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South Sudan: Country’s first oxygen plant comes on stream at Juba hospital to help fight Covid-19

The $980 000 oxygen plant project cost includes the procurement and construction of a facility to house the plant

South Sudan has begun producing oxygen following the successful installation of the country’s first oxygen plant at Juba Teaching Hospital, set up with funding from the African Development Fund. The oxygen plant was procured as part of measures to support the country’s ongoing Covid-19 response with a grant from the…

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South Sudan: African Development Bank and WHO hand over vehicles to support Covid-19 response

The cars will be used by the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre in Juba to coordinate the incident management system

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has donated two cars to support South Sudan’s ongoing Covid-19 response as part of efforts by the Bank and its partners to ease the toll of the pandemic on vulnerable African states. The donation was made to the Ministry of Health through the World Health…

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G20 Compact with Africa Reaffirms Commitment to Securing Africa’s Recovery from Covid-19 Pandemic through Private Sector Development and Vaccine Manufacturing

The Compact with Africa is a G20 initiative that promotes macroeconomic, business and financing reforms to attract more private investment in Africa

Participants of a G20 Compact with Africa meeting this week assessed Africa’s progress in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. “We are meeting at a pivotal time in the relationship between Africa and the rest of the world,” said Italian prime minister Mario Draghi. The Compact with Africa is a G20 initiative…

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Close partnership between India and Africa could improve the welfare of 2.5 billion people post Covid-19, participants at 2021 Indo-Africa business conclave say

Participants said India and Africa should boost efforts to improve access to medicines, including vaccines and other essential drugs to tackle Covid-19 and future pandemics

The Covid-19 pandemic has provided the impetus for a stronger partnership between India and Africa with potential benefits to both as they build back sustainably after the crisis, experts attending the 16th CII-Exim Bank Digital Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership (https://bit.ly/3rgmnDG) affirmed. Speaking at the virtual event’s opening, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar,…

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African Development Bank 2021 Annual Meetings: Members show support for plan to tackle Covid-19

Adesina also pledged that the Bank would strengthen support to African countries as they tackle the pandemic’s economic and health impacts

The African Development Bank Group’s (www.AfDB.org) shareholders have shown strong support for the Bank’s proposals to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, and this as the continent faces the possibility of a third wave of infection amid poor vaccine access. This emerged from the 56th Annual Meetings of the Bank Group. The…

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Covid-19: African countries win the race against time with testing laboratories

Daily testing capacity of African countries rose from 13,200 at the beginning of the epidemic to 105,000

In March 2020, Africa had its back to the wall, helpless in the face of the magnitude of a virus that appeared in Asia and quickly spread to the entire planet. Only two African countries were then able to test for the novel coronavirus: Senegal, with its Pasteur Institute, and…

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Ethiopia: African Development Fund provides $31.2 million to boost nutrition and end child stunting

The Multi-sectoral Approach for Stunting Reduction Project (MASReP) will target forty districts or woredas in the country’s Amhara and Tigray regions

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund has approved a grant of $31.2 million to the Government of Ethiopia to increase access to multi-sectoral nutritional services for children under-five years, by boosting access to services for improved health, a more diverse and nutritious food, and improving knowledge, attitude…

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African Union holds global conference to accelerate African vaccine development and manufacturing capacity

The meeting was attended by several African heads of state, health, finance and trade ministers from across the continent

African leaders assembled at a global meeting to discuss the status of local pharmaceutical manufacturing on the continent, underscored the need to increase local production of vaccines and therapeutics to achieve greater public-health security. “The production of vaccines and access to vaccines is an absolute priority,” Cyril Ramaphosa, President of…

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African Development Bank President calls for Global Vaccine Solidarity and Justice for Africa

Acquiring vaccines has significant implications for African countries

African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has called for vaccine justice for Africa. Speaking at the launch of the Bank’s African Economic Outlook 2021 report on Friday, Adesina decried the lack of Covid-19 vaccines reaching Africa. “We need global solidarity and vaccine justice for Africa,” Africa’s premier development…

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Aswan Forum: Put healthcare, including vaccines, at the center of rebuilding Africa back better and more resilient - WHO, African Development Bank, Africa CDC

WHO, African Development Bank and Africa CDC call for coordinated vaccination rollout and investments in local manufacture of drugs and diagnostics as a defense system for Africa

Africa must protect itself against future pandemics and other shocks through higher investment in primary healthcare and increased local manufacturing of key medical products, panelists at the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development urged on Monday. Egypt hosted the virtual, second edition of the meeting, titled Shaping Africa’s New…