the country having completed the final phase of PMVC in November 2020. Outbreaks and case reports of suspected, probable and/or confirmed cases are also occurring in other settings in the region where nationwide phased PMVCs are ongoing and yet to be completed (DRC, Nigeria), or yet to be initiated (Chad, Niger), further compounding the risk of spread.

    Another potential factor contributing to the enhanced risk is a delay in the investigation of probable cases. The investigation of probable cases has faced challenges in many of the reporting countries made complicated due to stretched resources, capacity, and logistical challenges. The health systems in the nine countries with confirmed YF, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic and COVID-19 vaccine rollout, have been strained with many other competing acute public health outbreaks which has diverted attention from YF preparedness and response activities.

    The numerous YF cases and outbreaks in a broad geographic scope, with upward trend of confirmed cases and outbreaks, is indication of ongoing intense YF virus transmission in an extended area in the region and represent a persistent and growing risk to all unvaccinated people living or visiting YF high-risk countries.

    Countries reporting probable but no confirmed YF case in 2021

    Probable YF cases have also been reported from Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Mali, Togo, and Uganda. The most recent, with samples collected during September/October, were two cases in Port-Gentil district (Ogooué-Maritime province), Gabon and two cases in Haho (Notse city) and Ogou (Atakpame city) health districts, Plateaux region, Togo. These samples are currently being shipped to the regional reference laboratories for confirmation.

    WHO risk assessment

    Yellow fever (YF) is an acute viral disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes (including Aedes sp. and Haemogogus sp). Transmission can be amplified in circumstances where the Aedes mosquitos (day feeder) are present in urban settings and densely populated areas causing a rapid spread of the disease. While many people who become infected do not experience severe symptoms, a subset will develop severe disease. Following a 3-6-day incubation period, cases develop an “acute” phase illness characterized by fever, muscle pain with a prominent backache, headache, shivers, loss of appetite, nausea and/or vomiting, which resolves within 3-4 days. Approximately 15% of cases enter a second “toxic” phase within 24 hours of initial remission, which may include high fever, jaundice with or without abdominal pain and vomiting, haemorrhage, and kidney failure, 50% of these cases die within 10 to 14 days. Vaccination is the most important means of preventing the infection.

    The risk at regional level is assessed as high due to;

    the active YF virus circulation in these nine high-risk countries (countries or areas where “ YF has been reported currently or in the past, plus vectors and animal reservoirs currently exist”). increased population movement, including a vulnerable nomadic population that is not covered by routine immunization and undocumented border crossings with risk of spread regionally and beyond the AFRO region; potential risk of outbreaks in urban settings, such as Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire or Lagos, Nigeria which are a real threat to regional and international spread; YF clusters located in mixed, urban and agriculture / forest territories (e.g. central Abidjan, Cote d Ivoire) highlighting the persistent risk of YF spill over into an urban area with marked cross reactivity with other circulating flaviviruses which complicates the final interpretation of laboratory results; the affected countries are part of the savannah region with similar ecosystems (forest and shrub land) and a variety of animals including non-human primates (monkeys), that are the primary wild hosts of the YF virus. The ecosystem is also conducive for the Aedes mosquito, which is the vector for YF, and has been involved in the savannah transmission cycle that connects the sylvatic and urban cycles of both humans and primates; suboptimal YF surveillance within the affected countries due to weak health systems and conflicts which delay investigation of probable cases of YF, leading to a likely underestimation of the actual number of cases and the severity of the outbreaks; decreased routine immunization coverages in countries with history of previous YF vaccination campaigns; with a downward trend in coverages over the last decade (72% average in 2010- 65% in 2020); YF preventive vaccination campaigns delayed in countries such as Nigeria, DRC or yet to be planned (Ethiopia, Chad and Niger); concurrent outbreaks (cholera, meningitis, malaria, circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2), chikungunya, leishmaniasis, plague, Lassa fever etc) and the COVID-19 pandemic that might hamper surveillance and the response.

    The overall risk at the global level is considered low, as no cases related to this current outbreak have been reported outside of the African region, at this stage. However, there are favourable ecosystems for YF outside the African region and there might be challenges in the surveillance and immunization capacities due to potential onward transmission, if not timely detected.

    More than 2 billion individuals in Asia live in areas where the competent vectors A. aegypti and A. albopictus are present. The expansion of global air travel and the rapid ecological and demographic changes increase the risk of YF introductions into Asia. Based on the interconnectivity with endemic countries, studies have suggested China, India, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are at the greatest risk of YF introduction; however, the risk of autochthonous transmission is unknown. There is a risk of outbreaks in urban settings, introduced by viraemic travellers to largely unprotected urban populations such as Lagos (Nigeria), N’Djamena (Chad) or Bangui (CAR), with continued risk of rapid amplification internationally. 

    The impact on public health will persist until the ongoing outbreaks are controlled, YF vaccination coverage is high and immunity gaps in the population are closed. The importation of cases to countries with suboptimal coverage and persisting population immunity gaps poses a high risk to the Region and may jeopardize the tremendous efforts invested to achieve elimination.

    WHO advice

    The countries reporting YF cases and outbreaks are all high priority countries for the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemic (EYE) strategy. These countries have introduced yellow fever vaccination into their routine immunization schedule for those aged 9 months, and also requirements of proof of vaccination against YF for all incoming travellers ≥9 months, except Chad and Nigeria, who request proof of vaccination only for travellers coming from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Vaccination is the primary means for prevention and control of yellow fever. In urban centres, targeted vector control measures are also helpful to interrupt transmission. WHO and partners will continue to support local authorities to implement these interventions to control the current outbreaks.

