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  •  The second round of legislative elections kicked off this Sunday at 8 a m GMT for Malian voters to choose the remaining 125 of the 147 deputies for Mali s National Assembly During the first round organized on March 29 only 22 deputies were elected including 5 women with a high rate of abstention due both to security problems in the north and center of the country and the spread of COVID 19 In Mali s capital city Bamako the majority of the polling stations opened on time We started on time because all the arrangements have been made for it a polling station manager at the Aminata Diop Center in Lafiabougou told Xinhua Even if it is not obvious that there will be a high turnout I preferred to vote early to avoid the heat and especially the crowd for fear of COVID 19 said Sibiri Coulibaly adding that he voted in less than 10 minutes For another young Malian she preferred to accompany her husband who has always voted at first hours With the threat of the coronavirus we must avoid gatherings The election is taking place in a particular context marked by security problems and especially by the progression of the COVID 19 pandemic in the country The campaign for the second round was barely taking place three weeks after the first round The country registered 216 positive cases of COVID 19 as of April 18 The government urged voters to strictly respect barrier gestures In the centers visited the security forces scrupulously ensured that people washed their hands and distributed masks at the entrance At the polling station an election officer also ensured that the voter used an alcoholic solution to sanitize the hands before voting All the agents working in the polling stations wear masks to protect themselves According to the Malian Ministry of Territorial Administration the participation rate in the first round of the legislative elections organized on March 29 2020 in Mali was only 35 73 percent and 797 of the 22 147 polling stations could not be opened for various reasons According to the Constitutional Court of Mali 1 447 candidates are running for the 147 seats of the National Assembly including 426 women Only 22 deputies were elected in the first round As for the first round the polling stations will be closed at 6 00 p m GMT for some 7 663 464 registered voters XINHUA
    Mali launches 2nd round of legislative elections amid security and health challenges
     The second round of legislative elections kicked off this Sunday at 8 a m GMT for Malian voters to choose the remaining 125 of the 147 deputies for Mali s National Assembly During the first round organized on March 29 only 22 deputies were elected including 5 women with a high rate of abstention due both to security problems in the north and center of the country and the spread of COVID 19 In Mali s capital city Bamako the majority of the polling stations opened on time We started on time because all the arrangements have been made for it a polling station manager at the Aminata Diop Center in Lafiabougou told Xinhua Even if it is not obvious that there will be a high turnout I preferred to vote early to avoid the heat and especially the crowd for fear of COVID 19 said Sibiri Coulibaly adding that he voted in less than 10 minutes For another young Malian she preferred to accompany her husband who has always voted at first hours With the threat of the coronavirus we must avoid gatherings The election is taking place in a particular context marked by security problems and especially by the progression of the COVID 19 pandemic in the country The campaign for the second round was barely taking place three weeks after the first round The country registered 216 positive cases of COVID 19 as of April 18 The government urged voters to strictly respect barrier gestures In the centers visited the security forces scrupulously ensured that people washed their hands and distributed masks at the entrance At the polling station an election officer also ensured that the voter used an alcoholic solution to sanitize the hands before voting All the agents working in the polling stations wear masks to protect themselves According to the Malian Ministry of Territorial Administration the participation rate in the first round of the legislative elections organized on March 29 2020 in Mali was only 35 73 percent and 797 of the 22 147 polling stations could not be opened for various reasons According to the Constitutional Court of Mali 1 447 candidates are running for the 147 seats of the National Assembly including 426 women Only 22 deputies were elected in the first round As for the first round the polling stations will be closed at 6 00 p m GMT for some 7 663 464 registered voters XINHUA
    Mali launches 2nd round of legislative elections amid security and health challenges
    Foreign3 years ago

    Mali launches 2nd round of legislative elections amid security and health challenges

    The second round of legislative elections kicked off this Sunday at 8 a.m. GMT for Malian voters to choose the remaining 125 of the 147 deputies for Mali's National Assembly.

