#AceHealthReport – Aug.12: Marburg virus disease is transmitted to people from fruit bats and spreads between humans through the transmission of bodily fluids…..
#AceHealthDesk says BBC Africa reports over Marburg Virus a man who died in Guinea found to have disease bringing the total to 200-cases since 2005 according to The World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus needed to be “stopped in its tracks” with 146 potential cases…..
#AceNewsReport – July.06: At least eight people were also abducted from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria early on Sunday morning.
#AceDailyNews says that BBC Africa is reported that Gunmen have seized at least 140-schoolchildren in Kaduna state the students were seized in the middle of the night, on Thursday leaving belongings behind them
Two nurses and a 12-month-old child were among those seized, said a hospital worker.
There has been a recent spate of abductions from schools and universities for ransom.
On Monday, reports emerged of another mass kidnapping from a school near Kaduna city, about 80km (50 miles) south-west of Zaria.
The mother of a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped from Bethel Baptist School told the BBC that 140 schoolchildren had been seized by a large group of armed men who arrived on motorbikes and broke down the fence.
In a statement, police said gunmen “overpowered the school’s security guards and made their way into the students’ hostel where they abducted an unspecified number of students into the forest”.
A total of 26 people – including a female teacher – had been rescued, the statement said.
A local Christian leader said there were 180 students in the school, only 20 of whom had been accounted for so far. However, he said some of them may have escaped: but why are schoolchildren are being abducted in Nigeria
Police said gunmen involved in the hospital attack in Zaria, thought to be from local criminal groups, opened fire on a police station in the city. While they were engaged in the shootout, another group attacked the hospital as motorcycle bandits keep terrorising northern Nigeria
“The attack on the police station was a distraction whilst another group attacked the dormitories of the health centre workers,” a local resident told AFP news agency.
The group escaped with the victims into a nearby forest.
A hospital worker, who asked not to be named, told BBC Hausa that the gunmen had abducted at least 12 people, including three children under the age of three and a teenager.
A local government official said troops were stepping up efforts to find the victims.
More than 1,000 students have been taken since December and nine have been killed. More than 200 students are still missing, some of them as young as three.
Authorities say recent attacks on schools in the north-west have been carried out by bandits, a loose term for kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle rustlers and other armed militia operating in the region who are largely motivated by money.
Since the well-publicised abduction in 2014 of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok secondary school by Boko Haram Islamist militants in Borno state, more armed groups have resorted to mass abduction of students.Nigeria child abduction: Kidnappers demand millions for a child’s life and there is NO end in sight to wave of kidnappings
Analysis by Mayeni Jones, BBC News, LagosOnce again the northern state of Kaduna finds itself in the eye of Nigeria’s kidnapping storm.These latest attacks are shocking, particularly the hospital one as it involves at least one infant, but this is not the first time a hospital has been targeted.
In late April, armed gunmen took two female nurses from a hospital in Kajuru area of Kaduna state. Schools and universities in the state have also been repeatedly targeted by kidnappers since March. The Baptist school attacked on Monday morning is the fourth educational institution that’s been stormed by armed gunmen in the state in five months. State Governor Nasir El Rufai told the BBC that he believes kidnappers have come to Kaduna from other states, because he’s been vocal about his decision not to engage with kidnappers in any way.But now even he has succumbed to pressure from the kidnappers – he recently withdrew his son from a local school where he had enrolled him to promote confidence in public schools.
He told the BBC that he’d decided to take his son out to protect other pupils. This latest move will embolden his critics who say his tough stance is counter-productive.However, kidnappings continue to take place, both in states where governors engage with kidnappers, and in states where they don’t.With few economic prospects for many young Nigerians, and with security forces struggling to stop the wave of abductions, it’s hard to see how this kidnapping crisis will stop.
#AceHealthReport – July.01: The president announced new restrictions to stem the rise in cases: These include extending a night-time curfew and stopping movement between the country’s regions: Addressing the nation, Mr Geingob said that 513 Namibians had died from the virus in the last 15 days.
This is a huge blow for a country of just 2.5 million.
South Africa, which has the continent’s highest number of total deaths from coronavirus – just over 60,000 – has a daily death rate of three per million.
Everyone in Namibia has either buried a close relative who has died from Covid or knows someone who has, said the health minister, who was speaking after the president.
