Ghana: GII Launches Awards Scheme

The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has launched an awards scheme as an incentive to influence positive behaviour among the citizenry. It sought to honour outstanding individuals and public sector institutions that have undertaken outstanding projects and initiatives which had significantly impacted on the fight against corruption in society. The awards, the first of its kind, would have the main event taking place on December 9, 2019, which coincided with the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day. Various categories including Policy and Administrative Reforms, Transparency and Social Accountability and Efficient Public…

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Tourism, desertification threaten Moroccan lake

Drought and climate change is likely to claim a freshwater lake in Morocco. Thousands of birds that migrate between Europe and Africa refuel at this lake. Considered a national treasure due to its rich biodiversity, environmentalists fear rising temperature could consume the lake entirely. Bouchra El Asr is an Engineer at the Regional Directorate of water and forests and the fight against desertification North West in Kenitra. The role of this forest is to keep the sand where it is. “All of this site is in a basin, a basin…

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China denies report of state-sponsored hackers active in SA, beyond

The Chinese government is denying the report that a hacker group investigated by cybersecurity research firm FireEye is working for Beijing, adding without specifying that “the world knows clearly who has been most engaged in cyberattack and cybertheft around the globe.” The research firm, based in the United States, said it has been tracking a dual espionage and cybercrime threat called APT41 for some seven years across 15 countries including South Africa. The industries targeted include health care, education, video gaming, travel and news-gathering organizations. The findings were released in a…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Drone Fleet Transports Vaccines to Immunize Children in Remote Health Facilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Ministry of Health, VillageReach, Swoop Aero and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance introduce innovative mode of delivery to ensure communities are reached with  life-saving vaccines. A collaboration including the Ministry of Health, VillageReach and Swoop Aero, and with funding by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has vaccinated the first children receiving vaccines by drone in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These successful flights, which took place in the northwestern province of Équateur, are part of a broader strategy to reach remote populations with vaccines and other medicines called Nouvelle Génération des…

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West Africa: Protect, Support and Empower Girls in Lake Chad Region

United Nations — As Lake Chad enters its 10th year of conflict, millions of young girls are being used and manipulated in grotesque ways. Maria Sole Fanuzzi, Lake Chad Child Protection Specialist at Plan International, said: “New York City has 8.25 million people, so when we talk about the girls in the Lake Chad crisis, you have to imagine the whole city where we are now is completely filled by children, and half of that would be girls.” She was speaking at an event co-hosted last week by the Permanent…

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Africa’s top young scientists – Next Einstein Forum Fellows

The Next Einstein Forum (NEF) today announced its third Class of NEF Fellows, 25 strong scientists, all under 42 years, whose research and innovations are contributing to solve Africa’s and the world’s most pressing challenges. “I am excited to announce the 3rd class of NEF Fellows for two reasons. The first is that we are almost at parity, with 11 women in the class. The second is the variety of fields and countries from where the Fellows come from. The selected Fellows are doing cutting-edge research in renewable energy, nanomaterials…

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South African pilots behind ‘Cape to Cairo Challenge’ die in plane crash

A light plane crashed in western Tanzania on Saturday, killing two South Africans who had been involved in last month’s successful attempt to fly a home-built aircraft from Cape Town to Cairo, officials said. The crashed Sling plane, which entered Tanzanian airspace from Uganda en route to Malawi, made a distress signal about engine failure before disappearing from radar, according to the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA). “The pilot and passenger, both South African citizens, were killed in the plane crash that occurred shortly after take off from Tabora airport…

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Kenya: Startups BRCK and Swvl Partner On Free Wi-Fi for Kenyan Ride-Hail Buses

The BRCK modem (file photo). Nairobi-based internet hardware and service startup BRCK and Egyptian ride-hail venture Swvl are partnering to bring Wi-Fi and online entertainment to on-demand bus service in Kenya. BRCK will install its routers on Swvl vehicles in Kenya and run its Moja service, which offers free public Wi-Fi — internet, music and entertainment — subsidized by commercial partners. source: https://allafrica.com/stories/201908020620.html

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Kenya: Alarm As 60% of Doctors Skip Duty

Embu Level Five Hospital. Embu is one of the counties with the highest rate of doctor absenteeism. More than 50 per cent of doctors, nurses and clinical officers skip duty on any given day, a Kenya Health Service Delivery Indicator Report shows. In the report conducted in 3,095 facilities across the country, doctors recorded the highest rates of absenteeism at 60.7 per cent. About 49.5 per cent of nurses and clinical officers also regularly skip duty. National Council for Population and Development Director-General Josephine Kibaru said their absence was authorised…

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Colombian firm to build Côte d’Ivoire schools with recycled plastics

A Colombian company is partnering with the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, to convert recycled plastics from Côte d’Ivoire into modular bricks that will be used to build school classrooms in the West African nation. “This factory will be at the cutting edge of smart, scalable solutions for some of the major education challenges that Africa’s children and communities face,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Its potential is threefold: more classrooms for children in Côte d’Ivoire, reduced plastic waste in the environment, and additional income avenues for the most…

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