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via agriculture04/13/2021

RPT-WTO chief seeks solutions to 'glaring' vaccine inequity, upbeat on IP waiver - Successful Farming

(Repeats Monday's story with no changes to text)* WTO DG has made health a top priority* Says she's held two "very good" meetings with USTR* Seeks to clinch fisheries deal, advance reformsBy Emma FargeGENEVA, April 12 (Reuters) - The head of the World Trade Organization said on Monday a meeting this week to tackle "glaring" inequity in COVID-19 vaccine allocation will be attended by major manufacturers and look at solutions such as firing up idle or under-used manufacturing plants in Africa and Asia.

via valdaiclub04/12/2021

Nigeria in the Grips of Armed Conflict and Violence - Valdai Discussion Club

While the wars in Yemen and Syria dominate global news cycles, the conflict in North-East Nigeria features less in media. The conflict, with no sign of abating, has decimated communities, livelihoods and local economies of the region that depend on farming or grazing, rendering farming impossible on large swathes of land that are prone to attacksб writes Leonard Blazeby, Head of Prevention, Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Federal Republic of Nigeria.

via guardian.ng04/07/2021

Surviving COVID-19: Five Nigerians tells their survival stories - Guardian

There are over 7 billion people in the world, and even though everyone seems to be living such individual and disparate lives, the past 13 months have emphasized how connected we all are, and irrespective of the status or position, or the location, everyone has been living the ‘same’ reality – survival first. In 2020, […]

via rescue.org04/07/2021

As wealthy countries look toward a return to normalcy, many impacted by conflict and crisis are experiencing significant increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths with little hope for a vaccine this year - International Rescue Committee

A new analysis from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) finds that COVID-19 cases and deaths have increased significantly across many conflict and crisis-affected countries over the past month. Kenya, Venezuela, Yemen, Ethiopia, and northeast Syria saw average daily case increases of 322%, 91%, 379%, 289%, and 529% respectively between early and late March.[1] The spread

via guardian.ng04/06/2021

Coronavirus - Eswatini: COVID-19 update (5 April 2021) | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsAPO Press Releases - Guardian

Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi announces one new #COVID19 death, taking the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 669. “May her soul rest in peace.” New cases: 2 Total cases: 17 354 Active cases: 65 New recoveries: 2 Total recoveries: 16 618 New death: 1 Total deaths: 669 Distributed by APO Group on behalf of […]

via guardian.ng04/05/2021

Coronavirus - Malawi: COVID-19 update (4 April 2021) | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsAPO Press Releases - Guardian

New cases: 14 Cumulative confirmed cases: 33,661 Active cases: 1,718 Total recovered: 30,686 (93 new) Currently admitted in treatment units: 23 (2 new) New discharges from treatment units: 4 Total tests conducted: 220,384 (210 new) Total deaths: 1,123 (3 new) Total vaccinated to date: 159,574 (1,993 new) Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry […]

via guardian.ng04/04/2021

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 update (3 April 2021) | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsAPO Press Releases - Guardian

Daily: Laboratory test: 8,392 Severe cases: 818 New recovered: 1,297 New deaths: 21 New cases: 1,997 Total: Laboratory test: 2,382,596 Active cases: 49,147 Total recovered: 161,226 Total deaths: 2,936 Total cases: 213,311 Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Ethiopia.

via project-syndicate.org04/12/2021

The Key to Beating COVID-19 by Karina Gould - Project Syndicate

Although it is only natural and proper for governments to focus on vaccinating their citizens first, it is important not to lose sight of the big picture. The only way we can beat COVID-19 is to defeat it everywhere, and the best way to do that is through multilateral facilities like COVAX.

via wpi.edu04/09/2021

CGPS Industry Forum on COVID-19 Pandemic Response & Readiness - WPI News

The Center for Global Public Safety held the third annual CGPS Industry Forum on Thursday, April 1, 2021. The virtual format this year allowed for a wide audience of industry and academic partners from across various fields and different countries. This year’s theme was COVID-19 Pandemic Response & Readiness. There were attendees from the health field as well as fire

via dvidshub.net04/06/2021

News - MING Soldier Celebrates US Citizenship - DVIDS

On March 25, 2021, U.S. Army Spc. Ewaen Ediae, a fueler with the 1463rd Transportation Company (TC), Fort Custer Training Center in Battle Creek, Michigan Army National Guard, recited his Oath of Allegiance and marked the completion of his journey to become a U.S. Citizen.

via agriculture04/06/2021

What happens when women run the economy? We're about to find out - Successful Farming

