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Exploring the joys of being black and “Pure Love”- how Pan-African womenswear designer, Ophelia Crossland is leveraging on Tech and authentic designs to...

Pan-African womenswear designer, Ophelia Crossland is well pleased to announce the launch of her ‘’Pure Love” Collection for the Spring and Summer fashion season. Produced on the lines of an international pandemic and a lockdown that has affected the fashion industry and African enterprises , the titular womenswear brand with a luxury African aesthetic delved into her notion of unadulterated love to create the new line. Nestled on the first floor of Sarah’s building, an

Global Marketplace Paxful Taps Limpopo-Born Youth, to help Launch a Global Entrepreneurship Program

In a recent report titled, Workforce of the future 2030 (https://pwc.to/31J2D0C), PWC contends that by 2030: “Africa will be home to more than a quarter of the world’s population of under 25’s. Under 25’s in total will make up 60% of the continent’s total population. By then, 15% of the world’s working population will reside in Africa. …Although Africa will experience unprecedented technological disruption, this also presents an opportunity for the cont

Coronavirus: African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases as of 3 July 2020 9 am EAT

African Union Member States (54) reporting COVID-19 cases (433,500) deaths (10,658), and recoveries (208,400) by region:  Central (36,444 cases; 774 deaths; 19,253 recoveries):  Burundi (170; 1; 125), Cameroon (13,711; 328; 11,114), CAR (3,823; 48; 816), Chad (868; 74; 785), Congo (1,382; 41; 486), DRC (7,189; 176; 2,317), Equatorial Guinea (3,071; 51; 842), Gabon (5,513; 42; 2,508), Sao Tome & Principe (717; 13; 260) Eastern (37,872; 1,105; 18,351): Comoros (309; 7; 241), Djibouti

Coronavirus – Africa: European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund for Africa – New assistance package to support vulnerable groups and address COVID-19 in North...

Download logoToday, as part of the EU's global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the EU - through its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) - has adopted a new assistance package to protect migrants, stabilise local communities and respond to COVID-19 in North Africa. This package includes €80 million in new funds as well as €30 million reallocated from non-contracted actions under the EUTF. In line with the Joint Communication on the global EU response to COVID-19, th

Coronavirus – Gambia: Daily Case Update as of 2nd July 2020

Active cases: 26 New cases: 6 New tests: 30 Total confirmed: 55 Recovered: 27 Deaths: 2Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, The Gambia.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Nigeria: 626 new cases of COVID-19 Nigeria

626 new cases of COVID-19 Nigeria; Lagos-193 FCT-85 Oyo-41 Edo-38 Kwara-34 Abia-31 Ogun-29 Ondo-28 Rivers-26 Osun-21 Akwa Ibom-18 Delta-18 Enugu-15 Kaduna-13 Plateau-11 Borno-8 Bauchi-7 Adamawa-5 Gombe-4 Sokoto-1 27,110 confirmed 10,801 discharged 616 deaths   Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Mozambique: Ministry of Health, Mozambique recieves donation from British High Commission in Maputo and WHO

Thanks to British High Commission in Maputo, WHO donated 13 laptops + modems to MoH to support with COVID19 response. This is to better ensure effective implementation and monitoring of community activities as well as to enable community actors to keep up with virtual trainings for the response.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of World Health Organization (WHO)- Mozambique.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus: Kenya records highest Covid-19 cases at 307 Nairobi, Wednesday July 1, 2020

Download logoThe Ministry of Health has recorded 307 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from a sample of 3,519, the highest number in the last 24 hours. This pushes the country’s number of confirmed cases to 6,673.  Cumulatively the government has tested 173,355 samples, the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr. Rashid Aman disclosed yoday while briefing the na

Coronavirus – Kenya: Government announce 268 more cases of COVID-19 Nairobi, Thursday July 2, 2020

Download logoMajority of the people who have succumbed to COVID-19, had underlying disease conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension. These are Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), whose burden to the health system is on the rise, the Chief Administrative Secretary for Health, Dr. Rashid Aman disclosed today during the daily COVID-19 briefing at Afya House. Hypertension is the commonest cardiovascular condition globally and the same applies in Kenya. It is estimated that 1.13 billion peop

African Development Bank joins World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other Multilateral Development Banks (MDB)s to support trade finance amid COVID-19 crisis

Download logoThe African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) has joined the World Trade Organisation and other multilateral development banks to reduce trade finance gaps that emerge as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint press release (https://bit.ly/38lkzjl) issued 1 July 2020, the institutions said they would prioritize their support to areas in the world where such support is needed most, particularly the poorest countries. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, m

Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 statistics in SA as at 02 July 2020

Test conducted - 1706127 Positive cases identified - 168061 Total recoveries - 81999 Total deaths - 2844 New cases - 8728Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa, Department of Health.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Somalia:Update on COVID-19 2 July 2020

