Healthcare Utilities 

Bring your own water, bring your own blood – the perils of giving birth in Sierra Leone

Aminata Forna: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 February 2021: Bring your own water! Bring your own blood! Filth encrusted speculum supplied. Sierra Leone’s doctors return to their country to make a difference. These are the conditions under which they are forced to work, and treat patients. There is a critical shortage of nurses, dentists, health professionals and doctors. With only 150 doctors working in the public sector, it is not surprising that the health statistics for Sierra Leone are within the bottom quartile for least developed countries, with life expectancy of…

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Hundreds unaccounted for after new abduction at school in Nigeria

SUSPECTED ARMED BANDITS raided a school in northwestern Nigeria overnight, abducting students, local authorities said today, raising fears that the country had been hit by another mass kidnapping. Gunmen attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe in Zamfara state, kidnapping an unknown number of students from dormitories. In the initial aftermath, teachers said several hundred girls were unaccounted for. “It is true, gunmen… kidnapped students,” Sulaiman Tunau Anka, the state information commissioner, confirmed. “They went to the school with vehicles. They forced some of the girls to trek.” The…

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South Africa ranks 12 for global music influence

South African music has been ranked 12th out of 30 countries worldwide for its global musical influence. This is according to a study by Medimops, “The Global Influential Music Index”, Europe’s largest online marketplace for second-hand CDs and records. Medimops said the study was conducted to better understand how the most famous music is created and shared around the world, while keeping in mind the smaller artists who contribute along the way. “We hope that this study is able to highlight the importance of music as a global connector and…

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Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare 

Kenya issues travel advisory against Tanzania as COVID-19 situation escalates

The government of Kenya issued an alert to her citizens living in Tanzania in the wake of the Covid-19 upsurge in the neighbouring country. The Director of Public Health, Dr Francis Kuria, has advised Kenyans to conform to strategies laid out by relevant authorities. “We are asking Kenyans in Tanzania to seek informed advice about the disease. “We are alert. We have heightened surveillance at the border to avoid any further imported infections. We have also advised Kenyans, in general, to avoid unnecessary travel to Tanzania,” Kuria, an assistant to Health CS Mutahi…

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With US$224k For Each Startup, Morocco Gets Set To Reset Its Startup Ecosystem

Morocco is going to give each of eligible startups up to $224k between now and 2023 under the recently launched “Tarwir — Startup” initiative. The announcement of the latest figure follows the recent signing of a partnership agreement between the Minister of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy, the National Agency for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (Morocco SME Agency) and Federation of the Startup Ecosystem of Morocco (MSEC) for the establishment of Tarwir — Startup. “Tatwir — Startup” is part of the deployment of the country’s Industrial Recovery Plan 2021–2023 which, among…

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