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CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, September 8, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO will offer transport, accommodation and perdiem for one African journalist to attend the AfricaCom 2014, Africa’s leading telecoms event (http://www.comworldseries.com/africa), held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 11–13 November 2014.

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Locust plague in Madagascar halted, but at great risk of resurgence / Achievements of FAO and Government of Madagascar threatened by funding gap

 

ROME, Italy, October 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A locust plague that spread across Madagascar threatening the main staple food crops and pasture in the country has been successfully contained, however, progress is under threat due to a gap in funding, FAO said today.

 

At the beginning of the plague in April 2012 the highly destructive Malagasy Migratory Locust ravaged crops and pastures on its way from the southwest of the country toward the North. By April 2014, it had spread towards the country’s largest rice crop areas in the northwest and threatened the livelihoods of 13 million people.

 

Potential for further damage was contained by the first locust control campaign, which is part of a three-year programme jointly executed by FAO and the Government of Madagascar, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

 

“The effects of this plague could have been devastating, but thanks to strong efforts by the Government of Madagascar, supported by FAO, we have succeeded in preventing these locusts from migrating even further,” said David Phiri, FAO’s Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa.

 

Protected crops

 

Since locust control actions began in September 2013, large-scale areal operations allowed to survey over 30 million hectares of land and control locust populations on over 1.2 million hectares.

 

A total of $28 million has been donated so far by the Governments of Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Japan, Madagascar through a World Bank loan, Norway and the United States of America as well the European Union and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund. Donors also include Algeria, Mauritania and Morocco, which donated pesticides.

 

Preliminary results of an FAO/WFP assessment mission, conducted between mid-June and mid-July 2014 in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, indicate that the first anti-locust campaign prevented larger damage to crops and pastures and protected the large rice producing regions of the country located in the centre and north.

 

This first campaign also provided the opportunity to further strengthen national capacities in locust management.

 

“Despite great support and achievements, however, we now face a new challenge due to a gap in funding,” says Phiri.

 

More funds needed

 

Funds available so far are only sufficient to implement the first part of the second locust control campaign, which started in September 2014. With the onset of the rainy season, from October 2014 onwards, the locust situation will deteriorate as seasonal temperatures and humidity at this time are ideal breeding conditions for the locust. The second and third campaigns are imperative to respectively support the decline of the plague and the return to a situation of recession.

 

Additional support of $14.7 million is urgently needed for aerial surveys, control operations, equipment, pesticides, as well as the recruitment of key staff to carry out the second and third campaigns.

 

“Each day is a fight to feed our children and send them to school,” says Hantanirina Florentine, who lives in a village near Sakaraha in central Madagascar. “Our main source of income is our 100 square metre plot of land and my husband’s odd jobs. The locust plague affected our livelihood and made our daily life even harder. The locust plague needs to be put to an end, so we can have crops and protect our livelihoods.”

 

Without added funding, efforts made during the first campaign will be largely lost and the locust plague will expand again. The context was similar in 2010/11 and 2011/12 when the funding for two anti-locust campaigns was not made available and as a result, the current plague developed.

 

“An immediate food crisis has been avoided,” says Phiri, “but an economical and humanitarian crisis could still threaten Madagascar if the two next campaigns are not implemented in time.”

 

“We are in a position to help – we just need one last push to stop this disaster and prevent future plagues.”

 

According to, Roland Ravatomanga, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development of Madagascar, “The first locust phase was successful thanks to the support of technical and financial partners, but much remains to be done for the second phase in 2014 and 2015. I solemnly appeal to the International Community on behalf of the Government and the Malagasy people for financial and material support to Madagascar. The food and nutrition security of Madagascar depends on it.”

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


 


 

A Madagascar, avoir stoppé l’invasion acridienne n’exclut pas un grand risque de résurgence / Les bons résultats obtenus par la FAO et le Gouvernement malgache menacés par un déficit de financement

 

ROME, Italie, 2 octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’invasion acridienne qui s’est propagée à travers Madagascar, menaçant les principales cultures vivrières de base et les pâturages, a été contenue mais ce succès est mis en péril par un manque de financements, a déclaré la FAO aujourd’hui.

Au début de l’invasion, en avril 2012, le Criquet migrateur malgache, qui a une très haute capacité de destruction, a ravagé les cultures et les pâturages sur son passage du sud-ouest au nord du pays. En avril 2014, il était proche des plus importantes zones rizicoles du pays, dans le nord-ouest et menaçait les moyens d’existence de 13 millions de personnes.

La première campagne de lutte antiacridienne, qui s’inscrit dans le cadre du programme triennal exécuté conjointement par la FAO et le Gouvernement de Madagascar, en étroite collaboration avec le Ministère de l’agriculture et du développement rural, a permis d’éviter davantage de dégâts potentiels.

“Les effets de cette invasion auraient pu être dévastateurs mais, grâce aux efforts énergiques du Gouvernement de Madagascar, soutenu par la FAO, nous sommes parvenus à empêcher ces criquets de migrer davantage”, a indiqué David Phiri, Coordonnateur sous-régional de la FAO pour l’Afrique australe.

 

Cultures protégées

Depuis le démarrage des activités antiacridiennes, en septembre 2013, les opérations aériennes de grande envergure ont permis de prospecter plus de 30 millions d’hectares de terres et de maîtriser les populations acridiennes sur plus de 1,2 million d’hectares.

Les Gouvernements de l’Autriche, de la Belgique, de la France, de l’Italie, du Japon, de Madagascar (à travers un prêt de la Banque mondiale), de la Norvège et des Etats-Unis, ainsi que l’Union européenne et le Fonds central d’intervention d’urgence des Nations Unies ont contribué pour un total de 28 millions de dollars. L’Algérie, la Mauritanie et le Maroc ont, quant à eux, donné des pesticides.

Les résultats préliminaires d’une mission d’évaluation FAO/PAM, réalisée de mi-juin à mi-juillet 2014 en collaboration avec le Ministère de l’agriculture et du développement rural, indiquent que la première campagne antiacridienne a empêché que des dégâts plus importants aux cultures et aux pâturages se produisent et protégé les vastes régions rizicoles du centre et du nord du pays.

 

Cette première campagne a également permis de renforcer les capacités nationales de gestion antiacridienne.

“En dépit du vaste soutien et des résultats, nous avons néanmoins à affronter maintenant un nouvel enjeu à cause du manque de financement”, a expliqué M. Phiri.

Il faut davantage de fonds

Les fonds disponibles pour l’instant ne suffisent qu’à couvrir la première partie de la deuxième campagne de lutte, qui a été lancée en septembre 2014. Avec l’arrivée de la saison des pluies, à partir d’octobre, la situation acridienne va se détériorer; en effet, les températures et l’humidité à cette période sont idéales pour la reproduction des criquets. La deuxième et la troisième campagne sont essentielles, respectivement pour accompagner le déclin de l’invasion et permettre le retour à une situation de rémission.

Un appui additionnel de 14,7 millions de dollars est indispensable pour les opérations aériennes de prospection et de lutte, le matériel, les pesticides, ainsi que le recrutement de personnel spécialisé pour mettre en œuvre les deuxième et troisième campagnes.

“Chaque jour est un combat pour nourrir nos enfants et les envoyer à l’école”, explique Florentine Hantanirina, qui vit dans un village à proximité de Sakaraha, dans le centre du Madagascar. “Notre principale source de revenus est notre parcelle de 100 m2 et les petits boulots de mon mari. L’invasion a compromis nos moyens d’existence et rendu notre quotidien encore plus difficile. Il faut arrêter cette invasion pour que nous puissions récolter et protéger nos moyens de subsistance”.

Faute de financements supplémentaires, les efforts accomplis durant la première campagne seront réduits à néant et l’invasion se redéployera. Le contexte était semblable en 2010/11 et 2011/12 lorsque les financements n’ont pas été disponibles pour deux campagnes et que l’invasion actuellement en cours s’est développée.

“Une crise alimentaire immédiate a été évitée”, déclare M. Phiri, “mais une crise économique et humanitaire pourrait encore menacer Madagascar si les deux prochaines campagnes ne sont pas lancées en temps utile. Nous pouvons aider – nous avons juste besoin d’un dernier coup de pouce pour arrêter cette calamité et empêcher de futures invasions”.

Selon Roland Ravatomanga, Ministre de l’agriculture et du développement rural de Madagascar, “la première phase a été réussie grâce au soutien des partenaires techniques et financiers mais il reste beaucoup à faire pour la deuxième phase, en 2014 et 2015. J’en appelle solennellement à la communauté internationale au nom du Gouvernement et du peuple de Madagascar pour une aide financière et matérielle. La sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle de Madagascar est en jeu”.

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


 

DESPITE IMPRESSIVE GROWTH ACROSS AFRICA, MORE JOBS NEEDED FOR YOUTH, DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL TELLS REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES

 

NEW YORK, October 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks at the high-level briefing by the African Regional Economic Communities to Member States of the United Nations, in New York today:

 

First of all, I want to welcome all the high-level representatives of the African Regional Economic Communities present here today. I am honoured to speak to you.

 

We meet at a turbulent and, at the same time, [a] dynamic time at the United Nations.

 

This past week has been full of activity — with a strong focus on Africa, ranging from peacekeeping and humanitarian crisis to the serious Ebola epidemic.

 

I am pleased that today’s gathering will discuss development and the long-term future of the continent in the light of the African Union’s visionary “Agenda 2063″.

 

Africa has for long and consistently been a top priority for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the entire United Nations System.

 

We applaud Africa’s remarkable progress. Economic growth is impressive. More African children go to school than ever before. There are great advances on women’s empowerment and gender equality. Participatory governance and institutions are on the rise.