    WHO recommends vaccination against yellow fever for all international travellers 9 months of age or older going to yellow fever high risk countries. The affected countries also require a yellow fever vaccination certificate for travellers aged 9 months or over.

    Yellow fever vaccines recommended by WHO are safe, highly effective and provide life-long protection against infection. In accordance with the IHR (2005), the validity of the international certificate of vaccination against yellow fever extends to the life of the person vaccinated with a WHO approved vaccine. A booster dose of approved yellow fever vaccine cannot be required of international travellers as a condition of entry.

    WHO has published guiding principles for immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic and is currently developing specific operational guidance for conducting mass vaccination campaigns in the COVID-19 context. When conditions permit, the EYE Strategy will support rapid resumption of preventive YF activities according to WHO guidance.

    WHO encourages its Member States to take all actions necessary to keep travellers well informed of risks and preventive measures including vaccination. Travellers should also be made aware of yellow fever symptoms and signs and instructed to seek rapidly medical advice when presenting signs. Viraemic returning travellers may pose a risk for the establishment of local cycles of yellow fever transmission in areas where the competent vector is present.

    The updated areas at-risk for yellow fever transmission and the related recommendations for vaccination of international travellers were updated by WHO on 1 July 2020; the map of revised areas at risk and yellow fever vaccination recommendations is available on the WHO International Travel and Health website.

    WHO does not recommend any restrictions on travel and trade to the region on the basis of the information available on these outbreaks.

  •   The authorities top priority now is to drive recovery from the security crisis and pandemic WASHINGTON DC United States of America December 22 2021 APO Group The seven month Personnel Monitored Program SMP will help authorities address the economic challenges caused by the security crisis and the Covid 19 pandemic Its successful implementation would pave the way for the resumption of discussions under a program supported by the Extended Credit Facility ECF in mid 2022 The SMP will also support the government s reform agenda which aims to strengthen public financial management and fiscal transparency enhance domestic revenue mobilization and improve governance On December 17 2021 the Administration of the International Monetary Fund IMF approved a seven month Staff Supervised Program SMP December 2021 to June 2022 for the Central African Republic 1 The deteriorating security situation in late 2020 and early 2021 further deepened the economic financial and social challenges facing the Central African Republic exacerbating the adverse effects of the Covid 19 pandemic Despite recent improvements prospects remain fragile and additional donor funding is essential to help authorities achieve their development goals Since the pandemic stroke support from the IMF and the donor community has been significant including disbursements after the completion of the first and second reviews under the Extended Credit Facility ECF supported program in January 2021 emergency financing under the Rapid Credit Facility RCF approved in April 2020 CAR s participation in debt service relief approved under the Trust for Disaster Relief and Containment and the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative The 2021 Special General Drawing Rights Allocation significantly complemented these efforts The authorities top priority now is to drive recovery from the security crisis and pandemic This requires accelerating ongoing efforts to restore peace sustainably finance high priority expenditures and implement reforms that improve public financial management and fiscal transparency domestic revenue mobilization and governance including through of the fight against corruption The SMP will provide a roadmap to do so as well as to improve the track record of policy implementation and get the structural reform agenda back on track Its successful implementation would pave the way for the resumption of discussions under an ECF supported program in mid 2022 1 SMPs are informal agreements between countries national authorities and IMF staff to monitor the authorities economic program As such they do not involve the endorsement of the IMF s Executive Board with the exception of MPCs under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries HIPC process SMP staff reports are sent to the Board for information
    IMF Management Approves a Staff-Monitored Program for the Central African Republic
      The authorities top priority now is to drive recovery from the security crisis and pandemic WASHINGTON DC United States of America December 22 2021 APO Group The seven month Personnel Monitored Program SMP will help authorities address the economic challenges caused by the security crisis and the Covid 19 pandemic Its successful implementation would pave the way for the resumption of discussions under a program supported by the Extended Credit Facility ECF in mid 2022 The SMP will also support the government s reform agenda which aims to strengthen public financial management and fiscal transparency enhance domestic revenue mobilization and improve governance On December 17 2021 the Administration of the International Monetary Fund IMF approved a seven month Staff Supervised Program SMP December 2021 to June 2022 for the Central African Republic 1 The deteriorating security situation in late 2020 and early 2021 further deepened the economic financial and social challenges facing the Central African Republic exacerbating the adverse effects of the Covid 19 pandemic Despite recent improvements prospects remain fragile and additional donor funding is essential to help authorities achieve their development goals Since the pandemic stroke support from the IMF and the donor community has been significant including disbursements after the completion of the first and second reviews under the Extended Credit Facility ECF supported program in January 2021 emergency financing under the Rapid Credit Facility RCF approved in April 2020 CAR s participation in debt service relief approved under the Trust for Disaster Relief and Containment and the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative The 2021 Special General Drawing Rights Allocation significantly complemented these efforts The authorities top priority now is to drive recovery from the security crisis and pandemic This requires accelerating ongoing efforts to restore peace sustainably finance high priority expenditures and implement reforms that improve public financial management and fiscal transparency domestic revenue mobilization and governance including through of the fight against corruption The SMP will provide a roadmap to do so as well as to improve the track record of policy implementation and get the structural reform agenda back on track Its successful implementation would pave the way for the resumption of discussions under an ECF supported program in mid 2022 1 SMPs are informal agreements between countries national authorities and IMF staff to monitor the authorities economic program As such they do not involve the endorsement of the IMF s Executive Board with the exception of MPCs under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries HIPC process SMP staff reports are sent to the Board for information
    IMF Management Approves a Staff-Monitored Program for the Central African Republic
    Africa12 months ago

    IMF Management Approves a Staff-Monitored Program for the Central African Republic

    The authorities' top priority now is to drive recovery from the security crisis and pandemic

    WASHINGTON DC, United States of America, December 22, 2021 / APO Group / -

    The seven-month Personnel Monitored Program (SMP) will help authorities address the economic challenges caused by the security crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. Its successful implementation would pave the way for the resumption of discussions under a program supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) in mid-2022; The SMP will also support the government's reform agenda, which aims to strengthen public financial management and fiscal transparency, enhance domestic revenue mobilization, and improve governance.

