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  •   On its participation in AfricaCom the African trade show dedicated to digital technology the Digital Virgo group www DigitalVirgo com a global specialist in payment via telecom operators bills and mobile money announced that its customized payment platform has provided 25 million Africans with access to digital content and services in 2022 With a presence in about fifteen African countries the Digital Virgo group took part in the AfricaCom in Cape Town the continent s leading digital event and presented the latest developments in its offerings The group s management including the CEO Guillaume Briche and Mounia Terhzaz Africa General Manager gave an overview of the development of their activities on the continent and reported that they had succeeded in deploying their payment solutions to 25 million people At a time when Digital Virgo is multiplying its partnerships with leading merchants on the continent Universal Music Youscribe OSN and connecting them to the billing systems of the continent s main telecom operators Orange Vodacom MTN this announcement confirms the relevance of its solutions We are very proud to have succeeded in building an offer adapted to the African markets Thanks to our payment solutions millions of people are accessing digital services and content that were previously only available to bank account holders commented Guillaume Briche CEO of Digital Virgo The group will also be attending the Salon des Industries Musicales d Afrique francophone SIMA on November 17 and 18 in Abidjan
    At AfricaCom, Digital Virgo announces that it enabled 25 million people to access digital content and services in Africa in 2022
      On its participation in AfricaCom the African trade show dedicated to digital technology the Digital Virgo group www DigitalVirgo com a global specialist in payment via telecom operators bills and mobile money announced that its customized payment platform has provided 25 million Africans with access to digital content and services in 2022 With a presence in about fifteen African countries the Digital Virgo group took part in the AfricaCom in Cape Town the continent s leading digital event and presented the latest developments in its offerings The group s management including the CEO Guillaume Briche and Mounia Terhzaz Africa General Manager gave an overview of the development of their activities on the continent and reported that they had succeeded in deploying their payment solutions to 25 million people At a time when Digital Virgo is multiplying its partnerships with leading merchants on the continent Universal Music Youscribe OSN and connecting them to the billing systems of the continent s main telecom operators Orange Vodacom MTN this announcement confirms the relevance of its solutions We are very proud to have succeeded in building an offer adapted to the African markets Thanks to our payment solutions millions of people are accessing digital services and content that were previously only available to bank account holders commented Guillaume Briche CEO of Digital Virgo The group will also be attending the Salon des Industries Musicales d Afrique francophone SIMA on November 17 and 18 in Abidjan
    At AfricaCom, Digital Virgo announces that it enabled 25 million people to access digital content and services in Africa in 2022
    Africa3 weeks ago

    At AfricaCom, Digital Virgo announces that it enabled 25 million people to access digital content and services in Africa in 2022

    On its participation in AfricaCom, the African trade show dedicated to digital technology, the Digital Virgo group (www.DigitalVirgo.com), a global specialist in payment via telecom operators' bills and mobile money, announced that its customized payment platform has provided 25 million Africans with access to digital content and services in 2022.

    With a presence in about fifteen African countries, the Digital Virgo group took part in the AfricaCom in Cape Town, the continent's leading digital event, and presented the latest developments in its offerings.

    The group's management, including the CEO, Guillaume Briche, and Mounia Terhzaz, Africa General Manager, gave an overview of the development of their activities on the continent, and reported that they had succeeded in deploying their payment solutions to 25 million people.

    At a time when Digital Virgo is multiplying its partnerships with leading merchants on the continent (Universal Music, Youscribe, OSN...) and connecting them to the billing systems of the continent's main telecom operators (Orange, Vodacom, MTN...), this announcement confirms the relevance of its solutions.

    "We are very proud to have succeeded in building an offer adapted to the African markets.

    Thanks to our payment solutions, millions of people are accessing digital services and content that were previously only available to bank account holders," commented Guillaume Briche, CEO of Digital Virgo.

    The group will also be attending the Salon des Industries Musicales d'Afrique francophone (SIMA) on November 17 and 18 in Abidjan.