 

All this has been possible thanks to the leadership and commitment of African Governments, the African Union, the Regional Economic Communities and many other partners. The United Nations is one such partner, not least through the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). We always stand with Africa.

 

Regional Economic Communities have shown their unwavering resolve to promote interregional trade, as well as social and economic cooperation. You have also demonstrated an increasing capacity to deal with the root causes of conflict in your respective regions.

 

There are many examples of progress.

 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) helped to consolidate peace in Mali and the Sahel region. The Economic Community of Central African States is playing a mediating role in the ongoing crisis in Central African Republic.

 

I also welcome efforts by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to resolve the situation in South Sudan. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is working with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region to implement the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region.

 

The Secretary-General has convened a number of high-level meetings over the past week relating to Africa. We have seen progress towards some of our common goals. But crises on the continent still threaten lives and undermine development.

 

The Ebola virus disease presents new and very serious challenges in West Africa.

 

I commend the efforts of ECOWAS and the African Union in quickly mobilizing resources and awareness to reduce the impact of Ebola. The United Nations has mobilized to a degree rarely seen.

 

Our Special Envoy and the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) are working hard to stop the outbreak, treat the infected, provide essential services, preserve stability and prevent the spread of the disease.

 

The affected nations and the international community have a joint responsibility to contain and stop the epidemic urgently. The affected countries have a right to expect concrete and immediate acts of solidarity.

 

The humanitarian and security situations in the Central African Republic and South Sudan remain dire. Northern Nigeria and Somalia continue to face rising terrorist threats from Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab. The political situation in Libya is growing more complex and dangerous. Lesotho is facing a risky political stalemate. All these situations have potential spillover effects on subregions and the continent.

 

Let us remember that development is both a cause and consequence of peace.

 

There has been great social and economic progress across Africa. But, as in the rest of the world, its economies have not kept pace with legitimate demands. Above all, we need more jobs, especially for Africa’s young people. Unemployment is not only an economic challenge. It is also a social, psychological and political problem.

 

Trade among African countries remains limited, mainly because they do not have adequate railways, roads and other infrastructure. Many African economies also lack sufficient economic diversification, productivity and well-functioning institutions. As a result, even though African countries have impressive growth, Africa is still off track to meeting many of the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).

 

We are here today to consider how we can do more to reduce poverty and inequalities, improve food and water security, and enable more African mothers and children to live healthy lives. Women’s empowerment is especially important to advancing progress for all. We can unleash enormous energy and gains across Africa if we end discrimination and violence against women and girls — and invest in their future as leaders in all areas of society.

 

Agenda 2063 offers a way forward for Africa with key regional objectives. The Regional Economic Communities can make the difference between failure and success. Agenda 2063 has a global dimension that must be harmonized with international development trends, particularly the post-2015 agenda.

 

I congratulate Africa on the Common African Position on the post-2015 development agenda. As the negotiations continue, we will work to ensure that the continent’s concerns are appropriately reflected in the next global development agenda.

 

The transformative changes envisaged in Agenda 2063 will need to be forged around stronger regional integration. There is tremendous power and potential in intensified regional and interregional cooperation, not least for landlocked countries.

 

Stronger integration will require increased competitiveness in African economies. The process should also be underpinned by major investments in human development, science, technology and infrastructure.

 

All this will to a great deal depend on effective governance, and durable peace and security in all parts of the continent.

 

This meeting provides an opportunity for you as Regional Economic Communities to tell us how you are contributing to Agenda 2063 and how the United Nations can better support your efforts. I also look forward to hearing from our Special Envoys and Special Representatives on how the United Nations System can enhance its cooperation with the Regional Economic Communities and the Member States.

 

Working together, we can demonstrate that the international community accepts its shared responsibility for Africa. Working hand in hand with Africa will also benefit the world at large, advancing common global goals for peace, development, human rights and human dignity.

 

Thank you.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 October 2014

Ebola virus disease – United States of America


 

Ebola virus disease – United States of America

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Disease Outbreak News

1 October 2014

 

On 30 September 2014, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) was informed of the first confirmed imported case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States.

 

The case is an adult with recent travel history to West Africa who developed symptoms compatible with Ebola on 24 September 2014, approximately four days after arriving in the United States on 20 September 2014. The patient did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa. The case sought medical care on 26 September 2014 and was admitted into isolation on 28 September 2014 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

 

Samples were sent for testing to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia and at the Texas state laboratory. Results were positive for Ebola virus.

 

Identification of close contacts for further daily monitoring for 21 days after exposure is under way. Given that the case did not exhibit symptoms of Ebola during the flights from West Africa, contact tracing of people on the same commercial airline flights is not indicated.

 

Future WHO updates on EVD in the United States will not be posted on the Disease Outbreak News. Further information will be available in WHO’s Ebola Situation Reports which provide regular updates on the WHO response: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/situation-reports/en/

 

More information on this case is available at:

•    Texas Department of State Health Services news release: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20140930.aspx

 

•    CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/s930-ebola-confirmed-case.html

 

WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied by countries except in cases where individuals have been confirmed or are suspected of being infected with EVD or where individuals have had contact with cases of EVD. Contacts do not include properly-protected health-care workers and laboratory staff.

 

Temporary recommendations from the Emergency Committee with regard to actions to be taken by countries can be found at IHR Emergency Committee on Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

 

SOURCE 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 October 2014

Guinea’s National Day


 

Guinea’s National Day

 

WASHINGTON, October 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

October 1, 2014

 

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Guinea as you commemorate 56 years of independence on October 2.

The United States shares a long and productive relationship with Guinea and recognizes the progress that the people of Guinea have made promoting democracy and shared economic prosperity. We look forward to continuing our close partnership in the areas of health, women’s rights, agricultural development, good governance, transparency in the mining sector, and regional stability.

On this joyous holiday, I send best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous future.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 October 2014

IMF Staff Concludes 2014 Article IV Mission to Algeria


 

IMF Staff Concludes 2014 Article IV Mission to Algeria

 

ALGIERS, Algeria, October 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, led by Mr. Zeine Zeidane, visited Algeria September 17-October 1, 2014, for the annual Article IV discussions. The consultation will conclude with the preparation of a report that, subject to management approval, could be discussed by the IMF Executive Board in December 2014.

At the end of the visit, Mr. Zeidane issued the following statement:

“Economic activity has picked up in 2014, with real GDP growth projected to reach 4.0 percent following 2.8 percent growth in 2013. The hydrocarbon sector is expected to expand for the first time in eight years, while nonhydrocarbon growth remains supportive—particularly the construction and services sectors. Inflation has decelerated sharply to below 2.0 percent, thanks in part to tighter monetary policy, but bears watching closely given the potential for new inflationary pressures to emerge.

“Algeria is in the enviable position of having built up substantial external and fiscal buffers over the years thanks to its hydrocarbon wealth, but threats to macroeconomic stability are growing. For the first time in nearly 15 years, the current account is expected to record a deficit. Slumping hydrocarbon production, strong domestic hydrocarbon consumption, and lower oil prices are weighing on exports, while imports continue to grow. Reversing these trends will require more investment in the hydrocarbon sector, higher domestic energy prices, a more competitive exchange rate, and a significant increase and diversification of nonhydrocarbon exports.

“The fiscal deficit is expected to widen to over 6 percent due to lower hydrocarbon revenue, a sharp increase in capital expenditure, and continued high current spending. The oil savings fund remains large but is expected to decline for the second consecutive year. Ambitious and sustained fiscal consolidation is necessary to place fiscal policy on a sustainable path and ensure that hydrocarbon wealth is saved for future generations. Fiscal consolidation should entail mobilizing more nonhydrocarbon revenue and containing current spending—particularly wages. The mission reiterated its recommendation that the authorities adopt a fiscal rule to help manage hydrocarbon revenue and impose spending discipline.

“The financial sector is generally healthy but underdeveloped. Reforms are needed to improve access to finance, especially for small- and medium-sized enterprises and households. In addition, listing well-performing public companies would help to develop the stock exchange. The mission welcomed the steps taken by the authorities to begin implementing the recommendations of the 2013 Financial Sector Assessment Program mission.

“Although Algeria has enjoyed macroeconomic stability, faster and more inclusive growth is necessary to provide enough jobs for the country’s youthful population. Meeting this challenge will require a comprehensive set of structural reforms that will allow the private sector to thrive. Reforms are needed to improve the business climate, remove constraints to foreign investment, promote international trade integration, and reduce labor market rigidities.

“The team met with Finance Minister Mohamed Djellab; Industry and Mines Minister Abdessalem Bouchouareb; Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Abdelwahab Nouri; Trade Minister Amara Benyounes; Housing, Urban Development, and Cities Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune; Labor, Employment, and Social Security Minister Mohamed El Ghazi; and the Governor of the Bank of Algeria, Mohammed Laksaci. The mission also held discussions with other senior government and central bank officials as well as with representatives of the economic and financial sectors and civil society.

“The IMF team expresses appreciation for the authorities’ cooperation and candid discussions.”

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 October 2014

Experimental Ebola vaccines: outcome of a WHO expert consultation


 

Experimental Ebola vaccines: outcome of a WHO expert consultation

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Situation assessment

1 October

 

WHO Consultation on Ebola vaccines: beyond phase 1 clinical trials

 

From 29–30 September, WHO organized an expert consultation to assess the status of work to test and eventually license two candidate Ebola vaccines. More than 70 experts, including many from affected and neighbouring countries in West Africa, attended the event.

