World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims: Vision Impact Institute Encourages Efforts to Link Good Vision to Safer Roads

Inclusion of vision in road safety conversation is crucial to reducing accidents. DALLAS, Nov. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On November 15, the Vision Impact Institute will join organizations around the world to commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. According to the World Health Organization, 1.35 million people died on the world’s roads […]

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iONEBIO Inc. Deployment of FICS (Fast Infection Control System) at the International Airport of Paraguay

iONEBIO iLAMP Novel-CoV19 Detection Kit is a high-speed laboratory assay intended as a groundbreaking aid in the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection. This technologically advanced solution was developed in an attempt to serve as the gold standard in high-throughput high-accuracy testing, without compromising analytical sensitivity and specificity. PCR amplification assay time of 20~30 minutes allows for […]

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Cameroon Says Millions of Children Deprived of Birth Registration

MAROUA, CAMEROON – Cameroon says more than 2 million children in the country of 25 million do not have required birth certificates. The central African state blames dropping birth registration on the conflicts affecting parts of the country and the COVID-19 pandemic. About 400 schoolchildren and their parents gathered Friday at the Government Bilingual Primary School in Cameroon’s northern town of Maroua, as head teacher Pierre Ngeala spoke about the importance of the document for all citizens. “When learners do not possess this document, at the end of the primary…

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Statement on behalf of the UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Mohamed Malick Fall

“UNICEF is deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of children affected by ongoing military operations in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia. UNICEF calls on all parties to the conflict to adhere to international humanitarian law and to protect children from harm. UNICEF also calls on all parties to ensure that humanitarian actors have unconditional and sustained access on the ground to reach civilians in need and to preserve children’s access to basic social services.” Media Contacts Victor Chinyama Chief of Communication, Advocacy & Partnerships UNICEF Ethiopia Tel: +251 911…

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COVID-19 Response in the World Health Organization African Region, February to July, 2020

Even before the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the WHO African Region was reported in Algeria on 25 February 2020, we at WHO were working with governments and partners to strengthen readiness and response capacities. This report details the progress made and key achievements in the first six months of the response as well as the priorities and challenges going forward. Most African countries took swift action early on, and it is largely thanks to these efforts to limit gatherings and strengthen public health capacities, that cases and deaths…

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A Demographic, Threat? youth, peace and security challenges in the Sahel

Executive Summary The increase in various forms of violent conflicts across sub-Saharan Africa has led scholars and policy makers to raise questions about the correlations between demography, peace and security. In regions such as the Sahel, peace and development have in recent years been threatened by increasing internal and cross-borders security challenges including armed conflicts, extreme terrorist attacks (by jihadist groups such as Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, or IS- affiliated groups, and the separatist Tuareg rebel) and organized crime. Precisely, the region has observed a devastating surge in terrorist attacks,…

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Modelling the relationship between demography, peace and security

Abstract In this work, we present a multidimensional analysis of peace and security and its determinants (military expenditure, schooling for young people, demographic dependency, etc.). We then analyse the sociodemographic factors that foster insecurity in the Sahel. Lastly, we determine the explanatory factors behind the level of peace and security in Africa, taking spatial correlation into account. The results show that the level of peace and security is positively correlated with the secondary school enrolment rate, the urbanization rate and the agricultural performance of a country. Furthermore, the level of…

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UNHCR West & Central Africa COVID-19 Emergency Response, 13 November 2020

21 Countries covered by the Regional Bureau: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Although the number of active COVID-19 cases continues to decrease to reach 13,281 as of 09 November 2020, the number of new cases marked a slight increase in the past two weeks across West and Central Africa. As concerns of a possible “second wave”, some countries are strengthening their surveillance…

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