    On December 17, 2021, the Administration of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a seven-month Staff Supervised Program (SMP) (December 2021 to June 2022) for the Central African Republic. [1]

    The deteriorating security situation in late 2020 and early 2021 further deepened the economic, financial and social challenges facing the Central African Republic, exacerbating the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite recent improvements, prospects remain fragile and additional donor funding is essential to help authorities achieve their development goals.

    Since the pandemic stroke, support from the IMF and the donor community has been significant, including disbursements after the completion of the first and second reviews under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) supported program in January. 2021, emergency financing under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) approved in April 2020, CAR's participation in debt service relief approved under the Trust for Disaster Relief and Containment and the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative. The 2021 Special General Drawing Rights Allocation significantly complemented these efforts.

    The authorities' top priority now is to drive recovery from the security crisis and pandemic. This requires accelerating ongoing efforts to restore peace, sustainably finance high-priority expenditures, and implement reforms that improve public financial management and fiscal transparency, domestic revenue mobilization, and governance, including through of the fight against corruption.

    The SMP will provide a roadmap to do so, as well as to improve the track record of policy implementation and get the structural reform agenda back on track. Its successful implementation would pave the way for the resumption of discussions under an ECF-supported program in mid-2022.

    [1] SMPs are informal agreements between countries 'national authorities and IMF staff to monitor the authorities' economic program. As such, they do not involve the endorsement of the IMF's Executive Board (with the exception of MPCs under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) process). SMP staff reports are sent to the Board for information.

  •   The parties cannot directly appeal the decision on the confirmation of the charges but authorization to appeal can be requested from the Chamber THE HAGUE The Netherlands December 9 2021 APO Group Today December 9 2021 Pre Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court ICC or Court ICC cpi int composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala President Judge Antoine Kesia Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane partially confirmed the charges brought by the Prosecutor s Office against Mr Mahamat Said Abdel Kani Mr Said a national of the Central African Republic CAR born on February 25 1970 in Bria CAR and confined him to a Trial Chamber to be tried on the confirmed charges The Chamber determined that there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that Mr Said was a high ranking member of the Seleka coalition and is criminally liable under Articles 25 3 a direct co authorship and 25 3 b ordering or inducing of the Rome Statute for crimes against humanity imprisonment or other serious deprivation of physical liberty torture other inhuman acts and persecution and war crimes torture cruel treatment and attacks against personal dignity committed at the Office Central de R pression du Banditisme Central Office for the Repression of Banditism the OCRB in Bangui CAR between April 12 2013 and August 30 2013 against detained persons considered to be sympathizers of former President Boziz The Chamber rejected the rest of the charges brought against Mr Said in relation to crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in the Committee Extraordinaire pour la D fense des Acquis D mocratiques Extraordinary Committee for the Defense of Democratic Achievements the CEDAD in Bangui CAR between mid September 2013 and November 8 2013 The decision on the confirmation of charges cannot be appealed directly by the parties but authorization to appeal can be requested to the Chamber which has decided that the deadline for submitting a request for authorization to appeal this decision will be suspended until its translation al French is notified by the ICC Registry Decision on the confirmation of the charges against Mahamat Said Abdel Kani https bit ly 3lS7Dtg Bottom Said was surrendered https bit ly 33h66qb to the ICC on January 24 2021 following an ICC arrest warrant issued under seal on January 7 2019 His initial appearance https bit ly 3yay02o before the Court took place on January 28 and 29 2021 and the confirmation of charges hearing https bit ly 3GzZyBr took place from October 12 to 14 2021 For more information on this case see here https bit ly 3lNU8dO
    Said Case: Pre-Trial Chamber II partially confirms the charges and commits the suspect to trial
      The parties cannot directly appeal the decision on the confirmation of the charges but authorization to appeal can be requested from the Chamber THE HAGUE The Netherlands December 9 2021 APO Group Today December 9 2021 Pre Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court ICC or Court ICC cpi int composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala President Judge Antoine Kesia Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane partially confirmed the charges brought by the Prosecutor s Office against Mr Mahamat Said Abdel Kani Mr Said a national of the Central African Republic CAR born on February 25 1970 in Bria CAR and confined him to a Trial Chamber to be tried on the confirmed charges The Chamber determined that there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that Mr Said was a high ranking member of the Seleka coalition and is criminally liable under Articles 25 3 a direct co authorship and 25 3 b ordering or inducing of the Rome Statute for crimes against humanity imprisonment or other serious deprivation of physical liberty torture other inhuman acts and persecution and war crimes torture cruel treatment and attacks against personal dignity committed at the Office Central de R pression du Banditisme Central Office for the Repression of Banditism the OCRB in Bangui CAR between April 12 2013 and August 30 2013 against detained persons considered to be sympathizers of former President Boziz The Chamber rejected the rest of the charges brought against Mr Said in relation to crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in the Committee Extraordinaire pour la D fense des Acquis D mocratiques Extraordinary Committee for the Defense of Democratic Achievements the CEDAD in Bangui CAR between mid September 2013 and November 8 2013 The decision on the confirmation of charges cannot be appealed directly by the parties but authorization to appeal can be requested to the Chamber which has decided that the deadline for submitting a request for authorization to appeal this decision will be suspended until its translation al French is notified by the ICC Registry Decision on the confirmation of the charges against Mahamat Said Abdel Kani https bit ly 3lS7Dtg Bottom Said was surrendered https bit ly 33h66qb to the ICC on January 24 2021 following an ICC arrest warrant issued under seal on January 7 2019 His initial appearance https bit ly 3yay02o before the Court took place on January 28 and 29 2021 and the confirmation of charges hearing https bit ly 3GzZyBr took place from October 12 to 14 2021 For more information on this case see here https bit ly 3lNU8dO
    Said Case: Pre-Trial Chamber II partially confirms the charges and commits the suspect to trial
    Africa12 months ago