 

The expertise represented among participants ranged from the virology of emerging infections, to regulatory requirements that must be met, to medical ethics, public health, and infectious diseases. Heads of clinical research and other executives from the pharmaceutical industry also presented their views.

 

Some non-African participants came with more than 3 decades of experience working in Africa on other infectious diseases.

 

Experts on the use of innovative, cutting-edge trial designs also shared their most recent work.

 

The overarching objective was to take stock of the many efforts currently under way to rapidly evaluate Ebola vaccines for safety and efficacy. The next step is to make these vaccines available as soon as possible – and in sufficient quantities – to protect critical frontline workers and to make a difference in the epidemic’s future evolution.

 

All agreed on the ultimate goal: to have a fully tested and licensed product that can be scaled up for use in mass vaccination campaigns.

 

Two promising candidate vaccines

 

Given the public health need for safe and effective Ebola interventions, WHO regards the expedited evaluation of all Ebola vaccines with clinical grade material as a high priority.

 

Two candidate vaccines have clinical-grade vials available for phase 1 pre-licensure clinical trials.

 

One (cAd3-ZEBOV) has been developed by GlaxoSmithKline in collaboration with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It uses a chimpanzee-derived adenovirus vector with an Ebola virus gene inserted.

 

The second (rVSV-ZEBOV) was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada in Winnipeg. The license for commercialization of the Canadian vaccine is held by an American company, the NewLink Genetics company, located in Ames, Iowa. The vaccine uses an attenuated or weakened vesicular stomatitis virus, a pathogen found in livestock; one of its genes has been replaced by an Ebola virus gene.

 

Phase 1 trials

 

WHO and other partners have helped facilitate expedited evaluation of these two vaccines in order to generate phase 1 safety and immunogenicity data for decision-making. A series of coordinated phase 1 trials is currently under way or will soon be initiated with international consortia at more than 10 sites in Africa, Europe and North America.

 

These studies aim to ensure good communication and harmonization of key design elements to allow for merging of data from different trials of the same candidate products.

 

The trials, which are being conducted in healthy human volunteers, are designed to test safety and immunogenicity and select the appropriate dose. Two phase 1 trials of the cAd3-ZEBOV started in September 2014 in USA and UK, and the first Phase 1 trial of VSV-ZEBOV is due to start early in October in USA.

 

The government of Canada has donated 800 vials of rVSV-ZEBOV to WHO. Once data on dosing from phase 1 trials become available, this donation could translate into about 1500 to 2000 doses of vaccine.

 

Both companies are working to augment their manufacturing capacity. The goal is a very significant increase in scale during the first half of 2015.

 

No delays

 

One shared mindset was readily apparent during the two-day discussions. Nothing must be allowed to slow down the goal of making vaccines accessible to people in affected West African countries. The phrase, “Nothing can be allowed to delay this work”, was heard over and over again.

 

The ambition: to accomplish, within a matter of months, work that normally takes from two to four years, without compromising international standards for safety and efficacy.

 

In other words: to give the African people and their health authorities the best product that the world’s scientists, working collectively, have to offer.

 

What the experts considered

 

Against this background, the meeting looked specifically at the objectives and key design elements for moving in an expedited manner to conduct additional clinical trials (phase 2 trial designs) that will generate additional safety data and evidence that the vaccine confers protection.

 

Parallel pathways for emergency use of experimental candidate vaccines with data collection, among frontline health care workers and other critical personnel, were also explored.

 

Apart from the great sense of urgency, the overall spirit of the discussions was characterized by a strong sense of solidarity with the people of West Africa, their governments, and their medical, scientific, and public health communities.

 

Equally strong was the insistence on ensuring that evidence on safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy of the vaccines is collected properly.

 

Multiple challenges

 

Multiple potential challenges and uncertainties were put forward and assessed. Issues ranging from barriers to rapid implementation of R&D, to the design of trials and their use to guide eventual widespread vaccination, were discussed together with proposed ways to overcome them.

 

Some of the practical issues discussed included how to address communities’ perceptions regarding vaccines in general, and vaccine studies more specifically, public expectations for vaccine availability for widespread use, and whether there is an adequate infrastructure in place to rapidly and safely evaluate and distribute vaccines.

 

One important technical challenge is the fact that the candidate vaccines must be stored at a temperature of minus 80o C.

 

Further issues that need to be urgently addressed include identifying staff who can conduct trials meeting international standards, logistical issues (such as cold chain needs for the vaccines), and the resources needed to start the studies quickly.

 

Some of the scientific challenges include how to conduct studies as safely and rapidly as possible to inform decisions about mass production of vaccines and their administration.

 

Key questions

 

Discussions focused on the main questions that studies should help address, which part of the research should be conducted in non-affected areas and which part in affected areas, and how such decisions could either help expedite or delay the availability of robust evidence.

 

One overarching conclusion was that the international community, joining the affected countries as a whole, has a responsibility and a role to play in accelerating the evaluation, licensing, and availability of the candidate vaccines – if proven safe and effective.

 

For all these reasons, the actions emerging from the consultation clearly identify a role for each of the main stakeholders.

 

Randomized controlled trials

 

Regarding the issue of how to accelerate the assessment and licensure of the vaccines, experts reiterated that, if feasible, randomized controlled trials are the design of choice because they provide the most robust data, in the shortest amount of time, to judge whether a vaccine is safe and induces protection.

 

Trials must be expedited, while preserving ethical and safety standards. Efficacy data of high quality must be gathered. Trials need to be carefully designed so that they concomitantly address the most important questions regarding safety, immunogenicity, and efficacy.

 

While individually randomized controlled trials provide the most robust data, alternative designs should be considered when these trials are not judged feasible. These include cluster-randomized and stepped-wedge designs. As long as the amount of vaccine remains limited, units – such as health or treatment facilities – can be randomized. Regardless of the design chosen, trials should move forward as quickly as possible.

 

Alternative study designs

 

Alternative study designs will not delay deployment of vaccine to those who need it. Instead, they will influence the choice of people who receive the vaccine. For some months to come, the critical limiting factor is extremely restricted vaccine supply, and not the need to conduct studies using alternative designs.

 

Descriptions of the so-called “randomized stepped wedge” design attracted lively interest and much discussion. In this design, a “wedge” (like a slice of a pie or a cake) of the study population is selected for step-wise inclusion in the trials.

 

As each “wedge” receives the vaccine, all lessons learned or needed to adjust the study design are then applied to the next group to be included in the study. The selection of study populations can be randomized by units, as described above; the entire study population eventually receives the vaccine if trials demonstrate sufficient efficacy.

 

Such a design makes it possible to roll out vaccinations and evaluate efficacy at the same time. It further has features that meet the explicit objective of fairness.

 

Other designs will be more relevant when large numbers of vaccine doses are available.

 

Involving countries

 

Decisions on study designs and target populations must be made with the active participation of experts from the three hardest-hit countries. Consultations with frontline health workers should be undertaken as a matter of urgency to identify the most feasible approaches to evaluate vaccine efficacy and identify factors influencing acceptability of randomized trials.

 

The experts discussed the importance of making sure that the trials are appropriately designed to inform the use of these vaccines in all populations, including children, pregnant women, and immunocompromised populations, including people who are HIV positive.

 

The group also discussed how best to use the doses of experimental vaccine donated by Canada and additional doses that may be available later this year and in 2015.

 

If vaccine doses are used in the short term, vaccines should be deployed to consenting frontline health workers.

 

The decision to initiate such deployment should be informed by data emerging from the phase 1 studies, and will occur with data collection on the deployment itself.

 

 

Equity is important and therefore vaccine should be made available in an equitable and consensual manner to the affected countries. Maximizing the information gained from the use of these vaccines during this phase is critical.

 

Information sharing

 

A crosscutting issue is the need for data sharing – in real time – among the research, medical, and public health communities, coordinated by WHO. This was considered of paramount importance to inform decisions on future studies and scaling up the production of those experimental vaccines that look most promising.

 

Vaccine development normally takes a long time and is notoriously costly. Even under the best conditions and with the massive efforts of many partners, a significant number of doses will not be available until late in the first quarter of 2015.

 

One important factor for the completion of all the above steps is to secure the funding to ensure the production of the vaccine and to support priority studies. Major international funding partners should promptly pledge or commit the necessary funding so that this critical research is completed without further delay.

 

The African perspective

 

The presence of West African researchers, scientists, clinicians, and health officials vastly enriched the discussions, especially concerning the practical dimensions of trial design.

 

These experts further underscored the importance of communicating with communities and engaging their views, and called for qualitative studies to begin immediately. For example, some cultures are deeply distrustful of “Western” medicine and foreign medical staff in general, and of vaccines in particular.

 

Interventions from the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, clearly stated that international assistance is both greatly needed and fully welcomed.

 

Families and entire villages have been shattered. Some communities are on the verge of hopelessness and helplessness. Many do not comprehend what hit them and why, especially as this is the first time that the Ebola virus and Ebola virus disease have been seen in West Africa.

 

Governments are on board. Clinicians are on board. Researchers and their institutes are on board.

 

Statements made by West Africans reminded all participants of what life is really like in these countries. Children do not play in school yards, play pens, fenced back yards, or terraced gardens. They play in the bush.

 

These realities of daily African life need to be kept in mind when high-risk exposures are considered and defined.

 

Health workers

Participants were further reminded that the definition of “health care workers” in these African countries includes doctors, nurses, and laboratory technicians but also hospital cleaners, ambulance drivers, burial teams, mortuary attendants, and in some instances, traditional healers.

 

As hospitals in many areas are overflowing or closed, the number of treatment beds in all three countries is woefully inadequate, and people frequently do not trust the health care system, more and more patients are being cared for by their loved ones in homes or within the community.

