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  •  United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
     United States of America stays ahead Germany moves up to Second
    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second
    Africa1 week ago

    United States of America stays ahead, Germany moves up to Second

    The United States continues to lead the Women's World Ranking; Changes to the top three; A record 185 teams listed in the rankings.

    July 2022 was a busy month for women's football, with five major tournaments taking place around the world.

    In addition to UEFA Women's Euro 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™.

    Since June 17, 2022, when the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement up the rankings.

    And while the USA (1st, -), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women's Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new challenger in the form of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up overtake Sweden (third, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Newly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    The relegations of the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1) and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in the Top 10 of this edition.

    Like the Lionesses, South Africa (54th, plus 4) also moved up four places thanks to their 2022 CAF Women's Africa Cup of Nations title.

    Semi-finalists in that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are the team that has improved the most in this edition after ascending 23 positions.

    Nigeria (46th, minus 7), which surprisingly lost 1-0 to She-polopolo in the match for third place, recorded the biggest decline in terms of points (minus 69.33).

    Another notable improvement in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest placement (42, plus 9), after their third place in the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying record highs are Iceland (14 plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26 plus 1), Portugal (27 plus 3) and Zambia.

    Four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022: Cambodia (120, -), Turkmenistan (137, -) Timor-Leste (152, -) and Guinea-Bissau (169, -), giving the August edition of 2022 a record - breaking 185 FIFA member associations.

    Click HERE (https://fifa.fans/3QhktOi) to see the full standings.

    The next edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking will be published on 13 October 2022, ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ Draw on Saturday 22 October 2022 in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau.

    Leader USA (no change) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Total games played 221 Most games played England, Philippines, Senegal (9 each) Most movement by points Zambia (plus 89.78) Most movement by ranks Zambia (23+ places) Biggest Drop by Points Nigeria (minus 69.33)Biggest Drop by Ranks Mexico (10+ places)Newly Qualified Teams Cambodia, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-BissauTeams No Longer Qualified None

  •  FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
     FIFA Ranking Super Falcons slip by 7 spots now world 46th
    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th
    General news2 weeks ago

    FIFA Ranking: Super Falcons slip by 7 spots, now world 46th

    The Super Falcons of Nigeria have dropped by seven spots in the July FIFA Ranking, to be placed 46th, after ending 4th at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

    In the ranking table published on the website of the world football governing body on Friday, Nigeria garnered 1535.09 points in the month under review and lost 69.33 points, which is the biggest decline in terms of points.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the former African champions surprisingly went down 1-0 to the She-polopolo of Zambia in the match for the third place match of 2022 WAFCON.

    At the continental level, the drop in spot however did not displace the Falcons as the 1st placed team in Africa with the current WAFCON winner, South Africa placed 2nd.

    Cameroon, Ghana and Ivory Coast  are the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed teams, respectively.

    South Africa (54th, plus 4) moved up four places on the back of their title triumph at the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

    Semi-finalists at that tournament, Zambia (80th, plus 23) are this edition’s most-improved side after surging 23 places.

    At the global scene, July 2022 was a busy month for women’s football, with five major tournaments taking place across the globe.

    In addition to the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, continental championships were held in Africa, South America, North America and Oceania, all serving as qualifying events for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.

    Since 17 June 2022, when the -Cola Women’s World Ranking was last published, no fewer than 221 matches have been played, generating considerable movement in the standings.

    And while USA (1st), recent winners of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, remain the team to catch, the Stars and Stripes have a new pursuer in the shape of Germany (2nd, plus 3).

    The EURO 2022 runners-up move ahead of Sweden (3rd, minus 1), whose own European title ambitions came to an end in the semi-finals.

    Freshly crowned continental champions, England (4th, plus 4) moved up four places ahead of France (5th, minus 2).

    Drops for the Netherlands (6th, minus 2), Canada (7th, minus 1), and Spain (8th, minus 1) are the other significant changes in this edition’s Top 10. Another notable improver in this edition is Jamaica, who achieved their highest-ever placing (42nd, plus 9), following their third-place at the Concacaf Championship.

