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Africa Continues to Grow Strongly but Poverty and Inequality Remain Persistently High

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Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains strong with growth forecasted to be 4.9% in 2013. Almost a third of countries in the region are growing at 6% and more, and African countries are now routinely among the fastest-growing countries in the world, according to the World Bank’s new Africa’s Pulse, a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic ...

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Ethiopia launches campaign to immunize 13 million children against polio

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Ethiopia on Thursday 3 October launched a campaign to immunize 13 million children under the age of five against polio following the outbreak of the disease in some neighbouring countries. WHO and partners are supporting the country in carrying the exercise which will last four days. WHO Representative in Ethiopia, Dr Pierre Mpele, witnessed the flag off of the campaign ...

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Chad vows to eradicate hunger, boost community resilience

Women in the region of Dar Sila, Chad, vulnerable to climate change, natural disasters, past conflicts and chronic poverty. (Photo: UNDP in Chad)

Dar Sila, Chad, vulnerable to climate change, natural disasters, past conflicts and chronic poverty. (Photo: UNDP in Chad) Head of UN Development Programme launches vast food security plan with government Ndjamena — Chad will embark on an ambitious plan to eliminate food insecurity and boost progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in this Sahelian country where up to 25 percent ...

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Swaziland: MSF rolls out innovative medical approach to prevent mother-to-child HIV/AIDS transmission

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Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS from mothers to their children is an essential step in curbing the disease’s epidemic in Swaziland. Since February 2013, an innovative approach, commonly referred to as PMTCT B+ (prevention of mother-to-child transmission, option B+), is being B+ rolled out by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Ministry of Health in the Nhlangano area, ...

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Kenya sees drop in HIV prevalence

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More treatment means fewer new infections

Kenya’s HIV prevalence fell from 7.2 percent to 5.6 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to the preliminary results of the latest Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS), but officials fear that unless the country reduces its reliance on donor funding for its HIV programmes, these gains will not be sustainable. “Prevalence is falling despite the fact that more HIV-positive people ...

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The African Film Festival of Cordoba, 10 years breaking stereotypes of the African continent

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The African Film Festival of Cordoba, 10 years breaking stereotypes of the African continent / Over 60 films from 24 different countries will be screened in the capital from the 11th to the 19th of October The African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT returns to the city from the 11th to the 19th of October, celebrating its 10th anniversary since its ...

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Bristol: Charity wants volunteers for new global education events

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As pupils and teachers head back to school this week, one local charity is hoping to enlist an army of volunteers to help take its global education message out of the classroom and out on the road at a series of upcoming events. African Initiatives, which is based in St Paul’s in Bristol, England, promotes education, health and land rights ...

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Football Star Yaya Toure Flies the Flag for the Survival of African Elephants At World Cup Qualifier Match in Cote d’Ivoire

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Cote d’Ivoire national football team star and captain of Manchester City FC, Yaya Toure and footballers at a World Cup qualifier match between Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco will make a strong statement against the illegal killings of elephants in Africa on Saturday – in support of global efforts to stop the illegal trade in wildlife, championed by the United Nations ...

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AfDB Support to Senegal’s Efforts to Protect Lake Guiers

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The Project to Restore the Ecological and Economic Functions of Lake Guiers seeks to reinstate optimal conditions for normal functioning of the lake The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) is supporting Senegal’s efforts to protect Lake Guiers in the northern part of the country with a loan and a grant totaling US $24.42 million (UA 15.86 million) to finance ...

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Sierra Leone donates $ 1 Million to AU Trust Fund on Mali

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Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the African Union, Ambassador Andrew Gbebay Bangali, handed over the cheque to the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, who received it on behalf of the Chairperson of the Commission.   The pledge was made in response to the request by AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), at its 341st meeting, held ...

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