Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 September 2014

FCO Press Release: Minister for Africa expresses concern on Lesotho developments


 

FCO Press Release: Minister for Africa expresses concern on Lesotho developments

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, September 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — James Duddridge urges parties to work together through constitutional means to peacefully resolve situation in Lesotho.

 

Commenting on the latest developments, the Minister for Africa, James Duddridge MP said:

 

“The UK is deeply concerned by the current political situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho. I welcome the Southern African Development Community’s ongoing engagement and hope all parties will now work together to implement the Windhoek agreements and ensure all disputes are settled in a peaceful manner, and in line with Lesotho’s Constitution and principles of the rule of law. The UK continues to support a peaceful and democratic Lesotho. We look forward to Prime Minister Thabane, as the democratically elected leader of the country, returning to Lesotho at the earliest opportunity.”

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Ebola – Les moyens internationaux de réponse aux catastrophes biologiques doivent être mobilisés en urgence

 

PARIS, France, 2 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ MSF dénonce l’inaction de la communauté internationale face à l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’ouest. Les Etats disposant de ressources et de moyens spécialisés doivent les déployer le plus rapidement possible dans les pays affectés. Lors d’une séance exceptionnelle organisée aux Nations Unies, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) a dénoncé aujourd’hui l’inaction de la communauté internationale face à la pire épidémie d’Ebola de l’histoire. MSF a également appelé les pays disposant de capacités de réponse à une catastrophe d’origine biologique, et notamment de ressources médicales civiles et militaires, à les envoyer en Afrique de l’ouest. La possibilité de limiter la propagation du virus dépend du déploiement massif de ces ressources médicales spécialisées dans les pays touchés.

 

Dans un discours prononcé devant les Etats membres de l’ONU, la présidente internationale de MSF, Dr. Joanne Liu, a dénoncé le manque de ressources internationales, ce qui de fait laisse les ministères de la Santé et les ONG seuls face à une épidémie d’une ampleur sans précédent. Les équipes MSF interviennent en réponse à l’épidémie en Afrique de l’ouest depuis le mois de mars. Malgré leurs appels à une mobilisation d’envergure sur le terrain, la réponse internationale demeure inadéquate et insuffisante.

 

« Six mois après son début, le monde est en train de perdre la bataille contre la pire épidémie d’Ebola de l’histoire, explique le Dr Liu. Les dirigeants mondiaux n’arrivent pas à faire face à cette menace transnationale. Le 8 août, l’OMS a déclaré que cette épidémie représente une ‘urgence de santé publique de portée mondiale’, mais ceci n’a pas donné lieu à une réponse significative. De fait, les Etats ont rallié une sorte de coalition mondiale de l’inaction ».

 

De nombreux pays disposent de mécanismes de réponse face à un risque biologique, et notamment d’équipes médicales civiles ou militaires qu’il serait possible de déployer en quelques jours, de manière organisée, et avec une chaîne de commandement capable d’assurer des normes élevées de sécurité et d’efficacité.

 

« Les promesses de financements et le déploiement de quelques experts ne peuvent pas suffire, poursuit le Dr Liu. Les gouvernements qui ont les moyens de faire face à cette situation ont la responsabilité à la fois politique et humanitaire d’offrir une réponse concrète à cette catastrophe.

Au lieu de limiter leur réponse à la gestion de l’éventuelle arrivée d’un malade dans leur pays, ces pays devraient saisir l’occasion d’intervenir là où c’est nécessaire : en Afrique de l’ouest ».

 

Dans l’immédiat, le nombre et la capacité des centres de traitement disposant de services d’isolement doivent augmenter, du personnel qualifié doit être déployé, davantage de laboratoires mobiles doivent être installés pour améliorer les possibilités de diagnostic, des ponts aériens doivent être établis pour transporter du personnel et du matériel vers l’Afrique de l’Ouest et dans la région, et un réseau régional de centres de traitement doit être créé pour soigner les cas suspects ou confirmés parmi le personnel médical.

 

A Monrovia, capitale du Libéria, par exemple, il faut davantage de centres de prise en charge d’Ebola, disposant de structures d’isolement adéquates et de personnel qualifié. La file d’attente des patients continue d’augmenter devant le centre ELWA 3, géré par MSF, qui continue pourtant d’augmenter sa capacité et dispose maintenant de 160 lits. On estime que 800 lits supplémentaires seraient nécessaires dans le seul Monrovia. Les équipes MSF sont débordées et ne peuvent plus offrir que des soins palliatifs.

 

« Chaque jour, nous devons refuser des malades parce que notre centre est plein, décrit Stefan Liljegren, coordinateur MSF à ELWA 3. J’ai dû dire aux ambulanciers de m’appeler avant de transporter les patients, quel que soit leur état de santé, car souvent nous ne pouvons pas les accueillir ».

 

L’augmentation du nombre de structures d’isolement sécurisée permettrait de transférer et admettre les patients plus tôt, en réduisant de façon significative la mortalité. Des capacités d’isolement accrues pourraient également soulager les systèmes de santé des pays concernés, qui dans certains cas sont sur le point de s’effondrer. Au moins 150 membres du personnel soignant sont morts du virus Ebola, tandis que d’autres ont trop peur de retourner au travail. En Sierra Leone les cadavres, hautement infectieux, pourrissent dans les rues. Les gens continuent de tomber malades et de mourir dans leurs villages et dans leurs communautés.