    Also enjoying all-time highs are Iceland (14th, plus 3), the Republic of Ireland (26th, plus 1), Portugal (27th, plus 3) and Zambia.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that four new teams have joined the Ranking since June 2022 namely Cambodia (120th), Turkmenistan (137th) Timor-Leste (152nd) and Guinea-Bissau (169th), giving the August 2022 edition a record-breaking 185 FIFA member associations.


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  •  The Global Count reaches 135 countries as polls continue in the global survey on gender equality
    The ‘Global Count’ reaches 135 countries as polls continue in the global survey on gender equality
     The Global Count reaches 135 countries as polls continue in the global survey on gender equality
    The ‘Global Count’ reaches 135 countries as polls continue in the global survey on gender equality
    AMA1 year ago

    The ‘Global Count’ reaches 135 countries as polls continue in the global survey on gender equality

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20, 2021 - / African Media Agency (AMA) / - The 'Global Count' today releases a first look at participation in one of the largest global mapping polls ever conducted to hear directly from women and people of diverse gender. people about the social, political, economic, cultural and economic barriers that stand in the way of their progress.

    Since its launch on January 21, the 'Global Count' has reached 135 countries, including some of the most difficult to reach communities.

    The highest voter turnout has been seen so far in Russia, where, in the 24 hours that followed Alexei Navalny's protests last weekend, more than 2,000 women and people of diverse gender were counted.

    Elsewhere, responses have been recorded on all continents, from Tanzania to Timor-Leste, South Sudan to San Morino and Hawaii to the Holy See. The top ten performing countries (as of February 18) include:

    ● Russian Federation
    ● Zambia
    ● United States of America
    ● Cameroon
    ● Switzerland
    ● Kenya
    ● Uganda
    ● Nigeria
    ● Botswana
    ● Zimbabwe

    The ongoing project is the fifth annual mobilization event of the Women's March Global, the leading women's human rights organization formed in the wake of the protests that took place globally four years ago after the inauguration of Donald Trump.

    These figures are released as the World March of Women prepares to organize around World Social Justice Day (February 20). Voting will continue until International Women's Day. Several world-renowned gender rights activists will continue to lend their voice to the campaign.

    The 'Global Count' directly addresses the paucity of data on women's rights and the urgent need to better map the critical issues faced by women and people with gender diversity around the world. The results will put power back in the hands of grassroots movements to give life to the urgent demands they must make of governments, donors and the wider international development sector.

    At the end of the survey, the 'Global Count' asks women to dream: "What will the progress of women's human rights be like for you in 10 years?" One respondent writes:

    "The future is bright. Women are more powerful than before. Little by little we are gaining our voices and soon we will be heard. In 10 years the world will accept us as a gender that belongs here to be seen, heard and respected. By then, human rights will be a common norm for all ”.

    The 'Global Count' is a collaboration between some of the world's most respected women's rights organizations, including a newly formed Steering Committee: Cooperativa de Asistencia y

    Relief Everywhere Inc.(CAREFUL), White Ribbon Alliance, CIVICUS, Girl Up, Global Fund for Women, Y Global office consulting, more than 40 grassroots organizations on every continent, and key supporters, including the Malala Fund. It is being distributed by Survey monkey Y Facebook.

    Betsy Scolnik, Chairperson of the Board of Women's March Global, said:

    “We are very excited to have heard from women and people with gender diversity from more than 130 countries, and the data is increasing every day. Never before has a survey of this breadth and scope been conducted and the more people contact us, the stronger our evidence will be to support women and people with gender diversity around the world towards a more equitable and just future.

    “By commemorating World Social Justice Day and looking at how we can create a more equitable future for all, the Global Count data can help us understand what women and people with gender diversity want and help direct funds and programs. to help do this. "

  •  Chinese foundations donate medical supplies to Timor Leste for fight against COVID 19
    Chinese foundations donate medical supplies to Timor-Leste for fight against COVID-19
     Chinese foundations donate medical supplies to Timor Leste for fight against COVID 19
    Chinese foundations donate medical supplies to Timor-Leste for fight against COVID-19
    Foreign2 years ago

    Chinese foundations donate medical supplies to Timor-Leste for fight against COVID-19

    The medical supplies jointly donated by Jack Ma Foundation & Alibaba Foundation to Timor-Leste arrived at the Dili airport by a cargo plane on Tuesday.