“Our country is literally in an existential struggle against this pandemic. We are in a fight for our very lives,” Dr Shangula added.
Coronavirus cases have trebled since the beginning of June and the situation is likely to continue to get worse until mid-August at the earliest, the president told Namibians.
Hospital capacity has been increased and the country is taking steps to boost the supply of medical oxygen. Last week, Dr Shangula told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that the country’s oxygen reserves had been exhausted………….Less than 5% of Namibians have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine…………The vials that the country received have almost all been used up but more deliveries are expected in July and August, the health minister said.The country has now set aside $34m (£25m) to buy more doses……..Grim game of dominos.
Samantha Granville, BBC News, Windhoek: Walking around the capital, Windhoek, I see a tale of two cities. Half of the people I encounter are conscientious about hygiene and social distancing, while the other half act as though the virus doesn’t exist. And even though the government has implemented restrictions, there’s some confusion. You have to use sanitiser before going into the shops, but there is no limit on how many people can enter. You can’t buy or be served alcohol in shops or cafes on certain days, unless the restaurant is in a hotel. So these rules are baffling some and they are getting worried. I spoke to one woman whose family lost six members in the past two weeks, leaving her and her two-year-old nephew alone. She says the virus is treating her community like a game of dominos: once one person is knocked down, you are just waiting for your time.Another man told me he doesn’t believe the vaccine will actually work, despite scientific evidence that it does. He is refusing to let his family get the shot, even though he knows several people who have died from the virus.While there are mixed feelings on how to stop the spread of the virus in Namibia’s capital, one thing is for sure: people are angry about further lockdown restrictions and wish the government would have done more, sooner.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: The crisis continues in Africa, while the woke world shows little concern. In a little over one week in Burkina Faso, over 17,500 people “have been forcefully displaced from their homes” and 45 people murdered by expanding Islamic State and al-Qaeda jihadists:
Burkina Faso: At least 45 people murdered, over 17,500 displaced in jihad onslaught from #IslamicState and al- #Qaeda While the focus on the West remains curbing “Islamophobia,” “the security situation in the Sahel region is fueling one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world.” ‘And it’s all about the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in the region and ultimately the spread of Sharia globally’
“UN says armed attacks in Burkina Faso displace over 17,500 in past 10 days,” Reuters, May 7, 2021:
More than 17,500 people in Burkina Faso have been forcefully displaced from their homes in the past 10 days due to a series of attacks by unidentified armed groups that have killed 45 people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.
Attacks by jihadist armed groups linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State in the West African Sahel region have been rising sharply since the start of the year, particularly in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, with civilians bearing the brunt.
The UNHCR report said gunmen had carried out a series of attacks in three separate regions, burning down houses and shooting civilians dead. The assailants also ransacked health centres and damaged homes and shops.
“Clearly one of the reasons is to cause mayhem and to torment civilians,” UNHCR spokesman Boris Cheshirkov told a briefing in Geneva.
The security situation in the Sahel region is fuelling one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world, he said.
Security sources told Reuters on Monday that armed assailants had killed around 30 people in an attack on a village in eastern Burkina Faso. read more
Last week, two Spanish journalists and an Irish citizen were killed in an armed ambush by suspected militants during an anti-poaching patrol near a nature reserve in eastern Burkina Faso. read more
“The trends we see only point to more violence to come,” Cheshirkov said.
The violence in Burkina Faso has displaced more than 1.14 million people in just over two years….
