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  •   In the Greater Horn of Africa famine is looming on the doorstep of many homes More than 80 million people in this region which includes Djibouti Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan Sudan and Uganda lack access to food that meets their basic needs along with clean water More than 37 million of these people have reached a crossroads in their lives where they have had to sell their possessions to feed themselves and their families In this desperate situation the risk of morbidity and mortality due to outbreak prone diseases goes hand in hand with forced displacement This is set in a context of limited access to primary and essential health care interventions throughout the region Every day the most vulnerable populations including children pregnant and lactating women and displaced people face increasing threats of becoming infected with communicable diseases Outbreaks in the region Drought has exacerbated disease outbreaks in the Horn of Africa a region constantly facing other emergencies including the current COVID 19 pandemic Djibouti Ethiopia Somalia South Sudan Sudan and Uganda are experiencing measles outbreaks while Kenya Somalia and South Sudan are seeing cholera outbreaks The countries also have high rates of severe acute malnutrition among children under 5 years of age all of which increase the risk of morbidity and mortality among displaced and vulnerable populations Unless a coordinated response effort is put in place health risks will continue to increase and spread within and outside the region Developing plans for stronger collaboration To continue deterring these serious health consequences of drought in a coordinated manner in the Greater Horn of Africa the World Health Organization WHO convened a meeting on June 26 27 2022 in Nairobi Kenya for senior specialists and officers of the organization These experts included Dr Ibrahima Soc Fall WHO Assistant Director General for Emergency Response WHO Representatives from the 7 countries in the region and other technical experts Participants set out to brainstorm ways to mount a stronger and more coherent health response They considered joint actions to improve primary health care interventions including in the provision of essential health services nutritional support and immunization communication and resource mobilization and regional interagency and partner coordination They also discussed the alignment of response plans and health information and intelligence products and systems After finalizing the Contingency Fund for Emergencies an emergency fund administered by WHO the country teams also agreed on a series of steps to take to advance the recommended action Coordination of information management in the Region As next steps the information management teams of the 7 countries and the representatives of the WHO Regional Office for Africa the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and the headquarters convened a meeting in Kenya on July 25 27 2022 The team aimed to understand and document the information and data landscape across the region They also discussed ways to improve coordination using 4 pathways of health information management products processes people and tools and the need for monitoring and evaluation including indicators related to nutrition which is closely related to health and nutrition primary health care Following an analysis of all the different siled and donor driven individual disease management systems and information collection tools in the 7 countries participants agreed on the need to integrate health information management assets into countries into a single cohesive integrated system In conclusion the team agreed to create a joint situation report every month combining an epidemiological bulletin known as an EPI watch and a visually appealing infographic on the drought situation They also agreed to create an overview dashboard showing drought response activities for each of the 7 countries It will present information on activities against malaria cholera community health worker interventions outreach interventions and stabilization centers for severe acute malnutrition in drought affected areas Regional and national appeals for support To scale up the response to the situation in the Greater Horn of Africa on August 2 2022 WHO launched an appeal for US 123 7 million The response will focus on 5 pillars coordination and collaboration surveillance and information outbreak prevention and control essential nutrition actions and essential health services In Somalia the WHO launched an emergency health response plan for the ongoing drought in May 2022 With a request for US 35 million through the end of 2022 the plan aims to strengthen disease surveillance integrate of nutrition horizontally in the provision of health services and ensure adequate levels of vaccination coverage against measles and polio including vitamin A and deworming In addition the plan will ensure the provision of an essential package of health services with nutrition and mental health and psychosocial support integrated into activities To address the needs of young children and women the response would also address the integrated management of childhood illnesses and reproductive health Since the beginning of last year in Somalia our urgent attention has focused on anticipating and avoiding the serious health consequences of drought We advocate for early action for drought response to avoid regrets and for flexible and urgent funding to support our efforts Since then we have spared no effort to work to prevent avoidable morbidity and mortality linked to epidemic diseases caused by limited access to adequate drinking water food sanitation and hygiene In many ways we have managed to prevent large scale loss of life but even one life lost is too many said Dr Mamunur Rahman Malik WHO Representative in Somalia Partnerships at the WHO level and with donors that save lives Commenting on the extraordinary efforts to improve partnerships within the WHO Dr Malik Head of WHO Mission in Somalia said Across the Horn of Africa WHO is stepping up its response improving coordination and streamlining existing efforts and optimizing resources to ensure we reach more people with life saving support With a million Somalis displaced we have a million and more reasons to redouble our efforts and provide additional support to affected families He added that the support of partners such as the Delegation of the European Union EU in Somalia the European Civil Protection and Somalia Humanitarian Aid Operations donors contributing to the Contingency Fund for Emergencies and Gavi the Vaccine Alliance WHO has already been able to impact the lives of some of the most affected people For additional information on the appeals launched by WHO for the Greater Horn of Africa and Somalia to respond to ongoing drought WHO steps up response to looming Greater Horn of Africa health crisis as it worsens food insecurity WHO EMRO WHO regional director officially launches emergency health response plan for drought in Somalia News Somalia Site Emergency Contingency Fund who int Contributions and Allocations who int
    Teamwork at all levels of the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to save millions of lives in the Greater Horn of Africa
      In the Greater Horn of Africa famine is looming on the doorstep of many homes More than 80 million people in this region which includes Djibouti Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan Sudan and Uganda lack access to food that meets their basic needs along with clean water More than 37 million of these people have reached a crossroads in their lives where they have had to sell their possessions to feed themselves and their families In this desperate situation the risk of morbidity and mortality due to outbreak prone diseases goes hand in hand with forced displacement This is set in a context of limited access to primary and essential health care interventions throughout the region Every day the most vulnerable populations including children pregnant and lactating women and displaced people face increasing threats of becoming infected with communicable diseases Outbreaks in the region Drought has exacerbated disease outbreaks in the Horn of Africa a region constantly facing other emergencies including the current COVID 19 pandemic Djibouti Ethiopia Somalia South Sudan Sudan and Uganda are experiencing measles outbreaks while Kenya Somalia and South Sudan are seeing cholera outbreaks The countries also have high rates of severe acute malnutrition among children under 5 years of age all of which increase the risk of morbidity and mortality among displaced and vulnerable populations Unless a coordinated response effort is put in place health risks will continue to increase and spread within and outside the region Developing plans for stronger collaboration To continue deterring these serious health consequences of drought in a coordinated manner in the Greater Horn of Africa the World Health Organization WHO convened a meeting on June 26 27 2022 in Nairobi Kenya for senior specialists and officers of the organization These experts included Dr Ibrahima Soc Fall WHO Assistant Director General for Emergency Response WHO Representatives from the 7 countries in the region and other technical experts Participants set out to brainstorm ways to mount a stronger and more coherent health response They considered joint actions to improve primary health care interventions including in the provision of essential health services nutritional support and immunization communication and resource mobilization and regional interagency and partner coordination They also discussed the alignment of response plans and health information and intelligence products and systems After finalizing the Contingency Fund for Emergencies an emergency fund administered by WHO the country teams also agreed on a series of steps to take to advance the recommended action Coordination of information management in the Region As next steps the information management teams of the 7 countries and the representatives of the WHO Regional Office for Africa the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and the headquarters convened a meeting in Kenya on July 25 27 2022 The team aimed to understand and document the information and data landscape across the region They also discussed ways to improve coordination using 4 pathways of health information management products processes people and tools and the need for monitoring and evaluation including indicators related to nutrition which is closely related to health and nutrition primary health care Following an analysis of all the different siled and donor driven individual disease management systems and information collection tools in the 7 countries participants agreed on the need to integrate health information management assets into countries into a single cohesive integrated system In conclusion the team agreed to create a joint situation report every month combining an epidemiological bulletin known as an EPI watch and a visually appealing infographic on the drought situation They also agreed to create an overview dashboard showing drought response activities for each of the 7 countries It will present information on activities against malaria cholera community health worker interventions outreach interventions and stabilization centers for severe acute malnutrition in drought affected areas Regional and national appeals for support To scale up the response to the situation in the Greater Horn of Africa on August 2 2022 WHO launched an appeal for US 123 7 million The response will focus on 5 pillars coordination and collaboration surveillance and information outbreak prevention and control essential nutrition actions and essential health services In Somalia the WHO launched an emergency health response plan for the ongoing drought in May 2022 With a request for US 35 million through the end of 2022 the plan aims to strengthen disease surveillance integrate of nutrition horizontally in the provision of health services and ensure adequate levels of vaccination coverage against measles and polio including vitamin A and deworming In addition the plan will ensure the provision of an essential package of health services with nutrition and mental health and psychosocial support integrated into activities To address the needs of young children and women the response would also address the integrated management of childhood illnesses and reproductive health Since the beginning of last year in Somalia our urgent attention has focused on anticipating and avoiding the serious health consequences of drought We advocate for early action for drought response to avoid regrets and for flexible and urgent funding to support our efforts Since then we have spared no effort to work to prevent avoidable morbidity and mortality linked to epidemic diseases caused by limited access to adequate drinking water food sanitation and hygiene In many ways we have managed to prevent large scale loss of life but even one life lost is too many said Dr Mamunur Rahman Malik WHO Representative in Somalia Partnerships at the WHO level and with donors that save lives Commenting on the extraordinary efforts to improve partnerships within the WHO Dr Malik Head of WHO Mission in Somalia said Across the Horn of Africa WHO is stepping up its response improving coordination and streamlining existing efforts and optimizing resources to ensure we reach more people with life saving support With a million Somalis displaced we have a million and more reasons to redouble our efforts and provide additional support to affected families He added that the support of partners such as the Delegation of the European Union EU in Somalia the European Civil Protection and Somalia Humanitarian Aid Operations donors contributing to the Contingency Fund for Emergencies and Gavi the Vaccine Alliance WHO has already been able to impact the lives of some of the most affected people For additional information on the appeals launched by WHO for the Greater Horn of Africa and Somalia to respond to ongoing drought WHO steps up response to looming Greater Horn of Africa health crisis as it worsens food insecurity WHO EMRO WHO regional director officially launches emergency health response plan for drought in Somalia News Somalia Site Emergency Contingency Fund who int Contributions and Allocations who int
    Teamwork at all levels of the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to save millions of lives in the Greater Horn of Africa
    Africa3 months ago

    Teamwork at all levels of the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to save millions of lives in the Greater Horn of Africa

    In the Greater Horn of Africa, famine is looming on the doorstep of many homes.