    During the first round organized on March 29, only 22 deputies were elected, including 5 women, with a high rate of abstention due both to security problems in the north and center of the country and the spread of COVID-19.

    In Mali's capital city Bamako, the majority of the polling stations opened on time. "We started on time because all the arrangements have been made for it," a polling station manager at the Aminata Diop Center in Lafiabougou told Xinhua.

    "Even if it is not obvious that there will be a high turnout, I preferred to vote early to avoid the heat and especially the crowd for fear of COVID-19," said Sibiri Coulibaly, adding that he voted "in less than 10 minutes".

    For another young Malian, she preferred to accompany her husband "who has always voted at first hours. With the threat of the coronavirus, we must avoid gatherings".

    The election is taking place in a particular context marked by security problems and especially by the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

    The campaign for the second round was barely taking place three weeks after the first round. The country registered 216 positive cases of COVID-19 as of April 18.

    The government urged voters to strictly respect barrier gestures. In the centers visited, the security forces scrupulously ensured that people washed their hands and distributed masks at the entrance.

    At the polling station, an election officer also ensured that the voter used an alcoholic solution to sanitize the hands before voting. All the agents working in the polling stations wear masks to protect themselves.

    According to the Malian Ministry of Territorial Administration, the participation rate in the first round of the legislative elections organized on March 29, 2020 in Mali was only 35.73 percent, and 797 of the 22,147 polling stations could not be opened for various reasons.

    According to the Constitutional Court of Mali, 1,447 candidates are running for the 147 seats of the National Assembly, including 426 women. Only 22 deputies were elected in the first round.

    As for the first round, the polling stations will be closed at 6:00 p.m. GMT for some 7,663,464 registered voters.
    (XINHUA)

  •  Residents of Maiduguri have continue to besiege the family house of late Abba Kyari the Chief of Staff to President Buhari to condole with his relations over his demise A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who visited the house along Kwajafa street in GRA said men and women were trooping into the house to offer prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased Dr Babakura Kaigama a close family friend to the deceased expressed shock over the death but said they had accepted it as the will of God Kaigama said kyari was a pillar and trusted person whose loss could not be quantified Also speaking Chiroma Abba who said Kyari was his elder brother described him as an honest and trustworthy person misunderstood by many Bulama Mali Gubio the Secretary of Borno Elders Forum also described Kyari as trustworthy and dependable adding that those qualities endeared him to Buhari We grew up together though he was our senior He did not like gossiping and sycophancy what Abba cannot say in front of you he will not say it behind you Most of those critical of him are those who wanted him to use his position to enrich them or to engage in nepotism Abba is a silent philantropist who has assisted many people in need he is not they type that gives and tells for instance I know about 200 orphans whose education Abba was sponsoring for the past 10 years We thank Allah for the life of Abba Kyari he lived a fruitful life a righteous life he is honest hard working and very knowledgeable person This is his appointed time may God forgive him Mali Gubio prayed
    Abba Kyari: Maiduguri residents troop to family house to condole relations
     Residents of Maiduguri have continue to besiege the family house of late Abba Kyari the Chief of Staff to President Buhari to condole with his relations over his demise A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who visited the house along Kwajafa street in GRA said men and women were trooping into the house to offer prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased Dr Babakura Kaigama a close family friend to the deceased expressed shock over the death but said they had accepted it as the will of God Kaigama said kyari was a pillar and trusted person whose loss could not be quantified Also speaking Chiroma Abba who said Kyari was his elder brother described him as an honest and trustworthy person misunderstood by many Bulama Mali Gubio the Secretary of Borno Elders Forum also described Kyari as trustworthy and dependable adding that those qualities endeared him to Buhari We grew up together though he was our senior He did not like gossiping and sycophancy what Abba cannot say in front of you he will not say it behind you Most of those critical of him are those who wanted him to use his position to enrich them or to engage in nepotism Abba is a silent philantropist who has assisted many people in need he is not they type that gives and tells for instance I know about 200 orphans whose education Abba was sponsoring for the past 10 years We thank Allah for the life of Abba Kyari he lived a fruitful life a righteous life he is honest hard working and very knowledgeable person This is his appointed time may God forgive him Mali Gubio prayed
    Abba Kyari: Maiduguri residents troop to family house to condole relations
    General news3 years ago

    Abba Kyari: Maiduguri residents troop to family house to condole relations

    Residents of Maiduguri have continue to besiege  the family house of late Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, to condole with his relations over his demise.