#AceNewsReport – Apr.25: Pakistani rape gangs in Britain are an extension of such practice:
Iraq: ‘#AceNewsServices posted about these acts and sex slaves of the Islamic State were being auctioned off in Saudi Arabia, and the practice goes far beyond Saudi Arabia’
Slave auctions have been going on in the Middle East and Africa for thousands of years. Despite energetic anti-slavery campaigns by European nations in the 19th and 20th centuries, slavery persists in parts of the Middle East and Africa:
“Murphy’s Law: ISIL Slaving Survives”, Strategy Page, April 17, 2021:
ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is still holding and selling captive Iraqi Yazidi women as slaves, and now some of these slave sales are being carried out on the dark web. These are internet sites that are deliberately kept from being found and listed by Internet search engines, like Google. All manner of secretive business takes place on the dark web, much of it of a criminal nature. Access to dark web sites is difficult to obtain, but once the web ID is known the owners and users can sometimes be tracked down. At the very least the server (hard drive holding the web site data and connected to the web) can be seized or forced to disconnect because it is now known. Dark web sites are used by smugglers, especially people smugglers who are moving or literally selling captive women. In one early 2021 incident Turkish police were notified that a seven-year-old Yazidi girl was being offered for sale. Families often continue searching for enslaved children and have found that dark web auction sites will often offer women or girls. The slavers don’t care if kin of their captive made the highest bid just to get a child or young girl back. In this case the relatives contacted Turkish police to assist, fearing that they might robbed by the kidnappers when they went to deliver the money and get the girl. Police staked out the pickup location and arrested the Iraqi men who had captured the girl and brought her to Turkey to sell her for a higher price via a dark web auction.
Slave auctions have been going on in the Middle East and Africa for thousands of years. Despite energetic anti-slavery campaigns by European nations in the 19th and 20th centuries, slavery persists in parts of the Middle East and Africa.
Islamic conservatives are responsible for most of the surviving slavery and they are now assisted by criminal gangs that specialize in moving illegal migrants to Western countries. Some of these migrants are enslaved women being sold into prostitution….
#AceNewsReport – FRANCE:Exclusive Interview:June.14: While France is taking a hard anti-Russian stance due to the Ukrainian crisis, other European nations are busy signing new billion-dollar contracts with Russia, said Philippe Migault, a military expert from the French Institute of International and Strategic Affairs.
Since French companies don’t have access to the two main global arms markets – the United States and China – they face fierce competition for markets in the Middle East and Asia.
That is why voluntarily losing the Russian market, one of the most promising and emerging arms markets in the world, is a silly move on behalf of the French government, Migault told Sputnik France in an exclusive interview.
“We risk regretting this very soon,” the military expert said.
France had the opportunity to deliver two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia; however, Paris complied with Washington’s pressure and decided to cancel the $1.3 billion contract.
France went against its own idea of economic patriotism, highly regarded during the current economic crisis, by abandoning the Mistral deal. Economic patriotism requires the support of exports and the protection of jobs, but France did the exact opposite by cancelling the arms deal
#AceNewsServices – LONDON – 19 November 2014 / PRN Africa /–UK funded WFD programme designed to support Tunisia’s new institutions and the foundations that underpin a stable democracy.
The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), sponsored by the UK Government’s Arab Partnership Fund, has recently completed a three year programme (2011—2014) to support Tunisia’s democratic transition by enhancing the accountability and effectiveness of the country’s parliament – known as the National Constituent Assembly (NCA). The programme also strengthened the Tunisian political parties’ ability to engage with citizens.
The programme was designed to support Tunisia’s new institutions and the foundations that underpin a stable democracy: the drafting of inclusive legislation, a reformed constitution, the formation of multiple parties, robust oversight of legislation, democratic processes to pave the way for free and fair elections and good governance.
Asked about the programme’s achievements, Nejib Jeridi, Director of WFD’s programme in Tunisia said the Tunisian NCA, political parties and CSOs had benefited most from being offered a platform to effectively interact with each other, the training on drafting the constitution, policy papers and electoral regulation.
Similarly, he added, there was a focus on best practices to follow in order to build engagement between CSOs and the NCA. Tunisian political parties in particular have benefited through cross-party work with UK counterparts on developing stronger internal structures and processes that help increase the participation of women and young people.Overall, WFD’s project had a considerable positive impact in Tunisia.
We asked a number of NCA members and members of the civil society who had benefited from the project for their assessment of its impact.
This is what they had to say:
“I learnt discussion techniques, dealing with opponents and the importance of debating using examples.” Said Moufida Marzouki, Member of the Social Affairs Committee, and the Administrative Reform & Anti-corruption Committee Ferjani Doughman, Chair of the NCA Finance Committee, felt that WFD support was tailored to the Tunisian context and the particular needs of the NCA such as the work on “the inclusion of articles related to the audit of the budget in the Constitution”.
Hela Hammi, Member of the NCA Bureau, felt that the skills she had learnt during WFD training sessions enabled her to effectively debate articles in the draft Constitution and she was “happy when I eventually convinced my fellow MPs to vote for my opinion”.