    More than 80 million people in this region, which includes Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, lack access to food that meets their basic needs along with clean water.

    More than 37 million of these people have reached a crossroads in their lives where they have had to sell their possessions to feed themselves and their families.

    In this desperate situation, the risk of morbidity and mortality due to outbreak-prone diseases goes hand in hand with forced displacement.

    This is set in a context of limited access to primary and essential health care interventions throughout the region.

    Every day, the most vulnerable populations, including children, pregnant and lactating women, and displaced people, face increasing threats of becoming infected with communicable diseases.

    Outbreaks in the region Drought has exacerbated disease outbreaks in the Horn of Africa, a region constantly facing other emergencies, including the current COVID-19 pandemic.

    Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda are experiencing measles outbreaks, while Kenya, Somalia, and South Sudan are seeing cholera outbreaks.

    The countries also have high rates of severe acute malnutrition among children under 5 years of age, all of which increase the risk of morbidity and mortality among displaced and vulnerable populations.

    Unless a coordinated response effort is put in place, health risks will continue to increase and spread within and outside the region.

    Developing plans for stronger collaboration To continue deterring these serious health consequences of drought in a coordinated manner in the Greater Horn of Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a meeting on June 26-27, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya, for senior specialists and officers of the organization.

    These experts included Dr. Ibrahima Socé Fall, WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response, WHO Representatives from the 7 countries in the region, and other technical experts.

    Participants set out to brainstorm ways to mount a stronger and more coherent health response.

    They considered joint actions to improve primary health care interventions, including in the provision of essential health services, nutritional support and immunization, communication and resource mobilization, and regional, interagency, and partner coordination.

    They also discussed the alignment of response plans and health information and intelligence products and systems.

    After finalizing the Contingency Fund for Emergencies, an emergency fund administered by WHO, the country teams also agreed on a series of steps to take to advance the recommended action.

    Coordination of information management in the Region As next steps, the information management teams of the 7 countries and the representatives of the WHO Regional Office for Africa, the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and the headquarters convened a meeting in Kenya on July 25-27, 2022.

    The team aimed to understand and document the information and data landscape across the region.

    They also discussed ways to improve coordination using 4 pathways of health information management (products, processes, people and tools) and the need for monitoring and evaluation, including indicators related to nutrition, which is closely related to health and nutrition.

    primary health care.

    Following an analysis of all the different siled and donor-driven individual disease management systems and information collection tools in the 7 countries, participants agreed on the need to integrate health information management assets into countries into a single cohesive integrated system.

    In conclusion, the team agreed to create a joint situation report every month, combining an epidemiological bulletin, known as an EPI watch, and a visually appealing infographic on the drought situation.

    They also agreed to create an overview dashboard showing drought response activities for each of the 7 countries.

    It will present information on activities against malaria, cholera, community health worker interventions, outreach interventions and stabilization centers for severe acute malnutrition in drought-affected areas.

    Regional and national appeals for support To scale up the response to the situation in the Greater Horn of Africa, on August 2, 2022, WHO launched an appeal for US$123.7 million.

    The response will focus on 5 pillars: coordination and collaboration; surveillance and information; outbreak prevention and control; essential nutrition actions; and essential health services.

    In Somalia, the WHO launched an emergency health response plan for the ongoing drought in May 2022.

    With a request for US$35 million through the end of 2022, the plan aims to strengthen disease surveillance, integrate of nutrition horizontally in the provision of health services and ensure adequate levels of vaccination coverage against measles and polio, including vitamin A and deworming.

    In addition, the plan will ensure the provision of an essential package of health services with nutrition and mental health and psychosocial support integrated into activities.

    To address the needs of young children and women, the response would also address the integrated management of childhood illnesses and reproductive health.

    “Since the beginning of last year, in Somalia, our urgent attention has focused on anticipating and avoiding the serious health consequences of drought.

    We advocate for early action for drought response to avoid regrets, and for flexible and urgent funding to support our efforts.

    Since then, we have spared no effort to work to prevent avoidable morbidity and mortality linked to epidemic diseases caused by limited access to adequate drinking water, food, sanitation and hygiene.

    In many ways, we have managed to prevent large-scale loss of life, but even one life lost is too many,” said Dr. Mamunur Rahman Malik, WHO Representative in Somalia.

    Partnerships at the WHO level and with donors that save lives Commenting on the extraordinary efforts to improve partnerships within the WHO, Dr. Malik, Head of WHO Mission in Somalia, said: “Across the Horn of Africa , WHO is stepping up its response, improving coordination and streamlining existing efforts and optimizing resources to ensure we reach more people with life-saving support.

    With a million Somalis displaced, we have a million and more reasons to redouble our efforts and provide additional support to affected families.” He added that the support of partners such as the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Somalia, the European Civil Protection and Somalia Humanitarian Aid Operations, donors contributing to the Contingency Fund for Emergencies and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, WHO has already been able to impact the lives of some of the most affected people.

    For additional information on the appeals launched by WHO for the Greater Horn of Africa and Somalia to respond to ongoing drought: WHO steps up response to looming Greater Horn of Africa health crisis as it worsens food insecurity WHO EMRO | WHO regional director officially launches emergency health response plan for drought in Somalia | News | Somalia Site Emergency Contingency Fund (who.int) Contributions and Allocations (who.int)

  •   South Sudan Oil Power 2022 https bit ly 3Al9fSt will take place on September 13 14 2022 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Juba Now in its fifth edition in partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum and other government ministries and with the strong support of Nilepet as host sponsor the conference will highlight the role South Sudan plays as a gateway to doing business in the energy sector in East africa leveraging the country s position as the sole oil producer in the region and introducing new opportunities for knowledge sharing and multilateral energy partnerships The South Sudan Oil Power theme builds on two days of panel discussions and presentations The beginning of these discussions will be a Ministerial Panel led by the Hon Puot Kang Chol Minister of Oil South Sudan https bit ly 3QQ53S2 Honorable Peter Marcello Nasir Minister of Energy and Dams of South Sudan Mr Mohamed Abdullah Minister of Energy and Petroleum of Sudan HE Dr Ing Sultan Wali Minister of State for the Energy Sector Ministry of Water and Energy Ethiopia https bit ly 3T6uoIV and HE Yonis Ali Guedi Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Djibouti https bit ly 3pMvLyJ as well as HE Terje Aasland Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Norway and HE Ihsan Abdul Jabber Minister of Petroleum of Iraq https bit ly 3CpjzM4 who will give a speech recorded on video Under the theme Gateway to East African Energy South Sudan Oil Power 2022 consolidates the country s position as a hub for oil industry services and exploration both within the country and throughout the region Its strategic location makes South Sudan an ideal knowledge partner for emerging producers including Uganda Kenya Somalia and Tanzania In addition significant untapped resources and opportunities in downstream sectors have positioned the country as a highly attractive investment destination while recently formed regional associations open up prospects for regional expansion Thus pushing the East African energy gateway narrative forward South Sudan Oil Power 2022 invites regional and international investors to seize the opportunities presented by both the conference and the country as a whole An array of high profile sponsors speak to the caliber of the event as the official meeting place for East Africa s energy sector Host sponsor Nilepet and organizers Energy Capital Power welcome Sudanese national oil company Sudapet and South African state owned company SFF joint ventures Sudd Petroleum Company Greater Pioneer Operating Company and Dar Petroleum Operating Company private sector companies including Trinity Energy Specialist Services Kush Bank WS Insight ESICO Oranto Petroleum and Alpha Commercial Bank as well as the international oil services company Schlumberger and the American Chemex Global Among the exhibitors will be the Nigerian company Calaya Engineering and IPTEC Key panel sessions include Capital Quest Addressing Financial Challenges and Barriers to Doing Business Capacity building the people of South Sudan as an integral part of a strong and sustainable energy sector and South Sudan Energy Transition Striking a Balance Between Economic and Environmental Sustainability These sessions will be led by energy professionals from the regional and international scene Launched by HE Salva Kiir Mayardit President of the Republic of South Sudan South Sudan Oil Power is set to spark business and investment in East Africa In alliance with the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Energy and Dams South Sudan Oil Power 2022 promises a wave of investment and development for East Africa For more information on South Sudan Oil Power 2022 which will take place from September 13 14 in Juba visit www SSOP2022 com
    High-level speakers and sponsors introduce South Sudan as East Africa’s energy gateway
      South Sudan Oil Power 2022 https bit ly 3Al9fSt will take place on September 13 14 2022 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Juba Now in its fifth edition in partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum and other government ministries and with the strong support of Nilepet as host sponsor the conference will highlight the role South Sudan plays as a gateway to doing business in the energy sector in East africa leveraging the country s position as the sole oil producer in the region and introducing new opportunities for knowledge sharing and multilateral energy partnerships The South Sudan Oil Power theme builds on two days of panel discussions and presentations The beginning of these discussions will be a Ministerial Panel led by the Hon Puot Kang Chol Minister of Oil South Sudan https bit ly 3QQ53S2 Honorable Peter Marcello Nasir Minister of Energy and Dams of South Sudan Mr Mohamed Abdullah Minister of Energy and Petroleum of Sudan HE Dr Ing Sultan Wali Minister of State for the Energy Sector Ministry of Water and Energy Ethiopia https bit ly 3T6uoIV and HE Yonis Ali Guedi Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Djibouti https bit ly 3pMvLyJ as well as HE Terje Aasland Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Norway and HE Ihsan Abdul Jabber Minister of Petroleum of Iraq https bit ly 3CpjzM4 who will give a speech recorded on video Under the theme Gateway to East African Energy South Sudan Oil Power 2022 consolidates the country s position as a hub for oil industry services and exploration both within the country and throughout the region Its strategic location makes South Sudan an ideal knowledge partner for emerging producers including Uganda Kenya Somalia and Tanzania In addition significant untapped resources and opportunities in downstream sectors have positioned the country as a highly attractive investment destination while recently formed regional associations open up prospects for regional expansion Thus pushing the East African energy gateway narrative forward South Sudan Oil Power 2022 invites regional and international investors to seize the opportunities presented by both the conference and the country as a whole An array of high profile sponsors speak to the caliber of the event as the official meeting place for East Africa s energy sector Host sponsor Nilepet and organizers Energy Capital Power welcome Sudanese national oil company Sudapet and South African state owned company SFF joint ventures Sudd Petroleum Company Greater Pioneer Operating Company and Dar Petroleum Operating Company private sector companies including Trinity Energy Specialist Services Kush Bank WS Insight ESICO Oranto Petroleum and Alpha Commercial Bank as well as the international oil services company Schlumberger and the American Chemex Global Among the exhibitors will be the Nigerian company Calaya Engineering and IPTEC Key panel sessions include Capital Quest Addressing Financial Challenges and Barriers to Doing Business Capacity building the people of South Sudan as an integral part of a strong and sustainable energy sector and South Sudan Energy Transition Striking a Balance Between Economic and Environmental Sustainability These sessions will be led by energy professionals from the regional and international scene Launched by HE Salva Kiir Mayardit President of the Republic of South Sudan South Sudan Oil Power is set to spark business and investment in East Africa In alliance with the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Energy and Dams South Sudan Oil Power 2022 promises a wave of investment and development for East Africa For more information on South Sudan Oil Power 2022 which will take place from September 13 14 in Juba visit www SSOP2022 com
    High-level speakers and sponsors introduce South Sudan as East Africa’s energy gateway
    Africa4 months ago

    High-level speakers and sponsors introduce South Sudan as East Africa’s energy gateway

    South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 (https://bit.ly/3Al9fSt) will take place on September 13-14, 2022 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Juba. Now in its fifth edition in partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum and other government ministries, and with the strong support of Nilepet as host sponsor, the conference will highlight the role South Sudan plays as a gateway to doing business in the energy sector in East africa.

    leveraging the country's position as the sole oil producer in the region and introducing new opportunities for knowledge sharing and multilateral energy partnerships.