    A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who visited the house along Kwajafa street in GRA, said men and women were trooping into the house to offer prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

    Dr Babakura Kaigama, a close family friend to the deceased, expressed shock over the death but said they had accepted it as the will of God.

    Kaigama said kyari was a pillar and trusted person whose loss could not be quantified.

    Also speaking, Chiroma Abba, who said Kyari was his elder brother, described him as an honest and trustworthy person misunderstood by many.

    Bulama Mali- Gubio, the Secretary of Borno Elders Forum, also described Kyari as trustworthy and dependable, adding that those qualities endeared him to Buhari.

    “We grew up together, though he was our senior. He did not  like gossiping and sycophancy; what Abba cannot say in front of you, he will not say it behind you.

    “Most of those critical of him are those who wanted him to use his position to enrich them, or to engage in nepotism.

    “Abba is a silent philantropist who has assisted many people in need; he is not they type that gives and tells, for instance, I know about 200 orphans whose education, Abba was sponsoring for the past 10 years.

    “We thank Allah for the life of Abba Kyari; he lived a fruitful life, a righteous life; he is honest, hard working, and very knowledgeable person.

    “This is his appointed time, may God forgive him,” Mali-Gubio prayed.

     

  •   The International Monetary Fund s IMF Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of its member countries The grant would be provided 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 The International Monetary Fund s IMF Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of its member countries The grant would be provided 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
    IMF approves debt relief for 25 poor countries
      The International Monetary Fund s IMF Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of its member countries The grant would be provided 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 The International Monetary Fund s IMF Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of its member countries The grant would be provided 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
    IMF approves debt relief for 25 poor countries
    Economy3 years ago

    IMF approves debt relief for 25 poor countries

    The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of its member countries.

    The grant would be provided 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.

    The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Executive Board has approved immediate debt service relief to 25 of its member countries.

    The grant would be provided 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.

  •  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)

  •  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.

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

  •  More than five million people living in the western Sahel region of Africa are threatened with famine Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Berlin on WednesdayThe UN World Food Programme WFP had earlier expressed concern over expected food shortage in the region Food supplies will presumably be further impacted as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic Maas said He noted that the dangers posed by the disease were greater for malnourished people The EU s top diplomat Josep Borrell also warned on Wednesday that for many of our partners it could be the worst crisis in decades He said that the EU s aim is to support the most vulnerable countries especially in Africa and its own neighbourhood but also in Asia Latin America and the Caribbean against the coronavirus The EU recently announced an aid package of some 15 billion euros for those countries According to Borrell the money comes from existing resources of the EU Commission and the European Investment Bank EIB and is intended above all to prevent a health crisis German Development Minister Gerd Mueller echoed Maas comments after a videoconference with other EU ministers and Borrell on Wednesday We need a shield for countries that are in crisis he said He also criticised that the aid package comes from reallocated funds instead of fresh sources and called for credit lines from the EIB of 10 billion euros which could be leveraged to 100 billion The UN s WFP recently highlighted a looming humanitarian catastrophe in Burkina Faso Niger and Mali The region which is in the throes of attacks by Islamist terrorists has one of the world s weakest health systems IAAEdited By Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    Germany, EU concerned over famine in western Sahel due to COVID-19
     More than five million people living in the western Sahel region of Africa are threatened with famine Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Berlin on WednesdayThe UN World Food Programme WFP had earlier expressed concern over expected food shortage in the region Food supplies will presumably be further impacted as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic Maas said He noted that the dangers posed by the disease were greater for malnourished people The EU s top diplomat Josep Borrell also warned on Wednesday that for many of our partners it could be the worst crisis in decades He said that the EU s aim is to support the most vulnerable countries especially in Africa and its own neighbourhood but also in Asia Latin America and the Caribbean against the coronavirus The EU recently announced an aid package of some 15 billion euros for those countries According to Borrell the money comes from existing resources of the EU Commission and the European Investment Bank EIB and is intended above all to prevent a health crisis German Development Minister Gerd Mueller echoed Maas comments after a videoconference with other EU ministers and Borrell on Wednesday We need a shield for countries that are in crisis he said He also criticised that the aid package comes from reallocated funds instead of fresh sources and called for credit lines from the EIB of 10 billion euros which could be leveraged to 100 billion The UN s WFP recently highlighted a looming humanitarian catastrophe in Burkina Faso Niger and Mali The region which is in the throes of attacks by Islamist terrorists has one of the world s weakest health systems IAAEdited By Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    Germany, EU concerned over famine in western Sahel due to COVID-19
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    Germany, EU concerned over famine in western Sahel due to COVID-19