  •   The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group https www AfDB org approved a concessional investment of USD 20 million to support the second phase of the Covid 19 Off Grid Recovery Platform CRP 19 https bit ly 3qXLziV The CRP is a blended finance initiative to unlock private capital for energy access companies to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic while promoting access to clean electricity and ensuring a green economic recovery The Sustainable Energy Facility for Africa SEFA https bit ly 37jYAtS a multi donor fund administered by the African Development Bank will provide 7 million in financing for the expansion the remaining 13 million will come from the Global Environment Facility GEF https www theGEF org a multilateral environmental fund The second phase will help create an additional 70 million in financing for the energy access sector to cushion the lingering impacts of the pandemic on supply chains inflation the rising cost of capital and the effects of the conflict in Ukraine Alix Graham Off Grid Energy Access Fund Leader said With concessional financing from SEFA under CRP the Off Grid Energy Access Fund was able to offer affordable financing solutions in markets such as Malawi and Sierra Leone who helped companies to reduce the impact of increased currency volatility and increased logistics costs He described CRP as a partnership between the private and development sectors that offered innovative financial solutions without distorting the market or crowding out private capital The Off Grid Energy Access Fund is managed by Lion s Head Global Partners one of three fund managers that jointly anchored Phase I of the Covid 19 Off Grid Recovery Platform The other two are Triple Jump https TripleJump eu and Social Investment Managers and Advisors https SIMAfunds com Mark van Doesburgh deputy director of sustainable energy at Triple Jump said We appreciate the continued support provided by the African Development Bank to accelerate progress towards SDG 7 The concessional financing provided under Phase II of the CRP comes at a critical time for early stage energy access companies that continue to be affected by Covid 19 and enables the Energy Entrepreneurs Growth Fund https bit ly 3f6oQ1s to free up flexible financing in the sector at a time when venture capital is increasingly scarce Through CRP s partners energy access companies can access a wide range of flexible debt financing solutions at more affordable terms To date more than 50 million in soft financing has been approved for 12 energy access companies that are commercializing and implementing solar home systems mini grids and commercial and industrial solar irrigation solutions Thanks to this strong partnership we have been able to mobilize more than 140 million of patient capital to mitigate the unprecedented challenges facing the energy access industry in recent years and protect progress towards universal access in Africa said Jo o Duarte Cunha manager of the Renewable Energy Funds Division in charge of SEFA at the African Development Bank
    The African Development Bank’s Global Environment Facility and Sustainable Energy Facility for Africa (SEFA) provide million to expand Covid-19 off-grid recovery platform
      The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group https www AfDB org approved a concessional investment of USD 20 million to support the second phase of the Covid 19 Off Grid Recovery Platform CRP 19 https bit ly 3qXLziV The CRP is a blended finance initiative to unlock private capital for energy access companies to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic while promoting access to clean electricity and ensuring a green economic recovery The Sustainable Energy Facility for Africa SEFA https bit ly 37jYAtS a multi donor fund administered by the African Development Bank will provide 7 million in financing for the expansion the remaining 13 million will come from the Global Environment Facility GEF https www theGEF org a multilateral environmental fund The second phase will help create an additional 70 million in financing for the energy access sector to cushion the lingering impacts of the pandemic on supply chains inflation the rising cost of capital and the effects of the conflict in Ukraine Alix Graham Off Grid Energy Access Fund Leader said With concessional financing from SEFA under CRP the Off Grid Energy Access Fund was able to offer affordable financing solutions in markets such as Malawi and Sierra Leone who helped companies to reduce the impact of increased currency volatility and increased logistics costs He described CRP as a partnership between the private and development sectors that offered innovative financial solutions without distorting the market or crowding out private capital The Off Grid Energy Access Fund is managed by Lion s Head Global Partners one of three fund managers that jointly anchored Phase I of the Covid 19 Off Grid Recovery Platform The other two are Triple Jump https TripleJump eu and Social Investment Managers and Advisors https SIMAfunds com Mark van Doesburgh deputy director of sustainable energy at Triple Jump said We appreciate the continued support provided by the African Development Bank to accelerate progress towards SDG 7 The concessional financing provided under Phase II of the CRP comes at a critical time for early stage energy access companies that continue to be affected by Covid 19 and enables the Energy Entrepreneurs Growth Fund https bit ly 3f6oQ1s to free up flexible financing in the sector at a time when venture capital is increasingly scarce Through CRP s partners energy access companies can access a wide range of flexible debt financing solutions at more affordable terms To date more than 50 million in soft financing has been approved for 12 energy access companies that are commercializing and implementing solar home systems mini grids and commercial and industrial solar irrigation solutions Thanks to this strong partnership we have been able to mobilize more than 140 million of patient capital to mitigate the unprecedented challenges facing the energy access industry in recent years and protect progress towards universal access in Africa said Jo o Duarte Cunha manager of the Renewable Energy Funds Division in charge of SEFA at the African Development Bank
    The African Development Bank’s Global Environment Facility and Sustainable Energy Facility for Africa (SEFA) provide million to expand Covid-19 off-grid recovery platform
    Africa2 months ago

    The African Development Bank’s Global Environment Facility and Sustainable Energy Facility for Africa (SEFA) provide $20 million to expand Covid-19 off-grid recovery platform

    The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (https://www.AfDB.org) approved a concessional investment of USD 20 million to support the second phase of the Covid-19 Off Grid Recovery Platform (CRP).