    The South Sudan Oil & Power theme builds on two days of panel discussions and presentations.

    The beginning of these discussions will be a Ministerial Panel led by the Hon. Puot Kang Chol, Minister of Oil, South Sudan (https://bit.ly/3QQ53S2); Honorable Peter Marcello Nasir, Minister of Energy and Dams of South Sudan; Mr. Mohamed Abdullah, Minister of Energy and Petroleum of Sudan; HE Dr. Ing. Sultan Wali, Minister of State for the Energy Sector, Ministry of Water and Energy, Ethiopia (https://bit.ly/3T6uoIV); and HE Yonis Ali Guedi, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Djibouti (https://bit.ly/3pMvLyJ); as well as HE Terje Aasland, Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Norway and HE Ihsan Abdul Jabber, Minister of Petroleum of Iraq (https://bit.ly/3CpjzM4), who will give a speech recorded on video.

    Under the theme Gateway to East African Energy, South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 consolidates the country's position as a hub for oil industry services and exploration, both within the country and throughout the region.

    Its strategic location makes South Sudan an ideal knowledge partner for emerging producers, including Uganda, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania.

    In addition, significant untapped resources and opportunities in downstream sectors have positioned the country as a highly attractive investment destination, while recently formed regional associations open up prospects for regional expansion.

    Thus, pushing the East African energy gateway narrative forward, South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 invites regional and international investors to seize the opportunities presented by both the conference and the country as a whole.

    An array of high-profile sponsors speak to the caliber of the event as the official meeting place for East Africa's energy sector.

    Host sponsor Nilepet and organizers Energy Capital & Power welcome Sudanese national oil company Sudapet and South African state-owned company SFF; joint ventures Sudd Petroleum Company, Greater Pioneer Operating Company and Dar Petroleum Operating Company; private sector companies including Trinity Energy, Specialist Services, Kush Bank, WS Insight, ESICO, Oranto Petroleum and Alpha Commercial Bank; as well as the international oil services company Schlumberger and the American Chemex Global.

    Among the exhibitors will be the Nigerian company Calaya Engineering and IPTEC.

    Key panel sessions include Capital Quest: Addressing Financial Challenges and Barriers to Doing Business; Capacity building: the people of South Sudan as an integral part of a strong and sustainable energy sector; and South Sudan Energy Transition: Striking a Balance Between Economic and Environmental Sustainability.

    These sessions will be led by energy professionals from the regional and international scene.

    Launched by HE Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, South Sudan Oil & Power is set to spark business and investment in East Africa.

    In alliance with the Ministry of Petroleum; and the Ministry of Energy and Dams, South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 promises a wave of investment and development for East Africa.

    For more information on South Sudan Oil & Power 2022, which will take place from September 13-14 in Juba, visit www.SSOP2022.com.

  •   Speaking from Geneva Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said drought conflict climate change and rising prices for food fuel and fertilizer are contributing to a lack of access to enough food The affected countries are Djibouti Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan Sudan and Uganda Hunger and malnutrition pose a direct threat to health but they also weaken the body s defenses and open the door to diseases such as pneumonia measles and cholera he explained Tedros said the crisis is forcing some people to choose between paying for food and medical care Many migrate in search of food which can increase the risk of disease WHO has provided more than 16 million of an emergency fund to meet the needs but more support is needed The agency is requesting 123 7 million to be used to prevent and control outbreaks treat malnutrition and provide essential health services as well as medicine Appeal for Tigray Tedros said the drought is aggravating the man made catastrophe in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia where the war has raged for nearly two years Some six million people are under siege by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces he said cut off from the outside world with no telecommunications no banking and very limited electricity and fuel As a result they face multiple outbreaks of malaria anthrax cholera diarrhea and other diseases This unimaginable cruelty must end The only solution is peace Tedros said At the end of the briefing he called for greater global attention to the situation in Tigray I can tell you that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is more than in Ukraine without exaggeration And I said it many months ago maybe the reason is the skin color of the people in Tigray Ukraine s nuclear readiness Also at the briefing A senior WHO official underscored the agency s readiness to respond to any potential nuclear incident in Ukraine Dr Michael Ryan CEO was responding to a journalist s question about the deteriorating situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant The WHO has been involved with the Ukrainian authorities since the beginning of the war he said including through the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA We are in constant communication with the IAEA and stand ready as a member of the UN system to react if reaction is necessary said Dr Ryan Obviously a nuclear accident would be catastrophic in the situation for human life and for the environment so we remain concerned about that Our IAEA colleagues guide us and we will continue to provide medical response support to them and to the Government of Ukraine
    World Health Organization (WHO) warns of disease threat amid drought in Horn of Africa
      Speaking from Geneva Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said drought conflict climate change and rising prices for food fuel and fertilizer are contributing to a lack of access to enough food The affected countries are Djibouti Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan Sudan and Uganda Hunger and malnutrition pose a direct threat to health but they also weaken the body s defenses and open the door to diseases such as pneumonia measles and cholera he explained Tedros said the crisis is forcing some people to choose between paying for food and medical care Many migrate in search of food which can increase the risk of disease WHO has provided more than 16 million of an emergency fund to meet the needs but more support is needed The agency is requesting 123 7 million to be used to prevent and control outbreaks treat malnutrition and provide essential health services as well as medicine Appeal for Tigray Tedros said the drought is aggravating the man made catastrophe in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia where the war has raged for nearly two years Some six million people are under siege by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces he said cut off from the outside world with no telecommunications no banking and very limited electricity and fuel As a result they face multiple outbreaks of malaria anthrax cholera diarrhea and other diseases This unimaginable cruelty must end The only solution is peace Tedros said At the end of the briefing he called for greater global attention to the situation in Tigray I can tell you that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is more than in Ukraine without exaggeration And I said it many months ago maybe the reason is the skin color of the people in Tigray Ukraine s nuclear readiness Also at the briefing A senior WHO official underscored the agency s readiness to respond to any potential nuclear incident in Ukraine Dr Michael Ryan CEO was responding to a journalist s question about the deteriorating situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant The WHO has been involved with the Ukrainian authorities since the beginning of the war he said including through the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA We are in constant communication with the IAEA and stand ready as a member of the UN system to react if reaction is necessary said Dr Ryan Obviously a nuclear accident would be catastrophic in the situation for human life and for the environment so we remain concerned about that Our IAEA colleagues guide us and we will continue to provide medical response support to them and to the Government of Ukraine
    World Health Organization (WHO) warns of disease threat amid drought in Horn of Africa
    Africa4 months ago

    World Health Organization (WHO) warns of disease threat amid drought in Horn of Africa

    Speaking from Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said drought, conflict, climate change and rising prices for food, fuel and fertilizer are contributing to a lack of access to enough food.

    The affected countries are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

    “Hunger and malnutrition pose a direct threat to health, but they also weaken the body's defenses and open the door to diseases such as pneumonia, measles and cholera,” he explained.

    Tedros said the crisis is forcing some people to choose between paying for food and medical care.

    Many migrate in search of food, which can increase the risk of disease.

    WHO has provided more than $16 million of an emergency fund to meet the needs, but more support is needed.

    The agency is requesting $123.7 million to be used to prevent and control outbreaks, treat malnutrition, and provide essential health services as well as medicine.

    Appeal for Tigray Tedros said the drought is aggravating the "man-made catastrophe" in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where the war has raged for nearly two years.

    Some six million people are under siege by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces, he said, "cut off from the outside world, with no telecommunications, no banking, and very limited electricity and fuel."

    As a result, they face multiple outbreaks of malaria, anthrax, cholera, diarrhea and other diseases.

    “This unimaginable cruelty must end.

    The only solution is peace,” Tedros said.

    At the end of the briefing, he called for greater global attention to the situation in Tigray.

    “I can tell you that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is more than (in) Ukraine, without exaggeration.

    And I said it many months ago, maybe the reason is the skin color of the people in Tigray.” Ukraine's nuclear readiness Also at the briefing: A senior WHO official underscored the agency's readiness to respond to any potential nuclear incident in Ukraine.

    Dr. Michael Ryan, CEO, was responding to a journalist's question about the deteriorating situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

    The WHO has been involved with the Ukrainian authorities since the beginning of the war, he said, including through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    “We are in constant communication with the IAEA and stand ready as a member of the UN system to react, if reaction is necessary,” said Dr. Ryan. “Obviously a nuclear accident would be catastrophic in the situation, for human life and for the environment, so we remain concerned about that.

    Our IAEA colleagues guide us and we will continue to provide medical response support to them and to the Government of Ukraine.”