 

These people are also at very high risk of infection and should be considered when priorities for support – in all its forms – are being set. The importance of community engagement cannot be overstated.

 

Operational changes made since the unprecedented resolutions on Ebola virus disease were adopted by an emergency session of the UN Security Council (on 18 September) and by a UN General Assembly high-level session on Ebola (on 25 September) involve a vast ground-swell scaling-up of international support to affected countries. This support includes a much larger number of medical staff working in countries, thanks to generous support from the governments of China, Cuba, and many others.

 

Lessons learned

 

Participants also drew heavily on lessons learned, in the African setting, during trials for candidate malaria, HIV/AIDS, cholera, epidemic meningitis, hepatitis B, and other vaccines.

 

As some experts noted, never again can the international community allow what boils down to “market failure” to create such catastrophic suffering for humanity in any country, in any region of the world.

 

The sense of urgency and need for speed, without compromising the integrity of studies or the quality of their data, are fully justified by the dire situation in affected countries and the risk that other countries may soon experience their first imported cases.

 

The Ebola outbreak currently ravaging parts of West Africa is the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times. Never before in recent history has a biosafety level 4 pathogen infected so many people so quickly, over such a wide geographical area, for so long.

 

 

Key expected milestones

 

October 2014:

Mechanisms for evaluating and sharing data in real time must be prepared and agreed upon and the remainder of the phase 1 trials must be started

 

 

October–November 2014:

Agreed common protocols (including for phase 2 studies) across different sites must be developed

 

 

October–November 2014:

Preparation of sites in affected countries for phase 2 b should start as soon as possible

 

 

November–December 2014:

Initial safety data from phase 1 trials will be available

 

 

January 2015:

GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) grade vaccine doses will be available for phase 2 as soon as possible

 

January–February 2015:

Phase 2 studies to be approved and initiated in affected and non-affected countries (as appropriate)

 

 

As soon as possible after data on efficacy become available:

Planning for large-scale vaccination, including systems for vaccine financing, allocation, and use.

 

SOURCE 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 October 2014

Japan-Egypt Summit Meeting


 

Japan-Egypt Summit Meeting

 

TOKYO, Japan, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On September 23, commencing at 5:00 p.m. (6:00 a.m., on September 24, JST) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, who was on his visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, held a summit meeting with Mr. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. An overview of the meeting is as follows:

 

1. Prime Minister Abe stated to President El-Sisi that amid the condition where the Gaza Strip, Syria and Iraq are in critical situations, the stability and progress of Egypt, a major power of the region, was a key of the entire region and the Government of Japan would more proactively support Egypt’s efforts for formation and progress of a democratic society, and stability of society and economy. Prime Minister Abe added that the Government of Japan would positively consider new yen loans in view of the severe power condition in particular.

 

2. In response to the above, President El-Sisi stated that the relationship between Japan and Egypt had been very good and Egypt appreciated the fact that Japan had strongly supported Egypt when Egypt had had a very difficult time since June 30 last year. President El-Sisi also stated that he expected that assistance from Japan and investment from Japanese enterprises would come back in the fields of development of the Suez Canal and renewable energy.

 

3. Moreover, Prime Minister Abe stated that he would like to promote exchanges and cooperative relations between Japan and Egypt in various fields and levels such as politics, security, economy and culture and requested an early visit to Japan by President El-Sisi. Prime Minister Abe also requested President El-Sisi’s participation in the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Sendai next March. In response to this, President El-Sisi expressed his hope to visit Japan and at the same time requested Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Egypt, particularly, Prime Minister Abe’s participation in the meeting of supporters of Egypt to be held next February.

 

4. In addition to the above, the two leaders exchanged opinions on the international efforts and approaches toward the threat of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and situation in the Middle East such as the situation in Gaza.

 

SOURCE 

Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

3EME REUNION DU COMITE DE PILOTAGE DE LA STRATEGIE INTEGREE DES NATIONS UNIES POUR LE SAHEL

 

DAKAR, Sénégal, 1er octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Sous la présidence de l’Envoyée Spéciale du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies pour le Sahel, Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, le Comité de Pilotage de la Stratégie Intégrée des Nations Unies tiendra sa 3eme réunion, le vendredi 03 octobre 2014 à Dakar.

 

A cette occasion, les membres du comité de Pilotage feront le point sur l’état de la mise en œuvre de la Stratégie Intégrée des Nations Unies pour le Sahel.

 

Où : Hôtel Radison

Quand : Vendredi 03 Octobre 2014 à 9h00

 

Les représentants de la presse sont invités à :

- La couverture photo/vidéo de l’ouverture de la réunion à 9h

- Point presse par l’Envoyée Spéciale pour le Sahel à 13H

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES


Yahsat Offers Satellite Broadband Internet Service “Yahclick” Promotion for 2 Months In Uganda

YahClick offers free modem, free YahClick dish and reduced installation charges via Simbanet and TrulT

KAMPALA, Uganda, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat (http://www.yahsat.ae), the Abu Dhabi based satellite operator, has announced its YahClick satellite broadband internet promotional offer in Uganda for a period of two months. Yahsat is offering a free satellite modem and dish for new YahClick subscribers to selected service plans as part of its commitment to deliver affordable, reliable and high speed internet connectivity in Uganda. The offer is available via the local YahClick service providers Simbanet and TrulT.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/yahsat-1.jpg

Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/141001.png

Running only until stocks last, this promotion offers subscribers significant savings on equipment costs when signing up to selected YahClick Business or Home service plans in Uganda via YahClick Service Partners. As part of the promotion, new YahClick subscribers can get a free satellite modem and dish for Business subscription plans for speeds ranging from 3Mbps or higher or they can enjoy a US $ 450 discount on equipment for 2Mbps or lower plans. Subscribers to Home 3 Mbps plans or higher will only pay the discounted equipment charge of US $ 269 when they subscribe for three months upfront.

David Murphy, Chief Commercial Officer of Yahsat, stated, “YahClick is a game changing technology currently bringing high speed connectivity for businesses and individuals across YahClick’s area of operation, whether they are in the middle of the city, or in the remotest of locations. The YahClick promotion presents significant savings so an even greater number of subscribers can benefit from instant connectivity through reliable satellite broadband internet. Smart businesses are always watching their bottom line, so cost savings are always a welcome message.

“Today, internet connectivity is a must for businesses and households alike. YahClick is a powerful broadband solution that is making state of the art technology available to the average household, not just high end businesses. This promotion is a further demonstration of YahClick’s commitment to making internet connectivity even more affordable to unserved and underserved communities who need it the most,” said Murphy.

YahClick is designed to provide satellite broadband internet to all and is set to open new business opportunities and connectivity to a wide range of industries, NGOs, government, educational organisations, and home users throughout its coverage area by providing reliable, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity to urban, rural and even remote communities.

Simbanet and TrulT offer a selection of YahClick service plans that bundle hardware, software and local support services to meet the speed and data needs of businesses, government organisations, NGOs, and households.

Launched in late 2012, and now operational across 12 markets, YahClick provides satellite broadband internet connectivity to businesses, home users, government entities, and non-governmental organisations, helping bridge the technological gap for unserved and underserved communities.

For more information on the promotions and offers please contact the local service providers or visit: http://www.yahsat.com/yahclick/offers/

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat”.

For more information visit www.Yahsat.ae or www.mubadala.ae

Media contacts

•          Masa Milhem – masa.milhem@hkstrategies.com

•          Tel: +971 (0)4 33 44 930

About Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat

Yahsat (http://www.yahsat.ae) provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services including:

•          YahClick – offers home solutions, business solutions and transportable solutions

•          YahService – offers managed solutions and government capacity

•          YahLink – offers IP trunking solutions, corporate networking capacity and backhauling capacity

•          Yahlive – a joint venture between Yahsat and SES, a leading global satellite operator, offers a selective choice of premium TV channels

Yahsat’s first satellite Y1A was successfully launched in April 2011, and the company’s second satellite Y1B was successfully launched in April 2012. Yahsat has announced plans to launch its third satellite, Al Yah 3, in 2016, extending its commercial Ka-band coverage across Africa and, for the first time, to Brazil.

SOURCE

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat”


Yahsat Offers Satellite Broadband Internet Service “Yahclick” Promotion for 2 Months in Tanzania

YahClick offers free modem, free YahClick dish and reduced installation charges via Infinity and Simbanet

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat (http://www.yahsat.ae), the Abu Dhabi based satellite operator, has announced its YahClick satellite broadband internet promotional offer in Tanzania for a period of two months, or until stocks last.  Yahsat is offering a free satellite modem and dish for new YahClick subscribers to selected service plans as part of its commitment to deliver affordable, reliable and high speed internet connectivity in Tanzania. The offer is available via the local YahClick service providers Infinity and Simbanet.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/yahsat-1.jpg

Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/141001.png

This promotion offers subscribers significant savings on equipment costs when signing up to selected YahClick Business or Home service plans in Tanzania via YahClick Service Partners. As part of the promotion, new YahClick subscribers can get a free satellite modem and dish for Business subscription plans for speeds ranging from 3Mbps or higher or they can enjoy a US $250 discount on equipment for 2Mbps or lower plans. Subscribers to Home 3 Mbps plans or higher will only pay the discounted equipment charge of US $225 when they subscribe for three months upfront.

David Murphy, Chief Commercial Officer of Yahsat, stated, “YahClick is a game changing technology currently bringing high speed connectivity for businesses and individuals across YahClick’s area of operation, whether they are in the middle of the city, or in the remotest of locations. The YahClick promotion presents significant savings so an even greater number of subscribers can benefit from instant connectivity through reliable satellite broadband internet. Smart businesses are always watching their bottom line, so cost savings are always a welcome message.