 

Des centres de triage doivent également être mis en place, les dispositifs de gestion des cadavres doivent être développés, des articles d’hygiène doivent être distribués à large échelle, et les capacités de surveillance active doivent être augmentées. Il est nécessaire de mettre en place des campagnes de désinfection ainsi que de promotion de la santé et de l’hygiène au sein des populations et dans les structures de soins.

 

« L’horloge tourne et le virus Ebola est en train de gagner, conclut le Dr Liu. Le temps des réunions et de la planification est fini. Il est maintenant temps d’agir. Chaque jour d’inaction entraîne plus de décès et le lent effondrement des pays touchés ».

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


 


 

Global bio-disaster response urgently needed in Ebola fight / MSF Denounces International Inaction in Ebola-stricken African Countries; UK Government Must Deploy Specialised Medical Assets Now

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, September 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — World leaders are failing to address the worst ever Ebola epidemic, and states with biological-disaster response capacity, including civilian and military medical capability, must immediately dispatch assets and personnel to West Africa, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced today. The further spread of the virus will not be prevented without a massive deployment of such specialised medical units to bolster epidemic control efforts in affected countries, said MSF.

 

Countries like the United Kingdom, with civil and military assets with expertise in bio-hazard management, have the responsibility to respond to this crisis. “After six months, the Ebola epidemic is completely out of control and it’s crucial that countries like the UK mobilise their resources to see an end to it. The affected countries cannot handle this alone,” says Vickie Hawkins, Executive Director of MSF UK. “The UK government has robust civil and military response capacities at its disposal, and in these exceptional circumstances, should be using them to directly facilitate humanitarian operations including the transport of personnel and supplies to and within West Africa.”

 

In a speech delivered to UN member states, MSF International President Dr. Joanne Liu denounced the lack of deployment of resources, which has to-date relied on overstretched ministries of health and private nongovernmental organisations, to tackle the exceptionally large outbreak. Despite repeated calls by MSF for a massive mobilisation on the ground, the international response has been lethally inadequate.

 

MSF medical teams have been battling the outbreak in West Africa since March. Nongovernmental groups and the United Nations cannot alone implement the WHO Global Roadmap to fight the ever growing and unpredictable outbreak. Transmission rates have reached levels never before reported in past Ebola outbreaks.

 

“Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it,” said Dr. Liu. “Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat. The WHO announcement on August 8 that the epidemic constituted a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ has not led to decisive action, and states have essentially joined a global coalition of inaction,” she said.

 

Many countries possess biological threat response mechanisms. They can deploy trained civilian or military medical teams in a matter of days, in an organised fashion, and with a chain of command to assure high standards of safety and efficiency to support the affected countries. MSF insists, however, that any military assets and personnel deployed to the region should not be used for quarantine, containment, or crowd control measures. Forced quarantines have only bred fear and unrest, rather than stem the virus.

 

“Funding announcements and the deployment of a few experts do not suffice,” said Dr. Liu. “States with the required capacity have a political and humanitarian responsibility to come forward and offer a desperately needed, concrete response to the disaster unfolding in front of the world’s eyes,” said Dr. Liu. “Rather than limit their response to the potential arrival of an infected patient in their countries, they should take the unique opportunity to actually save lives where immediately needed, in West Africa.”

 

In the immediate term, field hospitals with isolation wards must be scaled up, trained personnel must be dispatched, mobile laboratories must be deployed to improve diagnostics, air bridges must be established to move personnel and material to and within West Africa, and a regional network of field hospitals must be established to treat medical personnel with suspected or actual infections.

 

In Monrovia, Liberia, for example, new Ebola management centres with adequate isolation facilities and qualified staff are urgently needed. The queue of patients continues to increase in front of MSF’s ever growing ELWA 3 centre, which now contains 160 beds. It is estimated that 800 additional beds are needed in Monrovia alone. The MSF team is overwhelmed and cannot offer more than palliative care.

 

“Every day we have to turn sick people away because we are too full”, said Stefan Liljegren, the MSF coordinator at ELWA 3. “I have had to tell ambulance drivers to call me before they arrive with patients, no matter how unwell they are, since we are often unable to admit them.”

 

MSF’s care centres in Liberia and Sierra Leone are overcrowded with suspected Ebola patients. People continue to become ill and are dying in their villages and communities. In Sierra Leone, highly infectious bodies are rotting in the streets.

 

A multiplication of high quality isolation facilities would allow for earlier referral and admission, leading to a significant impact on mortality. MSF teams have been able to save more lives when people infected with Ebola seek treatment as early as possible. Increased isolation capacity will also relieve the affected countries’ health systems, some of which are on the verge of collapse. At least 150 health workers have died from Ebola; others are too afraid to go back to work.

 

Additionally, triage centres must be set up, systems for management of corpses must be increased, and hygiene items must be distributed at a mass scale, along with an increase of active surveillance capacities. Disinfection campaigns are needed, as well as health and hygiene promotion among the populations and within health facilities.

 

“The clock is ticking and Ebola is winning,” said Dr. Liu. “The time for meetings and planning is over. It is now time to act. Every day of inaction means more deaths and the slow collapse of societies.”

 

MSF began its Ebola intervention in West Africa in March 2014 and is now operating in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. The organisation runs five Ebola case management centres with a total capacity of 480 beds. Since March, MSF has admitted 2,077 people, of whom 1,038 tested positive for Ebola and 241 have recovered. MSF has deployed 156 international staff to the region and employs 1,700 nationally hired personnel.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


 

Virological analysis: no link between Ebola outbreaks in West Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Situation assessment – 2 September 2014

Results from virus sequencing of samples from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were received last night. The virus is the Zaire strain, in a lineage most closely related to a virus from the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, DRC.