    Said Case: Pre-Trial Chamber II partially confirms the charges and commits the suspect to trial

    The parties cannot directly appeal the decision on the confirmation of the charges, but authorization to appeal can be requested from the Chamber.

    THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, December 9, 2021 / APO Group / -

    Today, December 9, 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) (ICC-cpi.int), composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala, President, Judge Antoine Kesia- Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane, partially confirmed the charges brought by the Prosecutor's Office against Mr. Mahamat Said Abdel Kani ("Mr. Said"), a national of the Central African Republic ("CAR") born on February 25, 1970 in Bria (CAR), and confined him to a Trial Chamber to be tried on the confirmed charges.

    The Chamber determined that there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that Mr. Said was a high-ranking member of the Seleka coalition and is criminally liable, under Articles 25 (3) (a) (direct co-authorship) and 25 (3) b) (ordering or inducing) of the Rome Statute, for crimes against humanity (imprisonment or other serious deprivation of physical liberty, torture, other inhuman acts and persecution) and war crimes (torture, cruel treatment and attacks against personal dignity) committed at the Office Central de Répression du Banditisme (Central Office for the Repression of Banditism, the “OCRB”) in Bangui (CAR) between April 12, 2013 and August 30, 2013 against detained persons considered to be sympathizers of former President Bozizé.

    The Chamber rejected the rest of the charges brought against Mr. Said in relation to crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in the Committee Extraordinaire pour la Défense des Acquis Démocratiques (Extraordinary Committee for the Defense of Democratic Achievements, the " CEDAD ") in Bangui (CAR) between mid-September 2013 and November 8, 2013.

    The decision on the confirmation of charges cannot be appealed directly by the parties, but authorization to appeal can be requested to the Chamber, which has decided that the deadline for submitting a request for authorization to appeal this decision will be suspended until its translation al French is notified by the ICC Registry.

    Decision on the confirmation of the charges against Mahamat Said Abdel Kani (https://bit.ly/3lS7Dtg)

    Bottom:

    Said was surrendered (https://bit.ly/33h66qb) to the ICC on January 24, 2021, following an ICC arrest warrant issued under seal on January 7, 2019. His initial appearance (https: //bit.ly / 3yay02o) before the Court took place on January 28 and 29, 2021 and the confirmation of charges hearing (https://bit.ly/3GzZyBr) took place from October 12 to 14, 2021 .

    For more information on this case, see here (https://bit.ly/3lNU8dO).