  •  The World Health Organisation WHO has highlighted the need to support millions facing starvation and disease in the Horn of Africa WHO Director General Dr Tedos Ghebreyesus said this while speaking at a news conference from WHO headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday Ghebreyesus said drought conflict climate change and increasing prices for food fuel and fertiliser are all contributing to lack of access to sufficient food The countries affected are Djibouti Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan Sudan and Uganda Hunger and malnutrition pose a direct threat to health but they also weaken the body s defenses and open the door to diseases including pneumonia measles and cholera he explained Ghebreyesus said the crisis was forcing some people to choose between paying for food and healthcare while many are migrating in search of food which can put them at increased risk of disease WHO has provided more than 16 million from an emergency fund to address needs but more support is required The agency is appealing for 123 7 million which will be used to prevent and control outbreaks treat malnutrition and provide essential health services as well as medicines The WHO chief said the drought was compounding the man made catastrophe in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopian where war has raged for nearly two years Some six million people are under siege by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces he said sealed off from the outside world with no telecommunications no banking services and very limited electricity and fuel As a result they are facing multiple outbreaks of malaria anthrax cholera diarrhea and other diseases This unimaginable cruelty must end The only solution is peace he said He appealed for greater global attention to the situation in Tigray I can tell you that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray was more than in Ukraine without any exaggeration and I said it many months ago maybe the reason is the colour of the skin of the people in Tigray Meanwhile a senior WHO official has underscored the agency s readiness to respond to any potential nuclear incident in Ukraine Dr Michael Ryan Executive Director was answering a journalist s question regarding the deteriorating situation around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant WHO has been involved with the Ukrainian authorities since the beginning of the war he said including through the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA We re in constant communication with the IAEA and remain ready as a member of the UN system to react if there s a need to react A nuclear accident obviously would be catastrophic in the situation to human life and to the environment so we do remain concerned about that We re guided by our colleagues at the IAEA and will continue to offer medical response support to them and to the Government of Ukraine Ryan said www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    WHO warns of disease threat amid Horn of Africa drought
     The World Health Organisation WHO has highlighted the need to support millions facing starvation and disease in the Horn of Africa WHO Director General Dr Tedos Ghebreyesus said this while speaking at a news conference from WHO headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday Ghebreyesus said drought conflict climate change and increasing prices for food fuel and fertiliser are all contributing to lack of access to sufficient food The countries affected are Djibouti Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan Sudan and Uganda Hunger and malnutrition pose a direct threat to health but they also weaken the body s defenses and open the door to diseases including pneumonia measles and cholera he explained Ghebreyesus said the crisis was forcing some people to choose between paying for food and healthcare while many are migrating in search of food which can put them at increased risk of disease WHO has provided more than 16 million from an emergency fund to address needs but more support is required The agency is appealing for 123 7 million which will be used to prevent and control outbreaks treat malnutrition and provide essential health services as well as medicines The WHO chief said the drought was compounding the man made catastrophe in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopian where war has raged for nearly two years Some six million people are under siege by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces he said sealed off from the outside world with no telecommunications no banking services and very limited electricity and fuel As a result they are facing multiple outbreaks of malaria anthrax cholera diarrhea and other diseases This unimaginable cruelty must end The only solution is peace he said He appealed for greater global attention to the situation in Tigray I can tell you that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray was more than in Ukraine without any exaggeration and I said it many months ago maybe the reason is the colour of the skin of the people in Tigray Meanwhile a senior WHO official has underscored the agency s readiness to respond to any potential nuclear incident in Ukraine Dr Michael Ryan Executive Director was answering a journalist s question regarding the deteriorating situation around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant WHO has been involved with the Ukrainian authorities since the beginning of the war he said including through the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA We re in constant communication with the IAEA and remain ready as a member of the UN system to react if there s a need to react A nuclear accident obviously would be catastrophic in the situation to human life and to the environment so we do remain concerned about that We re guided by our colleagues at the IAEA and will continue to offer medical response support to them and to the Government of Ukraine Ryan said www nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    WHO warns of disease threat amid Horn of Africa drought
    Foreign4 months ago

    WHO warns of disease threat amid Horn of Africa drought

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the need to support millions facing starvation and disease in the Horn of Africa.

    WHO Director General, Dr Tedos Ghebreyesus, said this while speaking at a news conference from WHO headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday Ghebreyesus said drought, conflict, climate change and increasing prices for food, fuel and fertiliser, are all contributing to lack of access to sufficient food.

    The countries affected are  Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

    “Hunger and malnutrition pose a direct threat to health, but they also weaken the body’s defenses, and open the door to diseases including pneumonia, measles and cholera,” he explained.

    Ghebreyesus said the crisis was forcing some people to choose between paying for food and healthcare while many are migrating in search of food, which can put them at increased risk of disease.

    WHO has provided more than $16 million from an emergency fund to address needs, but more support is required.

    The agency is appealing for $123.7 million which will be used to prevent and control outbreaks, treat malnutrition, and provide essential health services as well as medicines.

    The WHO chief  said the drought was compounding the “man-made catastrophe” in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopian, where war has raged for nearly two years.

    Some six million people are under siege by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces, he said, “sealed off from the outside world, with no telecommunications, no banking services and very limited electricity and fuel.

    ” As a result, they are facing multiple outbreaks of malaria, anthrax, cholera, diarrhea and other diseases.

    “This unimaginable cruelty must end.

    The only solution is peace,” he said.

    He appealed for greater global attention to the situation in Tigray.

    “I can tell you that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray was more than (in) Ukraine, without any exaggeration  and I said it many months ago, maybe the reason is the colour of the skin of the people in Tigray”.

    Meanwhile, a senior WHO official has underscored the agency’s readiness to respond to any potential nuclear incident in Ukraine.

    Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, was answering a journalist’s question regarding the deteriorating situation around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

    WHO has been involved with the Ukrainian authorities since the beginning of the war, he said, including through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

    “We’re in constant communication with the IAEA and remain ready as a member of the UN system to react, if there’s a need to react.

    “A nuclear accident obviously would be catastrophic in the situation, to human life and to the environment, so we do remain concerned about that.

    “We’re guided by our colleagues at the IAEA, and will continue to offer medical response support to them and to the Government of Ukraine,’’ Ryan said.

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  •   It didn t take long for Russia s war in the Ukraine to impact Africa Already dealing with runaway inflation and still recovering from the Covid 19 pandemic Africa now faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tons of food especially imported wheat corn and soybeans from Russia and Ukraine Fertilizer price increases of more than 300 are making it increasingly difficult for African farmers to grow enough wheat maize rice and other crops A growing number of people in Africa can no longer afford the price of bread Africa is struggling to mitigate a conflict induced famine that could push some 30 million Africans to catastrophic levels of food insecurity It could deepen economic tension and political unrest With millions struggling to buy food fuel and fertilizer anti government protests are a real possibility From the outset the African Development Bank recognized the strategic need to address the devastating impact of war on Africa s food security It was important to prevent riots and even more human suffering In May the Bank established a 1 5 billion African Emergency Food Production Fund In less than 60 days it launched 1 13 billion worth of programs under the mechanism and in 25 African countries Half a dozen more programs are expected to launch by September as more governments request installation The African Emergency Food Production Fund will deliver certified climate adapted wheat and other staple crop seeds and increased access to agricultural fertilizer to 20 million farmers Over the next two years the facility will allow farmers to produce an additional 38 million tons of food a 30 increase in local production with an estimated value of 12 billion To facilitate even greater global investment in Africa s agricultural sector the facility will also support better governance and political reforms While this is a good start Africa needs the international community to fill a 200 million funding gap for the mechanism President Joe Biden has endorsed the African Emergency Food Production Fund and this is a welcome endorsement as is his endorsement of the African Development Bank s Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program To help African governments pay drought and flood insurance premiums and better respond to food insecurity caused by climate change the Disaster Risk Financing Program is a much needed futures element of the Fund To boost agricultural production in Nigeria Tanzania and C te d Ivoire the Japan International Cooperation Agency recently partnered with the African Development Bank to co finance programs under the African Emergency Food Production Fund International development agencies and a growing coalition of nations are also supporting the Africa Emergency Food Production Fund Launched in 2018 the African Development Bank s successful flagship Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation TAAT program offers technologies in the form of climate resilient crop varieties seeds that are resistant to drought high temperatures or pests for example In Ethiopia thanks to TAAT funded heat tolerant wheat seeds the country increased arable land from an additional 50 000 hectares to an additional 675 000 hectares in just four years TAAT s climate smart seeds enable the wheat crop to thrive in the arid lowlands of Ethiopia where ordinary wheat varieties generally do not do well More locally grown wheat has reduced Ethiopia s dependence on wheat imports By adopting TAAT the country did not need to import wheat for the first time this year With continued support from the Bank Ethiopia will become a wheat exporter by 2023 It will export more than one million metric tons of wheat to Kenya and Djibouti That s enough food to feed 10 million people for 12 months The African Development Bank knows what works TAAT has already reached 12 million farmers We call on our international partners and governments to join us as we expand TAAT through the new African Emergency Food Production Facility Our commitment to help Africa produce more food by adapting to climate change has won the support of United Nations Secretary General Ant nio Guterres who recently said that the Bank s allocation of half of its climate financing to adaptation is the standard to be followed by international development partners The US Department of the Treasury has endorsed the African Emergency Food Production Fund as part of the International Financial Institution s Action Plan to Address Food Insecurity a guide of shortlisted programs for consideration by donor nations Africa does not need food aid to feed itself Africa needs adequate investments and seeds in the ground The Africa Emergency Food Production Fund will provide an immediate solution to the twin global challenges of conflict and climate change and will play immediate medium and long term roles in growing Africa s agricultural sector as a foundation for resilient African economies Policy reforms will help drive the structural reforms needed for market based input distribution and to produce crops more competitively Today and in the future the African Development Bank is delivering a proven plan to unlock Africa s food production potential and make Africa a breadbasket for the world Dr Akinwumi A Adesina is President of the African Development Bank Group The article was first published on the China Global Television CGTN com website on August 5 2022
    Averting a Food Crisis in Africa: The African Emergency Food Production Fund (by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina)
      It didn t take long for Russia s war in the Ukraine to impact Africa Already dealing with runaway inflation and still recovering from the Covid 19 pandemic Africa now faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tons of food especially imported wheat corn and soybeans from Russia and Ukraine Fertilizer price increases of more than 300 are making it increasingly difficult for African farmers to grow enough wheat maize rice and other crops A growing number of people in Africa can no longer afford the price of bread Africa is struggling to mitigate a conflict induced famine that could push some 30 million Africans to catastrophic levels of food insecurity It could deepen economic tension and political unrest With millions struggling to buy food fuel and fertilizer anti government protests are a real possibility From the outset the African Development Bank recognized the strategic need to address the devastating impact of war on Africa s food security It was important to prevent riots and even more human suffering In May the Bank established a 1 5 billion African Emergency Food Production Fund In less than 60 days it launched 1 13 billion worth of programs under the mechanism and in 25 African countries Half a dozen more programs are expected to launch by September as more governments request installation The African Emergency Food Production Fund will deliver certified climate adapted wheat and other staple crop seeds and increased access to agricultural fertilizer to 20 million farmers Over the next two years the facility will allow farmers to produce an additional 38 million tons of food a 30 increase in local production with an estimated value of 12 billion To facilitate even greater global investment in Africa s agricultural sector the facility will also support better governance and political reforms While this is a good start Africa needs the international community to fill a 200 million funding gap for the mechanism President Joe Biden has endorsed the African Emergency Food Production Fund and this is a welcome endorsement as is his endorsement of the African Development Bank s Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program To help African governments pay drought and flood insurance premiums and better respond to food insecurity caused by climate change the Disaster Risk Financing Program is a much needed futures element of the Fund To boost agricultural production in Nigeria Tanzania and C te d Ivoire the Japan International Cooperation Agency recently partnered with the African Development Bank to co finance programs under the African Emergency Food Production Fund International development agencies and a growing coalition of nations are also supporting the Africa Emergency Food Production Fund Launched in 2018 the African Development Bank s successful flagship Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation TAAT program offers technologies in the form of climate resilient crop varieties seeds that are resistant to drought high temperatures or pests for example In Ethiopia thanks to TAAT funded heat tolerant wheat seeds the country increased arable land from an additional 50 000 hectares to an additional 675 000 hectares in just four years TAAT s climate smart seeds enable the wheat crop to thrive in the arid lowlands of Ethiopia where ordinary wheat varieties generally do not do well More locally grown wheat has reduced Ethiopia s dependence on wheat imports By adopting TAAT the country did not need to import wheat for the first time this year With continued support from the Bank Ethiopia will become a wheat exporter by 2023 It will export more than one million metric tons of wheat to Kenya and Djibouti That s enough food to feed 10 million people for 12 months The African Development Bank knows what works TAAT has already reached 12 million farmers We call on our international partners and governments to join us as we expand TAAT through the new African Emergency Food Production Facility Our commitment to help Africa produce more food by adapting to climate change has won the support of United Nations Secretary General Ant nio Guterres who recently said that the Bank s allocation of half of its climate financing to adaptation is the standard to be followed by international development partners The US Department of the Treasury has endorsed the African Emergency Food Production Fund as part of the International Financial Institution s Action Plan to Address Food Insecurity a guide of shortlisted programs for consideration by donor nations Africa does not need food aid to feed itself Africa needs adequate investments and seeds in the ground The Africa Emergency Food Production Fund will provide an immediate solution to the twin global challenges of conflict and climate change and will play immediate medium and long term roles in growing Africa s agricultural sector as a foundation for resilient African economies Policy reforms will help drive the structural reforms needed for market based input distribution and to produce crops more competitively Today and in the future the African Development Bank is delivering a proven plan to unlock Africa s food production potential and make Africa a breadbasket for the world Dr Akinwumi A Adesina is President of the African Development Bank Group The article was first published on the China Global Television CGTN com website on August 5 2022
    Averting a Food Crisis in Africa: The African Emergency Food Production Fund (by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina)
    Africa4 months ago