The Zaire strain of the virus is indigenous in the country. Ebola first emerged in 1976 in almost simultaneous outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) and South Sudan (then Sudan).

Confirmatory testing was done at Gabon’s Centre International de Recherches Médicales in Franceville, a WHO collaborating centre. Earlier, testing in DRC confirmed Ebola in 6 of 8 samples.

The outbreak is located in the remote Boende district, Equateur province in the north-western part of the country.

Results from virus characterization, together with findings from the epidemiological investigation, are definitive: the outbreak in DRC is a distinct and independent event, with no relationship to the outbreak in west Africa.

As the Gabon laboratory report clearly stated, “the virus in the Boende district is definitely not derived from the virus strain currently circulating in west Africa.”

These findings are reassuring, as they exclude the possibility that the virus has spread from West to Central Africa.

Epidemiological investigation has linked the index case, who died on 11 August, to the preparation of bushmeat for consumption.

This is the country’s seventh Ebola outbreak since 1976. The introduction of the virus into the human population following contact with infected bushmeat (usually fruit bats or monkeys) is consistent with the pattern seen at the start of previous outbreaks. The virus is now spreading from person to person.

The response team has, to date, identified 53 cases consistent with the case definition for Ebola virus disease, including 31 deaths. Seven of these deaths were among health care workers. More than 160 contacts are being traced.

The government has rapidly mounted a robust response by reactivating emergency committees at national, provincial, and local levels, setting up isolation centres, and providing community leaders with facts about the disease. The government will ensure that all burials are safe.

The WHO team confirmed that collaboration between the government and its key partners is excellent.

The outbreak zone, where the most intense transmission is occurring, is remote, located some 1200 kilometres from the capital city, Kinshasa. No paved roads run from the outbreak zone to Kinshasa. However, cases have been detected or transmission is ongoing at three sites, underscoring the need to watch the outbreak’s evolution closely.

Motorcycles, canoes, and satellite phones have been supplied to facilitate outbreak investigation and contact tracing. A dedicated helicopter will be made available soon.

 

SOURCE 

World Health Organization (WHO)


 

La solution Gemalto de connectivité M2M permet d’approvisionner en énergie verte les collectivités isolées sans électricité

 

Gemalto transforme la vie de millions d’habitants des zones rurales d’Afrique

 

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 2 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) (http://www.gemalto.com), leader mondial de la sécurité numérique, équipe SOLARKIOSK, unité compacte alimentée à l’énergie solaire et pouvant être transportée sur un véhicule, d’une solution de connectivité M2M (machine-to-machine). Le toit de la cabine du véhicule est doté de panneaux photovoltaïques destinés à générer de l’énergie durable dans les zones dépourvues des infrastructures et des câblages traditionnels d’alimentation électrique. Les modules Cinterion® de Gemalto fournissent une connectivité M2M stable, alimentant un routeur mobile mis à disposition par INSYS icom (http://www.insys-tec.de/eng/index.html), qui permet de surveiller l’état des panneaux photovoltaïques de SOLARKIOSK et d’en suivre la production et la consommation d’énergie par le biais d’une interface Web.

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Rapides et faciles à déployer, les panneaux SOLARKIOSK permettent le raccordement simple d’appareils, de dispositifs et d’une vaste gamme de systèmes. Chaque kiosque génère suffisamment d’électricité pour alimenter un routeur cellulaire et recharger 220 téléphones portables par jour, dont 80 au maximum peuvent être chargés simultanément. La solution M2M fournie par Gemalto et INSYS icom surveille et gère les panneaux solaires 24 h/24 et 7 j/7, suit la production et la consommation d’énergie, permet un approvisionnement fiable en électricité pour les utilisateurs finaux et signale automatiquement les éventuels problèmes techniques.

 

Les unités SOLARKIOSK produisent de l’électricité durable pour toute une gamme de services, notamment l’entreposage réfrigéré de médicaments et de produits de consommation. En permettant aux communautés reculées de bénéficier de tels avantages, ces unités sont en mesure de transformer la vie de millions d’habitants vivant dans les zones rurales des pays en voie de développement. Des projets sont déjà en cours en Éthiopie, au Botswana et au Kenya, permettant l’approvisionnement en énergie et l’accès à l’information, notamment dans le secteur éducatif, favorisant l’établissement d’une plateforme sociale pour les communautés locales.

 

« L’un des principaux défis auxquels la communication M2M est confrontée est le maintien d’un fonctionnement correct en conditions extrêmes, telles que la chaleur intense des déserts africains ou l’extraordinaire humidité de la forêt tropicale sud-américaine », explique Michael Gartz, directeur des ventes et du marketing auprès d’INSYS icom. « Les technologies résistantes d’INSYS icom et de Gemalto sont spécifiquement destinées aux zones qui ne sont pas reliées au réseau électrique, telles que les zones rurales ou reculées des pays en voie de développement ou les régions frappées par des catastrophes. D’après les estimations, 1,5 milliard de personnes, dont 600 millions rien qu’en Afrique, vivent dans de telles régions. SOLARKIOSK est à leurs côtés pour leur apporter ses services. »

 

« Dans de nombreuses régions du monde, la mise en œuvre d’infrastructures électriques traditionnelles est difficile et leur entretien devient rapidement coûteux », explique Thomas Steffen, responsable régional M2M auprès de Gemalto. « Avec SOLARKIOSK, nous souhaitons jouer un rôle social en affrontant les défis que soulève le concept de la machine au bénéfice de l’être humain, et ce, quelles que soient les contraintes géographiques. »

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Gemalto.

