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  •  The International Monetary Fund s IMF Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of its member countries under the IMF s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust CCRT Ms Kristalina Georgieva the Managing Director said this in a statement issued in Washington D C on Tuesday According to her the relief was part of the Fund s response to help address the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic This provides grants to our poorest and most vulnerable members to cover their IMF debt obligations for an initial phase over the next six months It will help them channel more of their scarce financial resources towards vital emergency medical and other relief efforts The CCRT can currently provide about 500 million dollars in grant based debt service relief including the recent 185 million dollars pledge by the United Kingdom and 100 million dollars provided by Japan as immediately available resources Others including China and the Netherlands are also stepping forward with important contributions Georgieva urged other donors to help the IMF replenish the Trust s resources and further boost its ability to provide additional debt service relief for a full two years to its poorest member countries The countries that would receive debt service relief are Afghanistan Benin Burkina Faso Central African Republic Chad Comoros Democratic Republic of Congo The Gambia and Guinea Others are Guinea Bissau Haiti Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mozambique Nepal Niger Rwanda S o Tom and Pr ncipe Sierra Leone Solomon Islands Tajikistan Togo and Yemen The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the IMF is an organisation of 189 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation secure financial stability facilitate international trade promote high employment and sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty around the world Edited By Emmanuel Okara Sadiya Hamza NAN
    IMF approves immediate debt relief for 25 countries
     The International Monetary Fund s IMF Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of its member countries under the IMF s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust CCRT Ms Kristalina Georgieva the Managing Director said this in a statement issued in Washington D C on Tuesday According to her the relief was part of the Fund s response to help address the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic This provides grants to our poorest and most vulnerable members to cover their IMF debt obligations for an initial phase over the next six months It will help them channel more of their scarce financial resources towards vital emergency medical and other relief efforts The CCRT can currently provide about 500 million dollars in grant based debt service relief including the recent 185 million dollars pledge by the United Kingdom and 100 million dollars provided by Japan as immediately available resources Others including China and the Netherlands are also stepping forward with important contributions Georgieva urged other donors to help the IMF replenish the Trust s resources and further boost its ability to provide additional debt service relief for a full two years to its poorest member countries The countries that would receive debt service relief are Afghanistan Benin Burkina Faso Central African Republic Chad Comoros Democratic Republic of Congo The Gambia and Guinea Others are Guinea Bissau Haiti Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mozambique Nepal Niger Rwanda S o Tom and Pr ncipe Sierra Leone Solomon Islands Tajikistan Togo and Yemen The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the IMF is an organisation of 189 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation secure financial stability facilitate international trade promote high employment and sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty around the world Edited By Emmanuel Okara Sadiya Hamza NAN
    IMF approves immediate debt relief for 25 countries
    Economy3 years ago

    IMF approves immediate debt relief for 25 countries

    The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of its member countries under the IMF’s revamped Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT).

    Ms Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director, said this in a statement issued in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

    According to her, the relief was part of the Fund’s response to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “This provides grants to our poorest and most vulnerable members to cover their IMF debt obligations for an initial phase over the next six months.

    “It will help them channel more of their scarce financial resources towards vital emergency medical and other relief efforts.

    “The CCRT can currently provide about 500 million dollars in grant-based debt service relief, including the recent 185 million dollars pledge by the United Kingdom and 100 million dollars provided by Japan as immediately available resources.

    “Others, including China and the Netherlands, are also stepping forward with important contributions.”

    Georgieva urged other donors to help the IMF replenish the Trust’s resources and further boost its ability to provide additional debt service relief for a full two years to its poorest member countries.

    The countries that would receive debt service relief are: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia and Guinea.

    Others are Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Togo and Yemen.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the IMF is an organisation of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty around the world.


    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

  •  The UN Population Fund UNFPA West Central Africa Regional Office WCARO on Saturday says education is key to ending maternal deaths instability and underdevelopment in the region Mr Mabingue Ngom UNFPA Regional Director said this in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja According to him the West Central African region is worst hit by challenges of maternal deaths instability and underdevelopment About 55 per cent of young people in Burkina Faso Mali and Niger are out of school Compulsory education for girls is paramount to overcoming challenges of maternal deaths and terror Such is the epicenter of the crisis and very worrisome at a time of terror groups Keep girls at schools it will have positive impact on the society generally because she have access to family planning If a woman has access to family planning that means maternal deaths would reduce drastically he said Ngom noted that taking census of the population every 10 years was necessary and good adding that UN Agency would support members to overcome the task of conducting census in order to reap Demographic Dividends DD The Regional Director said UNFPA was committed to the implementation of Cairo commitment by ensuring that women had access to reproductive rights Ngom said that they would continue to work with traditional leaders in accelerating progress for a Gender Based Violence GBV free region He said that political leaders in the region had done well in their response to ending GBV stressing that UNFPA would support any measure taken to end violence against women and girls The UN official said that UNFPA would also intervene in the fight against the dreadful impact of COVID 19 on the region in areas of planning prevention and cure He said the intervention would assist the member countries through contact tracing as they did in Liberia Guinea and Sierra Leone during the Ebola virus outbreak We will help countries pass information we will help them plan as well as reinforce the health system especially when it affects women and girls he said Ngom said that UNFPA was determined to ensure that women and girls were protected during crisis in areas of humanitarian situation and also giving the perpetrators deserving treatment Edited By Chidinma Agu Rabiu Sani Ali NAN
    Education panacea to maternal deaths, instability, underdevelopment-UNFPA
     The UN Population Fund UNFPA West Central Africa Regional Office WCARO on Saturday says education is key to ending maternal deaths instability and underdevelopment in the region Mr Mabingue Ngom UNFPA Regional Director said this in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja According to him the West Central African region is worst hit by challenges of maternal deaths instability and underdevelopment About 55 per cent of young people in Burkina Faso Mali and Niger are out of school Compulsory education for girls is paramount to overcoming challenges of maternal deaths and terror Such is the epicenter of the crisis and very worrisome at a time of terror groups Keep girls at schools it will have positive impact on the society generally because she have access to family planning If a woman has access to family planning that means maternal deaths would reduce drastically he said Ngom noted that taking census of the population every 10 years was necessary and good adding that UN Agency would support members to overcome the task of conducting census in order to reap Demographic Dividends DD The Regional Director said UNFPA was committed to the implementation of Cairo commitment by ensuring that women had access to reproductive rights Ngom said that they would continue to work with traditional leaders in accelerating progress for a Gender Based Violence GBV free region He said that political leaders in the region had done well in their response to ending GBV stressing that UNFPA would support any measure taken to end violence against women and girls The UN official said that UNFPA would also intervene in the fight against the dreadful impact of COVID 19 on the region in areas of planning prevention and cure He said the intervention would assist the member countries through contact tracing as they did in Liberia Guinea and Sierra Leone during the Ebola virus outbreak We will help countries pass information we will help them plan as well as reinforce the health system especially when it affects women and girls he said Ngom said that UNFPA was determined to ensure that women and girls were protected during crisis in areas of humanitarian situation and also giving the perpetrators deserving treatment Edited By Chidinma Agu Rabiu Sani Ali NAN
    Education panacea to maternal deaths, instability, underdevelopment-UNFPA
    Health3 years ago