“I learned drafting policy papers, and will work on the drafting of a policy recommendation paper aiming to push the government to review its policies regarding the legal situation of the agricultural real estate (in Sidi Bouzid).” Was the view of a representative of Civil society, who had participated in a workshop in Kairouan.
Another representative of civil society who had attended a workshop in Gafsa said “Such workshops are the best support for networking and cooperation between the various associations and organisations. We have our own vision in my CSO on the legal framework governing the environment and natural resources, and I’ll try to implement this vision through the formulation of a policy recommendation paper for the purpose. The acquaintance between associations that share the same goals will create channels of communication that we will aim to activate in future projects.”
#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – October 21 – Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for “real-world” testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday.
Dr Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials that are either under-way or planned in Europe, Africa and the U.S. are expected to produce preliminary safety data on two vaccines by December.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 20 – The State Department is renewing its global terrorism alert for Americans travelling abroad, saying it sees a heightened risk of reprisal attacks from the Islamic State group and its supporters.
In a new “worldwide caution” issued on Friday, the department said terrorist groups continue to plot strikes against Americans and U.S. interests in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
It said authorities believe there is “an increased likelihood” of reprisal attacks from Islamic State militants since the U.S. and its coalition partners launched military action against the group in Iraq and Syria.
The alert replaces an existing warning issued in April and also notes the growing threat of kidnapping perpetrated by terrorists.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 16 – CDC Ebola standards weaker than Africa’s, says aid group U.S. standards for protecting healthcare workers from Ebola are weaker than those widely used in West Africa, according to the leader of a group treating victims of the virus in Liberia.
Aid group leader: Africa’s Ebola standards higher than CDC’s
“We’re not comfortable with CDC’s procedures,” Ken Isaacs, the vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, told The Hill.
When Samaritan’s Purse health workers treat patients in Liberia, they wear two pairs of gloves and spray themselves with disinfectant twice before leaving the isolation ward. They have a three-foot “no touch” policy and hold safety meetings every day.
In U.S. hospitals — such as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, which has had three cases of Ebola — workers don’t have to hose down their gear and are told it’s OK for gloves to expose their wrists.
“If you slip, and you touch your skin on the wrist, you’re going to get Ebola,” said Isaacs, who has worked on-the-ground disaster relief in countries like Haiti, the Philippines and Bosnia.
“Can we trust CDC? They said they were going to stop it in its tracks, but I don’t know.”
#AceWorldNews – October 16 is World Food Day with events taking place across the globe to focus on the importance of the family farm in ending hunger and poverty.
‘UN Promotes Family Run Farms on World Food Day ‘
In large parts of the world small holder farming families are the norm and with more than 805 million hungry people world wide, the UN says they play a vital role in food production.
For example upwards of 70 per cent of people in Sub-Saharan-Africa rely directly on small farms for their livelihoods and helping them grow and earn more from their farms will contribute to the wealth and survival of communities.
#AceNewsServices – AFRICA – October 16 – In LONDON on the , 13 October 2014 / PRN Africa / — International agency Oxfam is planning to triple its Ebola prevention programme in Sierra Leone and needs at least £10 million to help 2.5 million people at risk of catching the disease, it said today at the donor conference in London.
It will be significantly stepping up its water and sanitation supply to Ebola treatment centres and community care centres, supply of hygiene materials and boosting its mass public information campaign.
Oxfam has already helped over half a million people by providing water supplies at treatment and isolation centres, hand washing facilities in community areas, hygiene kits to communities (soap, bleach etc), supplying of personal protective clothing for those front line community health workers and training of community health workers. The agency has also been running public information campaigns about how people can best protect themselves from catching the disease.
David MacDonald, the regional head for Oxfam response, said: “The need to break the spread of Ebola is absolutely key. Right now infection rates are accelerating and we have no option but to rapidly increase our work. We work on prevention to stop the disease spreading. We also need to think of the illnesses that are being ignored – treatable illnesses like diarrhoea, malaria and cholera.
“Ebola is consuming whole communities. We are seeing them absolutely torn apart as a result of the disease. Many areas have been forced into quarantine – the streets are completely deserted.”
The agency is calling for a concerted international effort to stop Ebola and is calling for military logistical support.