    Averting a Food Crisis in Africa: The African Emergency Food Production Fund (by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina)

    It didn't take long for Russia's war in the Ukraine to impact Africa.

    Already dealing with runaway inflation and still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, Africa now faces a shortage of at least 30 million metric tons of food, especially imported wheat, corn and soybeans from Russia and Ukraine.

    Fertilizer price increases of more than 300% are making it increasingly difficult for African farmers to grow enough wheat, maize, rice and other crops.

    A growing number of people in Africa can no longer afford the price of bread.

    Africa is struggling to mitigate a conflict-induced famine that could push some 30 million Africans to catastrophic levels of food insecurity.

    It could deepen economic tension and political unrest.

    With millions struggling to buy food, fuel and fertilizer, anti-government protests are a real possibility.

    From the outset, the African Development Bank recognized the strategic need to address the devastating impact of war on Africa's food security.

    It was important to prevent riots and even more human suffering.

    In May, the Bank established a $1.5 billion African Emergency Food Production Fund. In less than 60 days, it launched $1.13 billion worth of programs under the mechanism and in 25 African countries.

    Half a dozen more programs are expected to launch by September as more governments request installation.

    The African Emergency Food Production Fund will deliver certified, climate-adapted wheat and other staple crop seeds, and increased access to agricultural fertilizer, to 20 million farmers.

    Over the next two years, the facility will allow farmers to produce an additional 38 million tons of food, a 30% increase in local production, with an estimated value of $12 billion.

    To facilitate even greater global investment in Africa's agricultural sector, the facility will also support better governance and political reforms.

    While this is a good start, Africa needs the international community to fill a $200 million funding gap for the mechanism.

    President Joe Biden has endorsed the African Emergency Food Production Fund, and this is a welcome endorsement, as is his endorsement of the African Development Bank's Africa Disaster Risk Financing Program.

    To help African governments pay drought and flood insurance premiums and better respond to food insecurity caused by climate change, the Disaster Risk Financing Program is a much-needed futures element of the Fund. To boost agricultural production in Nigeria, Tanzania and Côte d'Ivoire, the Japan International Cooperation Agency recently partnered with the African Development Bank to co-finance programs under the African Emergency Food Production Fund. International development agencies and a growing coalition of nations are also supporting the Africa Emergency Food Production Fund. Launched in 2018, the African Development Bank's successful flagship Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program offers technologies in the form of climate-resilient crop varieties: seeds that are resistant to drought, high temperatures or pests, for example.

    In Ethiopia, thanks to TAAT-funded heat-tolerant wheat seeds, the country increased arable land from an additional 50,000 hectares to an additional 675,000 hectares in just four years.

    TAAT's climate-smart seeds enable the wheat crop to thrive in the arid lowlands of Ethiopia, where ordinary wheat varieties generally do not do well.

    More locally grown wheat has reduced Ethiopia's dependence on wheat imports.

    By adopting TAAT, the country did not need to import wheat for the first time this year.

    With continued support from the Bank, Ethiopia will become a wheat exporter by 2023.

    It will export more than one million metric tons of wheat to Kenya and Djibouti.

    That's enough food to feed 10 million people for 12 months.

    The African Development Bank knows what works.

    TAAT has already reached 12 million farmers.

    We call on our international partners and governments to join us as we expand TAAT through the new African Emergency Food Production Facility.

    Our commitment to help Africa produce more food by adapting to climate change has won the support of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who recently said that the Bank's allocation of half of its climate financing to adaptation is the standard to be followed by international development partners.

    The US Department of the Treasury has endorsed the African Emergency Food Production Fund as part of the International Financial Institution's Action Plan to Address Food Insecurity, a guide of shortlisted programs for consideration by donor nations .

    Africa does not need food aid to feed itself.

    Africa needs adequate investments and seeds in the ground.

    The Africa Emergency Food Production Fund will provide an immediate solution to the twin global challenges of conflict and climate change, and will play immediate, medium and long-term roles in growing Africa's agricultural sector as a foundation for resilient African economies .

    Policy reforms will help drive the structural reforms needed for market-based input distribution and to produce crops more competitively.

    Today and in the future, the African Development Bank is delivering a proven plan to unlock Africa's food production potential and make Africa a breadbasket for the world.

    Dr. Akinwumi A.

    Adesina is President of the African Development Bank Group.

    The article was first published on the China Global Television (CGTN.com) website on August 5, 2022.

  •   Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN chief Antonio Guterres will meet in Ukraine on Thursday the United Nations announced Guterres will then on Friday visit the Ukrainian port city of Odessa one of three ports being used in the recent deal to export grain from the war ravaged country before heading to Turkey The first UN chartered vessel laden with grain left Ukraine on Tuesday for Africa following the hallmark deal brokered by Turkey and the UN to relieve the global food crisis The vessel departed from the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti for delivery to Ethiopia Ukraine s infrastructure ministry said Ukraine has said it is hoping two or three similar shipments will follow soon Ukraine and Russia two of the world s biggest grain exporters agreed a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey last month to unblock Black Sea grain deliveries after Russia s invasion At the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky the secretary general will be in Lviv on Thursday to attend a trilateral meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and the Ukrainian leader Guterres s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a press briefing Tuesday in New York The secretary general will then go on to Odessa the next day where he will visit the port which is one of the three being used as part of the Black Sea grain initiative At talks the leaders will discuss the need for a political solution to this conflict Dujarric said adding I have no doubt that the issue of the nuclear power plant will be raised Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations over a series of strikes this month on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine Europe s largest
    Zelensky, Erdogan, Guterres to meet Thursday in Ukraine
      Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN chief Antonio Guterres will meet in Ukraine on Thursday the United Nations announced Guterres will then on Friday visit the Ukrainian port city of Odessa one of three ports being used in the recent deal to export grain from the war ravaged country before heading to Turkey The first UN chartered vessel laden with grain left Ukraine on Tuesday for Africa following the hallmark deal brokered by Turkey and the UN to relieve the global food crisis The vessel departed from the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti for delivery to Ethiopia Ukraine s infrastructure ministry said Ukraine has said it is hoping two or three similar shipments will follow soon Ukraine and Russia two of the world s biggest grain exporters agreed a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey last month to unblock Black Sea grain deliveries after Russia s invasion At the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky the secretary general will be in Lviv on Thursday to attend a trilateral meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and the Ukrainian leader Guterres s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a press briefing Tuesday in New York The secretary general will then go on to Odessa the next day where he will visit the port which is one of the three being used as part of the Black Sea grain initiative At talks the leaders will discuss the need for a political solution to this conflict Dujarric said adding I have no doubt that the issue of the nuclear power plant will be raised Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations over a series of strikes this month on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine Europe s largest
    Zelensky, Erdogan, Guterres to meet Thursday in Ukraine
    Foreign4 months ago

    Zelensky, Erdogan, Guterres to meet Thursday in Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN chief Antonio Guterres will meet in Ukraine on Thursday, the United Nations announced.

    Guterres will then on Friday visit the Ukrainian port city of Odessa — one of three ports being used in the recent deal to export grain from the war-ravaged country — before heading to Turkey.

    The first UN-chartered vessel laden with grain left Ukraine on Tuesday for Africa following the hallmark deal brokered by Turkey and the UN to relieve the global food crisis.

    The vessel departed from the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti for delivery to Ethiopia, Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry said.

    Ukraine has said it is hoping two or three similar shipments will follow soon.