    Chinese Ambassador Xiao Jianguo, Timor-Leste's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Dionisio Babo, the WHO Representative to Timor-Leste and other officials from the Timor-Leste government attended the handover ceremony at the airport.

    Ambassador Xiao said China has dispatched two chartered flights to Timor-Leste in a month to help Timorese people fight against COVID-19 and thanked Jack Ma Foundation & Alibaba Foundation for their kindness and generosity.

    The supplies included face masks, medical gloves, personal protective equipment (PPE), face shields, testing kits, handy thermometers and ventilators.

    Minister Babo thanked China and Jack Ma Foundation & Alibaba Foundation on behalf of the Timorese government. He believed that with the sincere help of the international community, especially the Chinese government and enterprises, Timor-Leste will win the fight against COVID-19 at a early date.


    (XINHUA)

  •  Spotlight Int l community rallies to support developing countries in combating COVID 19 pandemic
    Spotlight: Int’l community rallies to support developing countries in combating COVID-19 pandemic
     Spotlight Int l community rallies to support developing countries in combating COVID 19 pandemic
    Spotlight: Int’l community rallies to support developing countries in combating COVID-19 pandemic
    Foreign2 years ago

    Spotlight: Int’l community rallies to support developing countries in combating COVID-19 pandemic

    As the global tally of COVID-19 cases tops 5 million, the international community has been mobilizing resources to help developing countries fight the pandemic.

    Most notable is the research and development of the medicines and vaccines, as well as their availability and affordability.

    When opening the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA), UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated the UN's call for a coordinated large-scale response led by the World Health Organization with emphasis on solidarity with developing countries and vulnerable people.

    "Protecting the developing world is not a matter of charity or generosity but a question of enlightened self-interest. The global North cannot defeat COVID-19 unless the global South defeats it at the same time," he said.

    Addressing the 73rd WHA opening via video link, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19, such as providing international aid and making the country's COVID-19 vaccine a global public good when available.

    "This will be China's contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries," Xi added.

    The University of Oxford said it has reached a global licensing agreement with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the commercialization and manufacturing of their potential COVID-19 vaccine.

    If the Oxford vaccine is successful, "the agreement will deliver 100 million doses in total, ensuring that in addition to supporting our own people, we are able to make the vaccines available to developing countries at the lowest possible cost," said British Business Secretary Alok Sharma.

    Financial support is also vitally important for developing countries to fight the pandemic as well as to recover their economies.

    The Asian Development Bank said on Tuesday that it has approved a 300-million-U.S.-dollar emergency assistance loan to strengthen Pakistan's public health response to the pandemic and help meet the basic needs of the vulnerable and poor segments of society.

    The World Bank announced on Wednesday that it had approved 107 billion shillings (1 billion U.S. dollars) for Kenya to address the COVID-19 fiscal financing gap and supports reforms that help advance the government's inclusive growth agenda, including affordable housing and support to farmers' incomes.

    In the education field, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday announced a partnership deal with mobile operator Airtel Africa to help provide access to online learning to an estimated 133 million school-age children in 13 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, who are affected by school closures during the pandemic.

    Last month, UNICEF and Microsoft announced the expansion of Learning Passport, a global learning platform to help children and youth continue their study at home, and Kosovo, Timor-Leste and Ukraine are the first to roll out their online curriculum through the platform.


    (XINHUA)

  •  3 Indonesia Timor Leste border gates reopen with strict procedures
    3 Indonesia-Timor-Leste border gates reopen with strict procedures
     3 Indonesia Timor Leste border gates reopen with strict procedures
    3 Indonesia-Timor-Leste border gates reopen with strict procedures
    Foreign2 years ago

    3 Indonesia-Timor-Leste border gates reopen with strict procedures

    Three Indonesia-Timor-Leste border gates in Indonesian East Nusa Tenggara province's districts of Timor Tengah Utara, Malacca and Belu, reopened with strict health protocol procedures, a local official said.

