Scientist Says Omicron Was a Group Find

JOHANNESBURG — The Botswana scientist who may well have discovered the omicron variant of the coronavirus says he has been on a “roller coaster of emotions,” with the pride of accomplishment followed by dismay over the travel bans immediately slapped on southern African countries. “Is that how you reward science? By blacklisting countries?” Dr. Sikhulile Moyo, […]

Rights experts call for end to violence against women in Tigray conflict

Experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council have called for urgent action to end violence against women and girls caught in the Tigray conflict in northern Ethiopia. In a statement issued on Friday, they expressed grave concern about the widespread sexual and gender-based violence attributed to Ethiopian, Eritrean, Tigray and Amhara forces, as well as allied […]

Regional Meeting Conducted To Review Of Status Of Community Animal Health Workers (CAHW)/ Community Disease Reporters In IGAD Region

(Naivasha, Kenya): In the IGAD region, countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti and Uganda recognize the services of CAHW particularly in pastoralist setting, where we do not have adequate professionals while Kenya operate through community disease reporters (CDR)/ para-veterinarian with more elaborate training. Several localized studies on CAHW’s participation and role in animal […]

COVID, Conflicts Prompt UN to Make Record Appeal for Humanitarian Aid

GENEVA — The United Nations is appealing for a record $41 billion to help 183 million of the world’s most vulnerable people suffering from multiple crises, including poverty, hunger, conflict, and the impact of COVID-19. U.N. officials report an estimated 274 million people worldwide will require emergency aid and protection next year. This is a 17-percent […]

WHO donates 3,000 oxygen cylinders to the Ethiopian Public Health Institute to strengthen the capacity of COVID-19 treatment centres

On 30 November 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) delivered to the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) 500 of the 3,000 oxygen cylinders procured for the institute to improve access to oxygen for critical care and strengthen the oxygen capacity of health facilities providing COVID-19 treatment services. “As COVID-19 continues to be a major public […]

Biden Marks 33rd World AIDS Day With New Commitments

Marking the 33rd annual World AIDS Day on Wednesday, the Biden administration announced it would ramp up its domestic and international efforts to fight the HIV virus, which has killed 36 million people worldwide in four decades. President Joe Biden also released Wednesday the domestic-focused National HIV-AIDS Strategy, which aims for a 90% reduction in new […]

‘Unity’ of purpose and action needed: Guterres tells AU-UN Conference

For two decades, the African Union (AU) has been “a gold standard of regional co-operation”, Secretary-General António Guterres told the fifth UN-AU Annual Conference on Wednesday in New York. He highlighted the wide range of progress made through collaboration, from frameworks around peace, security and sustainable development, to joint missions and programmes for humanitarian operations, […]

Women refugees bearing the brunt of Gambella’s forgotten crisis, Ethiopia

Gambella, Ethiopia – “My only joy is my child, I don’t have anything else in life,” says Nyabel Jock, a 19-year-old South Sudanese refugee, during her regular pregnancy check-up at the Jewi Health Centre, Jewi Refugee Camp, Gambella, Ethiopia. Nyabel fled to Ethiopia more than five years ago from Nasir in the Upper Nile state […]