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Japan’s response to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa (Provision of Ebola test kits to Guinea)

With regard to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, the Government of Japan, responding to requests from the Government of the Republic of Guinea, decided to provide Ebola test kits newly developed by Nagasaki University and Toshiba Corporation. Dr. Jiro Yasuda, professor at Nagasaki University who developed a reagent for the Ebola test kit, as well as his …

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2050: Water supplies to dwindle in parts of the world, threatening food security and livelihoods

2050: Water supplies to dwindle in parts of the world, threatening food security and livelihoods / Better policies and more investments needed, including adaptation of agriculture to climate change In 2050 there will be enough water to help produce the food needed to feed a global population expected to top nine billion, but overconsumption, degradation and the impact of climate …

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Merck Collaborates with African and Asian Universities to build Diabetes and Hypertension Healthcare Capacity in the two continents

Merck Capacity Advancement Program- CAP will kick off their third year in Africa in September 2015 aiming to reach out to more than 15000 medical undergraduates by 2018 addressing Cancer, Diabetes and Fertility management. Merck supports diabetes education in 18 medical colleges of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences after their success in Africa. Merck Starts the Diabetes education CME tour …

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USAID Launches Eye Radio Repeater Station in Torit

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Internews, a media development organization, and Zain Telecommunications Company today launched the first Eye Radio repeater station in Torit, Eastern Equatoria State in a ceremony attended by the Mission Director of USAID, the State Minister of Information, and other dignitaries. This is the first of ten planned radio repeaters to extend Eye …

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Pee-powered toilet designed to keep refugees safe

By SciDev.Net- Andy Extance A prototype toilet that can generate power from urine was launched last week. The urinal, which is being trialled at the University of the West of England (UWE) in the United Kingdom, is designed to improve security in refugee camps by providing lighting in and around toilets. UK anti-poverty charity Oxfam, whose researchers are working with …

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Youth in Rwanda called on to take part in the Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi

The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana has called on the Rwandan youth across the country to take part in various activities to mark the 21st Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi. The call has been made during the closing ceremony of Itorero for 1032 youth leaders at sector and cell levels of the Eastern Province on …

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FAO and government team up to restore food security in northern Mali

FAO and government team up to restore food security in northern Mali / 33,000 families to benefit from new agricultural production rehabilitation programme – World Bank supporting activities The government of Mali and FAO have launched the implementation phase of a $5 million project aimed at restoring the livelihoods of households affected by the armed conflicts and climate change in …

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Louis Berger provides design and work supervision at UNESCO World Heritage sites in Algeria

Three locations have been selected for the EU program, which aims to protect and enhance Algeria’s cultural heritage The Algerian Ministry of Culture recently awarded Louis Berger (http://www.louisberger.com) a European Union (EU)-funded contract for the design and work supervision of pilot rehabilitation operations at two World Heritage sites in Algeria. “We are proud to partner with Algeria’s Ministry of Culture …

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OLAM awards prize for innovation in food security

Olam, a  leading global agri-business operating across the value chain in 65 countries, has announced that the Olam International Prize for Innovation in Food Security  has been awarded to  Professor Norman Uphoff, a professor of Government  and International Agriculture and former director of the Cornell International  Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development and the  SRI International Network and Resources Centre …

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Merck Supports Schistosomiasis Education in Mozambique

Around 80% of Mozambicans suffer from the parasitic worm disease Merck (http://www.merckgroup.com), a leading company for innovative, top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials, is fighting schistosomiasis in Mozambique. Today in Namaacha, together with German Bundesrat President Volker Bouffier, Merck Executive Board member Kai Beckmann presented 20,000 brochures aimed at educating children on the causes of the …

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