    "This policy also applies to the five cross-border gates in the districts of Wini, Motamasin, Napan, Turiskain and Haumeni Ana with strict security procedures from the Indonesian military and the country's customs task force," head of the province's Border Management Agency Linus Lusi told Indonesia's Antara news agency on Friday.

    Lusi pointed out that according to East Nusa Tenggara governor's instruction, the gates were opened on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. local time or depending on the dynamic condition in Timor-Leste, as there are also Indonesian citizens in the neighboring country who want to return to their homeland.

    And vice versa, he added, Indonesia also hoped that residents of Timor-Leste, especially those from the red zones, should not stay longer in Indonesia.

    "So we open the gates as needed. If there are East Timorese who come from Java or Bali, via the El Tari Airport in Kupang, the Consulate General of East Timor picks them up and bring them directly to the gates," he said, adding that the policy has been coordinated with the Consulate General of East Timor in East Nusa Tenggara's capital of Kupang.

    The East Nusa Tenggara provincial administration officially closed down the border gates between Indonesia and Timor-Leste on April 20, in an effort to cut the transmission chains of the COVID-19 in the province.
    (XINHUA)

  •  UNICEF Microsoft launch global learning platform to tackle COVID 19 education crisis
    UNICEF, Microsoft launch global learning platform to tackle COVID-19 education crisis
     UNICEF Microsoft launch global learning platform to tackle COVID 19 education crisis
    UNICEF, Microsoft launch global learning platform to tackle COVID-19 education crisis
    Foreign2 years ago

    UNICEF, Microsoft launch global learning platform to tackle COVID-19 education crisis

    The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced the expansion of a global learning platform to help children and youth affected by COVID-19 continue their education at home.

    The Learning Passport was originally designed to provide education for displaced and refugee children through a digital remote learning platform. With the spread of COVID-19, it is now being rolled out to facilitate country-level curriculum for children and youth whose schools have been closed due to the pandemic, said UNICEF in a press release.

    "We need to come together and explore every avenue to keep children learning and help them through this difficult time. With long-term partners like Microsoft, we are able to swiftly deploy innovative, scalable solutions for children and youth. The adaptations made to the Learning Passport are a powerful reminder of what we can achieve together for children as the crisis deepens globally," UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore was quoted as saying.

    Kosovo, Timor-Leste and Ukraine -- which have closed their schools in the past weeks due to COVID-19 -- are the first to roll out their online curriculum through the Learning Passport. The content available to schoolchildren includes online books, videos and additional support for parents of children with learning disabilities, said the press release.

    "Just as COVID-19's impact has no borders, its solutions must not have borders, as it requires the collaboration across public and private sectors to ensure every student stays engaged and continues learning," said Brad Smith, president of Microsoft. "UNICEF's Learning Passport is uniquely positioned as a scalable learning solution to bridge the digital learning gap for millions of students to bring their classroom into their home during the pandemic."

    Children and young people continuing their education online can do so through a country-specific platform, accessed via their country's Learning Passport page.

    The platform for each country provides a digitized curriculum with textbooks and a selection of supplemental content, in national languages, that is jointly curated at the country level to best serve learners' and educators' specific needs.

    The Learning Passport, which started off as a partnership between UNICEF, Microsoft and the University of Cambridge, captures a record of the curriculum subjects each student learns and guides learners with little additional support needed.
    (XINHUA)

  •  Coronavirus Africa Peacekeeping radio stations provide COVID 19 information to vulnerable communities in conflict affected countries
    Coronavirus – Africa: Peacekeeping radio stations provide COVID-19 information to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected countries
     Coronavirus Africa Peacekeeping radio stations provide COVID 19 information to vulnerable communities in conflict affected countries
    Coronavirus – Africa: Peacekeeping radio stations provide COVID-19 information to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected countries
    Africa2 years ago

    Coronavirus – Africa: Peacekeeping radio stations provide COVID-19 information to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected countries


    UN Peacekeeping radio stations have in recent decades helped build support for peace process in a dozen countries around the world including Cambodia, Croatia, Namibia and Timor-Leste.