“Today, internet connectivity is a must for businesses and households alike. YahClick is a powerful broadband solution that is making state of the art technology available to the average household, not just high end businesses. This promotion is a further demonstration of YahClick’s commitment to making internet connectivity even more affordable to unserved and underserved communities who need it the most,” said Murphy.

YahClick is designed to provide satellite broadband internet to all and is set to open new business opportunities and connectivity to a wide range of industries, NGOs, government, educational organisations, and home users throughout its coverage area by providing reliable, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity to urban, rural and even remote communities.

Infinity and Simbanet offer a selection of YahClick service plans that bundle hardware, software and local support services to meet the speed and data needs of businesses, government organisations, NGOs, and households.

Launched in late 2012, and now operational across 12 markets, YahClick provides satellite broadband internet connectivity to businesses, home users, government entities, and non-governmental organisations, helping bridge the technological gap for unserved and underserved communities.

For more information on the promotions and offers please contact the local service providers or visit: http://www.yahsat.com/yahclick/offers/

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat”.

For more information visit www.Yahsat.ae or www.mubadala.ae

Media contacts

•          Masa Milhem – masa.milhem@hkstrategies.com

•          Tel: +971 (0)4 33 44 930

About Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat

Yahsat (http://www.yahsat.ae) provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services including:

•          YahClick – offers home solutions, business solutions and transportable solutions

•          YahService – offers managed solutions and government capacity

•          YahLink – offers IP trunking solutions, corporate networking capacity and backhauling capacity

•          Yahlive – a joint venture between Yahsat and SES, a leading global satellite operator, offers a selective choice of premium TV channels

Yahsat’s first satellite Y1A was successfully launched in April 2011, and the company’s second satellite Y1B was successfully launched in April 2012. Yahsat has announced plans to launch its third satellite, Al Yah 3, in 2016, extending its commercial Ka-band coverage across Africa and, for the first time, to Brazil.

SOURCE

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat”


 

La FAO exhorte l’Europe à soutenir la nutrition et l’agriculture durable / Le Directeur général intervient lors d’une réunion informelle des ministres de l’agriculture de l’UE à Milan

 

ROME, Italie, 1er octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Les gouvernements européens doivent aider à combattre la faim et la malnutrition à l’échelle mondiale, faute de quoi les flux migratoires ne feront qu’augmenter, attisant les conflits, a déclaré le Directeur général de la FAO José Graziano da Silva.

 

“L’insécurité alimentaire et les conflits vont de pair”, a-t-il dit, en faisant remarquer que les phénomènes climatiques extrêmes, les agitations en Afrique et au Proche-Orient, et maintenant l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest franchissent les frontières nationales jusque dans d’autres régions, souvent par les migrations forcées.

 

“Les franchissements illégaux de frontières sont source d’inquiétude en Europe et dans d’autres parties du monde”, a indiqué M. Graziano da Silva aux ministres de l’agriculture de l’Union européenne. “Nous avons le devoir de trouver des solutions tous ensemble. Le développement agricole et rural durable dans les pays d’origine doit en être une”, a-t-il ajouté.

 

Il a invité les ministres de l’UE à considérer la malnutrition comme une question publique requérant des mesures concertées.

 

“La faim est la face la plus déplorable de la malnutrition, mais ce n’est pas sa seule face”, soulignant que 5 pour cent de l’activité économique mondiale est perdue chaque année et que plus de 2 milliards de personnes souffrent de sous-alimentation, de carences en micronutriments ou de faim cachée, qui peuvent se traduire par de l’obésité.

 

Le Directeur général a dit qu’il comptait sur un engagement constructif de la part des ministres de l’UE à la Deuxième Conférence internationale sur la nutrition (CIN2), organisée conjointement par la FAO et l’OMS à Rome du 19 au 21 novembre. L’agriculture est un élément déterminant des efforts visant à améliorer la nutrition, a-t-il déclaré.

 

La CIN2 et Expo Milan 2015 “sont et continueront à être synergiques”, a-t-il ajouté, en se référant à la prochaine Exposition internationale qui sera ciblée sur les questions alimentaires et au cours de laquelle l’ONU présentera sa vision Faim Zéro.

 

La CIN2 permettra de diffuser les thèmes de l’Expo auprès d’un vaste public mondial, et l’Expo les messages de la CIN2, a-t-il dit.

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


 

FAO urges Europe to support nutrition and sustainable farming / Director-General addresses informal meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Milan

 

ROME, Italy, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — European governments must help combat hunger and malnutrition on a global level, as failure to do so will only boost migration flows and stoke conflicts, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

 

“Food insecurity and conflict go hand in hand” he said, noting that extreme climatic events, troubles in Africa and the Near East and now the Ebola outbreak in West Africa tend to spill over national borders and into other regions in a globalized world, often through forced migration.

 

“Illegal border crossings are an issue of concern in Europe and other parts of the world,” Graziano da Silva said at the informal summit of European Union agriculture ministers in Milan. “It is our common responsibility to help build alternatives. Sustainable agricultural and rural development in the countries of origin needs to be one of them,”‘ he added.

 

He urged EU ministers to consider malnutrition a public issue requiring concerted action.

 

“Hunger is the most deplorable face of malnutrition, but it is not its only face,” he said, noting that five percent of global economic activity is lost annually and that more than 2 billion people, suffer from undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies or hidden hunger, which can manifest themselves as obesity.

 

He said he counted on constructive engagement from EU ministers at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) that FAO and the World Health Organization will host in Rome from Nov. 19 through 21. Agriculture is a critical part of efforts to improve malnutrition, he said.

 

ICN2 and Expo Milan 2015 “have been and will continue to be mutually supportive,” he said, referring to the upcoming world’s fair in Italy, which is focused on food issues and at which the United Nations will present its zero hunger vision.

 

ICN2 will promote Expo themes to a wide global audience, while Expo will broadcast ICN2 messages, he said.

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Yahsat Offers Satellite Broadband Internet Service “Yahclick” Promotion for 2 Months in South Sudan

YahClick offers free modem, free YahClick dish and reduced installation charges via Scoop and RCS

JUBA, South Sudan, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat (http://www.yahsat.ae), the Abu Dhabi based satellite operator, has announced its YahClick satellite broadband internet promotional offer in South Sudan for a period of two months.   Yahsat is offering a free satellite modem and dish for new YahClick subscribers to selected service plans as part of its commitment to deliver affordable, reliable and high speed internet connectivity in South Sudan. The offer is available via the local YahClick service providers Scoop and RCS.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/yahsat-1.jpg

Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/141001.png

Running only until stocks last, this promotion offers subscribers significant savings on equipment costs when signing up to selected YahClick Business or Home service plans in South Sudan via YahClick Service Partners. As part of the promotion, new YahClick subscribers can get a free satellite modem and dish for Business subscription plans for speeds ranging from 3Mbps or higher or they can enjoy a US $250 discount on equipment for 2Mbps or lower plans. Subscribers to Home 3 Mbps plans or higher will only pay the discounted equipment charge of US $250 when they subscribe for three months upfront.

David Murphy, Chief Commercial Officer of Yahsat, stated, “YahClick is a game changing technology currently bringing high speed connectivity for businesses and individuals across YahClick’s area of operation, whether they are in the middle of the city, or in the remotest of locations. The YahClick promotion presents significant savings so an even greater number of subscribers can benefit from instant connectivity through reliable satellite broadband internet. Smart businesses are always watching their bottom line, so cost savings are always a welcome message.

“Today, internet connectivity is a must for businesses and households alike. YahClick is a powerful broadband solution that is making state of the art technology available to the average household, not just high end businesses. This promotion is a further demonstration of YahClick’s commitment to making internet connectivity even more affordable to unserved and underserved communities who need it the most,” said Murphy.

YahClick is designed to provide satellite broadband internet to all and is set to open new business opportunities and connectivity to a wide range of industries, NGOs, government, educational organisations, and home users throughout its coverage area by providing reliable, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity to urban, rural and even remote communities.

Scoop and RCS offer a selection of YahClick service plans that bundle hardware, software and local support services to meet the speed and data needs of businesses, government organisations, NGOs, and households.

Launched in late 2012, and now operational across 12 markets, YahClick provides satellite broadband internet connectivity to businesses, home users, government entities, and non-governmental organisations, helping bridge the technological gap for unserved and underserved communities.

For more information on the promotions and offers please contact the local service providers or visit: http://www.yahsat.com/yahclick/offers/

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat”.

For more information visit www.Yahsat.ae or www.mubadala.ae

Media contacts

•          Masa Milhem – masa.milhem@hkstrategies.com

•          Tel: +971 (0)4 33 44 930

About Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat

Yahsat (http://www.yahsat.ae)  provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services including:

•          YahClick – offers home solutions, business solutions and transportable solutions

•          YahService – offers managed solutions and government capacity

•          YahLink – offers IP trunking solutions, corporate networking capacity and backhauling capacity

•          Yahlive – a joint venture between Yahsat and SES, a leading global satellite operator, offers a selective choice of premium TV channels.

Yahsat’s first satellite Y1A was successfully launched in April 2011, and the company’s second satellite Y1B was successfully launched in April 2012. Yahsat has announced plans to launch its third satellite, Al Yah 3, in 2016, extending its commercial Ka-band coverage across Africa and, for the first time, to Brazil.