    Education panacea to maternal deaths, instability, underdevelopment-UNFPA

    The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), West Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) on Saturday says education is key to ending maternal deaths, instability and underdevelopment in the region.

    Mr Mabingue Ngom, UNFPA Regional Director,  said this in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

    According to him, the West Central African region is worst hit by challenges of maternal deaths, instability and underdevelopment.

    ”About 55 per cent of young people in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are out of school.

    ”Compulsory education for girls is paramount to overcoming challenges of maternal deaths and terror.

    “Such is the epicenter of the crisis and very worrisome at a time of terror groups.

    “Keep girls at schools, it will have positive impact on the society generally because she have access to family planning.

    “If a woman has access to family planning, that means maternal deaths would reduce drastically,” he said.

    Ngom noted that taking census of the population every 10-years was necessary and good, adding that UN Agency would support members to overcome the task of conducting census in order to reap Demographic Dividends (DD).

    The Regional Director said UNFPA was committed to the implementation of Cairo commitment by ensuring that women had access to reproductive rights.

    Ngom said that they would continue to work with traditional leaders in accelerating progress for a Gender Based Violence (GBV) free region.

    He said that political leaders in the region had done well in their response to ending GBV, stressing that UNFPA would support any measure taken to end violence against women and girls.

    The UN official said that UNFPA would also intervene in the fight against the dreadful impact of COVID-19 on the region in areas of planning, prevention and cure.

    He said the intervention would assist the member countries through contact tracing as they did in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone during the Ebola virus outbreak.

    “We will help countries pass information, we will help them plan as well as reinforce the health system especially when it affects women and girls,” he said.

    Ngom said that UNFPA was determined to ensure that women and girls were protected during crisis, in areas of humanitarian situation and also giving the perpetrators deserving treatment.


    Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Rabiu Sani Ali
    (NAN)

  •  Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany has announced a special Stay at Home Media award to recognise journalists reporting Coronavirus COVID 19 in Africa Dr Rasha Kelej Chief Executive Officer of Merck Foundation said in a statement the award in collaboration with African First Ladies was to encourage media to be creative and effective in raising awareness and sensitising communities on COVID 19 Kalej said the award was to inspire journalists to sensitise communities on how to stay safe and keep physically and mentally healthy during the lockdown According to him Merck Foundation is working with First Ladies of Africa to raise awareness about Coronavirus and how to stay safe and healthy He said the foundation had been collaborating with First Ladies in some Africa countries to announce the call for applications for their Stay at Home Media Recognition Awards The countries are Ghana Nigeria Democratic Republic of Congo DRC Malawi Namibia Niger Guinea Conakry Burundi Central African Republic C A R Chad Zimbabwe Zambia The Gambia Liberia and Congo Brazzaville The theme of the awards is Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown This unsettling period due to the coronavirus scare is difficult for everyone both physically and mentally while most countries are under complete lockdown or restricted movement people do not know how to handle this situation Social Distancing is our Social Responsibility and the only way to kill Coronavirus however it will take a lot of courage and discipline to practice it Taking good care of your mental and physical health is important during this period So we decided to initiate these awards in order to reward the journalists To reward journalist who are raising awareness in most effective and creative way on how to keep safe and keep physically and mentally healthy during to his phase Kelej said According to him all the journalists from Print Online Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking French speaking Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries are invited to send their entries for the awards The most creative and influential media work aiming to raise awareness and sensitising communities about this alarming topic at a regular basis will be eligible to win these awards We have created four categories for Africa English French Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries Merck Foundation will extend the awards to include Middle Eastern Latin America and Asian Countries in the next few days to involve all media across the global South Since most of the people are confined to their homes they are spending a lot of time reading and listening to news through different platforms Media professionals it is your time to help the people to take care good care of their mental and physic al health during these disturbing times through your creative informational and motivational work You can guide them to adjust to their new and different routine and rhythm of life He said the last of submission of entries would be on June 30 2020 Edited By Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    COVID-19: Foundation announces “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards
     Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany has announced a special Stay at Home Media award to recognise journalists reporting Coronavirus COVID 19 in Africa Dr Rasha Kelej Chief Executive Officer of Merck Foundation said in a statement the award in collaboration with African First Ladies was to encourage media to be creative and effective in raising awareness and sensitising communities on COVID 19 Kalej said the award was to inspire journalists to sensitise communities on how to stay safe and keep physically and mentally healthy during the lockdown According to him Merck Foundation is working with First Ladies of Africa to raise awareness about Coronavirus and how to stay safe and healthy He said the foundation had been collaborating with First Ladies in some Africa countries to announce the call for applications for their Stay at Home Media Recognition Awards The countries are Ghana Nigeria Democratic Republic of Congo DRC Malawi Namibia Niger Guinea Conakry Burundi Central African Republic C A R Chad Zimbabwe Zambia The Gambia Liberia and Congo Brazzaville The theme of the awards is Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown This unsettling period due to the coronavirus scare is difficult for everyone both physically and mentally while most countries are under complete lockdown or restricted movement people do not know how to handle this situation Social Distancing is our Social Responsibility and the only way to kill Coronavirus however it will take a lot of courage and discipline to practice it Taking good care of your mental and physical health is important during this period So we decided to initiate these awards in order to reward the journalists To reward journalist who are raising awareness in most effective and creative way on how to keep safe and keep physically and mentally healthy during to his phase Kelej said According to him all the journalists from Print Online Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking French speaking Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries are invited to send their entries for the awards The most creative and influential media work aiming to raise awareness and sensitising communities about this alarming topic at a regular basis will be eligible to win these awards We have created four categories for Africa English French Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries Merck Foundation will extend the awards to include Middle Eastern Latin America and Asian Countries in the next few days to involve all media across the global South Since most of the people are confined to their homes they are spending a lot of time reading and listening to news through different platforms Media professionals it is your time to help the people to take care good care of their mental and physic al health during these disturbing times through your creative informational and motivational work You can guide them to adjust to their new and different routine and rhythm of life He said the last of submission of entries would be on June 30 2020 Edited By Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    COVID-19: Foundation announces “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards
    Health3 years ago