    Today, these stations are playing another vital role – getting the word out to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected states about the coronavirus pandemic and how people can protect themselves and others from getting the disease.

    UN Peacekeeping currently has large, popular and trusted radio stations in four African countries: The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic, which have already recorded cases of COVID-19; and Mali and South Sudan which have not.

    The stations ability to reach both big urban centers and isolated communities in countries which lack basic communications infrastructure, can play an important role in addressing the disease.

    Providing accurate and timely information to the public and media about the UN’s role in COVID-19 prevention and preparedness and the impact on UN personnel and activities in the country is an operational necessity and fundamental to fighting the disease.

    Radio Miraya, the station of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has for weeks been dedicating time and resources to provide the population on the pandemic. Based in the capital Juba, Miraya has the largest reach of any broadcaster in South Sudan and due to an effective relay system can be heard throughout most of the country.

    “For the great majority of people across South Sudan there is no internet, television or newspapers available. So how do people get their news? Some by word of mouth, but mostly from Radio Miraya,” said David Shearer, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of UNMISS.

    He added: “We know from a public opinion survey that Radio Miraya is available across over two-thirds of this vast country and that 80 per cent of those it reaches listen to it every day. That literally makes Radio Miraya a communication lifeline for communities in times of crisis.”

    Radio Miraya reports the latest news about the global epidemic and the impact it may have on South Sudan. It also runs public service announcements (PSAs), including recently written songs by popular artists on the best practices to prevent any eventual outbreak for starting or spreading, such as handwashing and social distancing.

    In South Sudan, Radio Miraya’s ‘critical role’

    Right now, with the onset of the coronavirus, Miraya is playing an especially critical role.

    Its staff is working long hours to broadcast public health messages from WHO on how people can keep themselves safe. It constantly updates on the Government’s plans and preparations for the virus as well as providing more in-depth coverage of how the virus is impacting communities. It also reports on the situation in other countries linking South Sudanese to the news across the world so they can understand its impact globally.

    “It’s not just dull health warnings. We’re also taking an innovative approach playing songs and jingles by South Sudanese musicians and offering light-hearted tips about how to have fun and relax while staying safe. That improves the chance to reach all audiences, including young people. We will try pretty much anything to get the message across if it will help the people we are here to serve,” Mr. Shearer said.

    In South Sudan and in the other countries hosting peacekeeping operations, the UN radio stations have echoed the Secretary-General’s recent call for a global ceasefire so the world can concentrate its efforts on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Peacekeeping radio stations cooperate with public and private broadcasters in the countries where they operate. The often provide their national counterparts with content, public service announcements, and training. Never has this cooperation been more crucial than today.

    But radio is not the only communications tool available to UN Peacekeeping, and the missions’ social media platforms are also being put to good use. Providing the public with simple messages and important facts on the disease can be quickly and effectively done via Twitter, Facebook or other social media that may be popular in the country.

    A better-informed public is key to helping fight the pandemic. And peacekeeping radio is playing its part.

  •  Africa Outbreak Brief 10 Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID 19 Pandemic
    Africa – Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
     Africa Outbreak Brief 10 Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID 19 Pandemic
    Africa – Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
    Africa2 years ago

    Africa – Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic



    Outbreak Update: Globally, a total of 333,393 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed cases1, and 14,508 (CFR 4%) related deaths have been reported to date. Since the last brief (17 March 2020), 165,803 new COVID-19 cases and 7,900 new deaths have been reported globally. Thirty-five new countries and territories, including 13 African countries, are reporting cases2, and 40 new countries, including nine African countries, are reporting deaths3 for the first time. The distribution of cumulative cases (proportion of global cases %) from the WHO reporting regions (excluding Africa) are as follows: Eastern Mediterranean Region 24,854 (7%), European Region 171,401 (51%), Region of the Americas 37,026 (11%), South-East Asia Region 1,775 (0.5%) Western Pacific Region 96,349 (29%). For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa, refer to the WHO daily situation reports.4

    As of 24 March 2020, 1,988 total COVID-19 cases and 58 (CFR 3%) deaths have been reported in 43 African countries. Africa CDC is working with all affected countries and is mobilizing laboratory, surveillance, and other response support where requested. See Table 1 for the full list of countries in Africa reporting cases, deaths, and those recovered.