SOURCE

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat”


 

Les pays en développement devraient recruter leurs étudiants en médecine et en soins infirmiers dans les régions rurales – L’épidémie du virus Ébola en Afrique occidentale est aggravée par la pénurie de personnel de la santé

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 1er octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Près d’un tiers des étudiants en médecine et en soins infirmiers dans les pays en développement n’ont pas l’intention de travailler dans leur propre pays après l’obtention de leurs diplômes, tandis que moins d’un cinquième d’entre eux ont l’intention de travailler dans les zones rurales où ils sont le plus nécessaires, selon une nouvelle étude.

Les pénuries de travailleurs de la santé ont été un facteur majeur de l’épidémie actuelle du virus Ébola en Afrique de l’Ouest. La maladie s’est propagée d’abord rapidement dans les régions rurales de trois pays comptant parmi les plus pauvres du monde (la Guinée, la Sierra Leone et le Libéria), où le nombre de travailleurs de la sénté est très faible.

 

L’étude, qui est publiée dans le Bulletin de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé aujourd’hui, fournit de nouvelles preuves étayant les recommandations de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) relatives au recrutement et à la rétention des travailleurs de la santé dans les zones rurales, y compris l’admission ciblée des étudiants en médecine et en soins infirmiers d’origine rurale.

 

«Des investissements considérables ont été réalisés ces dernières années pour développer la formation du personnel de santé dans les pays à faible revenu et les pays à revenu intermédiaire», a déclaré le principal auteur de l’étude, le Dr David Silvestri du Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital à Boston, aux États-Unis d’Amérique.

 

«Malheureusement, nous n’avons pas accordé suffisamment d’attention au recrutement des étudiants les plus susceptibles de travailler dans les zones rurales, où les besoins en matière de santé sont les plus importants. En conséquence, une proportion importante de ces investissements accrus peut être utilisée pour former des personnes qui n’aspirent qu’à émigrer après leur formation.»

 

De 2011 à 2012, le Dr Silvestri et ses collègues ont interrogé 3199 étudiants de première année et de dernière année de médecine et de soins infirmiers inscrits dans les 16 plus grandes écoles de médecine et de soins infirmiers gérées par le gouvernement dans 8 pays: le Bangladesh, l’Éthiopie, l’Inde, le Kenya, le Malawi, le Népal, la République-Unie de Tanzanie et la Zambie.

 

Cette étude est importante car il s’agit d’une étude plurinationale (où les données ont été recueillies et analysées dans plusieurs pays différents) qui suggère, pour la première fois, qu’il existerait une tendance similaire dans les futurs objectifs de carrière des étudiants en médecine et en soins infirmiers dans les différents pays et dans plusieurs régions.

 

Lorsqu’ils ont été interrogés sur le lieu où ils avaient l’intention de travailler dans les 5 ans suivant l’obtention de leur diplôme, 28% des étudiants interrogés comptaient chercher un emploi à l’étranger, alors que seuls 18% des étudiants prévoyaient de choisir une carrière dans les zones rurales.

 

«Nous avons constaté que les étudiants qui avaient grandi dans les zones rurales étaient les plus susceptibles de vouloir poursuivre une carrière en milieu rural, et qu’ils étaient les moins susceptibles de vouloir partir à l’étranger», a déclaré Silvestri. «Nos données suggèrent que les intentions de carrière des étudiants peuvent être identifiées avant leurs inscriptions, ce qui signifie que les pays pourraient admettre sélectivement les personnes qui seraient les plus susceptibles de travailler dans les zones où les besoins sont grands.»

 

La gravité de la pénurie du personnel de santé dans les pays en développement constitue un obstacle majeur aux progrès de la santé mondiale, et a été identifiée pour la première fois par le Rapport sur la santé dans le monde de 2006: travailler ensemble pour la santé. Les pays d’Afrique subsaharienne ont en moyenne 2 médecins et 11 infirmières ou sages-femmes pour 10 000 personnes, contre 30 médecins et 84 infirmières ou sages-femmes dans les pays à revenu élevé, selon la Banque mondiale.

 

Pour remédier à la pénurie et la mauvaise distribution des travailleurs de la santé dans les pays en développement, l’OMS a créé l’Alliance mondiale pour les personnels de santé en 2006, un partenariat consacré à ces questions. En 2010, l’alliance a publié le Code mondial de pratiques pour le recrutement du personnel de santé de l’OMS, ainsi que des recommandations relatives au recrutement et à la rétention du personnel de santé dans les zones rurales, intitulées Améliorer l’accès au personnel de santé dans les régions éloignées et rurales par l’amélioration de la rétention.

Comprendre la motivation des élèves à travailler dans les zones rurales et renforcer l’orientation rurale des travailleurs de la santé sont deux tâches qui s’inscrivent dans un travail collaboratif permanent entre l’OMS, la Banque mondiale et l’Organisation internationale du Travail.

L’étude arrive à point nommé étant donné que le Code de pratiques mondial de l’OMS doit être examiné pour la première fois par le Conseil exécutif en janvier 2015, et que ses conclusions ont des implications politiques pour les pays qui s’efforcent à mettre en place la couverture universelle des soins de santé, selon James Campbell, Directeur du département des personnels de la santé au siège de l’OMS et le Directeur exécutif de l’Alliance mondiale pour les personnels de santé.

 

La rétention du personnel de santé est essentielle en cas d’urgence – comme nous pouvons l’observer dans l’épidémie actuelle du virus Ébola en Afrique occidentale. Nous devons repenser certaines des politiques visant à attirer la crème de la crème pour former et préparer ces étudiants à travailler là où ils sont le plus nécessaires», a déclaré M. Campbell.

 

«Sans une remise en cause de l’enseignement, du déploiement et de la distribution équitable des travailleurs de la santé, de nombreux systèmes de santé pourraient être menacés de fournir peu voire plus de soins aux populations rurales», a conclu M. Campbell.

 

Contexte:

1. Increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved retention: global policy recommendations. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2010. http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2010/9789241564014_eng.pdf?ua=1

2. World Health Organization Global Code of Practice on the international recruitment of health personnel. In: Sixty-third World Health Assembly, Geneva, May 2010. http://www.who.int/hrh/migration/code/code_en.pdf?ua=1

3. The world health report 2006: working together for health. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2006. http://www.who.int/whr/2006

4. World Bank Data, sub-Saharan Africa. Washington: World Bank; 2012. http://data.worldbank.org/region/SSA

 

SOURCE 

World Health Organization (WHO)


 


Yahsat Offers Satellite Broadband Internet Service “Yahclick” Promotion for 2 Months in Kenya

YahClick offers free modem, free YahClick dish and reduced installation charges via Skynet and SimbaNET

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat (http://www.yahsat.ae), the Abu Dhabi based satellite operator, has announced its YahClick satellite broadband internet promotional offer in Kenya for period of two months. Yahsat is offering a free satellite modem and dish for new YahClick subscribers to selected service plans as part of its commitment to deliver affordable, reliable and high speed internet connectivity in Kenya. The offer is available via the local YahClick service providers Skynet and SimbaNET.

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Running only until stocks last, this promotion offers subscribers significant savings on equipment costs when signing up to selected YahClick Business or Home service plans in Kenya via YahClick Service Partners. As part of the promotion, new YahClick subscribers can get a free satellite modem and dish for Business subscription plans for speeds ranging from 3Mbps or higher or they can enjoy a KSh 21,750 discount on equipment for 2Mbps or lower plans. Subscribers to Home 3 Mbps plans or higher will only pay the discounted equipment charge of KSh 19,575 when they subscribe for three months upfront.

David Murphy, Chief Commercial Officer of Yahsat, stated, “YahClick is a game changing technology currently bringing high speed connectivity for businesses and individuals across YahClick’s area of operation, whether they are in the middle of the city, or in the remotest of locations. The YahClick promotion presents significant savings so an even greater number of subscribers can benefit from instant connectivity through reliable satellite broadband internet. Smart businesses are always watching their bottom line, so cost savings are always a welcome message.

“Today, internet connectivity is a must for businesses and households alike. YahClick is a powerful broadband solution that is making state of the art technology available to the average household, not just high end businesses. This promotion is a further demonstration of YahClick’s commitment to making internet connectivity even more affordable to unserved and underserved communities who need it the most,” said Murphy.

YahClick is designed to provide satellite broadband internet to all and is set to open new business opportunities and connectivity to a wide range of industries, NGOs, government, educational organisations, and home users throughout its coverage area by providing reliable, high-bandwidth Internet connectivity to urban, rural and even remote communities.

Skynet and SimbaNET offer a selection of YahClick service plans that bundle hardware, software and local support services to meet the speed and data needs of businesses, government organisations, NGOs, and households.

Launched in late 2012, and now operational across 12 markets, YahClick provides satellite broadband internet connectivity to businesses, home users, government entities, and non-governmental organisations, helping bridge the technological gap for unserved and underserved communities.

For more information on the promotions and offers please contact the local service providers or visit: http://www.yahsat.com/yahclick/offers/

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat”.

For more information visit www.Yahsat.ae or www.mubadala.ae

Media contacts

•          Masa Milhem – masa.milhem@hkstrategies.com

•          Tel: +971 (0)4 33 44 930

About Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat

Yahsat (http://www.yahsat.ae) provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, government, and communications use across the Middle East, Africa, and Europe in addition to Central and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and wholly owned by Mubadala Development Company, the investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services including:

•          YahClick – offers home solutions, business solutions and transportable solutions

•          YahService – offers managed solutions and government capacity

•          YahLink – offers IP trunking solutions, corporate networking capacity and backhauling capacity

•          Yahlive – a joint venture between Yahsat and SES, a leading global satellite operator, offers a selective choice of premium TV channels

Yahsat’s first satellite Y1A was successfully launched in April 2011, and the company’s second satellite Y1B was successfully launched in April 2012. Yahsat has announced plans to launch its third satellite, Al Yah 3, in 2016, extending its commercial Ka-band coverage across Africa and, for the first time, to Brazil.

