Kidnapped Mali Politician, French Aid Worker and 2 Italians Freed

BAMAKO, MALI – Kidnapped Malian politician Soumaila Cisse, French aid worker Sophie Petronin and two Italians were freed Thursday, Mali’s presidency said, after lengthy periods in the hands of Islamist insurgents. Their release follows a tense few days, as reports that the Malian authorities had freed scores of suspected militants over the weekend fueled expectations of an imminent prisoner swap. It was unclear whether a ransom was paid. “The ex-hostages are on their way to Bamako,” Mali’s presidency said on Twitter. It added in a statement that the release was…

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UN agencies launch “Learning is Back”, a song on return to learning in the Middle East and North Africa

Ensuring continuity of learning for all children in-person or remotely is a priority as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the region and disrupting the education process. To watch the music video, download the song and access multimedia products, click here UN Agencies*[1] in the region unveiled today “Rej’et El Sineh” [‘Learning is Back’], a song to encourage the return to learning for all children and youth across the region. Music is a powerful medium to disseminate messages to communities. Songs can be entertaining and equally educational, especially for children.…

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COVID-19 halting crucial mental health services in Africa, WHO survey

Brazzaville, 8 October 2020 – Critical funding gaps are halting and disrupting crucial mental health services in Africa, as demand for these services rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new World Health Organization (WHO) survey shows. The survey of 28 African countries was undertaken as part of the first global examination of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on access to mental health services. It underscores the urgent need for increased funding. Of the countries responding in the African region, 37% reported that their COVID-19 mental health response plans are partially…

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East and Southern Africa Region COVID-19 Situation Report No. 8 (1- 30 September 2020)

Regional Highlights ● All countries in the region have continued to register new cases of COVID-19. Although the new infection rates have significantly reduced over the last eight weeks, it is evident that new clusters of infections are emerging in specific localities in many countries. ● South Africa has the highest number of new cases but has consistently registered a reduced rate of new infections over the last six weeks. ● Preparedness actions for a possible second wave are critical for all countries. ● Health worker infections remain a concern;…

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HelpMeSee Launches Revolutionary Technology in Response to the Global Cataract Crisis

Not-for-profit campaign announces medical training breakthrough with its Eye Surgery Simulator NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — HelpMeSee, the not-for-profit global campaign to end cataract blindness, today announced a landmark achievement in medical simulation training with the completion of its Eye Surgery Simulator. Equipped with sensory touch feedback and realistic virtual graphics, the HelpMeSee Eye […]

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HelpMeSee lance une technologie révolutionnaire en réponse à la crise mondiale de la cataracte

Une campagne à but non lucratif annonce une percée dans la formation médicale avec son simulateur d’opération oculaire NEW YORK, 8 octobre 2020 /PRNewswire/ — HelpMeSee, la campagne mondiale à but non lucratif visant à mettre fin à la cécité causée par la cataracte, a annoncé aujourd’hui une réalisation historique dans la formation à la simulation médicale avec […]

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