Humanitarian

Egypt Media Engage in Education Egypt: Session about Hepatitis C Awareness Supported by Roche Diagnostics Middle East

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To highlight and raise awareness around hepatitis C in Egypt, which has the one of the largest prevalence in the world of the virus, with a 10 percent prevalence of chronic HCV infection among persons aged 15-59 years1. Medical specialists addressed media professionals in an interactive educational session. The event forms part of the media club series hosted by Roche …

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WorldVentures Foundation Partners with Food & Trees for Africa and Botshabelo to Empower Children in South Africa

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First Two Service Days in the Country WorldVentures Foundation™ (http://www.worldventuresfoundation.org), the philanthropic arm of WorldVentures™ (http://www.worldventures.com), collaborated with multiple South African organizations to help educate and nourish children in South Africa by renovating two buildings and devloping a school’s permaculture food garden. “WorldVentures Foundation is honored to support the extraordinary passion of South African WorldVentures Independent Representatives, led by Steven …

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Brazil approves GM mosquito that could cut dengue

ZEISS Microscopy/Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen

By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade – SciDev.Net Brazilian authorities have decided that a genetically modified (GM) strain of mosquitoes whose offspring die before reaching adulthood do not pose a significant risk to humans or the environment. The decision will open up the possibility of the company that developed the insects selling them in Brazil as a control strategy for dengue …

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UNHCR and IOM Announce a Writing Competition to Highlight the Positive Contributions of Refugees/Migrants in South Africa

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To mark this year’s World Refugee Day the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), jointly with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), invites all young writers between the ages of 16 to 30, residing in South Africa, to enter a writing competition telling a refugee/migrant story. The contest titled “Shared Wishes, Shared Dreams” aims to promote the positive contributions …

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On the Occasion of the Republic of Sierra Leone’s National Day

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John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC April 25, 2014 On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to Sierra Leoneans as you celebrate 53 years of independence on April 27. We are all profoundly aware that Sierra Leone is becoming one of Africa’s greatest success stories. When I was Senator from …

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MSD is Advocating for the World Immunization Week in Africa

Dr. Soren Bo Christiansen, President of MSD’s Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region

Despite the progress achieved in fighting infectious diseases, immunization coverage still has room for improvement MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme) (http://http://www.merck.com) reiterates today its support to the World Immunization Week, an annual initiative launched by World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners to celebrate and promote immunization through acts of raising awareness, education and communication. This year, the African Vaccination …

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Tsetse fly genome breakthrough brings hope for African farmers

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Tsetse fly genome breakthrough brings hope for African farmers / Understanding DNA code for carrier insect will help scientists working to control livestock disease Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly, prompting hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect. …

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Focus on Disability: Great design has universal appeal

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By Sue Coe – SciDev.Net A new watch — the Bradley Timepiece — designed for blind people has been nominated for a Design of the Year award at the Design Museum, United Kingdom. According to a BBC report, demand for the watch from sighted people has exceeded demand from blind people because of its attractive design and functionality. Its designer …

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Japan Backs IOM Community Stabilization Project in Northern Kenya

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IOM has received USD 1 million from Japan to support a project that aims to enhance community stabilization for mobile populations and communities that host them in Northern Kenya. The project was launched yesterday (14/4) by Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Tatsushi Terada and will be implemented in close cooperation with the local (county) governments of Turkana, Marsabit, Uasin Gishu and …

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New Study Shows Kenya’s Shift to Green Economy Should Generate USD 45 Billion by 2030, Build Climate Resilience and Boost Food Security

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New Study Shows Kenya’s Shift to Green Economy Should Generate USD 45 Billion by 2030, Build Climate Resilience and Boost Food Security / Positive Returns Projected within Seven to Ten Years Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits – equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030 – as well as greater food security, a …

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