    Ukraine and Russia, two of the world’s biggest grain exporters, agreed a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey last month to unblock Black Sea grain deliveries after Russia’s invasion.

    “At the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky, the secretary-general will be in Lviv on Thursday to attend a trilateral meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and the Ukrainian leader,” Guterres’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a press briefing Tuesday in New York.“The secretary-general will then go on to Odessa the next day where he will visit the port which is one of the three being used as part of the Black Sea grain initiative.

    ” At talks, the leaders will discuss “the need for a political solution to this conflict,” Dujarric said, adding “I have no doubt that the issue of the nuclear power plant” will be raised.

    Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations over a series of strikes this month on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine — Europe’s largest.

  •  Russia said Tuesday that massive explosions at a military facility on the Kremlin controlled Crimean peninsula in Ukraine that also damaged electrical power infrastructure were the result of sabotage Russian President Vladimir Putin meanwhile said the United States was trying to drag out the conflict accusing Washington of putting Ukrainians in the firing line and supplying Kyiv with heavy weapons Huge fireballs erupted at the site in Crimea early on Tuesday where ammunition was temporarily being stored and clouds of black smoke billowed into the air images posted on social media showed As a result of an act of sabotage a military storage facility near the village of Dzhankoi was damaged the defence ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies The blasts caused by a fire that led ammunition to detonate damaged civilian infrastructure including power lines a power plant a railway track and residential buildings the ministry said The explosions come one week after at least one person was killed and several more were wounded in similar explosions at a Russian military airbase in Crimea Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility for either of the incidents in Crimea but senior officials and the military have implied Ukrainian involvement Presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said the explosions had likely damaged infrastructure supplying power generated at the Russian controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to Crimea Catastrophe What is stolen does not bring prosperity Podolyak said on Ukrainian television He earlier described the blasts as demilitarisation in action using the same term used by Russia to justify its invasion of Ukraine Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations over a series of strikes this month on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine Europe s largest Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Monday that a catastrophe at the Russian controlled facility would threaten the whole of Europe Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has used the Black Sea region as a staging ground for its invasion Moscow ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February anticipating little military resistance and hoping for a lightning takeover that would topple the government in Kyiv within hours But after failing to capture the capital Russia s military instead has become entrenched in a protracted bout of attrition with the sprawling front line in the east and south The situation in Ukraine shows that the US is trying to prolong this conflict Putin said Tuesday addressing the opening ceremony of a security conference in Moscow Washington is using the people of Ukraine as cannon fodder he said lashing out at the United States for supplying weapons to Kyiv The US has provided key economic and military backing to Kyiv in particular supplying long range precision artillery that has allowed Ukraine to strike Russian supply facilities deep inside Moscow controlled territory Meanwhile in the eastern Donbas region which has seen most of the fighting Ukraine said Russia had launched a massive offensive from an oil refinery in the recently captured city of Lysychansk in Lugansk province Ukraine s presidency said one woman was killed and two more injured in Donetsk province which together with Lugansk makes up the industrial Donbas that is now mostly controlled by Russian forces Symbols of repressions The first UN chartered vessel laden with grain meanwhile left Ukraine for Africa following a hallmark deal brokered by Turkey and the UN to relieve a global food crisis The UN chartered vessel departed on Tuesday from the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti for delivery to Ethiopia Ukraine s infrastructure ministry said The MV Brave Commander carrying 23 000 tonnes of wheat was able to leave after a deal agreed last month lifted a Russian blockade of Ukraine s ports and established safe corridors through the naval mines laid by Kyiv Ukraine has said it is hoping two or three similar shipments will follow soon Russia s invasion has driven an economic political and cultural wedge between Moscow and European capitals The prime minister of Estonia which was formerly Soviet ruled said on Tuesday her government had decided to remove all Soviet era monuments from public spaces in the country As symbols of repressions and Soviet occupation they have become a source of increasing social tensions at these times we must keep the risk to public order at a minimum Kaja Kallas wrote on Twitter The move follows similar trends in Poland and Ukraine which began tearing down statues of Soviet leaders in earnest after Russia backed separatists wrested control of swathes of the east in 2014 Finland meanwhile announced plans to limit Russian tourist visas to 10 percent of current volumes beginning in September due to rising discontent over Russian tourism amid the war in Ukraine
    Russia says blasts at military site in Crimea ‘sabotage’
     Russia said Tuesday that massive explosions at a military facility on the Kremlin controlled Crimean peninsula in Ukraine that also damaged electrical power infrastructure were the result of sabotage Russian President Vladimir Putin meanwhile said the United States was trying to drag out the conflict accusing Washington of putting Ukrainians in the firing line and supplying Kyiv with heavy weapons Huge fireballs erupted at the site in Crimea early on Tuesday where ammunition was temporarily being stored and clouds of black smoke billowed into the air images posted on social media showed As a result of an act of sabotage a military storage facility near the village of Dzhankoi was damaged the defence ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies The blasts caused by a fire that led ammunition to detonate damaged civilian infrastructure including power lines a power plant a railway track and residential buildings the ministry said The explosions come one week after at least one person was killed and several more were wounded in similar explosions at a Russian military airbase in Crimea Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility for either of the incidents in Crimea but senior officials and the military have implied Ukrainian involvement Presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said the explosions had likely damaged infrastructure supplying power generated at the Russian controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to Crimea Catastrophe What is stolen does not bring prosperity Podolyak said on Ukrainian television He earlier described the blasts as demilitarisation in action using the same term used by Russia to justify its invasion of Ukraine Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations over a series of strikes this month on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine Europe s largest Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Monday that a catastrophe at the Russian controlled facility would threaten the whole of Europe Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has used the Black Sea region as a staging ground for its invasion Moscow ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February anticipating little military resistance and hoping for a lightning takeover that would topple the government in Kyiv within hours But after failing to capture the capital Russia s military instead has become entrenched in a protracted bout of attrition with the sprawling front line in the east and south The situation in Ukraine shows that the US is trying to prolong this conflict Putin said Tuesday addressing the opening ceremony of a security conference in Moscow Washington is using the people of Ukraine as cannon fodder he said lashing out at the United States for supplying weapons to Kyiv The US has provided key economic and military backing to Kyiv in particular supplying long range precision artillery that has allowed Ukraine to strike Russian supply facilities deep inside Moscow controlled territory Meanwhile in the eastern Donbas region which has seen most of the fighting Ukraine said Russia had launched a massive offensive from an oil refinery in the recently captured city of Lysychansk in Lugansk province Ukraine s presidency said one woman was killed and two more injured in Donetsk province which together with Lugansk makes up the industrial Donbas that is now mostly controlled by Russian forces Symbols of repressions The first UN chartered vessel laden with grain meanwhile left Ukraine for Africa following a hallmark deal brokered by Turkey and the UN to relieve a global food crisis The UN chartered vessel departed on Tuesday from the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti for delivery to Ethiopia Ukraine s infrastructure ministry said The MV Brave Commander carrying 23 000 tonnes of wheat was able to leave after a deal agreed last month lifted a Russian blockade of Ukraine s ports and established safe corridors through the naval mines laid by Kyiv Ukraine has said it is hoping two or three similar shipments will follow soon Russia s invasion has driven an economic political and cultural wedge between Moscow and European capitals The prime minister of Estonia which was formerly Soviet ruled said on Tuesday her government had decided to remove all Soviet era monuments from public spaces in the country As symbols of repressions and Soviet occupation they have become a source of increasing social tensions at these times we must keep the risk to public order at a minimum Kaja Kallas wrote on Twitter The move follows similar trends in Poland and Ukraine which began tearing down statues of Soviet leaders in earnest after Russia backed separatists wrested control of swathes of the east in 2014 Finland meanwhile announced plans to limit Russian tourist visas to 10 percent of current volumes beginning in September due to rising discontent over Russian tourism amid the war in Ukraine
    Russia says blasts at military site in Crimea ‘sabotage’
    Foreign4 months ago

    Russia says blasts at military site in Crimea ‘sabotage’

    Russia said Tuesday that massive explosions at a military facility on the Kremlin-controlled Crimean peninsula in Ukraine that also damaged electrical power infrastructure were the result of “sabotage”.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin meanwhile said the United States was trying to drag out the conflict, accusing Washington of putting Ukrainians in the firing line and supplying Kyiv with heavy weapons.

    Huge fireballs erupted at the site in Crimea early on Tuesday where ammunition was temporarily being stored and clouds of black smoke billowed into the air, images posted on social media showed.

    “As a result of an act of sabotage, a military storage facility near the village of Dzhankoi was damaged,” the defence ministry said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

    The blasts — caused by a fire that led ammunition to detonate — damaged civilian infrastructure, “including power lines, a power plant, a railway track” and residential buildings, the ministry said.

    The explosions come one week after at least one person was killed and several more were wounded in similar explosions at a Russian military airbase in Crimea.

    Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility for either of the incidents in Crimea, but senior officials and the military have implied Ukrainian involvement.

    Presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said the explosions had likely damaged infrastructure supplying power generated at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to Crimea.

    ‘Catastrophe’“What is stolen does not bring prosperity,” Podolyak said on Ukrainian television.

    He earlier described the blasts as “demilitarisation in action” — using the same term used by Russia to justify its invasion of Ukraine.

    Kyiv and Moscow have traded accusations over a series of strikes this month on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine — Europe’s largest.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Monday that a “catastrophe” at the Russian-controlled facility would threaten the whole of Europe.

    Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has used the Black Sea region as a staging ground for its invasion.

    Moscow ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February, anticipating little military resistance and hoping for a lightning takeover that would topple the government in Kyiv within hours.

    But after failing to capture the capital, Russia’s military instead has become entrenched in a protracted bout of attrition with the sprawling front line in the east and south.

    “The situation in Ukraine shows that the US is trying to prolong this conflict,” Putin said Tuesday, addressing the opening ceremony of a security conference in Moscow.

    Washington is “using the people of Ukraine as cannon fodder”, he said, lashing out at the United States for supplying weapons to Kyiv. The US has provided key economic and military backing to Kyiv, in particular supplying long-range, precision artillery that has allowed Ukraine to strike Russian supply facilities deep inside Moscow-controlled territory.

    Meanwhile, in the eastern Donbas region, which has seen most of the fighting, Ukraine said Russia had launched a “massive” offensive from an oil refinery in the recently captured city of Lysychansk in Lugansk province.