 

 

Contacts médias auprès de Gemalto :

 

Kristel Teyras

Directeur du marketing et de la communication pour le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique

Gemalto

+33 1 55 01 57 89 

kristel.teyras@gemalto.com

 

Veuillez contacter le service de relations avec les médias de la succursale Gemalto de votre région : http://www.gemalto.com/press/index.html

           
 

À propos de Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) (http://www.gemalto.com) est le premier fournisseur mondial de solutions de sécurité numérique (http://www.gemalto.com/companyinfo/digital_security.html). En 2013, les revenus annuels de l’entreprise se sont élevés à 2,4 milliards d’euros. Présente dans 44 pays, Gemalto compte plus de 12 000 employés répartis à travers 85 bureaux et 25 centres de recherche et de développement informatique.

 

Nous sommes au cœur d’une société numérique qui évolue rapidement. Dans le monde entier, des milliards de personnes souhaitent de plus en plus communiquer, voyager, acheter, bénéficier de services bancaires, se divertir et travailler en toute liberté, quand et où ils le souhaitent, de manière agréable et sécurisée. Gemalto répond à ces nouveaux besoins, qu’il s’agisse de services mobiles, de paiements sécurisés, de l’accès authentifié aux clouds, de la protection de l’identité et des données personnelles, de l’efficacité des services de soins de santé et de l’administration en ligne ou encore des applications pratiques de billetterie en ligne ou des applications fiables M2M (machine-to-machine). Nous développons des logiciels intégrés et des produits sécurisés, que nous concevons et que nous personnalisons. Nos plateformes et services gèrent ces produits, les données confidentielles qu’ils contiennent ainsi que les services fiables aux utilisateurs finaux rendus possibles.

Nos innovations permettent à nos clients d’offrir des services numériques fiables et pratiques à des milliards d’êtres humains. Gemalto grandit au fur et à mesure qu’augmente le nombre d’utilisateurs faisant appel à ses solutions pour interagir avec le monde numérique et sans fil.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez accéder aux sites http://www.gemalto.com, http://www.justaskgemalto.com et http://blog.gemalto.com, ou nous suivre sur Twitter @gemalto.

 

SOURCE 

Gemalto


 

Gemalto M2M connectivity solution helps deliver green energy to remote communities without electricity

 

Transforming the lives of millions of people who live in the rural areas of Africa

 

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, September 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) (http://www.gemalto.com), the world leader in digital security, is providing M2M connectivity for SOLARKIOSK, a compact, solar powered station transported onboard a mobile vehicle. This cabin features photovoltaic panels across its roof to generate sustainable energy in areas outside of conventional power cabling and infrastructures. Gemalto’s Cinterion® modules deliver rugged M2M connectivity powering a mobile router, provided by INSYS icom (http://www.insys-tec.de/eng/index.html), which enables condition monitoring of the SOLARKIOSKs’ photovoltaic panels and tracks energy production and consumption through a web interface.

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Quick and easy to deploy, the SOLARKIOSKs support simple plug-in access for appliances, devices and broad range of systems. Each kiosk generates enough electricity to operate the cellular router and recharge 220 cell phones in a single day – up to 80 at the same time. The M2M solution provided by Gemalto and INSYS icom monitors and manages the solar panels on a 24/7 basis, tracking energy input and output, providing a reliable system for power delivery to end users, and automatically reporting potential problems.

 

The SOLARKIOSKs produce sustainable electricity for a variety of services, including refrigerated storage for medicines as well as for consumer products. By delivering these benefits to remote communities, the SOLARKIOSKs are expected to transform the lives of millions of people who live in the rural areas of developing countries. Projects are already operating in Ethiopia, Botswana and Kenya, supplying both power and access to information, in particular for education and creating a social hub for local communities.

 

“One of the biggest challenges for M2M communication is to properly function in extreme environments such as the intense heat of an African desert or the tremendous moisture of a South American rainforest,” said Michael Gartz, Director Sales and Marketing for INSYS icom. “INSYS icom and Gemalto heavy duty technologies are ideally suited for those areas which are not connected to an electricity grid, such as rural and remote areas in developing countries and districts affected by disasters. An estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide live in such regions, with 600 million in Africa alone and SOLARKIOSK will be there to serve them.”

 

“In many parts of the world, traditional power infrastructures are difficult to set up and quickly become expensive to maintain,” added Thomas Steffen, M2M regional manager at Gemalto. “With SOLARKIOSK, we aspire to play a social role in meeting such Machine-for-Human challenges, whatever the geographical constraints.”

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Gemalto.

 

 

Gemalto Media Contacts:

 

Kristel Teyras

Marketing & Communication Director Middle East & Africa

Gemalto

+33 1 55 01 57 89 

kristel.teyras@gemalto.com

 

Contact Gemalto’s media relations in your region: http://www.gemalto.com/press/index.html

 

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security (http://www.gemalto.com/companyinfo/digital_security.html) with 2013 annual revenues of €2.4 billion and more than 12,000 employees operating out of 85 offices and 25 research and software development centers, located in 44 countries.

 

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. We develop secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services made possible.

Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals.  Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to interact with the digital and wireless world.

For more information visit http://www.gemalto.com, http://www.justaskgemalto.com, http://blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter (http://twitter.com/gemalto).