    Table 1. Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported in Africa5 17- 24 March 2020, 12pm CET

    Country

    No. of cases (new)

    No. of deaths (new)

    No. recovered

    Transmission Type6

    Algeria

    230 (176)

    17 (14)

    77

    Local transmission

    Angola

    2 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Benin

    5 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Burkina Faso

    114 (87)

    4 (4)

    5

    Local transmission

    Cameroon

    66 (66)

    -

    2

    Local transmission

    Cabo Verde

    3 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Central African Republic

    4 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Chad

    3 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported case only

    Congo

    4 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Côte d’Ivoire

    25 (21)

    -

    2

    Local transmission

    Democratic Republic of Congo

    45 (42)

    2 (2)

    1

    Local transmission

    Djibouti

    3 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported case only

    Egypt

    366 (200)

    19 (19)

    68

    Local transmission

    Equatorial Guinea

    9 (8)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Eritrea

    1 (1)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Eswatini

    5 (4)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Ethiopia

    12 (7)

    -

    4

    Local transmission

    Gabon

    6 (5)

    1 (1)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Gambia

    2 (2)

    1 (1)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Ghana

    27 (21)

    2 (2)

    1

    Local transmission

    Guinea

    4 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Kenya

    16 (13)

    -

    -

    Local transmission

    Liberia

    3 (2)

    -

    -

    Local transmission

    Madagascar

    12 (12)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Mauritius

    36 (36)

    2 (2)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Mauritania

    2 (1)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Morocco

    134 (105)

    4 (3)

    3

    Local transmission

    Mozambique

    1 (1)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Namibia

    4 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Niger

    2 (2)

    -

    -

    Imported case only

    Nigeria

    40 (38)

    1 (1)

    2

    Local transmission

    Rwanda

    36 (31)

    -

    -

    Local transmission

    Senegal

    79 (53)

    -

    8

    Local transmission

    Seychelles

    7 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Somalia

    1 (0)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    South Africa

    554 (492)

    -

    12

    Local transmission

    Sudan

    2 (1)

    1 (0)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Tanzania

    12 (11)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Togo

    18 (17)

    -

    1

    Imported cases only

    Tunisia

    89 (71)

    3 (3)

    1

    Local transmission

    Uganda

    9 (9)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Zambia

    3 (3)

    -

    -

    Imported cases only

    Zimbabwe

    2 (2)

    1 (1)

    -

    Imported cases only

    Total

    1,988 (1,566)

    58 (39)

    187

    Africa CDC Response:

    General activities

    1. Africa CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center and its Incident Management System (IMS) for the COVID-19 outbreak on 27 January 2020. Africa CDC has developed its third Incident Action Plan that covers the period between 16 March to 15 April 2020.
    2. The Africa Union Ministers of Health gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 22 February for an emergency COVID-19 meeting where they agreed upon a joint continental strategy and guidance for assessment, movement restrictions, and monitoring of people at risk for COVID-19, including people being repatriated from China.
    3. Africa CDC is holding weekly updates with national public health institutes in Member States and has formed working groups for high priority areas of coronavirus control, including: surveillance; laboratory diagnosis; infection prevention and control; clinical care; and risk communication.
    4. Three experts each have been deployed to Cameroon and Nigeria and to support COVID- 19 outbreak response efforts.
    5. Response simulation exercises (i.e., ‘table top’ exercises for high-level coordination) are being initiated, including an initial simulation conducted with a group of ~10 West African Countries in partnership with WAHO.
    6. Africa CDC briefs the permanent council (PRC) and Ambassadors from non-AU states on COVID-19 situation in Africa, Africa CDC responsive activities and recommendation.
    7. Africa CDC is working to procure emergency medical equipment stockpiles including diagnostics (over 6,000 test kits), PPE, thermal scanners and other critical equipment that can be used to rapidly equip countries in the event of rapid onset of cases.
    8. Twenty-four volunteers have been recruited to support various response activities with more in-process of recruitment.