    COVID-19: Foundation announces “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards

    Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, has announced a special “Stay at Home” Media award to recognise journalists  reporting Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Africa.

    Dr Rasha Kelej, Chief Executive Officer of Merck Foundation said in a statement the award, in collaboration with African First Ladies, was to encourage media  to be creative and effective in raising awareness and sensitising communities on COVID-19.

    Kalej said the award was to inspire journalists to sensitise communities on how to stay safe and keep physically and mentally healthy during the lockdown.

    According to him, Merck Foundation is working with First Ladies of Africa to raise awareness about Coronavirus and how to stay safe and healthy.

    He said the foundation had been collaborating with First Ladies in some Africa countries to announce the call for applications for their ‘Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards.

    The countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Guinea Conakry, Burundi, Central African Republic (C.A.R.), Chad, Zimbabwe, Zambia, The Gambia, Liberia and Congo Brazzaville.

    The theme of the awards is ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown.

    “This unsettling period due to the coronavirus scare is difficult for everyone – both physically and mentally while most countries are under complete lockdown or restricted movement, people do not know how to handle this situation.

    “Social Distancing is our Social Responsibility and the only way to kill Coronavirus, however, it will take a lot of courage and discipline to practice it.

    “Taking good care of your mental and physical health is important during this period. So, we decided to initiate these awards in order to reward the journalists.

    “To reward journalist who are raising awareness in most effective and creative way on how to keep safe and keep physically and mentally healthy during to his  phase,” Kelej said.

    According to him, all the journalists from Print, Online, Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking, French speaking, Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries are invited to send their entries for the awards .

    “The most creative and influential media work aiming to raise awareness and sensitising communities about this alarming topic at a regular basis will be eligible to win these awards.

    “We have created four categories for Africa; English, French, Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries.

    “Merck Foundation will extend the awards to include Middle Eastern, Latin America and Asian Countries in the next few days to involve all media across the global South.

    “Since most of the people are confined to their homes, they are spending a lot of time reading and listening to news through different platforms.

    “Media professionals, it is your time to help the people to take care good care of their mental and physic al health during these disturbing times, through your creative, informational and  motivational work.

    “You can guide them to adjust to their new and different routine and rhythm of life.’’

    He said the last of submission of entries would be on June 30, 2020.


    Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi
    (NAN)