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Gemalto


 

L’équipe régionale des Nations Unies appuie les efforts entrepris pour éradiquer le virus Ebola et appelle à la solidarité régionale et internationale avec les pays et les populations affectées en Afrique de l’Ouest

 

DAKAR, Sénégal, 2 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Said Djinnit, le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (RSSG), a convoqué hier une réunion de l’équipe régionale des Nations Unies basée à Dakar, pour faire le point sur l’évolution de la situation en Afrique de l’Ouest. La réunion, incluant les chefs des bureaux régionaux des entités de l’ONU dans la région, a examiné les efforts entrepris pour résoudre la crise de l’Ebola.

 

Les participants se sont félicités de la nomination par le Secrétaire général du Dr. David Nabarro en sa qualité de coordonnateur principal du système des Nations Unies pour la maladie à Virus Ebola, lequel a conclu sa tournée dans la région le 28 août 2014. Ils ont salué les efforts déployés par les gouvernements des pays touchés dans la lutte contre la propagation du virus, avec le soutien des Nations Unies et les autres partenaires internationaux.

 

L’équipe régionale des Nations Unies a déploré les conséquences socio-économiques de la propagation du virus, notamment l’isolation des pays affectés et le risque de stigmatisation des populations. Les participants ont rappelé que la restriction des voyages n’est pas la solution, et qu’il est préférable d’assurer la mise en place de mesures préventives et curatives efficaces. Ils ont relevé les impacts potentiels sur la sécurité alimentaire, la liberté de mouvement et la fourniture des services, qui pourraient également saper les efforts entrepris par les gouvernements de la région.

 

Le Représentant Spécial et les directeurs régionaux ont réitéré leur soutien à une réponse commune, cohérente et coordonnée, sous l’égide des autorités nationales. Les Nations Unies amplifient désormais leur présence et les opérations humanitaires dans les pays affectés et encouragent les mesures de préparation dans les autres pays de la sous-région. Dans ce contexte, l’équipe régionale des Nations Unies appellent à plus d’engagement de la part de la communauté internationale, y compris des Nations Unies, pour soutenir les efforts régionaux contre la propagation du virus, particulièrement via la mobilisation des ressources.

 

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NATIONS UNIES


 

Regional UN team supports ongoing efforts to eradicate Ebola and calls for greater regional and international solidarity with affected countries and people in West Africa

 

DAKAR, Sénégal, September 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Said Djinnit, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary- General for West Africa (SRSG) convened yesterday a meeting of the regional UN team based in Dakar to review developments in West Africa. The meeting, comprising heads of regional offices of UN entities in the region, reviewed the ongoing efforts to address the Ebola crisis.

 

The meeting welcomed the appointment by the Secretary-General of Dr. David Nabarro as the Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease, who concluded his tour of the region on 28 August 2014. They praised efforts being deployed by the governments of the affected countries in tackling the spread of the virus, with the support of the UN and other international partners.

 

The meeting deplored the ongoing socio-economic consequences of the spread of the virus, including in particular the isolation of the affected countries with the risk of stigmatizing the populations. The meeting observed that the solution is not in travel restrictions but in ensuring that effective preventive and curative health measures are put in place. In this context, the participants warned against possible impact on food security, freedom of movement and the provision of services, which could also undermine efforts by the governments of the region.

 

The Special Representative and the Regional Directors reiterated their full support to a joint, coherent and orchestrated response led by the national authorities. The UN is scaling up its humanitarian presence and operations in the affected countries, and encourages preparedness measures in other countries of the region. The participants called for further engagement of the international community including the United Nations to support regional efforts against the spread of the virus, particularly through resource mobilization.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

Citizens Call to Action against Ebola: Former Heads of State, Leaders from Civil Society and Business Launch a Petition Call

 

Ebola virus becomes an overwhelming human catastrophe affecting public health, social institutions and economic well-being in Africa

 

MONROVIA, Liberia, September 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ In an open letter, former heads of state as well as leaders from civil society and business launch a petition call for more solidarity and a more coordinated approach to deal with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

In a letter published in a number of newspapers, magazines and websites across Africa, leaders of civil society and business have called for more solidarity and a more coordinated approach to deal with the recent Ebola outbreak.

 

Join the call by signing the petition at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ebola-stop-quarantine-of-entire-countries.html

 

Hashtag: #StoptheQuarantine

 

Ebola is having great economic and social impact, more so in a young democracy such as Liberia which has come out of a long and debilitating civil war. The response has often been knee jerk and counter productive, such as the closing of borders and cancelation of flights, something which both the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have denounced.

 

This call for action, which through a petition is attracting an increasing number of signatories, calls for all citizens to play their role and demands a coordinated and rational response from African governments and international institutions.

 

High profile leaders such as former Presidents Mkapa of Tanzania and Obasanjo of Nigeria have signed the petition, as well as Graça Machel, civil society leader and wife of the late President Mandela, the singer and former Minister Youssour N’Dour and a number of prominent leaders and personalities from music, media and business.

 


 

Open letter published in newspapers, magazines and websites across Africa: Citizens Call to Action against Ebola

 

As the Ebola virus becomes an overwhelming human catastrophe affecting public health, social institutions and economic well-being in Africa, we stand in solidarity with our fellow citizens in the countries victimized by this deadly disease.

 

We also thank and salute the local and international health workers who are risking their lives daily, intervening on the ground to eradicate the scourge of Ebola, often without access to gloves and other protective supplies.