  •   With this program I will acquire the required expertise in this area which will allow me to better manage diabetic patients NAIROBI Kenya November 13 2021 APO Group The Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany celebrates World Diabetes Day 2021 with African First Ladies Ministries of Health Medical Societies and Universities in the as part of their long term program to build healthcare capacity and improve access for diabetes hypertension and endocrinology by providing specialized training to African Asian and Latin American physicians Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation and one of the 100 Most Influential African Women 2019 2020 and 2021 explained We at Merck Foundation are incredibly celebrating World Diabetes Day 2021 by offering scholarships under the Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Dot Program To date more than 600 physicians from 42 countries in Africa Asia and Latin America have completed or enrolled in one year diploma and two year masters programs in Diabetes Endocrinology and Medicine cardiovascular disease as well as a three month Master Course in Clinical Diabetes Management program in English French Portuguese and Spanish These programs are in partnership with African First Ladies ministries of health and medical societies In addition I am proud to report that we have so far provided specialized training to over 1 200 physicians in very critical and underserved specialties not only in diabetes but also in oncology cardiovascular reproductive care respiratory intensive care urology gastroenterology orthopedics pediatric emergency and neonatal care psychiatry pain management surgery and more It is the pinnacle of my professional and personal life The Merck Foundation is constantly working to build healthcare capacity in various countries for those who suffer from diabetes and its associated conditions The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021 is Access to Diabetes Care which is very close to the Merck Foundation s goal as we understand the urgent need to increase access to diagnosis and treatment diabetes to prevent complications and improve quality of life of people living with diabetes especially in these unprecedented times of the COVID 19 pandemic Every day the Merck Foundation strives to transform the capacity for patient care in Africa and other developing countries The Merck Foundation provides a one year Postgraduate Diploma and a two year Masters Degree in Diabetes Endocrinology and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicines from the UK University The Merck Foundation is also recruiting physicians for a Masters Course in Clinical Diabetes Management in 4 languages English French Portuguese and Spanish approved by Diabetes UK to improve access to quality and equitable diabetes care for African countries and Latin American countries So far the Merck Foundation has already registered more than 600 candidates for these courses from 42 African and Asian countries including Bangladesh Botswana Burundi CAR Cambodia Cameroon Chad Congo Brazzaville DR Congo Egypt Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Conakry Indonesia Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Niger Nigeria Peru Philippines Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Sri Lanka Sudan Tanzania United Arab Emirates Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe Trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinics in their health centers or hospitals with the aim of preventing and managing the disease in their respective communities This will greatly help people with diabetes with ongoing care and support to manage their condition and avoid complications It is important not to overlook the fact that they also belong to the high risk group for coronavirus On this World Diabetes Day 2021 let s take it as a challenge and raise awareness about diabetes and adapt the right lifestyle to prevent such situations added Senator Dr Rasha Kelej PG Diabetes Diploma candidate Dr Beata Iyaloo Haulofu from Namibia says The Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Points Training program is very important to me With this program I will obtain the required expertise in this field which will allow me to better manage diabetic patients thereby reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with this health threat contributing to the global problem of diabetes Dr Niyonsenga Simon Pierre from Rwanda MSc candidate in diabetes says I am grateful to the Merck Foundation for this opportunity This beneficial course will advance my clinical knowledge and help me provide my expertise to the people of my country advocating for increased prevention control and treatment Watch the video testimony of the first diabetologist in Kenya from Merck Foundation alumni Dr Sam Mucheru https bit ly 30h4dbg The Merck Foundation continues to build healthcare capacity in countries in Africa Asia and Latin America with the aim of providing access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions Over 1 200 physicians from 44 countries have already benefited from Merck Foundation scholarships in various critical and underserved areas such as oncology diabetes preventive cardiovascular medicine endocrinology sexual and reproductive medicine acute medicine respiratory medicine embryology and fertility rheumatology Gastroenterology dermatology psychiatry emergency and resuscitation medicine intensive care pediatric emergency medicine neonatal medicine advanced surgical practice management of pain urology general surgery clinical microbiology and infectious diseases ophthalmology internal medicine traumatology and orthopedics neuroimaging for research Biotechnology in ART and more
    Merck Foundation Celebrates ‘World Diabetes Day 2021’ with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health Advancing Diabetes and Hypertension Care in Africa and Developing Countries
      With this program I will acquire the required expertise in this area which will allow me to better manage diabetic patients NAIROBI Kenya November 13 2021 APO Group The Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany celebrates World Diabetes Day 2021 with African First Ladies Ministries of Health Medical Societies and Universities in the as part of their long term program to build healthcare capacity and improve access for diabetes hypertension and endocrinology by providing specialized training to African Asian and Latin American physicians Senator Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation and one of the 100 Most Influential African Women 2019 2020 and 2021 explained We at Merck Foundation are incredibly celebrating World Diabetes Day 2021 by offering scholarships under the Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Dot Program To date more than 600 physicians from 42 countries in Africa Asia and Latin America have completed or enrolled in one year diploma and two year masters programs in Diabetes Endocrinology and Medicine cardiovascular disease as well as a three month Master Course in Clinical Diabetes Management program in English French Portuguese and Spanish These programs are in partnership with African First Ladies ministries of health and medical societies In addition I am proud to report that we have so far provided specialized training to over 1 200 physicians in very critical and underserved specialties not only in diabetes but also in oncology cardiovascular reproductive care respiratory intensive care urology gastroenterology orthopedics pediatric emergency and neonatal care psychiatry pain management surgery and more It is the pinnacle of my professional and personal life The Merck Foundation is constantly working to build healthcare capacity in various countries for those who suffer from diabetes and its associated conditions The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021 is Access to Diabetes Care which is very close to the Merck Foundation s goal as we understand the urgent need to increase access to diagnosis and treatment diabetes to prevent complications and improve quality of life of people living with diabetes especially in these unprecedented times of the COVID 19 pandemic Every day the Merck Foundation strives to transform the capacity for patient care in Africa and other developing countries The Merck Foundation provides a one year Postgraduate Diploma and a two year Masters Degree in Diabetes Endocrinology and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicines from the UK University The Merck Foundation is also recruiting physicians for a Masters Course in Clinical Diabetes Management in 4 languages English French Portuguese and Spanish approved by Diabetes UK to improve access to quality and equitable diabetes care for African countries and Latin American countries So far the Merck Foundation has already registered more than 600 candidates for these courses from 42 African and Asian countries including Bangladesh Botswana Burundi CAR Cambodia Cameroon Chad Congo Brazzaville DR Congo Egypt Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Conakry Indonesia Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Malaysia Mauritius Mexico Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Niger Nigeria Peru Philippines Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Sri Lanka Sudan Tanzania United Arab Emirates Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe Trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinics in their health centers or hospitals with the aim of preventing and managing the disease in their respective communities This will greatly help people with diabetes with ongoing care and support to manage their condition and avoid complications It is important not to overlook the fact that they also belong to the high risk group for coronavirus On this World Diabetes Day 2021 let s take it as a challenge and raise awareness about diabetes and adapt the right lifestyle to prevent such situations added Senator Dr Rasha Kelej PG Diabetes Diploma candidate Dr Beata Iyaloo Haulofu from Namibia says The Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Points Training program is very important to me With this program I will obtain the required expertise in this field which will allow me to better manage diabetic patients thereby reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with this health threat contributing to the global problem of diabetes Dr Niyonsenga Simon Pierre from Rwanda MSc candidate in diabetes says I am grateful to the Merck Foundation for this opportunity This beneficial course will advance my clinical knowledge and help me provide my expertise to the people of my country advocating for increased prevention control and treatment Watch the video testimony of the first diabetologist in Kenya from Merck Foundation alumni Dr Sam Mucheru https bit ly 30h4dbg The Merck Foundation continues to build healthcare capacity in countries in Africa Asia and Latin America with the aim of providing access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions Over 1 200 physicians from 44 countries have already benefited from Merck Foundation scholarships in various critical and underserved areas such as oncology diabetes preventive cardiovascular medicine endocrinology sexual and reproductive medicine acute medicine respiratory medicine embryology and fertility rheumatology Gastroenterology dermatology psychiatry emergency and resuscitation medicine intensive care pediatric emergency medicine neonatal medicine advanced surgical practice management of pain urology general surgery clinical microbiology and infectious diseases ophthalmology internal medicine traumatology and orthopedics neuroimaging for research Biotechnology in ART and more
    Merck Foundation Celebrates ‘World Diabetes Day 2021’ with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health Advancing Diabetes and Hypertension Care in Africa and Developing Countries
    Africa1 year ago

    Merck Foundation Celebrates ‘World Diabetes Day 2021’ with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health Advancing Diabetes and Hypertension Care in Africa and Developing Countries

    With this program, I will acquire the required expertise in this area, which will allow me to better manage diabetic patients.