    More than five million people living in the western Sahel region of Africa are threatened with famine, Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Berlin on Wednesday

    The UN World Food Programme (WFP) had earlier expressed concern over expected food shortage in the region.

    “Food supplies will presumably be further impacted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Maas said.

    He noted that the dangers posed by the disease were greater for malnourished people.

    The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, also warned on Wednesday that “for many of our partners it could be the worst crisis in decades.”

    He said that the EU’s aim is to support the most vulnerable countries, especially in Africa and its own neighbourhood, but also in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, against the coronavirus.

    The EU recently announced an aid package of some 15 billion euros for those countries.

    According to Borrell, the money comes from existing resources of the EU Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB), and is intended above all to prevent a health crisis.

    German Development Minister Gerd Mueller echoed Maas’ comments after a videoconference with other EU ministers and Borrell on Wednesday.

    “We need a shield for countries that are in crisis,” he said.

    He also criticised that the aid package comes from reallocated funds instead of fresh sources and called for credit lines from the EIB of 10 billion euros, which could be leveraged to 100 billion.

    The UN’s WFP recently highlighted a looming humanitarian catastrophe in Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali.

    The region, which is in the throes of attacks by Islamist terrorists has one of the world’s weakest health systems.

    IAA


    Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola
    (NAN)

  •  The European Union Training Mission EUTM in Mali has suspended operations in the country after a staff member tested positive for Covid 19 the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus The patient who worked at the EUTM headquarters in the capital Bamako has been quarantined under medical supervision and all those with whom he had contact are also in isolation the mission said on Wednesday The mission also temporarily suspended training of Malian Armed Forces last week as a precautionary measure EUTM said in a statement Mali has 39 confirmed Covid 19 cases and four deaths according to the World Health Organisation EUTM has been training Malian soldiers since 2013 to strengthen their capability of defending their country against Islamist insurgents militants and rebels Mali s north has experienced regular flare ups of violence in the wake of a 2012 military coup that saw separatist rebel groups and later al Qaeda associated militants take control of the region French and African military operations alongside the Malian army s efforts scattered militants and restored government control over the area but rebel activities and military operations continue in some areas despite various peace agreements IAAEdited By Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    COVID-19: EU suspends military training mission in Mali
     The European Union Training Mission EUTM in Mali has suspended operations in the country after a staff member tested positive for Covid 19 the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus The patient who worked at the EUTM headquarters in the capital Bamako has been quarantined under medical supervision and all those with whom he had contact are also in isolation the mission said on Wednesday The mission also temporarily suspended training of Malian Armed Forces last week as a precautionary measure EUTM said in a statement Mali has 39 confirmed Covid 19 cases and four deaths according to the World Health Organisation EUTM has been training Malian soldiers since 2013 to strengthen their capability of defending their country against Islamist insurgents militants and rebels Mali s north has experienced regular flare ups of violence in the wake of a 2012 military coup that saw separatist rebel groups and later al Qaeda associated militants take control of the region French and African military operations alongside the Malian army s efforts scattered militants and restored government control over the area but rebel activities and military operations continue in some areas despite various peace agreements IAAEdited By Isaac Aregbesola NAN
    COVID-19: EU suspends military training mission in Mali
    Foreign3 years ago

    COVID-19: EU suspends military training mission in Mali

    The European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali has suspended operations in the country after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

    The patient, who worked at the EUTM headquarters in the capital, Bamako, has been quarantined under medical supervision and all those with whom he had contact are also in isolation, the mission said on Wednesday.