New cases confirmed today: 14 Somaliland: 10 Benadir: 3 Jubbaland: 1 Male: 12 Female: 2 Recovery: 20 Death: 0 Total confirmed cases: 2,938 Total recoveries: 952 Total deaths: 90Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health & Human Services, Federal Republic of Somalia.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus: Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio commissions Covid-19 Care and Treatment Facilities, recognises Partner Interventions in Healthcare Systems

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has commissioned Covid-19 care and treatment facilities, the pilot distribution of equipment and uniforms to healthcare workers in Bo, southern Sierra Leone, where he also praised the interventions of partner organisations. “Enhancing the capacity of healthcare personnel goes beyond simply recruiting and training nurses and other healthcare professionals. It is about making them more efficient in speedily and accurately diagnosing and treatin

Coronavirus – Africa: UN torture prevention body – COVID-19 shows need to strengthen national preventive mechanisms

Download logoThe UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) has called for the role of domestic monitoring bodies, officially known as National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs), to be strengthened, highlighting the importance of monitoring the conditions of people deprived of liberty in critical situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. The SPT, which monitors places, including prisons and other confined institutions, where people are deprived of their liberty, has been unab

Coronavirus – South Africa: Human Settlements Chairperson concerned about continued evictions in Cape Town

Download logoThe Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Ms Machwene Semenya, has denounced the continued evictions happening in Cape Town. The actions of the city are both inhumane and inconsiderate, especially considering that it’s winter, as well as it is undermining the regulations of the national state of disaster in the fight against Covid-19, which prohibit evictions. Ms Semenya also emphasised that this is concerning considering the num

Coronavirus: Uganda provides a safe haven to Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) refugees amid COVID-19 lockdown

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the decision by the Government of Uganda to give safe haven to thousands of refugees fleeing escalating violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They have been stranded in a remote, inaccessible area in Mahagi Territory since late May. The new arrivals were previously part of a larger group of approximately 45,000 people, according to local DRC authorities, who had attempted to flee towards the Ugandan border with the DRC shortly a

Coronavirus – Africa: Quarantine Measures threaten Aviation Restart in Africa and the Middle East

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in Africa and the Middle East (AME) to implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival that would allow economies to re-start while avoiding the importation of COVID-19 cases. Government-imposed quarantine measures in 36 countries across Africa and the Middle East (AME) account for 40% of all quarantine measures globally. With over 80% of travelers unwilling to travel when quarantine is required, the impact of these measures i

Coronavirus – Africa: WHO urges strong COVID-19 safety measures as African countries to resume air travel

Download logoAs African countries begin to reopen borders and air spaces, it is crucial that governments take effective measures to mitigate the risk of a surge in infections due to the resumption of commercial flights and airport operations. Many African governments acted swiftly, implementing confinement and travel restrictions in the early days of the pandemic. In the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region, 36 countries closed their borders to international travel, eight suspended

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 WHO Africa Update 2 July 2020

Over 415,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent - with more than 196,000 recoveries & 10,200 deaths. View country figures & more with the WHO African Region COVID-19 Dashboard: https://arcg.is/XvuSX  Distributed by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus – Kenya: Distribution of cases by County as of 2 July 2020

Download logoCOVID-19 cases per county; Nairobi 175, Mombasa 28, , Busia 18, Kiambu 11, Kajiado 9, Migori 9, Uasin Gishu 8, Machakos 6, Narok (2), Makueni (1), & Muranga (1)Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Kenya.

European Travel Bans are counter-productive and hurting the Oil & Gas Sector’s ability to support Africa’s Economic Recovery

The continuation of travel restrictions and suspension of visas and travel between Africa and Europe is heavily restraining the oil & gas industry’s recovery efforts. Because of its international nature, the oil & gas sector relies on global value-chains and successful cooperation and movement of people, goods and services between foreign and local contractors. The ongoing travel bans and restrictions of visa issuance are de facto preventing a lot of projects to move forward and to success

Communique of the Bureau of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank Group following its meeting of today 1 July 2020 regarding...

Download logoa) The Bureau recalls its Communiqué issued on June 4th 2020 informing the general public of its decision to authorize an Independent Review of the Report of the Ethics Committee of the Boards of Directors relative to the allegations made by Whistle blowers against the President of the Bank Group. b) The Bureau agreed on the Terms of Reference for the Independent Review at its meetings of 18 June 2020 and 1st July 2020 and selectedthree persons namely, Mrs. Mary Robinson,

Coronavirus – Africa: Global food commodity prices rebound in June

Download logoFAO expects new record-high global cereal production and comfortable stock levels for 2020/21, while food assistance needs up In June, global food commodity prices rose for the first time since the beginning of the year driven by a rebound in vegetable oils, sugar and dairy quotations. However, in the cereals and meat markets, most prices remained under downward pressure amid market uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks internatio

Coronavirus – Africa and Middle East: Statement by WHO Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari

Download logoBy Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari June 30 marked six months since WHO received the first reports of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in China The six-month mark of the outbreak coincides with reaching 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths world-wide.  Although many countries have made some progress, globally the pandemic is speeding up. A few days ago, our Region passed its own significant and concerning milestone, with more than one million people now infected with C

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