By Andrea ShalalWASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) - Women now hold many of jobs controlling the world's largest economy - and they're trying to fix it.Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and trade czar Katherine Tai hold top jobs in U.S. President Joe Biden administration and many of his economic advisers also are women, as are nearly 48% of his confirmed cabinet-level officials.

via dvidshub.net04/05/2021

Projects in Benin increase both healthcare capacity and ability to document births - DVIDS

Villagers in two communities in northeast Benin will no longer need to cross the border to give birth or receive other basic medical care with the delivery of two new medical facilities in the remote villages of Money and Godjekoara, both of which sit in the larger border region of the Commune of Malanville. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District implemented and managed the construction of the facilities. Project requirements and funding were provided by AFRICOM with onsite coordination provided by the U.S. Embassy and Office of Security Cooperation.

via guardian.ng04/04/2021

Coronavirus - Malawi: COVID-19 update (3 April 2021) | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsAPO Press Releases - Guardian

Malawi has registered eight new COVID-19 cases, 103 new recoveries and one new death. All new cases are locally transmitted: three from Blantyre, and one each from Kasungu, Lilongwe, Mangochi, Mwanza, and Mchinji Districts. One new death was registered and is from Blantyre District. To the families that have lost their loved during this pandemic, may you […]

via bmj04/09/2021

Covid-19: a disaster five years in the making - The BMJ

The covid-19 pandemic is not a one-off extraordinary event but the culmination of a five year unravelling of progress in global health, writes Peter Hotez We live in extraordinary times in global health. Through two decades of the United Nations’ millennium and sustainable development goals, the number of childhood deaths from measles and some other vaccine preventable infections has fallen by as much as 87%.1 The launch and support of global vaccination programmes through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and mass treatment programmes for HIV-AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and neglected tropical diseases have produced enormous global health gains.1 We are also moving towards the elimination of neglected tropical diseases including onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, scabies, yaws, and trachoma, with major falls in the incidence of AIDS in Africa and elsewhere. The benefits of these successes go beyond public health to reduced poverty through improvements in productivity, child development, and maternal-fetal outcomes. Global security has also been strengthened. Over the past 5-6 years, however, we have seen abrupt reversals in these developments leading to the emergence or re-emergence of both vaccine preventable diseases and neglected infections in multiple areas of the world. And that’s before the onset of covid-19. Humanity is able to make tremendous gains against global disease like never before—but we have allowed those gains to unravel. The novel coronavirus has shown us the consequences of this. Between 2015 and 2020 a group of new social determinants, sometimes working synergistically with climate change, accelerated to halt or collapse health systems and bring back illness globally.1 Among the most potent of these were political instability and conflict. In Venezuela, failed policies of the Maduro regime together with dropping oil prices in 2015 precipitated a total socioeconomic collapse that began under former president Hugo Chavez. Interruption to childhood vaccination programmes contributed …

via news-medical.net04/07/2021

The GovLab, AFD and Expertise France select 7 projects to address COVID-19 challenges in Africa - News-Medical.Net

Out of a field of over 80 proposals by organizations in Africa -- many working in collaboration -- The Governance Lab (GovLab) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, L'Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD), and Expertise France chose seven projects to receive the #Data4COVID19 Africa Challenge.

via gzeromedia04/06/2021

What We're Watching: Tanzania's new leader, big global economic recovery (for some), more bloodshed in Darfur - GZERO Media

Tanzania's U-turn on COVID, press freedom: Tanzania's new President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced on Tuesday that she'll appoint a committee to determine whether the country should start responding to the pandemic, though she stopped short of implementing any sweeping changes. While it's late in the...

via gzeromedia04/06/2021

Hard Numbers: Indian states vote, Russia targets TikTok, Chile delays constitutional reform, Nigerian jailbreak - GZERO Media

4: Four Indian states — Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal — as well as the union territory of Puducherry go to the polls on Tuesday. The elections are broadly viewed as a litmus test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationalist BJP party as the pandemic worsens across India. The main priz...

via gzeromedia04/05/2021

Women in power — the World Trade Organization's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala - GZERO Media

Starting a new job is always daunting. For Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who just weeks ago started a new stint as director general at the World Trade Organization, the timing could not be more trying: she is taking over the world's largest global trade body amid once-in-a-generation public health and economic crises. Who is Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and how has her worldview shaped her politics and policymaking?

via guardian.ng04/05/2021

Coronavirus - Rwanda: COVID-19 update (4 April 2021) | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsAPO Press Releases - Guardian

Total cases: 22,482 (+239) Recovered: 20,519 (+47) | 91.2% Active cases: 1,652 In critical condition: 4 Tests: 1,177,519 (+5,500) Test positivity rate: 4.3% Vaccinated: 348,926 Deaths: 311 (+0) | 1.4% Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health, Republic of Rwanda.