    19 (https:/ /bit.ly/3qXLziV).

    The CRP is a blended finance initiative to unlock private capital for energy access companies to mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic while promoting access to clean electricity and ensuring a green economic recovery.

    The Sustainable Energy Facility for Africa (SEFA) (https://bit.ly/37jYAtS), a multi-donor fund administered by the African Development Bank, will provide $7 million in financing for the expansion; the remaining $13 million will come from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) (https://www.theGEF.org), a multilateral environmental fund.

    The second phase will help create an additional $70 million in financing for the energy access sector to cushion the lingering impacts of the pandemic on supply chains, inflation, the rising cost of capital, and the effects of the conflict in Ukraine.

    Alix Graham, Off-Grid Energy Access Fund Leader, said: “With concessional financing from SEFA under CRP, the Off-Grid Energy Access Fund was able to offer affordable financing solutions in markets such as Malawi and Sierra Leone who helped companies.

    to reduce the impact of increased currency volatility and increased logistics costs.” He described CRP as a partnership between the private and development sectors that offered innovative financial solutions without distorting the market or crowding out private capital.

    The Off-Grid Energy Access Fund is managed by Lion's Head Global Partners, one of three fund managers that jointly anchored Phase I of the Covid-19 Off-Grid Recovery Platform.

    The other two are Triple Jump (https://TripleJump.eu) and Social Investment Managers and Advisors (https://SIMAfunds.com) Mark van Doesburgh, deputy director of sustainable energy at Triple Jump, said: “We appreciate the continued support provided by the African Development Bank to accelerate progress towards SDG 7.

    The concessional financing provided under Phase II of the CRP comes at a critical time for early-stage energy access companies that continue to be affected by Covid -19 and enables the Energy Entrepreneurs Growth Fund (https://bit.ly/3f6oQ1s) to free up flexible financing in the sector at a time when venture capital is increasingly scarce.” Through CRP's partners, energy access companies can access a wide range of flexible debt financing solutions at more affordable terms.

    To date, more than $50 million in soft financing has been approved for 12 energy access companies that are commercializing and implementing solar home systems, mini-grids, and commercial and industrial solar irrigation solutions.

    "Thanks to this strong partnership, we have been able to mobilize more than $140 million of patient capital to mitigate the unprecedented challenges facing the energy access industry in recent years and protect progress towards universal access in Africa," said João Duarte Cunha, manager.

    of the Renewable Energy Funds Division in charge of SEFA at the African Development Bank.

  •   6 minutes ago UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres announced on Tuesday the appointment of Major General Benjamin Sawyerr of Nigeria as Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei UNISFA Sawyerr succeeds Maj Gen Kefyalew Amde Tessema of Ethiopia whom the Secretary General thanks for his dedication invaluable service and effective leadership during his 17 minutes ago Amnesty International on Tuesday called Israel an apartheid state that treats Palestinians as an inferior racial group joining the assessment of other rights groups that the Jewish state vehemently rejects Israel s cruel policies of segregation dispossession and exclusion in all territories under its control clearly amount to apartheid said Amnesty Secretary General Agnes Callamard If they 31 minutes ago Former Jigawa State Governor Alhaji Sule Lamido called on Nigerian politicians to avoid the zoning issue as a criterion for selecting leaders in 2023 He said Nigerians with a proven track record of trustworthiness who also have a national perspective like Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State should be encouraged to elect 59 minutes ago Rear Admiral Muktar Bashir commander of the National Defense College NDC said the institution has finalized plans to include a master s program in the school s curriculum as it is now ready for it Bashir made the reveal at the opening of the NDC Steering Group Retreat with the theme Moving Forward in Retreat the 1 hour before Greenlight Planet a global leader in solar energy products for the home hosted a webinar on Overcoming Financial Barriers for Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs on January 27 2022 Five renowned experts Dr Segun Adaju President of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria Ms Chinenye Anekwe The Country Business Development Manager Solar Sister Nigeria Mr Amitesh Sinha Partner of SIMA Funds Dr Abraham Asongo Manager of Clean Energy Projects at Standard Microfinance Bank and Mr Krishna Swaroop Global Finance Director of Greenlight Planet shared their perspectives on the topic Source Credit TheGuardian
    Nigeria-UK holds security, defence partnership dialouge in London
      6 minutes ago UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres announced on Tuesday the appointment of Major General Benjamin Sawyerr of Nigeria as Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei UNISFA Sawyerr succeeds Maj Gen Kefyalew Amde Tessema of Ethiopia whom the Secretary General thanks for his dedication invaluable service and effective leadership during his 17 minutes ago Amnesty International on Tuesday called Israel an apartheid state that treats Palestinians as an inferior racial group joining the assessment of other rights groups that the Jewish state vehemently rejects Israel s cruel policies of segregation dispossession and exclusion in all territories under its control clearly amount to apartheid said Amnesty Secretary General Agnes Callamard If they 31 minutes ago Former Jigawa State Governor Alhaji Sule Lamido called on Nigerian politicians to avoid the zoning issue as a criterion for selecting leaders in 2023 He said Nigerians with a proven track record of trustworthiness who also have a national perspective like Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State should be encouraged to elect 59 minutes ago Rear Admiral Muktar Bashir commander of the National Defense College NDC said the institution has finalized plans to include a master s program in the school s curriculum as it is now ready for it Bashir made the reveal at the opening of the NDC Steering Group Retreat with the theme Moving Forward in Retreat the 1 hour before Greenlight Planet a global leader in solar energy products for the home hosted a webinar on Overcoming Financial Barriers for Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs on January 27 2022 Five renowned experts Dr Segun Adaju President of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria Ms Chinenye Anekwe The Country Business Development Manager Solar Sister Nigeria Mr Amitesh Sinha Partner of SIMA Funds Dr Abraham Asongo Manager of Clean Energy Projects at Standard Microfinance Bank and Mr Krishna Swaroop Global Finance Director of Greenlight Planet shared their perspectives on the topic Source Credit TheGuardian
    Nigeria-UK holds security, defence partnership dialouge in London
    Foreign10 months ago