SOURCE

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJSC “Yahsat”

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 October 2014

France / Algérie – M. Gourdel


 

France / Algérie – M. Gourdel

 

PARIS, France, 1er octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 1er octobre 2014

 

Q – Confirmez-vous que certains des ravisseurs d’Hervé Gourdel ont été identifiés ? Où en êtes-vous de la recherche du corps ?

 

R – Nous n’avons pas de commentaire à formuler sur les enquêtes judiciaires en cours en France comme en Algérie.

 

Notre coopération avec les autorités algériennes est étroite. Celles-ci poursuivent activement leurs recherches pour retrouver le corps de notre compatriote et arrêter ses assassins. Les auteurs de cet acte ignoble doivent faire face à leurs responsabilités.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 October 2014

France / Algérie – Accident de bus (30 septembre 2014)


 

France / Algérie – Accident de bus (30 septembre 2014)

 

PARIS, France, 1er octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 1er octobre 2014

 

C’est avec une profonde émotion que nous avons appris le bilan tragique de l’accident de bus survenu le 30 septembre dans le sud de l’Algérie.

 

La France exprime ses condoléances aux proches des victimes.

 

Dans ces circonstances douloureuses, elle assure les autorités et le peuple algériens de sa solidarité.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


SkyVision VPN solution chosen by Unity Bank, one of Nigeria’s Largest Retail Financial Institutions to Ensure Seamless Connectivity Between its Branches Nationwide

SkyVision is highly experienced in providing the African banking industry with reliable network solutions

LAGOS, Nigeria, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. (http://www.skyvision.net), a leading global communications provider, today announced its recent partnership with Unity Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading retail financial institutions. SkyVision provided its satellite-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) services via its local Nigerian hub to support Unity Bank’s LAN network, connecting the bank’s headquarters in Lagos to its numerous branch offices nationwide.

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With 236 branch offices throughout Nigeria and additional branches planned for the future, Unity Bank required a robust, reliable and highly secure communications solution. Recognized as a leading connectivity provider in the region, Unity Bank chose SkyVision to install and deploy an optimal solution to meet their needs.

The SkyVision VPN solution connects Unity Bank’s core applications – including peripheral applications – to its headquarters, enabling continuous, seamless business operations in its rural area branches. Fully deployed and managed by SkyVision, SkyVision VPN enabled Unity Bank to connect their LAN sites with no investment in additional infrastructure. The superior technology behind SkyVision VPN offers increased flexibility and enables complete management control.

“As one of the nation’s leading banks and a contributor to Nigeria’s GDP, we needed a viable communications solution we could depend on,” said Zubairu Atiku, Head IT of Unity Bank. “After careful consideration, we chose SkyVision due to their outstanding market reputation, specifically in the finance industry and their ability to deliver exactly what we needed. This included installing and managing a highly-reliable system, coupled with dedicated customer service and technical support, which can’t be compared to previous service providers,” he added.

SkyVision is highly experienced in providing the African banking industry with reliable network solutions suited to their unique requirements across geographic boundaries, particularly in rural areas. SkyVision is proud to have furthered its reach into this market through recent partnerships with prominent financial institutes across Africa – including UnaCoopec, Bank of Africa and others.

“Partnering with Unity Bank is part of our continued commitment to the African financial market and to Nigeria in particular, where we have a strong and active local presence,” comments Dror Limor, SkyVision VP Sales & Marketing. “We are proud to serve Unity Bank as our valued customer and to have provided them with the reliable solution and full support they required and deserve. SkyVision plans to further expand its finance and micro-finance penetration within Nigeria and across Africa.”

For over a decade, SkyVision has focused efforts to becoming the corporate communications ‘solution of choice’ in Nigeria, through its establishment of local hubs, PoPs and local presence to deliver quality communications and a high level of service to customers nationwide.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of SkyVision Global Networks Ltd

For more information, contact:

Iris Tovim

Marketing Communications Director

SkyVision Global Networks

+44 20 8387 1750

irist@skyvision.net

About Unity Bank

One of Nigeria’s leading retail banks, Unity Bank emerged from the largest merger and consolidation in Nigeria’s banking industry, with 236 business offices spread across the country and continuously increasing in number. Unity Bank is Nigeria’s 7th largest bank by business locations. Headquartered in Abuja, Unity Bank is one of the largest employers of labor in Nigeria and a major contributor to its GDP. The Bank and its associate companies employ a staff of over 5,000 nationwide, and of at December 2012, its Shareholders Funds stand at N51.46 billion. For more information, visit the website at: www.unitybankng.com.

About SkyVision

SkyVision is (http://www.skyvision.net) a global communications service provider, offering comprehensive, integrated solutions to meet all corporate, government and telco market requirements. With an emphasis on its customers’ local or regional requirements, SkyVision offers superior network connectivity solutions. Known for its innovative approach, the company offers an extensive suite of both customized solutions and industry-standard services for end-to-end IP connectivity (http://www.skyvision.net/enterprise-solutions), managed from its international gateways and selected local hubs. SkyVision’s global-reaching network connects its customers to the Internet backbone with more than ten satellite platforms and a network of high-capacity fiber optic cables, via its gateways in Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East as well as multiple points of presence (POPs) in Africa. SkyVision currently commands a satellite and fiber network IP connectivity (http://www.skyvision.net/service/fiber-solutions) spanning 100 countries. The company’s C-Band and Ku-Band VSAT network solutions (http://www.skyvision.net/services/lobby2/Internet%20Connectivity) draw on SkyVision’s extensive space segment inventory from leading satellite providers and its capacity is carefully tailored to customers’ individual needs for optimal cost-effectiveness. Visit  http://www.skyvision.net.

SOURCE

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd.


Unity Bank, l’un des principaux établissements financiers du Nigeria, choisit la solution VPN de SkyVision pour garantir une connectivité sans faille entre ses diverses succursales à l’échelle de tout le pays

SkyVision possède une solide expérience dans la fourniture au secteur bancaire africain de solutions de réseau fiables

LAGOS, Nigéria, 1er octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ La société SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. (http://www.skyvision.net), qui fait partie des principaux fournisseurs mondiaux de services de télécommunications, a annoncé aujourd’hui la récente conclusion d’un partenariat avec Unity Bank, l’un des tous premiers établissements financiers de détail du Nigeria. SkyVision a fourni ses services satellitaires de réseau privé virtuel (Virtual Private Network, VPN) via son concentrateur local nigérian, afin de prendre en charge le réseau LAN de Unity Bank, connectant le siège de la banque implanté à Lagos à ses nombreuses agences réparties dans l’ensemble du pays.

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Fort de 236 agences implantées à travers tout le Nigeria et de plusieurs projets de succursales supplémentaires pour l’avenir, le groupe Unity Bank avait besoin d’une solution de communications qui soit tout à la fois robuste, fiable et hautement sécurisée. Reconnue comme l’un des principaux fournisseurs de connectivité de la région, la société SkyVision a été choisie par Unity Bank pour installer et déployer une solution optimale qui puisse répondre aux besoins particuliers de l’établissement bancaire.

La solution VPN de SkyVision connecte les applications de base de Unity Bank – notamment les applications périphériques – au siège du groupe financier et permet ainsi aux succursales implantées dans des zones rurales de poursuivre leurs activités commerciales de manière continue et fluide. Entièrement déployée et gérée par SkyVision, la solution VPN de SkyVision a permis au groupe Unity Bank de connecter ses sites LAN sans devoir investir dans des infrastructures supplémentaires. La technologie supérieure sous-tendant la solution VPN de SkyVision accroît la flexibilité et permet un contrôle complet de la gestion.

« En tant que l’une des principales banques du pays et étant donné notre contribution au PIB du Nigeria, nous avions besoin d’une solution de communications qui soit fiable et sur laquelle nous puissions compter », indique Zubairu Atiku, responsable du service Technologies de l’information de Unity Bank. « Après avoir examiné attentivement les différentes offres soumises, nous avons retenu SkyVision pour l’exceptionnelle réputation dont cette société jouit sur le marché, notamment dans le secteur financier, et pour sa capacité à fournir exactement ce dont nous avions besoin. Il s’agissait notamment d’installer et de gérer un système extrêmement fiable couplé à un service client et à une assistance technique dédiés, d’une envergure qui ne peut pas être comparée à celle offerte par les fournisseurs de services antérieurs », ajoute-t-il.

SkyVision possède une solide expérience dans la fourniture au secteur bancaire africain de solutions de réseau fiables, répondant aux exigences particulières que les frontières géographiques posent à ce secteur, notamment dans les zones rurales. Le groupe SkyVision est fier d’avoir poursuivi son extension sur ce marché en concluant récemment des partenariats avec d’importants établissements financiers opérant en Afrique, tels que UnaCoopec, Bank of Africa et d’autres encore.

