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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 ( 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…

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Mauritius: JICA provides $289 million support to fight COVID-19 under initiative with African Development Bank

The loan is a parallel co-financing agreement between JICA and the African Development Bank under the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance for Africa joint initiative to spur private

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has extended an Official Development Assistance loan of up to 30 billion Japanese yen ($289 million) to support Mauritius’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild its economy. The loan, signed on 24 February, is a parallel co-financing agreement between JICA and the African…

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The African Development Bank and WHO cut sod for Public Health Emergency Operations Center building in Juba, South Sudan

WHO appreciates the generous contribution of the African Development Bank

The African Development Bank ( is financing the construction of the second phase of the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (PHEOC) in Juba, South Sudan. The groundbreaking ceremony, held on Thursday, was presided over by Elizabeth Acuei Yol, South Sudan Minister of Health, in the presence of the African Development…

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COP26 Roundtable: ‘2021 will be critical in the fight against COVID-19 and climate change’ – UN Secretary-General António Guterres

COP26 President Sharma said the global transition to clean power must move at least four times the current pace to achieve targets set out in Paris Agreement on climate change

African Development Bank ( President Akinwumi Adesina on Monday joined world leaders to discuss the global transition to clean power as part of a green recovery and identify actions that can be taken to support this. The virtual COP26 Roundtable on Clean Power Transition, under the theme “Achieving a rapid shift…

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African Development Bank unveils Top 20 AfricavsVirus winners in virtual event

More than 25,000 participants from Africa and around the world pitched their ideas during a 72-hour ideathon

The African Development Bank ( has announced 20 finalists of the AfricavsVirus Challenge ( who will receive a grant of up to $20,000 as well as access to business development and other in-kind services. The Top 20 Winners, announced during a virtual event held Friday, have been selected from a…

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African Development Bank’s Akinwumi Adesina, three others win Academy of Public Health’s 2020 top Distinguished Fellowship Award

The Distinguished Fellowship Award is the highest fellowship rank in the “Roll of Fellows “of the Academy, leading the Roll of Fellows for their exceptional leadership and service to humanity

The Academy of Public Health, the flagship body of the West African Institute of Public Health, has named African Development Bank Group ( President Akinwumi Adesina and three other eminent persons as winners of its 2020 Distinguished Fellowship Award. Adesina, World Health Organisation(WHO)’s Tedros Ghebreyesus, Leith Greenslade of JustActions and…

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South Sudan: For the people of Juba, an African Development Bank Group (AfDB) supported water project brings better health - and peace

Access to drinking water in South Sudan is a crucial issue for peacebuilding and dealing with community disputes that could undermine the country’s emergence from conflict and crisis

Farida, her school bag on her back and her face betraying a hint of a smile, sings softly on her way to school in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Along with thousands of other South Sudanese girls, Farida has been able to attend class thanks to a project that…

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Sudan: $28.233 million in African Development Fund Grants to bolster response to COVID-19

The grants are being provided under the African Development Bank’s COVID-19 Response Facility

The Board of the African Development Fund on Wednesday approved grants worth $28.233 million to Sudan to shore up the country’s health system to effectively respond and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, mitigate its social and economic impacts and build resilience to future pandemics, including climate-induced outbreaks.  The funding will take…