    Nigeria-UK holds security, defence partnership dialouge in London

    6 minutes ago

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Tuesday the appointment of Major General Benjamin Sawyerr of Nigeria as Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). Sawyerr succeeds Maj. Gen. Kefyalew Amde Tessema of Ethiopia, whom the Secretary General thanks for his dedication, invaluable service and effective leadership during his ...

    17 minutes ago

    Amnesty International on Tuesday called Israel an "apartheid" state that treats Palestinians as "an inferior racial group," joining the assessment of other rights groups that the Jewish state vehemently rejects. "Israel's cruel policies of segregation, dispossession and exclusion in all territories under its control clearly amount to apartheid," said Amnesty Secretary General Agnes Callamard. "If they…

    31 minutes ago

    Former Jigawa State Governor Alhaji Sule Lamido called on Nigerian politicians to avoid the zoning issue as a criterion for selecting leaders in 2023. He said Nigerians with a proven track record of trustworthiness, who also have a national perspective like Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State should be encouraged to elect...

    59 minutes ago

    Rear Admiral Muktar Bashir, commander of the National Defense College (NDC), said the institution has finalized plans to include a master's program in the school's curriculum as it is now ready for it. Bashir made the reveal at the opening of the NDC Steering Group Retreat with the theme "Moving Forward in Retreat", the...