 

We acknowledge and applaud the decision of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) health ministers to call for the lifting of travel bans to Ebola affected countries, which are hampering the fight against Ebola and restricting the arrival of essential expertise and equipment, as well as fuel to provide electricity, medications to treat other deadly diseases such as malaria and food to prevent famine.

 

In the name and interest of our common humanity, we are collectively launching this urgent Citizens’ Call to Action.

 

We call on our respective Heads of State and Government to avoid full embargo against Ebola-affected states. While we understand the legitimate concerns for the protection of their population, we remind African leaders of their obligation to pan-African solidarity and the global community of their humanitarian obligations in emergencies. We urge the following immediate actions:

 

One

 

Ensure that the flow of essential assistance can reach those in need, while maintaining economic activity necessary for sustaining life in cities and villages, by

•          Authorizing and implementing the local recommendations issued by the World Health Organization (WHO)

•          Acknowledging the impossibility of quarantining entire nations and instead establish much-needed economic and humanitarian corridors of access – essential life-lines – both within the affected countries and between countries.

 

Two

 

We call on African opinion leaders – including artists, athletes, filmmakers, writers, journalists, academics – to initiate or to actively take part in public information campaigns on prevention and transmission of the Ebola. These can happen via road-shows, film screenings, theatrical pieces, discussion groups, and the distribution of messages via cellphone networks. And we call upon global opinion leaders to add their talents and voices in support.

 

Three

 

We call on the broad private sector, the pharmaceutical industry, and the research community, in particular, to fund, facilitate and make immediately available access to all known methods of prevention and treatment of this menacing threat to our global well-being.

 

Join the call by signing the petition at

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ebola-stop-quarantine-of-entire-countries.html

 

Signed on August 31, 2014

 

  • Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Benjamin Mkapa, Former President Tanzania
  • Mrs Graca Machel, President of the Foundation for Community Development
  • Bineta Diop , Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, African Union
  • Youssou N’Dour, Singer
  • Ali Mufuruki, InfoTech Investment Group
  • Kandeh Yumkella, Chairman of UN-Energy and former Director-General
  • Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
  • Ashih Thakkar, Founder, MARA Group
  • AKON, Singer
  • Frannie Leautier, Founder, Mkoba Group
  • Wendy Luhabe, Africa Chairperson, Cartier Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs
  • Dele Olojede, Journalist, Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Amadou Mahtar Ba, Executive Chairman, Co Founder AllAfrica Global Media
  • Akere Muna, Presiding Officer, AU Economic, Social and Cultural Council
  • Mamadou Toure, Founder, Africa 2.0
  • Thelma Awori, chair Institute for Social Transformation, former UNDP Director
  • Angelle Kwemo, Founder & Chair Believe in Africa
  • Linus Gitahi, CEO Nation Media Group
  • Prof. Ousmane Kane, Harvard University
  • Ebrima Sall, Executive Secretary CODESRIA
  • Slim Othmani. CEO, NCA-Rouiba, Chairman Algeria Business Council.
  • Prof. Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Columbia University
  • Prof. Alioune Sall, Director, African Futures Institute, South Africa ,
  • Prof. Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University
  • Trevor Ncube, Deputy Executive Chair, Mail&Guardian
  • Omar Ben Yedder, Director IC Publications
  • Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO, APO (African Press Organization)
  • Oulimata Sarr, Country Coordinator, IFC Advisory Services
  • Férial Haffajee, Editor In Chief, City Press
  • Zyad Limam, Director Afrique Magazine
  • Aminata Forna, Professor of Creative Writing and award-winning author
  • Mahen Bonetti, Founder & Executive Director of African Film Festival, Inc.
  • Fatou Wurie, Activist
  • Aliou Goloko, CEO Goal Communication
  • Reed Kramer, CEO, AllAfrica Global Media
  • Aly Leno, Président Union des Journalistes Culturels et Animateurs de Guinée )
  • Tidiane Soumah, PDG Todoane World Music
  • Dr Tendai Mhizha, CEO Integra Africa
  • Samba Bathily, PDG ADS
  • Prof. Cheikh Ibrahima Niang, UCAD
  • Prof. Penda Mbow, UCAD
  • Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, former minister, Kenya
  • Dr Tami Hultman, CEO AllAfrica Foundation
  • Soyata Maiga, Special Rapporteur on Women Human Rights in Africa
  • Harriette Williams Bright, Femmes Africa Solidarité
  • Isham Elgar Olympic and World Champion
  • Younes Maamar CEO Eone Investments
  • Prof. Fatima Harrak, President CODESRIA, Mohamed V Souissi, University.
  • Prof. Kwadwo Ansah Koram, Director Noguchi Institute for  Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon
  • Prof. Adam Habib, Vice Chancellor, University of Witwatersrand
  • Prof. Olive Shisana, CEO, Human Sciences Research Council
  • Prof. Suren Pilley, University of Western Cape

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Citizens Call to Action against Ebola.

 

 

Note to Editors:

You are free to quote and/or republish the Citizens Call for Action. If you are to republish the Open Letter, please do so in its entirety.

 

SOURCE 

Citizens Call to Action against Ebola


 

Pope Tawadros II speaks on role of Coptic Church in Egyptian society during his visit to WCC offices

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Pope Tawadros II, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt visited the World Council of Churches (WCC) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday 1 September. In the presence of representatives from ecumenical and international organizations, Tawadros participated in morning worship on 1 September followed by a meeting with staff and a conversation with the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

Pope Tawadros is head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, a founding member church of the WCC since 1948.

