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Switzerland supports WFP projects in Sudan

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution from the Government of Switzerland worth 2.4 million Swiss Francs (US$2.4 million) to support WFP’s early recovery and safety-net activities aimed at improving household food security across Sudan. “The Government of Switzerland has been a longstanding partner of WFP, supporting efforts to promote early recovery and build resilience amongst …

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EU hands over maternity ward and equipment at Chilanga Health Centre, 6 May


Who: Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Peter Mwaba EU Ambassador to Zambia, H.E. Allesandro Mariani UNICEF Zambia Country Representative, Dr. Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim 12 Ambassadors from EU member states What: The EU will hand over a refurbished maternity ward and equipment at Chilanga Health Centre. Government officials and ambassadors will observe achievements of the Millennium Development Goal Initiative (MDGi) …

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UNICEF and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) partner to improve newborn care in Northern and Upper East region


Today UNICEF and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) of the Government of South Korea donated a Newborn Care Unit and 75 new motorcycles to support Ghana Health Services. The donation will provide critical newborn care for babies within their first 30 days of life and enable the transportation of health workers during outreach missions in the Northern and Upper …

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Norway to step up drought response in Ethiopia


The drought in Ethiopia is having enormous consequences for the population. More than 15 million people are now dependent on food aid. ‘The number of people who need food aid may rise dramatically if the international community fails to provide enough aid quickly enough. Norway is now allocating an additional NOK 30 million in humanitarian assistance,’ said Minister of Foreign …

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IOM, Partners Unite to ‘End Malaria For Good’


Today, World Malaria Day 2016, IOM joins the World Health Organization, Member States, global health stakeholders and key affected communities in calling for concerted and coordinated efforts to “End Malaria For Good” as reflected in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030.* According to WHO, 3.2 billion of the world’s population remains at risk of malaria. There is an urgent …

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World Malaria Day: The SDC reaffirms its commitment to fight malaria


There has been some success in the fight against malaria since the turn of the millennium – not least thanks to Switzerland’s activities in this field. Nevertheless, more than 400,000 people still die from the disease every year, mostly children under five. At the event to mark World Malaria Day on 25 April 2016, SDC Director General Manuel Sager therefore …

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Ethiopia Marks World Health Day 2016

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On 7 April 2016, Ethiopia commemorated the 2016 World Health Day under the theme, “Beat diabetes – Integration and decentralization of diabetic care with primary health services” in a series of activities since 05 April 2016 which culminated with mass walk and promotional gathering at Teklehaimanot HC in Addis Ababa. Pre-event activities such as free blood glucose tests and counseling …

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APRM critical for Africa’s Development Agenda


The APRM was established when Africans turned to themselves to mobilize their own resources in order to realise African change and development. The APRM is therefore a critical mechanism for Africa’s Governance landscape,” these are the words of former President of Mozambique H.E Joaquim Chissano during his response to the presentation of the APRM’s Turnaround Strategy at the 4th General …

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SA: Government to support drought hit areas

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By – Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has committed all spheres of government to provide extra support to areas hard-hit by drought. The President was responding to a series of concerns raised by the members of the community of the uThungulu District Municipality and surrounding areas, in KwaZulu-Natal, during a Presidential Imbizo, on Sunday. The community informed him that …

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Tackling rural development is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, says new OECD Development Centre report


With the number expected to increase until 2028, 3.4 billion people currently live in rural areas, with around 92% of the rural population located in developing countries. They are mainly concentrated in Asia and Africa. The situation is particularly fragile in sub-Saharan Africa, the only place where the number of poor has risen steadily in the last decade. Achieving the …

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