  •  Facebook says it will be expanding its Coronavirus Information Centre to 17 more countries in sub Saharan African including NigeriaKojo Boakye Facebook s Head of Public Policy Africa who made the disclosure on Thursday noted that the information centres form part of Facebook s effort to help the global fight against the Coronavirus pandemic According to him Facebook will be providing people with the latest news and information from trusted health authorities The COVID 19 Information Centre features at the top of news feed that provides central place for people to get informed about the virus It includes real time update from national health authorities organisations such as the World Health Organisation helpful articles videos and posts about social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID 19 Facebook users can opt in to follow the centre to get notifications and see updates in the news feed from official government health authorities Boakye said said in a sttement He also said that they had already launched the centre in South Africa and would now expand to the sub Saharan Africa markets The head of public policy further said that the centre would be expanded to Benin Burkina Faso Cameroon Cape Verde Chad C te d Ivoire Ethiopia and Gabon He said other countries were Nigeria Senegal Seychelles the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC Togo Guinea Kenya Mali and Mauritania We have built the centres in collaboration with national health partners to ensure that people can get access to information from trusted health sources The launch of the COVID 19 Information Centre on Facebook in more than 17 countries across sub Saharan Africa aligns with the commitment to make accurate timely information about the pandemic accessible to all communities Boakye said Edited By Chinyere Bassey Peter Ejiofor NAN
    Facebook expands COVID-19 information centre to Nigeria, 16 other Africa countries
     Facebook says it will be expanding its Coronavirus Information Centre to 17 more countries in sub Saharan African including NigeriaKojo Boakye Facebook s Head of Public Policy Africa who made the disclosure on Thursday noted that the information centres form part of Facebook s effort to help the global fight against the Coronavirus pandemic According to him Facebook will be providing people with the latest news and information from trusted health authorities The COVID 19 Information Centre features at the top of news feed that provides central place for people to get informed about the virus It includes real time update from national health authorities organisations such as the World Health Organisation helpful articles videos and posts about social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID 19 Facebook users can opt in to follow the centre to get notifications and see updates in the news feed from official government health authorities Boakye said said in a sttement He also said that they had already launched the centre in South Africa and would now expand to the sub Saharan Africa markets The head of public policy further said that the centre would be expanded to Benin Burkina Faso Cameroon Cape Verde Chad C te d Ivoire Ethiopia and Gabon He said other countries were Nigeria Senegal Seychelles the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC Togo Guinea Kenya Mali and Mauritania We have built the centres in collaboration with national health partners to ensure that people can get access to information from trusted health sources The launch of the COVID 19 Information Centre on Facebook in more than 17 countries across sub Saharan Africa aligns with the commitment to make accurate timely information about the pandemic accessible to all communities Boakye said Edited By Chinyere Bassey Peter Ejiofor NAN
    Facebook expands COVID-19 information centre to Nigeria, 16 other Africa countries
    Science & Technology3 years ago

    Facebook expands COVID-19 information centre to Nigeria, 16 other Africa countries

    Facebook says it will be expanding its Coronavirus Information Centre to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan African, including Nigeria

    Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Head of Public Policy, Africa, who made the disclosure on Thursday, noted that the information centres form part of Facebook’s effort to help the global fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

    According to him, Facebook will be providing people with the latest news and information from trusted health authorities.

    “The COVID-19 Information Centre features at the top of news feed that provides central place for people to get informed about the virus.

    “It includes real-time update from national health authorities; organisations such as the World Health Organisation; helpful articles, videos and posts about social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    “Facebook users can opt in to follow the centre to get notifications and see updates in the news feed from official government health authorities, “Boakye said said in a sttement.

    He also said that they had already launched the centre in South Africa and would now expand to the sub-Saharan Africa markets.

    The head of public policy  further said  that the centre would be expanded to Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Gabon.

    He said other countries were Nigeria, Senegal, Seychelles, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Togo, Guinea, Kenya, Mali and  Mauritania.

    “We have built the centres in collaboration with national health partners to ensure that people can get access to information from trusted health sources.

    “The launch of the COVID-19 Information Centre on Facebook in more than 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa aligns with the commitment to make accurate, timely information about the pandemic accessible to all communities,” Boakye said.

    (
    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Peter Ejiofor)
    (NAN)

  •  China s medical supplies for 18 African countries have arrived in Accra on Monday and are scheduled to be delivered to the other 17 countries within a few days The beneficiary African countries are Ghana Nigeria Senegal Gabon Sierra Leone Guinea Bissau Guinea Cote d Ivoire Gambia and Liberia The others are Mali Burkina Faso Republic of Congo Equatorial Guinea Togo Benin Cape Verde as well as Sao Tome and Principe YEEEdited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    China’s medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive in Accra
     China s medical supplies for 18 African countries have arrived in Accra on Monday and are scheduled to be delivered to the other 17 countries within a few days The beneficiary African countries are Ghana Nigeria Senegal Gabon Sierra Leone Guinea Bissau Guinea Cote d Ivoire Gambia and Liberia The others are Mali Burkina Faso Republic of Congo Equatorial Guinea Togo Benin Cape Verde as well as Sao Tome and Principe YEEEdited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    China’s medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive in Accra
    Foreign3 years ago

    China’s medical supplies for 18 African countries arrive in Accra

    China’s medical supplies for 18 African countries have arrived in Accra, on Monday, and are scheduled to be delivered to the other 17 countries within a few days.

    The beneficiary African countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, and Liberia.

    The others are Mali, Burkina Faso, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Togo, Benin, Cape Verde, as well as Sao Tome and Principe.

    YEE


    Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
    (NAN)

  •  Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 457 51 countries 442 deaths 848 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 457 deaths 442 and recoveries 848 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 841 18 38 Djibouti 90 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 44 2 4 Kenya 158 6 4 Madagascar 82 0 2 Mauritius 227 7 7 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 11 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 24 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 204 321 420 Algeria 1 320 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1 113 71 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 757 16 55 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 5 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 5 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 741 54 306 Benin 22 1 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 261 3 37 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 47 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 226 2 92 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 52 3 22
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m
     Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 457 51 countries 442 deaths 848 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 457 deaths 442 and recoveries 848 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 841 18 38 Djibouti 90 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 44 2 4 Kenya 158 6 4 Madagascar 82 0 2 Mauritius 227 7 7 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 11 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 24 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 204 321 420 Algeria 1 320 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1 113 71 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 757 16 55 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 5 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 5 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 741 54 306 Benin 22 1 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 261 3 37 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 47 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 226 2 92 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 52 3 22
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m
    Africa3 years ago

    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m


    Total number positive cases in #Africa 9,457

    51 countries

    442 deaths

    848 recovery cases by Region

    African Union Member States (51) reporting COVID-19 cases (9,457), deaths (442), and recoveries (848) by region: 

    Central (917 cases; 33 deaths; 30 recoveries):  Burundi (3; 0; 0), Cameroon (650; 9; 17), Central African Republic (9; 0; 3), Chad (9; 0; 1), Congo (45; 5; 2), DRC (161; 18; 5), Equatorial Guinea (16; 0; 1), Gabon (24; 1; 1)

