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A study by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) stresses the need for continuous support to HIV-positive people under antiretroviral therapy (ART), including at hospital level. Among 690 patients (aged 13 and more) admitted in Homa Bay hospital, in western Kenya, between December 2014 and March 2015, the study finds that AIDS accounted for more than a third of admissions and 55% of deaths. Half these cases were patients failing their treatment, and showing new opportunistic infections despite having started ART.MSF will present these results at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) taking place in Zimbabwe from 29 November to 4 December. The study, which focuses on the inpatient population in a referral hospital during a given period of time, is consistent with MSF’s experience in other hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa. Significant rates of AIDS patients are found in wards, despite being diagnosed and started on ART at some point in their lives.“At the start of MSF’s involvement in HIV/AIDS treatment in the 90s, teams in hospitals in developing countries faced an important number of clinically-ill HIV patients, mainly because they were diagnosed and treated too late, reminds Aline Niyibizi, the main investigator of the study. Today, people continue to die of AIDS in Africa’s hospitals. While some people were never diagnosed or treated, what we are now finding is a significant share of patients whose issues following ART went unnoticed.

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FAO and partners launched a new regional project to improve the livelihoods and economy of rural population in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa during an FAO organized two-day meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the 30th November to 1st December.“Africa is blessed with a suitable, if not abundance of, natural resources wealth,” highlighted Dr Jane Edeme, Deputy Director for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union in a message to the participants, “and even though it is home to some of the fastest growing economies the number of hungry people has gone up in 2014. Now, with the effects of El Niño, the challenge to change this is daunting. The African Union Commission voices its unreserved support for policies and strategies aimed at building resilience.“In both the Sahel and the Horn, the majority of the population are dependent on farming and pastoral activities both of which are particularly susceptible to shocks. Given the commonalities characterising these two regions, it is imperative to adopt a unified approach, while also addressing issues specific to each area to tackle food insecurity and build community and household resilience”, declared Patrick Kormawa, FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and Representative to AU and UNECA.Establishing robust and effective partnership with CILSS and IGAD.The food and nutrition security situation in Africa’s dry lands particularly in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa remains a major concern, marked by both chronic and acute vulnerabilities.

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The United Kingdom has increased its support of IOM’s lifesaving operations for vulnerable populations across South Sudan. Needs remain immense two years into the crisis, with an estimated 1.7 million people internally displaced and millions more in urgent need of assistance.Through an additional contribution of GBP 5 million (USD 7.5 million), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) will help address these growing needs by enabling the provision of emergency shelter, relief items and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) materials to households in remote and conflict-affected areas, as well as displacement sites.In addition, the funding boost will support site expansion efforts at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, Upper Nile State, where nearly 47,800 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are seeking protection. As co-lead of the Shelter/Non-Food Items (NFI) Cluster, IOM will procure, store and coordinate distribution of essential household items, such as shelter construction materials, for approximately 26,500 households, or 132,500 people. DFID’s contribution ensures that the pipeline of supplies will be sustained during the first half of 2016 without interruption.IOM will dispatch these items to strategic locations during the dry season to enable pre-positioning and timely release of items.

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Samsung Nigeria ( was conferred the Best Company in Youth Focused CSR at the recently concluded (SERAS) Nigeria CSR Awards 2015. In addition, its Corporate Citizenship Manager, Abosede Modupe Alimi, was recognized as one of the top three CSR practitioners in the country. The awards, reputed to be the major force behind galvanising businesses across various sectors and industries in Nigeria to promote CSR and Sustainability in Nigeria, aims to acknowledge corporate entities who invest in society through CSR programmes.Mr. Brovo Kim, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa said: “We are humbled by this recognition but by the same token, understand that the task ahead is even bigger. We need to rise to the challenge and provide apt and innovative partnerships that will set Nigeria on the path to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.