    1 hour before

    Greenlight Planet, a global leader in solar energy products for the home, hosted a webinar on Overcoming Financial Barriers for Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs on January 27, 2022. Five renowned experts: Dr. Segun Adaju, President of the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, Ms. Chinenye Anekwe, The Country Business Development Manager, Solar Sister Nigeria, Mr. Amitesh Sinha, Partner of SIMA Funds, Dr. Abraham Asongo, Manager of Clean Energy Projects at Standard Microfinance Bank and Mr. Krishna Swaroop, Global Finance Director of Greenlight Planet shared their perspectives on the topic.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •  The FATE Philanthropy Coalition for COVID 19 FPCC Support Fund a Philantropy unit of FATE Foundation has announced the inauguration of the first SARS CoV 2 Isothermal Molecular Assay SIMA A statement by Adenike Adeyemi Executive Director of the foundation said that the inauguration was in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR The News Agency of Nigeria reports that SIMA is a Point of Care molecular test kit that can detect COVID 19 faster Adeyemi said it can detect COVID 19 in less than 40 minutes compared to at least 2 hours that it takes the current testing protocols SIMA is the first of its kind and was fully funded by the PFCC It has been designed and developed by the NIMR to ease the challenges posed by the current method of testing which requires heavy laboratory and expensive equipment to function She said that an added advantage of the kit was that low skilled personnel can be trained to perform the assay in tertiary health facilities where it can be used to diagnose COVID 19 in hospitalised patients This will be particularly advantageous in remote areas with disadvantaged populations she said Meanwhile the Coordinator of the FPPC Support Fund Mr Fola Adeola said that the fund was proud to have provided the support grant used to develop the kit Pioneering this research work led by some of our nation s leading public health researchers at NIMR exemplifies the potentials of health innovation in Nigeria when effectively supported and enabled We are proud to have provided the grant which helped NIMR to design and develop the SIMA We are excited about the possibilities of this innovation in containing the COVID 19 spread and identifying people infected he said Adeola noted that the FPCC Support Fund was set up in March to support ongoing national and community efforts to ameliorate the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on Nigeria Till date the investment fund has supported other public health institutions including the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi Lagos he added Similarly Prof Babatunde Salako Director General NIMR alluded to the reliability and effectiveness of the test kits Salako said the impact of this innovation is a fast and sensitive point of care test for SARS CoV 2 using molecular technique It is also a very reliable test kit for antibodies or antigen testing With the Ribonucleic Acid RNA extraction system NIMR can achieve a total 32 tests result in one hour he said Salako also assured that with relevant support the test kit s reagents can be produced in Nigeria with 80 90 per cent locally sourced materials Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Idonije Obakhedo Source NAN
    Fate foundation collaborates with NIMR on quicker COVID-19 test kits
     The FATE Philanthropy Coalition for COVID 19 FPCC Support Fund a Philantropy unit of FATE Foundation has announced the inauguration of the first SARS CoV 2 Isothermal Molecular Assay SIMA A statement by Adenike Adeyemi Executive Director of the foundation said that the inauguration was in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR The News Agency of Nigeria reports that SIMA is a Point of Care molecular test kit that can detect COVID 19 faster Adeyemi said it can detect COVID 19 in less than 40 minutes compared to at least 2 hours that it takes the current testing protocols SIMA is the first of its kind and was fully funded by the PFCC It has been designed and developed by the NIMR to ease the challenges posed by the current method of testing which requires heavy laboratory and expensive equipment to function She said that an added advantage of the kit was that low skilled personnel can be trained to perform the assay in tertiary health facilities where it can be used to diagnose COVID 19 in hospitalised patients This will be particularly advantageous in remote areas with disadvantaged populations she said Meanwhile the Coordinator of the FPPC Support Fund Mr Fola Adeola said that the fund was proud to have provided the support grant used to develop the kit Pioneering this research work led by some of our nation s leading public health researchers at NIMR exemplifies the potentials of health innovation in Nigeria when effectively supported and enabled We are proud to have provided the grant which helped NIMR to design and develop the SIMA We are excited about the possibilities of this innovation in containing the COVID 19 spread and identifying people infected he said Adeola noted that the FPCC Support Fund was set up in March to support ongoing national and community efforts to ameliorate the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on Nigeria Till date the investment fund has supported other public health institutions including the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the National Orthopedic Hospital Igbobi Lagos he added Similarly Prof Babatunde Salako Director General NIMR alluded to the reliability and effectiveness of the test kits Salako said the impact of this innovation is a fast and sensitive point of care test for SARS CoV 2 using molecular technique It is also a very reliable test kit for antibodies or antigen testing With the Ribonucleic Acid RNA extraction system NIMR can achieve a total 32 tests result in one hour he said Salako also assured that with relevant support the test kit s reagents can be produced in Nigeria with 80 90 per cent locally sourced materials Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Idonije Obakhedo Source NAN
    Fate foundation collaborates with NIMR on quicker COVID-19 test kits
    COVID-192 years ago

    Fate foundation collaborates with NIMR on quicker COVID-19 test kits

    The FATE Philanthropy Coalition for COVID-19 (FPCC) Support Fund, a Philantropy unit of FATE Foundation, has announced the inauguration of the first SARS-CoV-2 Isothermal Molecular Assay (SIMA).

    A statement by Adenike Adeyemi, Executive Director of the foundation, said that the inauguration was in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that SIMA is a Point-of-Care molecular test kit that can detect COVID-19 faster.

    Adeyemi said it can detect COVID-19 in less than 40 minutes, compared to at least 2 hours that it takes the current testing protocols.

    SIMA is the first of its kind and was fully funded by the PFCC.

    “It  has been designed and developed by the NIMR to ease the challenges posed by the current method of testing which requires heavy laboratory and expensive equipment to function.’’

    She said that an added advantage of the kit was that low-skilled personnel can be trained to perform the assay in tertiary health facilities where it can be used to diagnose COVID-19 in hospitalised patients.

    “ This will be particularly advantageous in remote areas with disadvantaged populations,’’  she said.

    Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the FPPC Support Fund, Mr Fola Adeola, said that the fund was proud to have provided the support grant used to develop the kit.

    “Pioneering this research work, led by some of our nation’s leading public health researchers at NIMR exemplifies the potentials of health innovation in Nigeria when effectively supported and enabled.

    “ We are proud to have provided the grant which helped NIMR to design and develop the SIMA.

    “We are excited about the possibilities of this innovation in containing the COVID-19 spread and identifying people infected,” he said.