    Ukraine’s presidency said one woman was killed and two more injured in Donetsk province, which together with Lugansk makes up the industrial Donbas that is now mostly controlled by Russian forces.

    ‘Symbols of repressions’The first UN-chartered vessel laden with grain meanwhile left Ukraine for Africa following a hallmark deal brokered by Turkey and the UN to relieve a global food crisis.

    The UN-chartered vessel departed on Tuesday from the Ukrainian port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti “for delivery to Ethiopia”, Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry said.

    The MV Brave Commander, carrying 23,000 tonnes of wheat, was able to leave after a deal agreed last month lifted a Russian blockade of Ukraine’s ports and established safe corridors through the naval mines laid by Kyiv. Ukraine has said it is hoping two or three similar shipments will follow soon.

    Russia’s invasion has driven an economic, political and cultural wedge between Moscow and European capitals.

    The prime minister of Estonia, which was formerly Soviet-ruled, said on Tuesday her government had decided to remove all Soviet-era monuments from public spaces in the country.

    “As symbols of repressions and Soviet occupation, they have become a source of increasing social tensions –- at these times, we must keep the risk to public order at a minimum,” Kaja Kallas wrote on Twitter.

    The move follows similar trends in Poland and Ukraine, which began tearing down statues of Soviet leaders in earnest after Russia-backed separatists wrested control of swathes of the east in 2014.

    Finland, meanwhile, announced plans to limit Russian tourist visas to 10 percent of current volumes beginning in September, due to rising discontent over Russian tourism amid the war in Ukraine.

  •  A UN chartered vessel laden with grain set off from Ukraine for Africa on Tuesday following a deal to relieve a global food crisis the ministry in charge of shipments said The MV Brave Commander departed from the Black Sea port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti for delivery to Ethiopia the infrastructure ministry said on Telegram The ship is loaded with 23 000 tonnes of wheat It is the first ship chartered by the UN World Food Programme WFP to leave Ukraine since Russia s invasion began in February The government has said it is hoping there will be two or three similar shipments soon Ukraine and Russia are two of the world s biggest grain exporters Kyiv and Moscow agreed a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey last month to unblock Black Sea grain deliveries after Russia s invasion The agreement lifted a Russian blockade of Ukraine s ports and established safe corridors through the naval mines laid by Kyiv The first commercial ship carrying grain left on August 1 The WFP says a record 345 million people in 82 countries face acute food insecurity and up to 50 million people in 45 countries are on the brink of famine and risk being tipped over the edge without humanitarian support We are definitely planning other ships to leave the ports of Ukraine to help people around the world Marianne Ward WFP deputy country director in Ukraine told journalists earlier while the ship was being loaded at the weekend This should just be the first of many humanitarian ships to leave the ports she said nbsp
    UN-chartered vessel laden with grain set off from Ukraine for Africa
     A UN chartered vessel laden with grain set off from Ukraine for Africa on Tuesday following a deal to relieve a global food crisis the ministry in charge of shipments said The MV Brave Commander departed from the Black Sea port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti for delivery to Ethiopia the infrastructure ministry said on Telegram The ship is loaded with 23 000 tonnes of wheat It is the first ship chartered by the UN World Food Programme WFP to leave Ukraine since Russia s invasion began in February The government has said it is hoping there will be two or three similar shipments soon Ukraine and Russia are two of the world s biggest grain exporters Kyiv and Moscow agreed a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey last month to unblock Black Sea grain deliveries after Russia s invasion The agreement lifted a Russian blockade of Ukraine s ports and established safe corridors through the naval mines laid by Kyiv The first commercial ship carrying grain left on August 1 The WFP says a record 345 million people in 82 countries face acute food insecurity and up to 50 million people in 45 countries are on the brink of famine and risk being tipped over the edge without humanitarian support We are definitely planning other ships to leave the ports of Ukraine to help people around the world Marianne Ward WFP deputy country director in Ukraine told journalists earlier while the ship was being loaded at the weekend This should just be the first of many humanitarian ships to leave the ports she said nbsp
    UN-chartered vessel laden with grain set off from Ukraine for Africa
    Foreign4 months ago

    UN-chartered vessel laden with grain set off from Ukraine for Africa

    A UN-chartered vessel laden with grain set off from Ukraine for Africa on Tuesday following a deal to relieve a global food crisis, the ministry in charge of shipments said.The MV Brave Commander departed from the Black Sea port of Pivdennyi and will sail to Djibouti “for delivery to Ethiopia”, the infrastructure ministry said on Telegram.The ship is loaded with 23,000 tonnes of wheat.It is the first ship chartered by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to leave Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began in February.The government has said it is hoping there will be two or three similar shipments soon.Ukraine and Russia are two of the world’s biggest grain exporters.Kyiv and Moscow agreed a deal brokered by the UN and Turkey last month to unblock Black Sea grain deliveries after Russia’s invasion.The agreement lifted a Russian blockade of Ukraine’s ports and established safe corridors through the naval mines laid by Kyiv. The first commercial ship carrying grain left on August 1.The WFP says a record 345 million people in 82 countries face acute food insecurity and up to 50 million people in 45 countries are on the brink of famine and risk being tipped over the edge without humanitarian support.“We are definitely planning other ships to leave the ports of Ukraine, to help people around the world,” Marianne Ward, WFP deputy country director in Ukraine, told journalists earlier while the ship was being loaded at the weekend.“This should just be the first of many humanitarian ships to leave the ports,” she said. 

  •   One of the key markers on the global path to poliovirus eradication is certification the formal verification that a region is polio free Last month that scoreboard got a digital upgrade Following the resolution passed at the World Health Assembly in 1988 to eradicate polio the Global Certification Commission was established to lead the formal certification process for polio free regions In 1995 the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region established the Regional Certification Commission RCC The RCC is comprised of scientific and public health experts who independently review and assess country data and documentation of activities and reports submitted by national polio eradication committees for all countries in the Region The RCC has an important purpose it reviews the annual certification reports submitted by the countries of the Region to identify the gaps in polio free countries and recommends appropriate risk mitigation measures It also works closely with National Certification Committees NCCs and other groups and reviews progress toward certification of polio eradication and containment of laboratory stocks of poliovirus Each year the RCC meets with NCC members from countries in the Region Global Polio Eradication Initiative stakeholders and ministries of health to review the epidemiological situation progress and present recommendations to the countries In May the RCC met for its 36th meeting in Dubai Speaking at the event WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Al Mandhari expressed appreciation for the RCC s efforts to support polio eradication in the Region I am pleased to inform you that as a result of his efforts 20 of the 22 countries in our Region have achieved the required standards for polio certification With significant progress in the last 2 endemic countries of our Region we are closer than ever to eradicating polio This year the RCC reviewed reports from Bahrain Djibouti Egypt Islamic Republic of Iran Iraq Jordan Kuwait Libya Oman Palestine Qatar Saudi Arabia Somalia Sudan Syria Tunisia United Arab Emirates and Yemen The reports had been provisionally accepted pending revision based on comments from the RCC For Afghanistan and Pakistan their progress reports were reviewed and taken into account by the RCC During the meeting the RCC endorsed the new Annual Electronic Certification Report e ACR system effectively taking the system out of beta status and moving it into established practice and agreed that certification reports be submitted through this system sooner of the 37th RCC meeting in 2023 The e RCA as a recommendation of the RCC during the 33rd meeting in 2019 was developed as a web based system to mimic the offline workflow including submission review approval and archiving of the data reported within the annual meeting certification reports It enables custom and structured data entry that will help users easily retrieve data for comparison and analysis with previous years reports a process that previously relied on records kept in multiple separate systems or even paper records Following software development 65 participants representing the RCC NCCs and ministry of health focal persons from 13 countries were trained in 2 separate sessions in May and June 2022 Feedback and recommendations from these trainings are being incorporated to the e ACR system A third training is scheduled for September 2022 for representatives of the remaining 9 countries in the Region The introduction of the innovative e ACR system makes the Region one of the leading WHO regions in the digital archive of all certification reports This system not only facilitates data retrieval but also allows the next generation of disease eradicators to learn from the experience of polio eradication certification and process
    Electronic notification system digitizes notification for polio certification
      One of the key markers on the global path to poliovirus eradication is certification the formal verification that a region is polio free Last month that scoreboard got a digital upgrade Following the resolution passed at the World Health Assembly in 1988 to eradicate polio the Global Certification Commission was established to lead the formal certification process for polio free regions In 1995 the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region established the Regional Certification Commission RCC The RCC is comprised of scientific and public health experts who independently review and assess country data and documentation of activities and reports submitted by national polio eradication committees for all countries in the Region The RCC has an important purpose it reviews the annual certification reports submitted by the countries of the Region to identify the gaps in polio free countries and recommends appropriate risk mitigation measures It also works closely with National Certification Committees NCCs and other groups and reviews progress toward certification of polio eradication and containment of laboratory stocks of poliovirus Each year the RCC meets with NCC members from countries in the Region Global Polio Eradication Initiative stakeholders and ministries of health to review the epidemiological situation progress and present recommendations to the countries In May the RCC met for its 36th meeting in Dubai Speaking at the event WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Al Mandhari expressed appreciation for the RCC s efforts to support polio eradication in the Region I am pleased to inform you that as a result of his efforts 20 of the 22 countries in our Region have achieved the required standards for polio certification With significant progress in the last 2 endemic countries of our Region we are closer than ever to eradicating polio This year the RCC reviewed reports from Bahrain Djibouti Egypt Islamic Republic of Iran Iraq Jordan Kuwait Libya Oman Palestine Qatar Saudi Arabia Somalia Sudan Syria Tunisia United Arab Emirates and Yemen The reports had been provisionally accepted pending revision based on comments from the RCC For Afghanistan and Pakistan their progress reports were reviewed and taken into account by the RCC During the meeting the RCC endorsed the new Annual Electronic Certification Report e ACR system effectively taking the system out of beta status and moving it into established practice and agreed that certification reports be submitted through this system sooner of the 37th RCC meeting in 2023 The e RCA as a recommendation of the RCC during the 33rd meeting in 2019 was developed as a web based system to mimic the offline workflow including submission review approval and archiving of the data reported within the annual meeting certification reports It enables custom and structured data entry that will help users easily retrieve data for comparison and analysis with previous years reports a process that previously relied on records kept in multiple separate systems or even paper records Following software development 65 participants representing the RCC NCCs and ministry of health focal persons from 13 countries were trained in 2 separate sessions in May and June 2022 Feedback and recommendations from these trainings are being incorporated to the e ACR system A third training is scheduled for September 2022 for representatives of the remaining 9 countries in the Region The introduction of the innovative e ACR system makes the Region one of the leading WHO regions in the digital archive of all certification reports This system not only facilitates data retrieval but also allows the next generation of disease eradicators to learn from the experience of polio eradication certification and process
    Electronic notification system digitizes notification for polio certification
    Africa4 months ago

    Electronic notification system digitizes notification for polio certification

    One of the key markers on the global path to poliovirus eradication is certification, the formal verification that a region is polio-free.