The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there could be 1.4 million cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia by 20 January 2015. More than 6,500 people have been infected with Ebola, and over 3,000 have died.
The Ebola outbreak started in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and cases have spread to Nigeria and Senegal. The UN says it needs nearly US$1 billion to stop it spreading and so far only US$345 million has been given.
Oxfam works in six districts in Sierra Leone, and are also boosting prevention programmes in six urban areas in Monrovia, Liberia; Senegal; Gambia and Guinea Bissau. As well as providing the pipes and tanks for the treatment and isolation units, Oxfam will also continue to provide protective equipment like face masks, boots, gloves, chlorine, soap, hand sanitiser, mops and aprons to teams that treat Ebola and teams that bury the dead.
It will also continue to distribute hygiene kits to people in vulnerable areas and build hand-washing pumps.
Oxfam has started radio programmes to spread messages about how to avoid catching Ebola and what to do if it spreads to your community.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has come at the worst possible time with farm workers unwilling to grow food and food becoming increasingly expensive in local markets.
#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 11 – The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children.
‘ Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘
The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.
The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.
According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more.
I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that deem that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list, I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.
Pakistan|Trending Local Child Soldiers issue
The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.
The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost. The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.
“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.
Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.
The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world as a whole. Its in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.
Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.
However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.
Local Militant Recruitment Mechanism
The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.
“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.
Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”
The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonored by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.
They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.
‘ Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five ‘
That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.
These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.
The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons.Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.
This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futilejihadi indoctrination.
It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind,What the hell happened Pakistan? And then trying to fix it some how in my way.
Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – Several dozen U.S. troops could come into contact with Ebola while testing for the deadly disease in Liberia, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
The highly trained troops will help operate seven mobile labs, where they could be working with the blood of infected patients, Army Gen. David Rodriguez said. The new details on the military’s response to Ebola reveals a riskier operation than previously announced by the White House, surfacing fresh concerns of troops entering high-risk zones.
The U.S. response did not previously involve military members helping to diagnose patients, though Rodriguez maintained that troops will be adequately protected against the disease.
“I am confident that we can ensure our service members’ safety and the safety of their families and the American people,” Rodriguez, who leads the U.S. Africa Command, said at a Pentagon briefing.
U.S. troops are already running three mobile testing labs, doubling Liberia’s lab capacity, and plan to set up four more. The labs will receive up to 100 samples per day from local clinics and will be able to give a diagnosis in hours, instead of several days.
Military personnel who work in the laboratories are trained “at the very, very high level,” Rodriguez said. He added that the troops will wear protective suits and be constantly monitored.
“They will be the primary ones that come in contact with anybody,” he added.
During the briefing, Rodriguez said the military’s trained health workers could come into contact with infected patients. But he later corrected the record, stressing that military personnel would work only with samples.
Pentagon officials say as many as 4,000 U.S. troops will deploy to West Africa to contain the spread of the virus, which has killed 3974 people, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and could infect as many as 1.4 million.
#AceNewsServices (Editors Choice) – October 03 – The HIV pandemic that has now infected 75 million people worldwide emerged in a “perfect storm” of bustling trade routes and migrant workers in central Africa in the 1920’s, researchers said in a study published in the Science journal.
An international team of scientists led by the University of Oxford in the UK and the University of Leuven in Belgium reconstructed the history of the HIV pandemic, using historical records and DNA samples of the virus, tracing it back to the city of Kinshasa, capital of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.
‘ Map of Democratic Republic of Congo ‘
Rapid social changes in the early 20th century, along with spreading prostitution and use of unsterilised needles in health clinics, resulted in transmission of the virus, which was also carried to distant parts of the Congo by millions of passengers who used the newly-built railway network, the study found.
‘ HIV Warning Poster ‘
This confluence of factors, including urban growth, extensive railway links during Belgian colonial rule and changes in sexual behaviour, combined to see HIV spread across the globe, the scientists said.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 06 – As President Obama commenced hosting the African Summit CEO’s from major corporations gather to sign contracts with American Investment dollars at the ready.
These chief executives of Wal-Mart, the Coca-Cola Company and IBM are among those rubbing elbows with more than 50 African heads of state in Washington during Tuesday’s business forum, a highlight of the three-day event reported the Hill.
Africa was once seen more as a destination for U.S. charity than a place to invest, but that is quickly changing.