    Eastern (841; 18; 38): Djibouti (90; 0; 9), Eritrea (29; 0; 0), Ethiopia (44; 2; 4), Kenya (158; 6; 4), Madagascar (82; 0; 2), Mauritius (227; 7; 7), Rwanda (104; 0; 4), Seychelles (11; 0; 0), Somalia (7; 0; 1), South Sudan (1; 0; 0), Sudan (12; 2; 3), Tanzania (24; 1; 3), Uganda (52; 0; 0)

    Northern (4,204; 321; 420): Algeria (1,320; 130; 90), Egypt (1,173; 78; 247), Libya (18; 1; 0), Mauritania (6; 1; 2), Morocco (1,113; 71; 76), Tunisia (574; 18; 5)

    Southern (1,757; 16; 55): Angola (8; 2; 0), Botswana (6; 1; 0), Eswatini (9; 0; 1), Malawi (5; 0; 0), Mozambique (10; 0; 1), Namibia (16; 0; 3), South Africa (1,655; 11; 45), Zambia (39; 1; 5), Zimbabwe (9; 1; 0)

    Western (1,741; 54; 306): Benin (22; 1; 5), Burkina Faso (345; 17; 90), Cape Verde (6; 1; 0), Côte d'Ivoire (261; 3; 37), Gambia (4; 1; 2), Ghana (214; 5; 3), Guinea (111; 0; 5), Guinea-Bissau (18; 0; 0), Liberia (13; 3; 3), Mali (47; 3; 1), Niger (184; 10; 13), Nigeria (232; 5; 33), Senegal (226; 2; 92), Sierra Leone (6; 0; 0), Togo (52 3; 22)

  •  Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 457 51 countries 442 deaths 848 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 457 deaths 442 and recoveries 848 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 841 18 38 Djibouti 90 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 44 2 4 Kenya 158 6 4 Madagascar 82 0 2 Mauritius 227 7 7 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 11 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 24 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 204 321 420 Algeria 1 320 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1 113 71 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 757 16 55 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 5 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 5 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 741 54 306 Benin 22 1 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 261 3 37 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 47 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 226 2 92 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 52 3 22
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m
     Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 457 51 countries 442 deaths 848 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 457 deaths 442 and recoveries 848 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 841 18 38 Djibouti 90 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 44 2 4 Kenya 158 6 4 Madagascar 82 0 2 Mauritius 227 7 7 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 11 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 24 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 204 321 420 Algeria 1 320 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1 113 71 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 757 16 55 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 5 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 5 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 741 54 306 Benin 22 1 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 261 3 37 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 47 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 226 2 92 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 52 3 22
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m
    Africa3 years ago

    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m


    Total number positive cases in #Africa 9,457

    51 countries

    442 deaths

    848 recovery cases by Region

    African Union Member States (51) reporting COVID-19 cases (9,457), deaths (442), and recoveries (848) by region: 

    Central (917 cases; 33 deaths; 30 recoveries):  Burundi (3; 0; 0), Cameroon (650; 9; 17), Central African Republic (9; 0; 3), Chad (9; 0; 1), Congo (45; 5; 2), DRC (161; 18; 5), Equatorial Guinea (16; 0; 1), Gabon (24; 1; 1)

    Eastern (841; 18; 38): Djibouti (90; 0; 9), Eritrea (29; 0; 0), Ethiopia (44; 2; 4), Kenya (158; 6; 4), Madagascar (82; 0; 2), Mauritius (227; 7; 7), Rwanda (104; 0; 4), Seychelles (11; 0; 0), Somalia (7; 0; 1), South Sudan (1; 0; 0), Sudan (12; 2; 3), Tanzania (24; 1; 3), Uganda (52; 0; 0)

    Northern (4,204; 321; 420): Algeria (1,320; 130; 90), Egypt (1,173; 78; 247), Libya (18; 1; 0), Mauritania (6; 1; 2), Morocco (1,113; 71; 76), Tunisia (574; 18; 5)

    Southern (1,757; 16; 55): Angola (8; 2; 0), Botswana (6; 1; 0), Eswatini (9; 0; 1), Malawi (5; 0; 0), Mozambique (10; 0; 1), Namibia (16; 0; 3), South Africa (1,655; 11; 45), Zambia (39; 1; 5), Zimbabwe (9; 1; 0)

    Western (1,741; 54; 306): Benin (22; 1; 5), Burkina Faso (345; 17; 90), Cape Verde (6; 1; 0), Côte d'Ivoire (261; 3; 37), Gambia (4; 1; 2), Ghana (214; 5; 3), Guinea (111; 0; 5), Guinea-Bissau (18; 0; 0), Liberia (13; 3; 3), Mali (47; 3; 1), Niger (184; 10; 13), Nigeria (232; 5; 33), Senegal (226; 2; 92), Sierra Leone (6; 0; 0), Togo (52 3; 22)