« La conclusion du partenariat avec Unity Bank s’inscrit dans notre engagement continu envers le marché financier africain, et plus particulièrement du Nigeria, où nous disposons d’une présence locale tout à la fois forte et active », commente Dror Limor, vice-président de SkyVision responsable des Ventes et du Marketing. « Nous sommes fiers d’offrir nos services au groupe Unity Bank, un client auquel nous sommes particulièrement attachés, et de lui avoir fourni une solution fiable ainsi que toute l’assistance dont il avait besoin et qu’il mérite. SkyVision envisage de poursuivre sa pénétration du secteur de la finance et de la microfinance au Nigeria de même que dans l’ensemble de l’Afrique. »

Depuis plus de 10 ans, SkyVision concentre ses efforts en vue de devenir la ‘solution de tout premier choix’ dans le domaine des communications d’entreprise au Nigeria. Le groupe a ainsi mis en place des concentrateurs locaux ainsi que de nombreux points de présence afin de renforcer sa présence locale et de fournir des communications de qualité et un niveau de service élevé à des clients implantés dans tout le pays.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour SkyVision Global Networks Ltd.

For more information, contact:

Iris Tovim

Marketing Communications Director

SkyVision Global Networks

+44 20 8387 1750

irist@skyvision.net

À propos de Unity Bank

Comptant au nombre des principales banques de détail du Nigeria, le groupe Unity Bank est né au terme du plus important mouvement de fusion et de consolidation qu’ait connu le secteur bancaire nigérian. Le groupe dispose de 236 bureaux d’affaires répartis dans l’ensemble du pays et dont le nombre ne cesse de croître. Unity Bank est la 7e banque du Nigeria en termes d’implantations commerciales. Unity Bank, dont le siège est implanté à Abuja, est également l’un des plus grands employeurs du Nigeria et l’un des principaux groupes contribuant au PIB du pays. La banque et ses sociétés associées emploient ainsi plus de 5 000 personnes à l’échelle nationale et le montant de ses capitaux propres s’élevait à 51,46 milliards de nairas au mois de décembre 2012. Pour toute information complémentaire, veuillez consulter le site Internet à l’adresse suivante : www.unitybankng.com.

À propos de SkyVision

SkyVision (http://www.skyvision.net) est un fournisseur mondial de services de télécommunications, qui propose des solutions complètes et intégrées pour répondre aux besoins des entreprises, des administrations publiques et des marchés de télécommunications. En mettant l’accent sur les besoins locaux ou régionaux spécifiques à ses clients, SkyVision offre des solutions de connectivité de réseau d’un niveau supérieur. Connue pour son approche innovante, la société propose un vaste ensemble de solutions personnalisées et de services répondant aux normes du secteur pour une connectivité IP de bout en bout (http://www.skyvision.net/enterprise-solutions), gérée depuis ses passerelles internationales et certains de ses concentrateurs locaux.

SkyVision possède un réseau de portée mondiale permettant à ses clients de se connecter à la dorsale Internet grâce à plus de dix plates-formes satellites et à un réseau de câbles en fibre optique de grande capacité, via ses passerelles en Afrique, en Europe, en Amérique du Nord et au Moyen-Orient, ainsi que ses multiples points de présence (POP) en Afrique. SkyVision gère actuellement un réseau satellite ainsi qu’un réseau de connectivité IP par fibre (http://www.skyvision.net/service/fiber-solutions ) couvrant 100 pays. Les solutions de réseau VSAT (http://www.skyvision.net/services/lobby2/Internet%20Connectivity ) sur bandes Ku et C tirent profit de l’important catalogue de produits de SkyVision dans le domaine spatial à partir des plus grands fournisseurs satellites, et leur capacité est adaptée avec précision aux besoins spécifiques des clients pour une rentabilité optimale. Consultez notre site à l’adresse http://www.skyvision.net.

SOURCE

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd.

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 October 2014

Mali: Armed groups learn about international humanitarian law

 

Mali: Armed groups learn about international humanitarian law

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Members of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and of the High Council for the Unity of Azawad (HCUA) are attending a course on international humanitarian law which is being given by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Kidal today.

 

“This is one session in a series that began a few weeks ago. So far, we’ve raised awareness of international humanitarian law among more than 200 fighters of the MNLA, the HCUA and the Arab Movement of Azawad in Ménaka, Ber and Kidal,” said Christoph Luedi, head of the ICRC delegation in Mali. “The long-term goal is to make these armed groups aware of their responsibilities in terms of respect for international humanitarian law, and to help them to better understand the rules of behaviour applicable in conflict situations.”

 

The participants are made aware in particular of issues relating to the protection of civilians and people no longer taking part in hostilities, the treatment of people who have been captured, and respect for humanitarian principles. International humanitarian law is a set of rules designed to limit the effects of armed conflict. It protects people who are not or are no longer taking part in hostilities and restricts the means and methods of warfare.

 

“It’s because of the good relations we have had for many years with the leadership of these various armed groups that we are able to give this course,” said Mr Luedi. “In accordance with its mandate, the ICRC has dialogue with all parties to the conflict and provides them with the support they need in the area of international humanitarian law.”

 

The ICRC, in its capacity as a neutral and impartial humanitarian organization, has contacts with everyone involved in the conflict in Mali. For several years it has helped all armed forces achieve a better understanding of and show greater respect for international humanitarian law.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 October 2014

Mali : formation de groupes armés au droit international humanitaire

 

Mali : formation de groupes armés au droit international humanitaire

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 1er octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Des membres du Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA) et du Haut Conseil pour l’unité de l’Azawad (HCUA) participent à une formation au droit international humanitaire (DIH), organisée par le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), le 1er octobre 2014, à Kidal.

 

« Cette formation s’inscrit dans le cadre d’une série de formations entamées il y a quelques semaines, et qui nous ont permis à ce jour de sensibiliser au DIH plus de 200 combattants du Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA), du Mouvement arabe de l’Azawad (MAA) et du Haut Conseil pour l’unité de l’Azawad (HCUA), notamment à Ménaka, Ber et Kidal », explique Christoph Luedi, chef de la délégation du CICR au Mali. « Il s’agit à terme de rendre ces groupes armés conscients de leurs responsabilités en matière de respect du DIH et de leur faire mieux connaître les règles de comportement applicables dans les situations de conflit.»

 

Les participants sont sensibilisés notamment à la protection des populations civiles et des personnes hors de combat, au traitement des personnes capturées et au respect des principes humanitaires. Le droit international humanitaire est un ensemble de règles qui visent à limiter les effets des conflits armés. Il protège les personnes qui ne participent pas ou plus aux combats et restreint les moyens et méthodes de guerre.

 

« Cette formation est possible grâce à la qualité des relations que nous entretenons avec les responsables de ces différents groupes armés depuis plusieurs années », indique M. Luedi. « Conformément à son mandat, le CICR dialogue avec toutes les parties au conflit et leur apporte le soutien nécessaire dans le domaine du DIH ».

 

En sa qualité d’organisation humanitaire neutre et impartiale, le CICR est en contact avec tous les acteurs du conflit au Mali. À ce titre, l’institution s’est engagée depuis plusieurs années aux côtés de toutes les forces armées, afin de les aider à mieux comprendre et respecter le DIH.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 October 2014

UN Human Rights Committee to review Burundi’s rights record


 

UN Human Rights Committee to review Burundi’s rights record

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Burundi’s human rights record will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee for the second time on Wednesday 8 October and Thursday 9 October in meetings in Geneva that will be webcast live.

 

As a State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Burundi is required to undergo regular review by the Committee of 18 international independent experts on how it is implementing the ICCPR.

Burundi, which is one of the 168 states parties to the ICCPR, has submitted a report on implementation of its human rights obligations to the Committee and a number of non-governmental organisations have also sent reports for the Committee’s consideration. The Committee will engage in a dialogue with the delegation from Burundi on questions relating to the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.

 

Time and date: 15:00-18:00 on 8 October; 10:00-13:00 on 9 October.

Venue: Palais Wilson, Geneva. Live webcasts of the public sessions can be viewed at http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

 

A news conference is scheduled for Thursday 30 October at 13.30 at Palais des Nations in Geneva to discuss the Committee’s concluding observations on Burundi and the other countries being reviewed – Sri Lanka, Haiti, Malta, Montenegro, and Israel.

 

The country reports and full list of issues can be found here:

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=811&Lang=en

 

The concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee will be made available on Thursday 30 October at:

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=811&Lang=en

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


 

AU-UN Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator’s message on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha and the Haj

 

EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On behalf of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur, I wish the people and the Government of Sudan a peaceful and joyous Eid Al-Adha and Haj Mabroor to the lucky ones.

 

As we commemorate this occasion, we should all remember the message of peace and sacrifice that this occasion symbolises and draw lessons from the story of Ibrahim and his son (Peace Be Upon Them).

 

The road to achieving peace is fraught with hurdles, hardships, tests and sacrifice. It is only when we have the will and the resolve that we are able to achieve this condition, to which we all aspire; and which holds so many benefits for all.

 

The ritual of Haj in its essence is a quest for peace and redemption. Redemption from worldly desires and a renewal of our commitment to Almighty to be fair and compassionate in our relationships with each other. It is also a unique lesson in the value of unity as you see millions congregating in the holy sites to know each other, trade and develop peaceful relationships.

 

While celebrating this year’s Eid, fresh hopes are looming in the horizon. The prospects of an inclusive national dialogue and the recent discussions with armed movements in Addis Ababa breathe fresh air in the quest for peace in Darfur, and indeed all of Sudan. The progress of Darfuri internal dialogue is yet another positive step in the direction of peace stability and development of Darfur. We hope that all these efforts shall converge to achieve strides in the search for sustainable peace, democracy and development for this historic country and its good people.

 

On this day, we also remember our courageous peacekeepers, the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the people of Darfur.

 

May the goodwill of this most holy occasion inspire us all to intensify our search for an all-inclusive, just and durable peace in Darfur and, indeed, all of Sudan.

 

Eid Mubarak to all and Haj Mabroor to those who are participating this year!

Mohamed Ibn Chambas

UNAMID Joint Special Representative / Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)

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