In his reflections, Tawadros spoke about historic contributions of the Coptic Orthodox Church, as among them vibrant traditions of spirituality, theological studies and monastic life.

“The Coptic Church is one of the main pillars of Egyptian society,” he said.

Tawadros said there is a “new hope for Egypt” with the adoption of a new constitution in the country. He remembered the June 2013 revolution in Egypt where, he said, “Christians and Muslims with everyone else struggled together to end the dark regime”.

Tawadros affirmed the long history of peaceful social coexistence between Muslims and Christians in Egypt. Giving examples of cooperation between Christians and Muslims, he mentioned the “Family House” a project established by the Coptic Church and Al-Azhar, carrying out a number of national programmes.

Recalling the attacks on Christian buildings in Egypt over recent years, Tawadros stressed that efforts must be enhanced to end violence perpetrated by extremist groups.

“If they attack churches we will pray in mosques, if they attack mosques, we will pray on roads. We can pray in a country without a church but cannot pray in a church without a country,” he said.

Tawadros expressed concern over migration of Christians from the Middle East. He called it a “dangerous trend” which he said cannot solve problems faced by Christian communities in the region.

The WCC general secretary expressed his gratitude to Pope Tawadros for his reflections. In his remarks, Tveit affirmed the commitment of the WCC in solidarity with Christians around the world, particularly those in critical situation like Egypt’s.

He added that the WCC is a global fellowship which brings together churches from the East and the West in a quest for unity, justice and peace.

Tveit expressed appreciation for the Coptic Church’s role in re-designing Egyptian society. Tveit said that such a role is integral in bridging gaps between different sectors in Egypt.

Tveit highlighted the important role of Egypt in the Arab world, such as its potential for mediation in Gaza. Due to such situations, Tveit said the witness of the Coptic Orthodox Church is extremely significant for Christianity’s presence in the Middle East.

Also, Tveit added that the way Christians and Muslims live together in Egypt can be an example for other countries in the region. He commended Pope Tawadros’ vision of upholding human rights, which Tveit said reflects “our theological conviction that all human beings are created in the image of God”.

Among participants of the event was Pierre Martinot-Lagarde of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO in cooperation with the WCC has initiated projects on role of faith communities in promoting decent work among youth in Egypt as a way to social justice and peace.

Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka of the Lutheran World Federation, Dr John Nduna of the ACT Alliance, Pat Gleeson of the ECLOF International, Agnès Arluison-Krüzsely of the Foundation for Assistance to Reformed Protestantism, Dr Stephen Brown of the Globethics.net and Christine Houssel of the World Student Christian Federation were also present. Representatives of the Association of Churches and Christian Communities of Geneva were also present at the event.

 

SOURCE 

World Council of Churches (WCC)


 

Aviation Africa 2015 will take place in Dubai, UAE on 10-11 May 2015

 

The 2 day Summit will focus on strategies, opportunities and the challenges affecting the aviation industry in Africa

 

DUBAI, UAE, September 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Aviation Africa 2015 (http://www.aviationafrica.aero)  is a 2-day Summit & Exhibition, which takes place 10-11 May 2015 in Dubai, UAE. NEXUS from Saudi Arabia and Wyvern Consulting from USA have joined up with this event to become main sponsors.

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The link with these two companies is a perfect fit for the Aviation Africa event, which has launched to address the growth opportunities in the African continent for the aviation industry.  NEXUS, which launched in 2010 and is based in Jeddah has opened a regional office in Rwanda and already identified the opportunities the region can offer.  Wyvern Consulting is a U.S. company providing safety intelligence data and onsite risk assessments to business and private aviation communities for over 20 years.  NEXUS are now their international partner covering the Middle East, Asia and Africa regions.

 

The 2 day Summit will focus on strategies, opportunities and the challenges affecting the industry.  A key focus area will be the safety challenges in the region.  NEXUS provides Flight Operations and Support with a massive commitment to safety and with Wyvern Consulting supplying the safety intelligence data, this partnership will have a lot to contribute to this focus area.

 

Alan Peaford, Managing Director of Aerocomm Ltd and responsible for creating the Summit’s 2 day programme said: “We are delighted to welcome Nexus and Wyvern Consulting to the Aviation Africa 2015 event.  I recently visited Nexus at their head office in Jeddah and was very impressed with their level of service across the business aviation sector and their level of commitment to safety, security and people.  We will be covering all these topics in our Summit programme and it is companies like Nexus and Wyvern that will be important contributors to the Summit discussions”.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Aviation Africa 2015.

 

 

Media contact:

Mark Brown

mark.brown@africanaerospace.aero 

T: +44 (0)1702 53 0000

 

For more information on the Aviation Africa event and the updated programme please visit our website at http://www.aviationafrica.aero

Twitter: @aviationafrica1 (https://twitter.com/aviationafrica1)

 

About Aviation Africa 2015

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 (http://www.aviationafrica.aero) will be a two-day summit and exhibition held at Le Meridien Hotel Dubai, UAE. These two world regions have a rich shared history. There have been centuries of trade and shared experience between them, and, for aviation, it’s as true today as it was then.  From open skies policies to airport expansions this event will tackle the issues raised and attempt to come up with solutions and ways forward.  African aviation is now a burgeoning business case and this event creates opportunities for industry to network.  The summit will be headed up by the Managing Director of Aerocomm Ltd, Alan Peaford, and the programme will be put together by his team who work closely with the industry in the region.