    The mission also temporarily suspended training of Malian Armed Forces last week as a precautionary measure, EUTM said in a statement.

    Mali has 39 confirmed Covid-19 cases and four deaths, according to the World Health Organisation.

    EUTM has been training Malian soldiers since 2013 to strengthen their capability of defending their country against Islamist insurgents, militants and rebels.

    Mali’s north has experienced regular flare-ups of violence in the wake of a 2012 military coup that saw separatist rebel groups and, later, al-Qaeda-associated militants take control of the region.

    French and African military operations, alongside the Malian army’s efforts, scattered militants and restored government control over the area, but rebel activities and military operations continue in some areas despite various peace agreements.

    IAA


    Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola
    (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)

  •  The United Nations in Mali through MINUSMA signed on Monday April 6 with the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs three 3 memoranda of understanding that will enable an integrated and rapid response to the health crisis prompted by the Covid 19 virus With a total amount of US 2 732 043 or nearly 1 650 000 000 CFA francs financed by MINUSMA these memoranda implemented by the Ministry of Health with the technical support of the World Health Organization WHO outline three projects aimed at acquiring specialized medical equipment and materials without delay They will also provide health care personnel with adequate training in order to operationalize measures to prevent and mitigate the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic In the same vein and in order to save more lives the United Nations agencies funds and programmes will provide support in various sectors amounting to US 3 449 982 or nearly 2 040 000 000 CFA francs The scope of this support is expected to be even broader with in kind contributions based on the comparative advantages of each entity For Bamako region the most affected by the upsurge of the virus in addition to mitigation measures the project will focus on the acquisition of vital equipment to support health structures It will also support health and security centres particularly at Bamako airport to better monitor passengers on domestic and international flights The same arrangements will be made through two other projects for the regions of Mopti Gao M eacute naka Taoud eacute ni Timbuktu and Kidal These projects support the Government of Mali in responding quickly and effectively to the Covid 19 pandemic Together with the implementing partner the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs we must ensure that the epidemic is contained with this donation of equipment and training while continuing prevention and awareness said Mahamat Saleh Annadif Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of the United Nations family in Mali The support that has been materialized today through the signing of these three memoranda of understanding is proof of our integrated and multisectoral approach to have an impact on the Malian people and meet their expectations Our support covers all 10 regions of Mali It strengthens the measures already taken by the government in terms of prevention including hand washing social distancing diagnosis treatment and also isolation not to mention control at entry points said Jean Pierre Baptiste WHO Representative in Mali MINUSMA and the United Nations system together with their partners remain committed to working alongside the Government and people of Mali to strengthen the response against the spread of Covid 19 New initiatives including through the Trust Fund for Peace and Security in Mali will be announced shortly The United Nations system has realigned its efforts in the fight against Covid 19 but continues all its humanitarian peace and development efforts
    Coronavirus – Response to Covid-19 in Mali: United Nations provides support amounting to over US million
     The United Nations in Mali through MINUSMA signed on Monday April 6 with the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs three 3 memoranda of understanding that will enable an integrated and rapid response to the health crisis prompted by the Covid 19 virus With a total amount of US 2 732 043 or nearly 1 650 000 000 CFA francs financed by MINUSMA these memoranda implemented by the Ministry of Health with the technical support of the World Health Organization WHO outline three projects aimed at acquiring specialized medical equipment and materials without delay They will also provide health care personnel with adequate training in order to operationalize measures to prevent and mitigate the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic In the same vein and in order to save more lives the United Nations agencies funds and programmes will provide support in various sectors amounting to US 3 449 982 or nearly 2 040 000 000 CFA francs The scope of this support is expected to be even broader with in kind contributions based on the comparative advantages of each entity For Bamako region the most affected by the upsurge of the virus in addition to mitigation measures the project will focus on the acquisition of vital equipment to support health structures It will also support health and security centres particularly at Bamako airport to better monitor passengers on domestic and international flights The same arrangements will be made through two other projects for the regions of Mopti Gao M eacute naka Taoud eacute ni Timbuktu and Kidal These projects support the Government of Mali in responding quickly and effectively to the Covid 19 pandemic Together with the implementing partner the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs we must ensure that the epidemic is contained with this donation of equipment and training while continuing prevention and awareness said Mahamat Saleh Annadif Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of the United Nations family in Mali The support that has been materialized today through the signing of these three memoranda of understanding is proof of our integrated and multisectoral approach to have an impact on the Malian people and meet their expectations Our support covers all 10 regions of Mali It strengthens the measures already taken by the government in terms of prevention including hand washing social distancing diagnosis treatment and also isolation not to mention control at entry points said Jean Pierre Baptiste WHO Representative in Mali MINUSMA and the United Nations system together with their partners remain committed to working alongside the Government and people of Mali to strengthen the response against the spread of Covid 19 New initiatives including through the Trust Fund for Peace and Security in Mali will be announced shortly The United Nations system has realigned its efforts in the fight against Covid 19 but continues all its humanitarian peace and development efforts
    Coronavirus – Response to Covid-19 in Mali: United Nations provides support amounting to over US million
    Africa3 years ago