    Adeola noted that the FPCC Support Fund was set up in March to support ongoing national and community efforts to ameliorate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigeria.

    “Till date, the investment fund has supported other public health institutions, including the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos,” he added.

    Similarly, Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director General, NIMR, alluded to the reliability and effectiveness of the test kits.

    Salako said the impact of this innovation is a fast and sensitive point-of-care test for SARS-CoV-2 using molecular technique.

    “ It is also a very reliable test kit for antibodies or antigen testing.

    “With the Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) extraction system, NIMR can achieve a total 32 tests result in one hour,’’ he said.

    Salako also assured that with relevant support, the test kit’s reagents can be produced in Nigeria with 80-90 per cent locally sourced materials.


    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Idonije Obakhedo
    Source: NAN

     

  •  The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR on Tuesday presented the newly launched SARS CoV 2 Isothemal Molecular Assay SIMA to the Federal Ministry of Health Prof Babatunde Salako Director General of the Institute said on his twitter handle that a demo on the usage of the kit was also done at the presentation Salako said Today we presented SIMA to the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health and also did a demo of how the test kit works Comments and suggestions of attendees will definitely improve the performance of the kit A trillion thanks to everyone that participated The News Agency be of Nigeria reports that NIMR on Sept 18 unveiled the first SARS CoV 2 Isothemal Molecular Assay SIMA kit in the country to boost COVID 19 testing capacity The Director General during the launching said the testing kit was developed to ease the challenges posed by the current method which required heavy laboratory and expensive equipment to function According to him SIMA testing kit is a fast and sensitive point of care test for COVID 19 infection using molecular technique that is reliable NIMR was established in 1977 to conduct research on diseases of public health importance in Nigeria Edited By Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    COVID-19:NIMR presents SIMA test kits to Health Ministry
     The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR on Tuesday presented the newly launched SARS CoV 2 Isothemal Molecular Assay SIMA to the Federal Ministry of Health Prof Babatunde Salako Director General of the Institute said on his twitter handle that a demo on the usage of the kit was also done at the presentation Salako said Today we presented SIMA to the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health and also did a demo of how the test kit works Comments and suggestions of attendees will definitely improve the performance of the kit A trillion thanks to everyone that participated The News Agency be of Nigeria reports that NIMR on Sept 18 unveiled the first SARS CoV 2 Isothemal Molecular Assay SIMA kit in the country to boost COVID 19 testing capacity The Director General during the launching said the testing kit was developed to ease the challenges posed by the current method which required heavy laboratory and expensive equipment to function According to him SIMA testing kit is a fast and sensitive point of care test for COVID 19 infection using molecular technique that is reliable NIMR was established in 1977 to conduct research on diseases of public health importance in Nigeria Edited By Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    COVID-19:NIMR presents SIMA test kits to Health Ministry
    COVID-192 years ago

    COVID-19:NIMR presents SIMA test kits to Health Ministry

    The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) on Tuesday presented the newly launched SARS-CoV-2 Isothemal Molecular Assay (SIMA) to the Federal Ministry of Health.

    Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director General of the Institute, said on his  twitter handle that a demo on the usage of the kit was also done at the presentation.

    Salako said:”Today, we presented SIMA to the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Health and also did a demo of how the test kit works.

    “Comments and suggestions of attendees will definitely improve the performance of the kit.

    “A trillion thanks to everyone that participated.”

    The News Agency be of Nigeria reports that NIMR on Sept. 18, unveiled the first SARS-CoV-2 Isothemal Molecular Assay (SIMA) kit in the country to boost COVID-19 testing capacity.

    The Director General, during the launching, said the testing kit was developed to ease the challenges posed by the current method which required heavy laboratory and expensive equipment to function.

    According to him, SIMA testing kit is a fast and sensitive point of care test for COVID-19 infection using molecular technique that is reliable.

    NIMR was established in 1977 to conduct research on diseases of public health importance in Nigeria.


    Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
    Source: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR on Friday unveiled the first SARS CoV 2 Isothemal Molecular Assay SIMA machine in the country to boost COVID 19 testing capacity Speaking at the unveiling Prof Babatunde Salako Director General of NIMR said the equipment was developed to ease the challenges posed by the current method which required heavy laboratory and expensive equipment to function Salako said that SIMA is a fast and sensitive point of carebtest for COVID 19 infection using molecular technique that is reliable As a foremost research institute in Nigeria with a mandate to conduct research into diseases of public health importance like COVID 19 pandemic which at present a difficult management challenge for scientists While no effective vaccine has been develop till date case detection remains the surest way of controlling the pandemic Seeing that molecular laboratories remain limited in number and remote areas are at disadvantaged in getting tested and limited testing centres Our researchers once again swung into action to develop a point of care molecular test for COVID 19 to ease the challenges of getting a molecular laboratory which requires huge fund The Isothemal used for our point of care testing cost 9500 dollars which is cheaper than the regular real time PCR equipment which cost about 100 000 dollars This test reagent can be produced in country with 80 per cent to 90 per cent locally sourced material he said According to him a NIMR research team led by Dr Chika Onwuamah a Senior Research Scientist developed a molecular test for coronavirus that gives test result in less than 40 minutes He thanked Fate Foundation for supporting the research with N20million through its Fate Philanthropy Coalition for COVID 19 Support We are very grateful for the support given to the institute to develop the assay which is not only first of its kind in the country but also in Africa The objective of the grant was to develop a fast multiplex isothermal assay for SARS CoV 2 while we also designed and evaluated primers and probes for multiplex Work is currently ongoing on a simple release reagent to simplify the RNA extraction step and the assay development procedure involve both bioinformatic analysis designing the primers and probes To date we have a working assay guaranted to test 100 copies ml of SARs CoV 2 RNA as we continue to improve on the detection limit he said Dr Onwuamah who led the research work said SIMA was far cheaper and faster compared to PCR which required a lot of power and goes through different temperature The difference between the PCR used in Molecular lab and this is that PCR goes through different circle of temperature which requires more a lot of power for heating and cooling SIMA works at one temperature and that is why it is called isothermal which makes it far cheaper and faster he said On the duration of the research the Senior Researcher said the project started around May noting that there was a bit delay due to COVID 19 induced lockdown Onwuamah however called for more support to aid scientists in the country to carryout research work on public health emergency such as COVID 19 Support for scientists in Nigeria need to be strong because we have a lot to give but the enabling environment is not visible This research work cost close to N10million before we arrive here and it is a continuous thing because we have to keep improving on what we have developed he said Mrs Adenike Adeyemi Executive Director of Fate Foundation said the foundation established the support fund to assist the ongoing national and local efforts to strengthen public health infrastructure Adeyemi said the focus was to key into government effort to properly equip and support public health facilities and frontline health workers This foundation was founded 20 years ago by Fola Ade with a goal to enable aspiring and emerging Nigerians to excel in their prospective fields The foundation have supported in the fight against the ravishing pandemic through our various programmes and with the support of 61 individual donors and institute We are happy to be part of this huge research development that will go a long way to ease some of the present challenges in the fight against the virus she said Edited By Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    NIMR unveils COVID-19 molecular testing kit
     The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research NIMR on Friday unveiled the first SARS CoV 2 Isothemal Molecular Assay SIMA machine in the country to boost COVID 19 testing capacity Speaking at the unveiling Prof Babatunde Salako Director General of NIMR said the equipment was developed to ease the challenges posed by the current method which required heavy laboratory and expensive equipment to function Salako said that SIMA is a fast and sensitive point of carebtest for COVID 19 infection using molecular technique that is reliable As a foremost research institute in Nigeria with a mandate to conduct research into diseases of public health importance like COVID 19 pandemic which at present a difficult management challenge for scientists While no effective vaccine has been develop till date case detection remains the surest way of controlling the pandemic Seeing that molecular laboratories remain limited in number and remote areas are at disadvantaged in getting tested and limited testing centres Our researchers once again swung into action to develop a point of care molecular test for COVID 19 to ease the challenges of getting a molecular laboratory which requires huge fund The Isothemal used for our point of care testing cost 9500 dollars which is cheaper than the regular real time PCR equipment which cost about 100 000 dollars This test reagent can be produced in country with 80 per cent to 90 per cent locally sourced material he said According to him a NIMR research team led by Dr Chika Onwuamah a Senior Research Scientist developed a molecular test for coronavirus that gives test result in less than 40 minutes He thanked Fate Foundation for supporting the research with N20million through its Fate Philanthropy Coalition for COVID 19 Support We are very grateful for the support given to the institute to develop the assay which is not only first of its kind in the country but also in Africa The objective of the grant was to develop a fast multiplex isothermal assay for SARS CoV 2 while we also designed and evaluated primers and probes for multiplex Work is currently ongoing on a simple release reagent to simplify the RNA extraction step and the assay development procedure involve both bioinformatic analysis designing the primers and probes To date we have a working assay guaranted to test 100 copies ml of SARs CoV 2 RNA as we continue to improve on the detection limit he said Dr Onwuamah who led the research work said SIMA was far cheaper and faster compared to PCR which required a lot of power and goes through different temperature The difference between the PCR used in Molecular lab and this is that PCR goes through different circle of temperature which requires more a lot of power for heating and cooling SIMA works at one temperature and that is why it is called isothermal which makes it far cheaper and faster he said On the duration of the research the Senior Researcher said the project started around May noting that there was a bit delay due to COVID 19 induced lockdown Onwuamah however called for more support to aid scientists in the country to carryout research work on public health emergency such as COVID 19 Support for scientists in Nigeria need to be strong because we have a lot to give but the enabling environment is not visible This research work cost close to N10million before we arrive here and it is a continuous thing because we have to keep improving on what we have developed he said Mrs Adenike Adeyemi Executive Director of Fate Foundation said the foundation established the support fund to assist the ongoing national and local efforts to strengthen public health infrastructure Adeyemi said the focus was to key into government effort to properly equip and support public health facilities and frontline health workers This foundation was founded 20 years ago by Fola Ade with a goal to enable aspiring and emerging Nigerians to excel in their prospective fields The foundation have supported in the fight against the ravishing pandemic through our various programmes and with the support of 61 individual donors and institute We are happy to be part of this huge research development that will go a long way to ease some of the present challenges in the fight against the virus she said Edited By Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    NIMR unveils COVID-19 molecular testing kit
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    NIMR unveils COVID-19 molecular testing kit