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19 November 2015, Quantum Global played host to the group’s second Advisory Board Symposium during an event which reflected recent work conducted by both the African Union and G7 in looking at female empowerment. The high level moderated panel discussion addressed the impact, health and likely trajectory of female entrepreneurship in Africa and its impact on markets, civic society and the Continent’s overall leadership narrative.The event, an important component of Quantum Global’s fledgling thought leadership programme, brought together an authoritative, all African female panel comprising Bineta Diop, the African Union Chairpersons special envoy for Women, Peace and Security and Executive Director of International NGO-Femmes Africa Solidarité-an organisation committed to promoting gender parity within Africa.

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On the occasion of the International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children, the European Union in Ghana (EU) including Member States represented in the country, the United Nations (UN), the High Commission of Canada and partners from Civil Society launched today the Ghana-EU initiative to support the global campaign dubbed “16 days of Activism – Orange the World, end violence against women and girls”, at a Community Durbar in Ada, Ada East District. The campaign is on from 25 November to 10 December 2015. The Community Durbar was also attended by the Deputy Minister, Hon. John Alexander Ackon, of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection of Ghana. Together, the partners presented to the communities approaches to preventing violence. This will be followed by a range of initiatives across the country involving local authorities, schools and the media.Over 300 people from the communities around the Ada East District, gathered to celebrate the launch of the Campaign. “This campaign that we are launching today is not just a renewed effort at ending violence against women and children, it is also an effort aimed at preventing it from happening in the first place”, explained Maria Pilar Palmero Vaquero, Head of Governance, European Union in Ghana, when she opened the Durbar.The Spanish Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. María Alonso, stated that “the numbers are appalling.

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The Secretary-General met today in Paris with H. E. Abdel Al Sisi, President of Egypt, to whom he expressed his condolences for victims of terrorism in Egypt and underlined the need for a united and comprehensive response.The Secretary-General thanked President Al Sisi for Egypt’s leadership on climate change within Africa, stressing how serious the stakes were for the continent as a whole. The Secretary-General counted on Egypt’s commitment, along with that of Africa in general, to push for an ambitious and universal agreement to be reached at the UN Climate Change Conference COP21.

In this connection, the Secretary-General told President Al Sisi that his continued personal engagement and leadership would likely be required to help remove any obstacles to finalizing such an agreement.

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the UK Visa Application Centre at the British High Commission in Yaoundé will be open for two days every week for applicants to lodge their documents until further notice as follows:Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th December Open – Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th December

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our customers. This closure is temporary and UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) together with the British High Commission are working to restore normal operations as soon as possible. Customers in Cameroon who had a confirmed appointment to lodge an application in Yaoundé on the days that we are now planning on being closed will be contacted directly by UKVI officials to arrange a new date. However, for those who have been contacted to collect their documents from the British High Commission, can do so in the normal way from 1400-1500hrs Monday to Friday.

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European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, Mrs. Mpeo Mahase-Moiloa, signed off on €3.6 billion to finance the intra-ACP program, under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) (the EU’s financial instrument for ACP countries). The money will provide support in the areas of human and social development, environment and climate change, private sector development and peace and security across African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries

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is week IOM moved the last of nearly 600 refugees — half of them Syrian — from Egypt to Germany as part of the country’s Humanitarian Admissions Programme (HAP).HAP is designed to enable the swift entry of refugees to Germany to secure their immediate protection until such time as they are able to return home in safety and dignity or find other durable solutions. The German government identified an urgent need for the admission on humanitarian grounds of 299 Syrians and another 300 refugees, including Sudanese, Somali, Palestinians, Eritreans, Ethiopians and Iraqis, who were granted temporary residence permits upon arrival under the German resettlement program.As part of the USD 1 million operation, funded by Germany, IOM provided health assessments, cultural orientation and logistics, and organized four charter flights. IOM staff and representatives of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) accompanied the flights.“This was all made possible through the excellent cooperation of the Egyptian authorities, the German Government and UNHCR,” said IOM Egypt Head of Office Amr Taha.

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