Category Archive for: ‘Africa Renewal’

EBOLA: This catastrophe must never happen again

Following the Ebola virus outbreak, the United Nations set up its first-ever public health mission – the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to deal with the pandemic. In this interview with Newton Kanhema for Africa Renewal, David Nabarro, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola, discusses the UN’s efforts to bring the virus under control. Africa Renewal: Can …

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Slow But Steady Walk To Democracy

By Kaci Racelma Mauritania has been in the news lately over the hot-button issue of slavery. Last year the American satellite news channel CNN broadcast a documentary titled Mauritania, Slavery’s Last Stronghold, a searing indictment of the country’s weak efforts to end modern forms of slavery such as forced labour, child labour and human trafficking. Also last year, the Global …

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In Rwanda The Future Is Digital

Country aspires to become a regional high-tech hub By Masimba Tafirenyika A luxury commuter bus pulls up by the kerb to pick up passengers. A young woman quickly jumps in, retrieves a smart card from her wallet and swipes it against a machine next to the driver before taking her seat. A routine occurrence in Germany or the US, but …

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AIDS breakthrough high hopes hit tight budgets

By Michael Fleshman After 30 years and over 20 million deaths in Africa alone, US researchers report that early treatment of people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that leads to AIDS cuts transmission of the disease by over 96 per cent. Announced by the US National Institutes of Health on 12 May after a six-year, nine-country clinical trial …

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Slippery Justice For Victims Of Oil Spills

Nigerian villagers lose lawsuit against an oil giant By: Yemisi Akinbobola In a stunning and dramatic legal ruling that echoed from the serene court chambers in the Netherlands to the heart of rural Niger Delta in Nigeria, the District Court of The Hague dismissed all but one of the lawsuits brought against Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company, …

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