    Coronavirus – Response to Covid-19 in Mali: United Nations provides support amounting to over US$6 million



    The United Nations in Mali through MINUSMA signed on Monday, April 6, with the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs three (3) memoranda of understanding that will enable an integrated and rapid response to the health crisis prompted by the Covid-19 virus.

    With a total amount of US$2,732,043 or nearly 1,650,000,000 CFA francs financed by MINUSMA, these memoranda implemented by the Ministry of Health with the technical support of the World Health Organization (WHO), outline three projects aimed at acquiring specialized medical equipment and materials without delay. They will also provide health-care personnel with adequate training in order to operationalize measures to prevent and mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the same vein and in order to save more lives, the United Nations agencies, funds and programmes will provide support in various sectors amounting to US$ 3,449,982, or nearly 2,040,000,000 CFA francs. The scope of this support is expected to be even broader, with in-kind contributions based on the comparative advantages of each entity.

    For Bamako region, the most affected by the upsurge of the virus, in addition to mitigation measures, the project will focus on the acquisition of vital equipment to support health structures. It will also support health and security centres, particularly at Bamako airport to better monitor passengers on domestic and international flights. The same arrangements will be made through two other projects for the regions of Mopti, Gao, Ménaka, Taoudéni, Timbuktu and Kidal.

    "These projects support the Government of Mali in responding quickly and effectively to the Covid-19 pandemic. Together with the implementing partner, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, we must ensure that the epidemic is contained with this donation of equipment and training while continuing prevention and awareness," said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations family in Mali.

    "The support that has been materialized today through the signing of these three memoranda of understanding is proof of our integrated and multisectoral approach to have an impact on the Malian people and meet their expectations. Our support covers all 10 regions of Mali. It strengthens the measures already taken by the government in terms of prevention, including hand washing, social distancing, diagnosis, treatment and also isolation, not to mention control at entry points," said Jean-Pierre Baptiste, WHO Representative in Mali.

    MINUSMA and the United Nations system together with their partners remain committed to working alongside the Government and people of Mali to strengthen the response against the spread of Covid-19. New initiatives, including through the Trust Fund for Peace and Security in Mali, will be announced shortly. The United Nations system has realigned its efforts in the fight against Covid-19, but continues all its humanitarian, peace and development efforts.

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