General Electric on Monday announced a $2 billion investment in the continent, and called Africa its “most promising growth region.”
Business groups say U.S. policies, however, still reflect outdated ideas of Africa’s potential.
For example, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, ushered into law during the Clinton administration, granted free access to the U.S. economy for certain goods from African countries that made progress toward adopting market-based economies.
But the trade pact has often been criticized for being dominated by petroleum projects.
The deal is up for reauthorization, and business groups are pressing for changes that would recognize Africa’s growing clout by including provisions that lower tariffs for U.S. businesses looking to expand into Africa markets.
Business groups argue such changes are critical in that the original AGOA was written when Africa’s economies were much smaller.
Now, six of the fastest-growing global economies last year are on the continent.
China is in many ways ahead of the United States when it comes to investments in Africa, and that’s spurred on the idea of this week’s summit.
A lot different to the situation in 2013 when this happened, now they need Africa’s Mineral Wealth and Oil and will go cap-in-hand to persuade African Heads of State of their Intentions, but how honourable will these intentions really turn out to be in the end.
#AceWorldNews – AFRICA (Kamapala) – July 04 – The US embassy in Uganda reportedly warned Thursday of a “specific threat” to attack Entebbe Airport, which serves the country’s capital, Kampala.
“There is a specific threat to attack Entebbe International Airport by an unknown terrorist group today, July 3rd, between the hours of 2100-2300 (0400-0600 Friday Sydney time),”the statement published on the embassy’s website in the east African nation said.
#AceWorldNews – May 17 – Spanish authorities say around 700 African migrants charged its barbed wire fences in the country’s North African enclave of Melilla, which is located in Morocco. Melilla and Ceuta – also in Morocco – are often targeted by African immigrants who are desperate to cross into Europe.
#AceNewsServices – NIGERIA – May 17 – Countries neighbouring Nigeria are ready to wage war against the Nigeria-based, al-Qaeda-linked group, Boko Haram, Chad’s president says.
Idriss Deby made the statement after a summit in Paris on Saturday that also included Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and representatives from West African countries Cameroon, Benin, Niger plus the United States, the European Union, Britain and France.
“There is determination to tackle this situation head on…to launch a war, a total war on Boko Haram,” Deby said after the meeting, which was aimed at finding a common strategy to fight the armed group.
The leaders who attended the meeting agreed on tightened border controls, shared intelligence and to take a collaborative approach when fighting the armed group.
Jonathan said Boko Haram had evolved from a small group to being part of the broader al-Qaeda organisation.
“Boko Haram is no longer the local terror group with some regional sentiment that started in Nigeria in 2002 to 2009,” Jonathan said.
“From 2009 to date, it has changed and is operating clearly as an al-Qaeda organisation. It can better be described as an al-Qaeda in West and Central Africa.”
Francois Hollande, the French president, said Boko Haram had clearly established ties with other “terror” groups in Africa, making it a problem throughout the continent and beyond.
“The message we want to send is that we know the threat. It is serious, it is serious for the region, for Africa and so for Europe. We have deployed our military and intelligence system to find these young girls,” Hollande said.
Thanks to the latest CBS “60 Minutes,” American viewers witnessed the journey that brought Mariata and Sufiatu, two young girls suffering a deadly heart condition, from Sierra Leone to Sudan where they were treated at the Salaam Center, the only state-of-the-art facility that provides free cardiac surgery in Africa, run by EMERGENCY.
While the Salaam Center is the only facility to offer such special cardiac surgery care in the entire continent, EMERGENCY is also very active in Sierra Leone, among other countries, where we provide surgical and pediatric care and preventative medicine.
In 2001, when a bloody civil war that killed more than 50,000 people and forced many more to flee the country was coming to an end, EMERGENCY began a program for war victims in Goderich, a village near Freetown. Today that program has expanded to also include a Pediatric Outpatient Department kids are treated mainly for malaria, anemia and respiratory infections.
To learn more about the status of healthcare in Sierra Leone, we invite you to join us for an online chat with Sierra Leone former Information & Broadcasting Minister Cecile Blake, TV personality Nzinga Blake, and EMERGENCY USA Executive Director Eric Talbert on Thursday May 20, 2014 at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. RSVP here to participate and send us questions via Facebook and Twitter.