  •  Nigeria and 38 other countries are to benefit from the 250 million funding dollars announced by the Global Partnership for Education GPE for developing countries The funds will help developing countries to mitigate both the immediate and long term disruptions to education being caused by the COVID 19 pandemic The funds will also help to sustain learning for up to 355 million children with a focus on ensuring that girls and poor children who will be hit the hardest by school closures to continue their education The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Global Partnership for Education supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives quality basic education prioritising the poorest the most vulnerable and those living in countries affected by fragility or conflict GPE mobilises financing for education and supports developing countries to build effective education systems founded on evidence based planning and policiesHowever the GPE in a statement on Monday said that on the whole there are 67 developing countries eligible for the COVID 19 funding In Africa the 39 eligible countries include Benin Burkina Faso Burundi Cape Verde Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Comoros Cote d Ivoire Djibouti Democratic Republic of Congo Eritrea and Ethiopia Others are The Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia South Sudan Sudan Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe Of the 67 countries eligible for the GPE funds 63 have already closed schools nation wide in response to the pandemic Julia Gillard GPE Board Chair said The COVID 19 pandemic is creating an education emergency that could have devastating impacts on children in developing countries Unless we act now to support education systems millions of vulnerable children especially the poorest girls may not be able to resume learning when this crisis is over SerigneMbaye Thiam GPE Vice Board Chair said GPE has acted swiftly in the face of an unprecedented challenge These funds will ensure that developing countries like Senegal are able to act quickly to mitigate the detrimental impact COVID 19 will have on the most vulnerable children and maintain the resilience of education systems Also Alice Albright GPE s Chief Executive Officer said We are stepping up to mitigate the impacts that school closures in developing countries will have on the most vulnerable children GPE is committed to ensuring that learning can continue and that no child s education is left behind The GPE said the funding will be available immediately to support coordinated and country driven responses in up to 67 countries and meet both urgent and longer term needs The Ministries of Education and local education partners can use the funds to ensure learning can continue particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable for example by producing educational radio and television programmes and distributing equipment such as radios and textbooks to the poorest households The funds can also be used to support teachers ensure children with special needs and disabilities are included and collect data to know that learning is happening the statement said It added tht they can be used to mitigate poverty and gender barriers to learning which will be exacerbated by economic shock and ensure that teachers and schools are equipped to re open when it is safe to do so Edited By Vivian Ihechu Peter Ejiofor NAN
    Nigeria to benefit from GPE’s 0 million for developing countries battling COVID-19
     Nigeria and 38 other countries are to benefit from the 250 million funding dollars announced by the Global Partnership for Education GPE for developing countries The funds will help developing countries to mitigate both the immediate and long term disruptions to education being caused by the COVID 19 pandemic The funds will also help to sustain learning for up to 355 million children with a focus on ensuring that girls and poor children who will be hit the hardest by school closures to continue their education The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Global Partnership for Education supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives quality basic education prioritising the poorest the most vulnerable and those living in countries affected by fragility or conflict GPE mobilises financing for education and supports developing countries to build effective education systems founded on evidence based planning and policiesHowever the GPE in a statement on Monday said that on the whole there are 67 developing countries eligible for the COVID 19 funding In Africa the 39 eligible countries include Benin Burkina Faso Burundi Cape Verde Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Comoros Cote d Ivoire Djibouti Democratic Republic of Congo Eritrea and Ethiopia Others are The Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia South Sudan Sudan Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe Of the 67 countries eligible for the GPE funds 63 have already closed schools nation wide in response to the pandemic Julia Gillard GPE Board Chair said The COVID 19 pandemic is creating an education emergency that could have devastating impacts on children in developing countries Unless we act now to support education systems millions of vulnerable children especially the poorest girls may not be able to resume learning when this crisis is over SerigneMbaye Thiam GPE Vice Board Chair said GPE has acted swiftly in the face of an unprecedented challenge These funds will ensure that developing countries like Senegal are able to act quickly to mitigate the detrimental impact COVID 19 will have on the most vulnerable children and maintain the resilience of education systems Also Alice Albright GPE s Chief Executive Officer said We are stepping up to mitigate the impacts that school closures in developing countries will have on the most vulnerable children GPE is committed to ensuring that learning can continue and that no child s education is left behind The GPE said the funding will be available immediately to support coordinated and country driven responses in up to 67 countries and meet both urgent and longer term needs The Ministries of Education and local education partners can use the funds to ensure learning can continue particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable for example by producing educational radio and television programmes and distributing equipment such as radios and textbooks to the poorest households The funds can also be used to support teachers ensure children with special needs and disabilities are included and collect data to know that learning is happening the statement said It added tht they can be used to mitigate poverty and gender barriers to learning which will be exacerbated by economic shock and ensure that teachers and schools are equipped to re open when it is safe to do so Edited By Vivian Ihechu Peter Ejiofor NAN
    Nigeria to benefit from GPE’s 0 million for developing countries battling COVID-19
    Education3 years ago

    Nigeria to benefit from GPE’s $250 million for developing countries battling COVID-19

    Nigeria and 38 other countries are to benefit from the 250 million funding dollars announced by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for developing countries.

    The funds will help developing countries to mitigate both the immediate and long-term disruptions to education being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The funds will also help to sustain learning for up to 355 million children, with a focus on ensuring that girls and poor children who will be hit the hardest by school closures to continue their education.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Global Partnership for Education supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives quality basic education, prioritising the poorest, the most vulnerable and those living in countries affected by fragility or conflict.

    GPE mobilises financing for education and supports developing countries to build effective education systems founded on evidence-based planning and policies

    However, the GPE in a statement on Monday said that on the whole, there are 67 developing countries eligible for the COVID-19 funding.

    In Africa, the 39 eligible countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

    Others are  The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Of the 67 countries eligible for the GPE funds, 63 have already closed schools nation-wide in response to the pandemic.

    Julia Gillard, GPE Board Chair, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an education emergency that could have devastating impacts on children in developing countries.

    “Unless we act now to support education systems, millions of vulnerable children, especially the poorest girls, may not be able to resume learning when this crisis is over.”

    SerigneMbaye Thiam, GPE Vice Board Chair, said: “GPE has acted swiftly in the face of an unprecedented challenge.

    “These funds will ensure that developing countries, like Senegal, are able to act quickly to mitigate the detrimental impact COVID-19 will have on the most vulnerable children and maintain the resilience of education systems.’’