    NAIROBI, Kenya, November 13, 2021 / APO Group / -

    The Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, celebrates “World Diabetes Day 2021” with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Medical Societies and Universities in the as part of their long-term program to build healthcare capacity and improve access for diabetes, hypertension and endocrinology by providing specialized training to African, Asian and Latin American physicians.

    Senator Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and one of the 100 Most Influential African Women (2019, 2020 and 2021) explained, “We at Merck Foundation are incredibly celebrating World Diabetes Day 2021 by offering scholarships under the Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Dot Program '. To date, more than 600 physicians from 42 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America have completed or enrolled in one-year diploma and two-year masters programs in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Medicine. cardiovascular disease, as well as a three-month 'Master Course in Clinical Diabetes Management' program in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. These programs are in partnership with African First Ladies, ministries of health and medical societies. In addition, I am proud to report that we have so far provided specialized training to over 1,200 physicians in very critical and underserved specialties, not only in diabetes but also in oncology, cardiovascular, reproductive care, respiratory, intensive care, urology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, pediatric emergency and neonatal care, psychiatry, pain management, surgery and more. It is the pinnacle of my professional and personal life. "

    “The Merck Foundation is constantly working to build healthcare capacity in various countries for those who suffer from diabetes and its associated conditions. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2021 is “Access to Diabetes Care”, which is very close to the Merck Foundation's goal as we understand the urgent need to increase access to diagnosis and treatment. diabetes, to prevent complications and improve quality of life. of people living with diabetes, especially in these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day, the Merck Foundation strives to transform the capacity for patient care in Africa and other developing countries.

    The Merck Foundation provides a one-year Postgraduate Diploma and a two-year Masters Degree in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicines from the UK University. The Merck Foundation is also recruiting physicians for a 'Masters Course in Clinical Diabetes Management' in 4 languages ​​- English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, approved by Diabetes UK to improve access to quality and equitable diabetes care for African countries and Latin American countries.

    So far, the Merck Foundation has already registered more than 600 candidates for these courses from 42 African and Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, CAR, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Congo Brazzaville , DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    “Trained doctors will be able to establish diabetes clinics in their health centers or hospitals with the aim of preventing and managing the disease in their respective communities. This will greatly help people with diabetes with ongoing care and support to manage their condition and avoid complications. It is important not to overlook the fact that they also belong to the high risk group for coronavirus. On this World Diabetes Day 2021, let's take it as a challenge and raise awareness about diabetes and adapt the right lifestyle to prevent such situations, ”added Senator Dr Rasha Kelej.

    PG Diabetes Diploma candidate Dr Beata Iyaloo Haulofu from Namibia says: “The Merck Foundation Diabetes Blue Points Training program” is very important to me. With this program, I will obtain the required expertise in this field, which will allow me to better manage diabetic patients, thereby reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with this health threat, contributing to the global problem of diabetes.

    Dr Niyonsenga Simon Pierre from Rwanda, MSc candidate in diabetes, says: “I am grateful to the Merck Foundation for this opportunity. This beneficial course will advance my clinical knowledge and help me provide my expertise to the people of my country, advocating for increased prevention, control and treatment ”.

    Watch the video testimony of the first diabetologist in Kenya from Merck Foundation alumni, Dr Sam Mucheru: https://bit.ly/30h4dbg

    The Merck Foundation continues to build healthcare capacity in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America with the aim of providing access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions. Over 1,200 physicians from 44 countries have already benefited from Merck Foundation scholarships in various critical and underserved areas such as oncology, diabetes, preventive cardiovascular medicine, endocrinology, sexual and reproductive medicine, acute medicine , respiratory medicine, embryology and fertility, rheumatology, Gastroenterology, dermatology, psychiatry, emergency and resuscitation medicine, intensive care, pediatric emergency medicine, neonatal medicine, advanced surgical practice, management of pain, urology, general surgery, clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, ophthalmology, internal medicine, traumatology and orthopedics, neuroimaging for research Biotechnology in ART and more.