    9.    Africa CDC gave an orientation to the African Union Commission staff on the epidemiological situation, Africa CDC efforts, and the precautions that staff members should take to prevent themselves and others from getting infected by COVID-19. A social distancing policy was issued by the African Union Commission to avoid large gatherings and meetings in the AUC facilities.

    Surveillance

    1. Africa CDC collaborated with the World Health Organization on 22 February 2020 to train in-coming analysts in event-based surveillance using the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources platform. These headquarters will be working closely with the Regional Collaborating Centres and Member States to track and verify COVID-19 related events, providing critical information to inform Member States' response and control efforts.
    2. Africa CDC in collaboration with WHO provided two Training of Trainers events for participants from 18 countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Zambia, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Tunisia and Zambia to enhance surveillance at points of entry for COVID-19. Additional training is planned for March and April targeting the remaining countries in Africa.
    1. Africa CDC in collaboration with the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be training 20 countries in event-based surveillance for COVID-19 starting in March 2020. The first training for 7 countries was held in Kampala, Uganda on 2-4 March 2020.
    2. Africa CDC supported training of airport staff from the Southern and East African regions, the training was hosted by South African Civil Aviation Authority and ICAO, on preparedness for COVID-19 in the aviation industry. More than 200 participants from 10 Member States (Malawi, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Eswatini, Ethiopia and Namibia) were trained.

    Laboratory

    1. Ethiopian PM Abiy-Jack Ma & Alibaba Foundations initiative provided more than 1 million PCR detection kits to 54 Member States. Africa CDC is coordinating the delivery of the kits to Member States with the Government of Ethiopia, the Foundation and World Food Program.
    2. Africa CDC distributed 36,000 tests (TIB Molbiol, German) to 30 Member States.
    3. In collaboration with ASLM, a community of practice (online training program) has been arranged for more than 40 laboratories (25 and 30 March 2020).
    4. Shipment of ONT equipment and reagents has started to build capacity of seven Member States. Online training will be organized once shipment is completed.
    5. Africa CDC is working with other vendors (Roche, Abbott and Cepheid) for alternative testing strategies to expand testing of COVID-19.
    6. Supply shortage (viral transport media, swabs and extraction kits) are now the main challenges to expand the testing. Africa CDC is looking for all possible sources for these items and will update the Member States when items are available.

    Healthcare Preparedness

    1. Africa CDC initiated a continent-wide network of clinicians which met for the first time on 9 March 2020, with a webinar that included ~230 clinicians from across the continent. The next webinar is scheduled for 19 March 2020.
    2. Africa CDC initiated design of an online portal with training materials via online courses, online case studies, and social media vignettes to support evidence-based care of COVID-19 patients.

    Risk Communication

    1. Africa CDC conducted training on risk communication for public health communication officers of 27 countries to manage public information flow for COVID-19 and other public health emergencies.
    2. Risk communication training is planned for other countries as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted.

    1. Africa CDC has developed and published a number of communication materials on different aspects of COVID-19 preparedness and response to provide information to Member States and the public.
    2. Africa CDC has held four press briefings since the outbreak started to provide updates to journalists.
    3. Africa CDC has created a risk communication WhatsApp group for the communication officers that were trained to share information and minimize the circulation of rumours.
    4. Africa CDC has also created a WhatsApp group with over 100 journalists to share updates about the outbreak in Africa and what Africa CDC and the countries are doing.
    5. Africa CDC has started a weekly podcast on the outbreak and is working to produce some documentaries that will provide information to the public on different issues.