    Also, Alice Albright, GPE’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are stepping up to mitigate the impacts that school closures in developing countries will have on the most vulnerable children.

    “GPE  is committed to ensuring that learning can continue, and that no child’s education is left behind.’’

    The GPE said the  funding will be available immediately to support coordinated and country-driven responses in up to 67 countries and meet both urgent and longer-term needs.

    The Ministries of Education and local education partners can use the funds to ensure learning can continue, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable, for example by producing educational radio and television programmes and distributing equipment such as radios and textbooks to the poorest households.

    The funds can also be used to support teachers, ensure children with special needs and disabilities are included and collect data to know that learning is happening, the statement said.

    It added tht they can be used to mitigate poverty and gender barriers to learning, which will be exacerbated by economic shock; and ensure that teachers and schools are equipped to re-open when it is safe to do so.  

    (
    Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Peter Ejiofor)
    (NAN)

  •  Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany together with African First Ladies of Ghana Nigeria Democratic Republic of Congo DRC Malawi Namibia Niger Guinea Conakry Burundi Central African Republic C A R Chad Zimbabwe Zambia The Gambia Liberia and Congo Brazzaville announced the call for applications for their lsquo Stay at Home rdquo Media Recognition Awards for African countries The theme of the awards is lsquo Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown rsquo Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation explains ldquo This unsettling period due to the coronavirus scare is difficult for everyone ndash both physically and mentally While most countries are under complete lockdown or restricted movement people do not know how to handle this situation Social Distancing is our Social Responsibility and the only way to kill Coronavirus however it will take a lot of courage and discipline to practice it Taking good care of your mental and physical health is important during this period So we decided to initiate these awards in order to reward the journalists who are raising awareness in most effective and creative way on how to keep safe and keep physically amp mentally healthy during this phase rdquo All the journalists from Print Online Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking French speaking Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries are invited to send their entries for the awards The most creative and influential media work aiming to raise awareness and sensitizing communities about this alarming topic at a regular basis will be eligible to win these awards ldquo We have created four categories for Africa English French Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries rdquo Dr Kelej added Merck Foundation will extend the awards to include Middle Eastern Latin American and Asian Countries in the next few days to involve all media across the global South nbsp ldquo Since most of the people are confined to their homes they are spending a lot of time reading and listening to news through different platforms Media professionals it is your time to help the people to take care good care of their mental amp physical health during these disturbing times through your creative informational and motivational work You can guide them to adjust to their new and different routine amp rhythm of life rdquo emphasized Dr Rasha Kelej Details of the Merck Foundation ldquo Stay at Home rdquo Media Recognition Awards Who can Apply Journalists from Print Online Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking French speaking Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries Last date of submission Entries can be submitted till 30th June 2020 How to apply Entries can be submitted via Email to info merck foundation com nbsp along with your details including Name Gender Country Media house Email address amp Mobile Number and entry as an attachment Categories and Prize Money Category TV Radio Print Online Prize Money Upto USD 500 USD 500 USD 500 USD 500
    Merck Foundation joins hands with First Ladies of Africa to raise awareness about Coronavirus and how to stay safe and healthy
     Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany together with African First Ladies of Ghana Nigeria Democratic Republic of Congo DRC Malawi Namibia Niger Guinea Conakry Burundi Central African Republic C A R Chad Zimbabwe Zambia The Gambia Liberia and Congo Brazzaville announced the call for applications for their lsquo Stay at Home rdquo Media Recognition Awards for African countries The theme of the awards is lsquo Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown rsquo Dr Rasha Kelej CEO of Merck Foundation explains ldquo This unsettling period due to the coronavirus scare is difficult for everyone ndash both physically and mentally While most countries are under complete lockdown or restricted movement people do not know how to handle this situation Social Distancing is our Social Responsibility and the only way to kill Coronavirus however it will take a lot of courage and discipline to practice it Taking good care of your mental and physical health is important during this period So we decided to initiate these awards in order to reward the journalists who are raising awareness in most effective and creative way on how to keep safe and keep physically amp mentally healthy during this phase rdquo All the journalists from Print Online Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking French speaking Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries are invited to send their entries for the awards The most creative and influential media work aiming to raise awareness and sensitizing communities about this alarming topic at a regular basis will be eligible to win these awards ldquo We have created four categories for Africa English French Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries rdquo Dr Kelej added Merck Foundation will extend the awards to include Middle Eastern Latin American and Asian Countries in the next few days to involve all media across the global South nbsp ldquo Since most of the people are confined to their homes they are spending a lot of time reading and listening to news through different platforms Media professionals it is your time to help the people to take care good care of their mental amp physical health during these disturbing times through your creative informational and motivational work You can guide them to adjust to their new and different routine amp rhythm of life rdquo emphasized Dr Rasha Kelej Details of the Merck Foundation ldquo Stay at Home rdquo Media Recognition Awards Who can Apply Journalists from Print Online Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking French speaking Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries Last date of submission Entries can be submitted till 30th June 2020 How to apply Entries can be submitted via Email to info merck foundation com nbsp along with your details including Name Gender Country Media house Email address amp Mobile Number and entry as an attachment Categories and Prize Money Category TV Radio Print Online Prize Money Upto USD 500 USD 500 USD 500 USD 500
    Merck Foundation joins hands with First Ladies of Africa to raise awareness about Coronavirus and how to stay safe and healthy
    Africa3 years ago

    Merck Foundation joins hands with First Ladies of Africa to raise awareness about Coronavirus and how to stay safe and healthy


    Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany together with African First Ladies of Ghana, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Guinea Conakry, Burundi, Central African Republic (C.A.R.), Chad, Zimbabwe, Zambia, The Gambia, Liberia and Congo Brazzaville, announced the call for applications for their ‘Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards for African countries. The theme of the awards is ‘Raising Awareness on how to Stay Safe and keep Physically and Mentally Healthy during Coronavirus Lockdown’.

    Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explains, “This unsettling period due to the coronavirus scare is difficult for everyone – both physically and mentally. While most countries are under complete lockdown or restricted movement, people do not know how to handle this situation. Social Distancing is our Social Responsibility and the only way to kill Coronavirus, however, it will take a lot of courage and discipline to practice it. Taking good care of your mental and physical health is important during this period. So, we decided to initiate these awards in order to reward the journalists who are raising awareness in most effective and creative way on how to keep safe and keep physically & mentally healthy during this phase”.

    All the journalists from Print, Online, Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking, French speaking, Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries are invited to send their entries for the awards. The most creative and influential media work aiming to raise awareness and sensitizing communities about this alarming topic at a regular basis will be eligible to win these awards.

    “We have created four categories for Africa; English, French, Portuguese and Arabic speaking countries”, Dr Kelej added.

    Merck Foundation will extend the awards to include Middle Eastern, Latin American and Asian Countries in the next few days to involve all media across the global South. 

    “Since most of the people are confined to their homes, they are spending a lot of time reading and listening to news through different platforms. Media professionals, it is your time to help the people to take care good care of their mental & physical health during these disturbing times, through your creative, informational and motivational work. You can guide them to adjust to their new and different routine & rhythm of life”, emphasized Dr. Rasha Kelej.

    Details of the Merck Foundation “Stay at Home” Media Recognition Awards

    Who can Apply:

    Journalists from Print, Online, Radio and Multimedia Platforms from English speaking, French speaking, Arabic speaking and Portuguese speaking African countries

    Last date of submission:

    Entries can be submitted till 30th June 2020

    How to apply?

    Entries can be submitted via Email to info@merck-foundation.com along with your details (including Name, Gender, Country, Media house, Email address & Mobile Number) and entry as an attachment

    Categories and Prize Money:

    Category

    TV

    Radio

    Print

    Online

    Prize Money

    (Upto)

    USD 500

    USD 500

    USD 500

    USD 500

  •  Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 198 51 countries 414 deaths 813 recovery cases by Region AfricaPrepares FactsNotFear African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 198 deaths 414 and recoveries 813 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 778 16 28 Djibouti 59 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 43 2 4 Kenya 142 4 4 Madagascar 72 0 0 Mauritius 227 7 0 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 10 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 20 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 043 298 420 Algeria 1 251 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1021 70 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 756 16 53 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 4 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 nbsp Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 3 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 707 51 282 Benin 22 0 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 245 1 25 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 41 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 222 2 82 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 44 3 20
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 9:00a.m
     Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 198 51 countries 414 deaths 813 recovery cases by Region AfricaPrepares FactsNotFear African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 198 deaths 414 and recoveries 813 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 778 16 28 Djibouti 59 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 43 2 4 Kenya 142 4 4 Madagascar 72 0 0 Mauritius 227 7 0 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 10 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 20 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 043 298 420 Algeria 1 251 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1021 70 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 756 16 53 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 4 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 nbsp Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 3 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 707 51 282 Benin 22 0 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 245 1 25 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 41 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 222 2 82 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 44 3 20
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 9:00a.m
    Africa3 years ago

    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 9:00a.m


    Total number positive cases in #Africa 9,198.

    51 countries
    414 deaths
    813 recovery cases by Region

    #AfricaPrepares #FactsNotFear

    African Union Member States (51) reporting COVID-19 cases (9,198), deaths (414), and recoveries (813) by region: 

    Central (917 cases; 33 deaths; 30 recoveries): Burundi (3; 0; 0), Cameroon (650; 9; 17), Central African Republic (9; 0; 3), Chad (9; 0; 1), Congo (45; 5; 2), DRC (161; 18; 5), Equatorial Guinea (16; 0; 1), Gabon (24; 1; 1).

    Eastern (778; 16; 28): Djibouti (59; 0; 9), Eritrea (29; 0; 0), Ethiopia (43; 2; 4), Kenya (142; 4; 4), Madagascar (72; 0; 0), Mauritius (227; 7; 0), Rwanda (104; 0; 4), Seychelles (10; 0; 0), Somalia (7; 0; 1), South Sudan (1; 0; 0), Sudan (12; 2; 3), Tanzania (20; 1; 3), Uganda (52; 0; 0).

    Northern (4,043; 298; 420): Algeria (1,251; 130; 90), Egypt (1,173; 78; 247), Libya (18; 1; 0), Mauritania (6; 1; 2), Morocco (1021; 70; 76), Tunisia (574; 18; 5).

    Southern (1,756; 16; 53): Angola (8; 2; 0), Botswana (6; 1; 0), Eswatini (9; 0; 1), Malawi (4; 0; 0), Mozambique (10; 0; 1), Namibia (16; 0; 3), South Africa (1,655; 11; 45), Zambia (39; 1; 3), Zimbabwe (9; 1; 0).

    Western (1,707; 51; 282): Benin (22; 0; 5), Burkina Faso (345; 17; 90), Cape Verde (6; 1; 0), Côte d'Ivoire (245; 1; 25), Gambia (4; 1; 2), Ghana (214; 5; 3), Guinea (111; 0; 5), Guinea-Bissau (18; 0; 0), Liberia (13; 3; 3), Mali (41; 3; 1), Niger (184; 10; 13), Nigeria (232; 5; 33), Senegal (222; 2; 82), Sierra Leone (6; 0; 0), Togo (44; 3; 20).

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