  •  Central African Republic CAR rebel leader Francois Bozize is in Chad sources say a development that coincides with a string of losses to government forces and regional efforts to build a dialogue on the country s crisis A major figure in CAR s decades long troubles Bozize 75 fled abroad after he was overthrown in 2013 and the nation plunged into civil war He returned in 2019 to mount a campaign against his successor Faustin Archange Touadera stoking fears the nation would spiral once more into full blown conflict Chadian government and other sources said on Sunday that Bozize had gone to N Djamena but they diverged as to why Some insisted this was part of a regional plan to build a dialogue with Touadera but others said he had been placed on the back foot after suffering losses against Touadera and his allies Chadian official spokesman Abdramane Koulamallah said Bozize was in N Djamena with other rebel chiefs in the framework of a process undertaken in agreement with the CAR government In September central African leaders agreed in Luanda on a roadmap for dialogue between Touadera and Bozize s Coalition of Patriots for Change CPC Jamil Baba Nani whose FPRC group is part of the CPC said Bozize had gone to N Djamena with fellow leaders to follow up on the mediation progress achieved in Luanda But a CPC leader told AFP that he was being housed in a villa with Bozize and several other chiefs and they were here as refugees In Luanda we were asked to withdraw from our bases in CAR and hole up somewhere pending the political dialogue the source said An African diplomat said The rebel chiefs have to go into exile to avoid being prosecuted at home that s why they ve asked Chad to take them in However the CAR government has already made their decision they don t want to dialogue with the rebels In the CAR capital Bangui Touadera s spokesman Albert Yaloke Mokpeme told AFP that the government was not aware of Bozize s presence in N Djamena In addition he said the government is not involved in this process A former five star general Bozize seized power in 2003 before being ousted a decade later by the Seleka a rebel coalition drawn largely from the Muslim minority The 2013 coup triggered a bloodbath between the Seleka and so called anti Balaka self defence forces mainly Christian and animist After his return in 2019 Bozize put together a coalition of rebel groups that in the runup to presidential elections last December advanced on Bangui Their forces were thwarted after Russia dispatched hundreds of paramilitaries to support Touadera while Rwanda sent elite troops Pro government forces have notched up a string of territorial gains in recent months Source Credit TheGuardian
    Central Africa rebel chief Bozize in Chad after govt gains
     Central African Republic CAR rebel leader Francois Bozize is in Chad sources say a development that coincides with a string of losses to government forces and regional efforts to build a dialogue on the country s crisis A major figure in CAR s decades long troubles Bozize 75 fled abroad after he was overthrown in 2013 and the nation plunged into civil war He returned in 2019 to mount a campaign against his successor Faustin Archange Touadera stoking fears the nation would spiral once more into full blown conflict Chadian government and other sources said on Sunday that Bozize had gone to N Djamena but they diverged as to why Some insisted this was part of a regional plan to build a dialogue with Touadera but others said he had been placed on the back foot after suffering losses against Touadera and his allies Chadian official spokesman Abdramane Koulamallah said Bozize was in N Djamena with other rebel chiefs in the framework of a process undertaken in agreement with the CAR government In September central African leaders agreed in Luanda on a roadmap for dialogue between Touadera and Bozize s Coalition of Patriots for Change CPC Jamil Baba Nani whose FPRC group is part of the CPC said Bozize had gone to N Djamena with fellow leaders to follow up on the mediation progress achieved in Luanda But a CPC leader told AFP that he was being housed in a villa with Bozize and several other chiefs and they were here as refugees In Luanda we were asked to withdraw from our bases in CAR and hole up somewhere pending the political dialogue the source said An African diplomat said The rebel chiefs have to go into exile to avoid being prosecuted at home that s why they ve asked Chad to take them in However the CAR government has already made their decision they don t want to dialogue with the rebels In the CAR capital Bangui Touadera s spokesman Albert Yaloke Mokpeme told AFP that the government was not aware of Bozize s presence in N Djamena In addition he said the government is not involved in this process A former five star general Bozize seized power in 2003 before being ousted a decade later by the Seleka a rebel coalition drawn largely from the Muslim minority The 2013 coup triggered a bloodbath between the Seleka and so called anti Balaka self defence forces mainly Christian and animist After his return in 2019 Bozize put together a coalition of rebel groups that in the runup to presidential elections last December advanced on Bangui Their forces were thwarted after Russia dispatched hundreds of paramilitaries to support Touadera while Rwanda sent elite troops Pro government forces have notched up a string of territorial gains in recent months Source Credit TheGuardian
    Central Africa rebel chief Bozize in Chad after govt gains
    Foreign1 year ago

    Central Africa rebel chief Bozize in Chad after govt gains

    Central African Republic (CAR) rebel leader Francois Bozize is in Chad, sources say, a development that coincides with a string of losses to government forces and regional efforts to build a dialogue on the country’s crisis.

    A major figure in CAR’s decades-long troubles, Bozize, 75, fled abroad after he was overthrown in 2013, and the nation plunged into civil war.

    He returned in 2019 to mount a campaign against his successor Faustin Archange Touadera, stoking fears the nation would spiral once more into full-blown conflict.

    Chadian government and other sources said on Sunday that Bozize had gone to N’Djamena, but they diverged as to why.

    Some insisted this was part of a regional plan to build a dialogue with Touadera, but others said he had been placed on the back foot after suffering losses against Touadera and his allies.

    Chadian official spokesman Abdramane Koulamallah said Bozize was in N’Djamena “with other rebel chiefs… in the framework of a process undertaken in agreement with the CAR government.”

    In September, central African leaders agreed in Luanda on a roadmap for dialogue between Touadera and Bozize’s Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

    Jamil Baba Nani, whose FPRC group is part of the CPC, said Bozize had gone to N’Djamena with fellow leaders “to follow up on the mediation progress achieved in Luanda.”

    But a CPC leader told AFP that he was being housed in a villa with Bozize and several other chiefs, and they were “here as refugees.”

    “In Luanda, we were asked to withdraw from our bases (in CAR) and hole up somewhere pending the political dialogue,” the source said.

    An African diplomat said, “The rebel chiefs have to go into exile to avoid being prosecuted at home, that’s why they’ve asked Chad to take them in.”

    “However, the CAR government has already made their decision — they don’t want to dialogue with the rebels.”

    In the CAR capital Bangui, Touadera’s spokesman Albert Yaloke Mokpeme told AFP that the government “was not aware” of Bozize’s presence in N’Djamena.

    In addition, he said, the government “is not involved in this process.”

    A former five-star general, Bozize seized power in 2003 before being ousted a decade later by the Seleka, a rebel coalition drawn largely from the Muslim minority.