    Last month, that scoreboard got a digital upgrade.

    Following the resolution passed at the World Health Assembly in 1988 to eradicate polio, the Global Certification Commission was established to lead the formal certification process for polio-free regions.

    In 1995, the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region established the Regional Certification Commission (RCC).

    The RCC is comprised of scientific and public health experts who independently review and assess country data and documentation of activities and reports submitted by national polio eradication committees for all countries in the Region.

    The RCC has an important purpose: it reviews the annual certification reports submitted by the countries of the Region to identify the gaps in polio-free countries and recommends appropriate risk mitigation measures.

    It also works closely with National Certification Committees (NCCs) and other groups, and reviews progress toward certification of polio eradication and containment of laboratory stocks of poliovirus.

    Each year, the RCC meets with NCC members from countries in the Region, Global Polio Eradication Initiative stakeholders, and ministries of health to review the epidemiological situation, progress, and present recommendations to the countries.

    In May, the RCC met for its 36th meeting in Dubai.

    Speaking at the event, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Al-Mandhari, expressed appreciation for the RCC's efforts to support polio eradication in the Region.

    “I am pleased to inform you that, as a result of his efforts, 20 of the 22 countries in our Region have achieved the required standards for polio certification.

    With significant progress in the last 2 endemic countries of our Region, we are closer than ever to eradicating polio."

    This year, the RCC reviewed reports from Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

    .

    The reports had been provisionally accepted pending revision based on comments from the RCC.

    For Afghanistan and Pakistan, their progress reports were reviewed and taken into account by the RCC.

    During the meeting, the RCC endorsed the new Annual Electronic Certification Report (e-ACR) system, effectively taking the system out of beta status and moving it into established practice and agreed that certification reports be submitted through this system sooner.

    of the 37th RCC.

    meeting in 2023.

    The e-RCA, as a recommendation of the RCC during the 33rd meeting in 2019, was developed as a web-based system to mimic the offline workflow, including submission, review, approval and archiving of the data reported within the annual meeting.

    certification reports.

    It enables custom and structured data entry that will help users easily retrieve data for comparison and analysis with previous years' reports, a process that previously relied on records kept in multiple separate systems, or even paper records.

    Following software development, 65 participants representing the RCC, NCCs and ministry of health focal persons from 13 countries were trained in 2 separate sessions in May and June 2022.

    Feedback and recommendations from these trainings are being incorporated to the e-ACR system.

    A third training is scheduled for September 2022 for representatives of the remaining 9 countries in the Region.

    The introduction of the innovative e-ACR system makes the Region one of the leading WHO regions in the digital archive of all certification reports.

    This system not only facilitates data retrieval, but also allows the next generation of disease eradicators to learn from the experience of polio eradication certification and process.

  •  The UN chartered vessel Brave Commander is expected to berth shortly at Ukraine s Yuzhny Pivdennyi port to collect Ukrainian wheat purchased by the World Food Programme WFP UN Spokesman Mr St phane Dujarric disclosed this on Friday in New York at a news conference while giving an update on the Black Sea Initiative According to him this is the first shipment of humanitarian food assistance under the Black Sea Grain Initiative signed in July by Ukraine Russia and T rkiye The vessel departed Istanbul on August 10 after clearing the inspection regime by the Joint Coordination Centre The Brave Commander will discharge its wheat in Djibouti after clearing the JCC protocols in Istanbul on the outbound trip The wheat will go to the World Food Programme s operations in Ethiopia supporting the Horn of Africa drought response as the threat of famine stalks the drought hit region Meanwhile WFP said the development marks another important step in efforts to reintegrate Ukrainian food into global markets The consignment will get it to countries worst affected by the global food crisis through both commercial and humanitarian avenues The MV Brave Commander is expected to berth shortly at Yuzhny located on the Black Sea The ship departed the Turkish capital Istanbul on Wednesday after clearing inspection by the Joint Coordination Centre JCC the mechanism that supports implementation of the UN brokered agreement on resuming grain exports from Ukraine The JCC will monitor the movement of commercial vessels transporting grain foodstuffs and fertilizer from Yuzhny and two other key Ukrainian ports Odesa and Chornomorsk WFP had purchased the wheat for its operations in Ethiopia supporting drought response in the Horn of Africa where the threat of famine looms The UN agency recently warned of the dire food security situation across the region following four consecutive failed rainy seasons The Horn of Africa is just one of many areas around the world where the near complete halt of Ukrainian grain and food on the global market has made life even harder for the families already struggling with rising hunger A record 345 million people in 82 countries are now facing acute food insecurity WFP said Up to 50 million in 45 countries are at risk of being pushed into famine without humanitarian support The Brave Commander will discharge the wheat in Djibouti after clearing the JCC protocols in Istanbul on the outbound trip The Black Sea Grain Initiative was signed on July 22 and so far 12 vessels have been authorised to depart the Ukrainian ports the senior UN official Frederick Kenney at the JCC told journalists this week Kenney UN Interim Coordinator said while there is still much work ahead we are off with a very good start NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Vessel to collect first humanitarian wheat shipment under Ukraine grain deal- UN
     The UN chartered vessel Brave Commander is expected to berth shortly at Ukraine s Yuzhny Pivdennyi port to collect Ukrainian wheat purchased by the World Food Programme WFP UN Spokesman Mr St phane Dujarric disclosed this on Friday in New York at a news conference while giving an update on the Black Sea Initiative According to him this is the first shipment of humanitarian food assistance under the Black Sea Grain Initiative signed in July by Ukraine Russia and T rkiye The vessel departed Istanbul on August 10 after clearing the inspection regime by the Joint Coordination Centre The Brave Commander will discharge its wheat in Djibouti after clearing the JCC protocols in Istanbul on the outbound trip The wheat will go to the World Food Programme s operations in Ethiopia supporting the Horn of Africa drought response as the threat of famine stalks the drought hit region Meanwhile WFP said the development marks another important step in efforts to reintegrate Ukrainian food into global markets The consignment will get it to countries worst affected by the global food crisis through both commercial and humanitarian avenues The MV Brave Commander is expected to berth shortly at Yuzhny located on the Black Sea The ship departed the Turkish capital Istanbul on Wednesday after clearing inspection by the Joint Coordination Centre JCC the mechanism that supports implementation of the UN brokered agreement on resuming grain exports from Ukraine The JCC will monitor the movement of commercial vessels transporting grain foodstuffs and fertilizer from Yuzhny and two other key Ukrainian ports Odesa and Chornomorsk WFP had purchased the wheat for its operations in Ethiopia supporting drought response in the Horn of Africa where the threat of famine looms The UN agency recently warned of the dire food security situation across the region following four consecutive failed rainy seasons The Horn of Africa is just one of many areas around the world where the near complete halt of Ukrainian grain and food on the global market has made life even harder for the families already struggling with rising hunger A record 345 million people in 82 countries are now facing acute food insecurity WFP said Up to 50 million in 45 countries are at risk of being pushed into famine without humanitarian support The Brave Commander will discharge the wheat in Djibouti after clearing the JCC protocols in Istanbul on the outbound trip The Black Sea Grain Initiative was signed on July 22 and so far 12 vessels have been authorised to depart the Ukrainian ports the senior UN official Frederick Kenney at the JCC told journalists this week Kenney UN Interim Coordinator said while there is still much work ahead we are off with a very good start NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Vessel to collect first humanitarian wheat shipment under Ukraine grain deal- UN
    Foreign4 months ago

    Vessel to collect first humanitarian wheat shipment under Ukraine grain deal- UN

    The UN-chartered vessel Brave Commander is expected to berth shortly at Ukraine’s Yuzhny (Pivdennyi) port to collect Ukrainian wheat purchased by the World Food Programme (WFP).

    UN Spokesman, Mr Stéphane Dujarric, disclosed this on Friday in New York at a news conference while giving an update on the Black Sea Initiative.

    According to him, this is the first shipment of humanitarian food assistance under the Black Sea Grain Initiative signed in July by Ukraine, Russia and Türkiye.

    “The vessel departed Istanbul on August 10 after clearing the inspection regime by the Joint Coordination Centre.

    “The Brave Commander will discharge its wheat in Djibouti, after clearing the JCC protocols in Istanbul on the outbound trip.

    “The wheat will go to the World Food Programme’s operations in Ethiopia, supporting the Horn of Africa drought response as the threat of famine stalks the drought-hit region.

    ’’ Meanwhile, WFP said the development marks “another important step in efforts to reintegrate Ukrainian food into global markets.

    ”The consignment will get it to countries worst affected by the global food crisis through both commercial and humanitarian avenues.

    ” The MV Brave Commander is expected to berth shortly at Yuzhny, located on the Black Sea. The ship departed the Turkish capital, Istanbul, on Wednesday after clearing inspection by the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC), the mechanism that supports implementation of the UN-brokered agreement on resuming grain exports from Ukraine.

    The JCC will monitor the movement of commercial vessels transporting grain, foodstuffs and fertilizer from Yuzhny and two other key Ukrainian ports: Odesa and Chornomorsk.

    WFP had purchased the wheat for its operations in Ethiopia, supporting drought response in the Horn of Africa where the threat of famine looms.

    The UN agency recently warned of the dire food security situation across the region, following four consecutive failed rainy seasons.

    The Horn of Africa is just one of many areas around the world where the near complete halt of Ukrainian grain and food on the global market has made life even harder for the families already struggling with rising hunger.

    A record 345 million people in 82 countries are now facing acute food insecurity, WFP said.

    Up to 50 million in 45 countries are at risk of being pushed into famine without humanitarian support.

    The Brave Commander will discharge the wheat in Djibouti after clearing the JCC protocols in Istanbul on the outbound trip.

    The Black Sea Grain Initiative was signed on July 22 and so far, 12 vessels have been authorised to depart the Ukrainian ports, the senior UN official, Frederick Kenney at the JCC told journalists this week.

    Kenney, UN Interim Coordinator, said while there is still much work ahead, “we are off with a very good start”.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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