    Recommendations for Member States:

    1. All Member States should enhance their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI)7 and to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia cases. Examples of enhanced surveillance include:
      1. Adding questions about travel and testing for coronaviruses to existing influenza surveillance systems;
      2. Notifying healthcare facilities to immediately inform local public health officials about persons who meet the case definition for SARI and/or have recent travel or contact history with someone who has traveled to a country with local transmission.
    2. Member States that receive direct or connecting flights from affected countries should screen incoming passengers for severe respiratory illness and a history of recent travel to any country/area or territory reporting local transmission. Member States should be prepared to expand questions about recent travel to additional countries as the outbreak evolves.
    3. Notify WHO and Africa CDC immediately if suspected or confirmed cases of infection with novel coronavirus are identified. Africa CDC should be notified by emailing  AfricaCDCEBS@africa-union.org.
    4. Provide guidance to the general public about seeking immediate medical care and informing healthcare providers about recent travel or contact history in anyone who develops symptoms of severe respiratory illness.

    Resources for more information:

    Africa CDC Resources 

    • Africa CDC. http://www.africacdc.org/covid-19-and-resources
    • Guidelines: http://www.africacdc.org/covid-19-and-resources/guidelines-policies/covid-  19-and-resources/guidelines-policies/detail
    • Infographics: http://www.africacdc.org/covid-19-and-resources/infographics/covid-19-  and-resources/infographics/detail

    Other Resources

    • China CDC. Coronavirus overview.  http://www.chinacdc.cn/yyrdgz/202001/t20200109_211159.html
    • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Novel coronavirus overview.  https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china
    • National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China.  http://www.nhc.gov.cn/xcs/yqtb/list_gzbd.shtml
    • Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center & School of Public Health. 10 January 2020. Initial genome release of novel coronavirus. http://virological.org/t/initial-genome-release-of-  novel-coronavirus/319
    • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 14 January 2020. Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Wuhan, China. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-  2019.html
    • WHO. Coronavirus overview. https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
    • WHO. Technical Guidance. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-  coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance

    1 Per WHO, effective 17 February 2020, ‘confirmed’ cases include both laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed (Hubei province, China only).

    2 Angola, Aruba, Barbados, Bahamas, Cape Verde, Chad, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Fiji, Gambia, Greenland, Grenada, Guam, Haiti, Kosovo, Madagascar, Mauritius, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Sint Maarten, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste, Uganda, United States Virgin Islands, Uganda, Uruguay, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

    3 Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Czechia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guam, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal,Puerto Rico, Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Zimbabwe.

    4 WHO coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation reports: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

    5 New numbers reported since last weekly brief (17 March 2020)

    6 Local transmission: indicates locations where the source of infection is within the reporting location; Imported cases: only indicates locations where all cases have been acquired outside the location of reporting.

    7 WHO SARI case definition: anyone with an acute respiratory infection with a history of fever (or measured fever of ≥ 38 C°) and cough with symptom onset within the last 10 days that requires hospitalization.   https://www.who.int/influenza/surveillance_monitoring/ili_sari_surveillance_case_definition/en/

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     Oyetola appoints ex Osun CP as Special Adviser on Security
    Oyetola appoints ex-Osun CP as Special Adviser on Security
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    Oyetola appoints ex-Osun CP as Special Adviser on Security

    Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has approved the appointment of a former Commissioner of Police in the state, Mrs Abiodun Ige, as his Special Adviser on Security Matters.

    The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Ismail Omipidan, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the appointment took immediate effect.

    The governor said Ige’s appointment was in line with his administration’s commitment to the security of the state.

    He wished the new special adviser success in her new assignment.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ige served as the commissioner of police, Osun police command from where she retired on Jan. 1, 2020.

    Born on Jan. 1, 1960, Ige was enrolled into the Nigeria Police Force on Feb. 1, 1986 as an Assistant Superintendent of Police and rose through the ranks to become a commissioner of police, serving in various capacities.

    Aside serving as the deputy commissioner of police, Department of Finance and Administration, Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos, Ige also served in peace keeping missions in Bosnia/Herzegovina, Kosovo and Timor-Leste, among other places.

    Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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