    The 2013 coup triggered a bloodbath between the Seleka and so-called “anti-Balaka” self-defence forces, mainly Christian and animist.

    After his return in 2019, Bozize put together a coalition of rebel groups that in the runup to presidential elections last December advanced on Bangui.

    Their forces were thwarted after Russia dispatched hundreds of paramilitaries to support Touadera, while Rwanda sent elite troops.

    Pro-government forces have notched up a string of territorial gains in recent months.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •  The main Central African Republic opposition parties have rejected national dialogue plans announced by President Faustin Archange Touadera as he attempts to end eight years of conflict The Coalition of the Democratic Opposition COD 2020 in a statement accused Touadera of wanting to lift the immunity of opposition MPs thus trampling on the requirement of the creation of a peaceful climate for dialogue The regime doesn t want peace or the return of security or reconciliation and especially not a dialogue to bring together the sons and daughters of the country said the statement by the COD 2020 which encompasses 12 opposition parties Therefore the COD 2020 has decided to withdraw its representatives from the Republican Dialogue Organising Committee the statement continued One of the world s poorest nations the CAR has repeatedly been wracked by conflict since obtaining independence from France in 1960 Civil war broke out in 2013 after a coup toppled president Francois Bozize who had seized power a decade earlier While that conflict has dropped in intensity in the past three years unrest remains rife Since 2007 there have been 13 peace accords and a welter of ceasefires but none has held in the long term In mid October Touadera issued a unilateral ceasefire declaration vowing to pursue dialogue and said all but two of the main armed rebel groups had agreed to put down their weapons But the president has given no start date for this republican dialogue even before Sunday s announcement The three MPs at the centre of the row over parliamentary immunity are Anicet Georges Dologuele who came second in the December 2020 presidential election Martin Ziguele who came third and Aurelien Simplice Zingas They have already been notified of a ban on them leaving the country A member of the president s office said the lifting of immunity for these three was being sought as part of investigations into Bozize the head of state from 2003 to 2013 Touadera s government accuses Bozize of being behind a failed attempt to overthrow the president in December Source Credit TheGuardian
    Central African opposition parties reject national dialogue plans
     The main Central African Republic opposition parties have rejected national dialogue plans announced by President Faustin Archange Touadera as he attempts to end eight years of conflict The Coalition of the Democratic Opposition COD 2020 in a statement accused Touadera of wanting to lift the immunity of opposition MPs thus trampling on the requirement of the creation of a peaceful climate for dialogue The regime doesn t want peace or the return of security or reconciliation and especially not a dialogue to bring together the sons and daughters of the country said the statement by the COD 2020 which encompasses 12 opposition parties Therefore the COD 2020 has decided to withdraw its representatives from the Republican Dialogue Organising Committee the statement continued One of the world s poorest nations the CAR has repeatedly been wracked by conflict since obtaining independence from France in 1960 Civil war broke out in 2013 after a coup toppled president Francois Bozize who had seized power a decade earlier While that conflict has dropped in intensity in the past three years unrest remains rife Since 2007 there have been 13 peace accords and a welter of ceasefires but none has held in the long term In mid October Touadera issued a unilateral ceasefire declaration vowing to pursue dialogue and said all but two of the main armed rebel groups had agreed to put down their weapons But the president has given no start date for this republican dialogue even before Sunday s announcement The three MPs at the centre of the row over parliamentary immunity are Anicet Georges Dologuele who came second in the December 2020 presidential election Martin Ziguele who came third and Aurelien Simplice Zingas They have already been notified of a ban on them leaving the country A member of the president s office said the lifting of immunity for these three was being sought as part of investigations into Bozize the head of state from 2003 to 2013 Touadera s government accuses Bozize of being behind a failed attempt to overthrow the president in December Source Credit TheGuardian
    Central African opposition parties reject national dialogue plans
    Foreign1 year ago

    Central African opposition parties reject national dialogue plans

    The main Central African Republic opposition parties have rejected national dialogue plans announced by President Faustin Archange Touadera as he attempts to end eight years of conflict.

    The Coalition of the Democratic Opposition (COD-2020) in a statement accused Touadera of wanting to lift the immunity of opposition MPs, “thus trampling on the requirement of… the creation of a peaceful climate for dialogue”.

    “The regime doesn’t want peace, or the return of security, or reconciliation and especially not a dialogue to bring together the sons and daughters of the country,” said the statement by the COD-2020, which encompasses 12 opposition parties.

    “Therefore the COD-2020 has decided… to withdraw its representatives from the Republican Dialogue Organising Committee,” the statement continued.


    One of the world’s poorest nations, the CAR has repeatedly been wracked by conflict since obtaining independence from France in 1960.

    Civil war broke out in 2013 after a coup toppled president Francois Bozize, who had seized power a decade earlier.

    While that conflict has dropped in intensity in the past three years, unrest remains rife.

    Since 2007, there have been 13 peace accords and a welter of ceasefires but none has held in the long term.

    In mid-October, Touadera issued a unilateral ceasefire declaration, vowing to pursue dialogue, and said all but two of the main armed rebel groups had agreed to put down their weapons.

    But the president has given no start date for this “republican dialogue” even before Sunday’s announcement.

    The three MPs at the centre of the row over parliamentary immunity are Anicet Georges Dologuele, who came second in the December 2020 presidential election, Martin Ziguele, who came third, and Aurelien Simplice Zingas. They have already been notified of a ban on them leaving the country.

    A member of the president’s office said the lifting of immunity for these three was being sought as part of investigations into Bozize, the head of state from 2003 to 2013.

    Touadera’s government accuses Bozize of being behind a failed attempt to overthrow the president in December.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

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