    The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) on Friday unveiled the first SARS-CoV-2 Isothemal Molecular Assay (SIMA) machine in the country to boost COVID-19 testing capacity.Speaking at the unveiling, Prof. Babatunde Salako, Director General of NIMR, said the equipment was developed to ease the challenges posed by the current method which required heavy laboratory and expensive equipment to function.Salako said that SIMA is a fast and sensitive point of carebtest for COVID-19 infection using molecular technique that is reliable.“As a foremost research institute in Nigeria with a mandate to conduct research into diseases of public health importance like COVID-19 pandemic which at present a difficult management challenge for scientists.“While no effective vaccine has been develop till date, case detection remains the surest way of controlling the pandemic.“Seeing that molecular laboratories remain limited in number and remote areas are at disadvantaged in getting tested and limited testing centres.“Our researchers once again swung into action to develop a point of care molecular test for COVID-19 to ease the challenges of getting a molecular laboratory which requires huge fund.“The Isothemal used for our point of care testing cost 9500 dollars which is cheaper than the regular real time PCR equipment which cost about 100,000 dollars.“This test reagent can be produced in country with 80 per cent to 90 per cent locally sourced material,” he said.According to him, a NIMR research team, led by Dr Chika Onwuamah, a Senior Research Scientist, developed a molecular test for coronavirus that gives test result in less than 40 minutes.He thanked Fate Foundation, for supporting the research with N20million through its Fate Philanthropy Coalition for COVID-19 Support.“We are very grateful for the support given to the institute to develop the assay which is not only first of its kind in the country but also in Africa.“The objective of the grant was to develop a fast multiplex isothermal assay for SARS-CoV-2 while we also designed and evaluated primers and probes for multiplex.“Work is currently ongoing on a simple release reagent to simplify the RNA extraction step and the assay development procedure involve both bioinformatic analysis designing the primers and probes.“To date we have a working assay guaranted to test 100 copies/ml of SARs-CoV-2 RNA, as we continue to improve on the detection limit,” he said.Dr Onwuamah, who led the research work, said SIMA was far cheaper and faster compared to PCR which required a lot of power and goes through different temperature.“The difference between the PCR used in Molecular lab and this is that PCR goes through different circle of temperature which requires more a lot of power for heating and cooling.“SIMA works at one temperature and that is why it is called isothermal which makes it far cheaper and faster,” he said.On the duration of the research, the Senior Researcher said the project started around May, noting that there was a bit delay due to COVID-19 induced lockdown.Onwuamah, however, called for more support to aid scientists in the country to carryout research work on public health emergency such as COVID-19.“Support for scientists in Nigeria need to be strong because we have a lot to give but the enabling environment is not visible.” This research work cost close to N10million before we arrive here and it is a continuous thing because we have to keep improving on what we have developed,” he said.Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, Executive Director of Fate Foundation, said the foundation established the support fund to assist the ongoing national and local efforts to strengthen public health infrastructure.Adeyemi said the focus was to key into government effort to properly equip and support public health facilities and frontline health workers.“This foundation was founded 20 years ago by Fola Ade with a goal to enable aspiring and emerging Nigerians to excel in their prospective fields.“The foundation have supported in the fight against the ravishing pandemic through our various programmes and with the support of 61 individual donors and institute.“We are happy to be part of this huge research development that will go a long way to ease some of the present challenges in the fight against the virus,” she said.Edited By: Wale Ojetimi Source: NAN

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