For press information please contact Mark Brown mark.brown@africanaerospace.aero  T: +44 (0)1702 53 0000

 

NEXUS

NEXUS Flight Operations Services was launched in 2010 by experienced business aviation professionals in the Middle East.   Providing Flight Operations Services to Corporate, Commercial Airlines and Business Aviation, NEXUS launched two main Flight Operation Centers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and in Bahrain in January 2010 and has since been building on that base to grow NEXUS internationally, and established a remote Flight Operations Center in Mumbai – India, in Kigali – Rwanda, Monaco – Monaco and Yardley in the USA.

For press information please contact Mariellena Mattheou mmattheou@nexus.aero T. +966 9 200 11698

 

WYVERN CONSULTING LTD

Wyvern is one of the most recognized and highly respected companies in the commercial aviation sector and provides aircraft charter consumers, which include multi-national and Fortune 50 corporations, high worth individuals or families, and government institutions, with its suite of intelligence and risk management products.  By leveraging the expertise, resources and networking contacts of the parent group Nexus Services America, Wyvern is able to provide an effective vehicle to promote its highly recognized Wingman safety program which provides for in depth safety audits and detailed safety intelligence data to end users of aircraft charter wishing to know more about the aircraft charter vendors they intend to use.

For press information please contact Marina Kraujalis marina.kraujalis@wyvernltd.com T: +1 800-946-4626

 

SOURCE 

Aviation Africa 2015


 

The African Union warns against any Unconstitutional Change of Government in Lesotho: The AU expresses full support to SADC efforts to address the crisis

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is following with deep concern the ongoing developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the deteriorating political situation in the country.

The Chairperson of the Commission urges the various parties in Lesotho to resolve their political differences through peaceful means and within the framework of the country’s Constitution. In line with the relevant African instruments, she emphasizes the AU’s firm rejection of unconstitutional changes of Government and warns that the AU will not tolerate any seizure of power by illegal means.

The Chairperson of the Commission expresses AU’s full support to the ongoing efforts of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to assist the Lesotho stakeholders address the challenges currently facing their country and preserve democracy and the rule of law.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

L’Union africaine met en garde contre tout changement anticonstitutionnel de gouvernement au Lesotho: L’UA exprime son plein soutien aux efforts de la SADC visant à régler la crise

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine (UA), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, suit avec une profonde préoccupation les développements en cours dans le Royaume du Lesotho et la détérioration de la situation politique dans ce pays.

La Présidente de la Commission exhorte les différentes parties au Lesotho à surmonter leurs divergences politiques par des voies pacifiques et dans le cadre de la Constitution de leur pays. Conformément aux instruments africains pertinents, elle souligne le ferme rejet par l’UA des changements anticonstitutionnels de Gouvernement et prévient que l’UA ne tolérera aucune prise du pouvoir par des moyens illégaux.

La Présidente de la Commission exprime le plein soutien de l’UA aux efforts en cours de la Communauté de développement de l’Afrique australe (SADC) visant à aider les parties prenantes concernés au Lesotho à relever les défis auxquels leur pays est présentement confronté, ainsi qu’à préserver la démocratie et l’État de droit.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

Switzerland steps up aid to fight Ebola epidemic in West Africa


 

Switzerland steps up aid to fight Ebola epidemic in West Africa

 

BERN, Switzerland, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Switzerland is stepping up its aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Swiss Humanitarian Aid has committed an additional CHF 1 million to fund various direct operations in Liberia. A specially chartered plane will leave on Monday with 14 tonnes of medical supplies on board. In addition, the agreement between Swiss Humanitarian Aid and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) has been activated. Two specialists will leave Switzerland on Monday on a mission to assess the needs on the ground.

 

In view of the continuing spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has decided to allocate an additional CHF 1 million to efforts on the ground to fight the virus. This additional funding will enable Swiss Humanitarian Aid to send relief supplies, to give financial support to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, and to second specialists to MSF, the WFP and the WHO.

 

The CHF 1 million is in addition to the total amount of CHF 650,000 already allocated to date by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in direct response to the Ebola crisis. The overall total of Swiss aid allocated since the first outbreaks of the disease were detected in March 2014 thus stands at CHF 1.65 million.

 

Following a request by the Liberian authorities, a plane specially chartered by Swiss Humanitarian Aid will leave Zurich airport in the evening of Monday 1 September bound for Monrovia. In total, 14 tonnes of medical supplies, including 31,000 bottles of disinfectant for hands, 300,000 protective gloves, 100,000 masks, 200 body bags, 6,840 intravenous drips and 3,000 rehydration solutions will be received by SDC staff in Monrovia before being handed over to the Liberian authorities.

 

Ever since the outbreak of the Ebola virus was detected in Guinea in March 2014, the SDC has been monitoring closely the evolution of the epidemic from its programme office in Liberia and through its network of partners. Recent progression of the epidemic has underscored the urgent need for additional medical supplies and staff. As part of its response, Swiss Humanitarian Aid activated the agreement it has with the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) in order to send a joint mission to West Africa for a needs assessment. Dr Olivier Hagon, head of the medical specialist group within the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) and Prof. Laurent Kaiser, chief physician of the Infectious Diseases Section of the HUG and head of the Laboratory for Virology, which is the national reference centre for emerging viral infections, will leave Switzerland on Monday for Liberia. The mission of the two specialists will be to protect the health of SDC staff on the ground, to carry out an assessment of the situation and to identify the operation’s next steps. The seconding of SHA specialists to other partner organisations, including the WHO, MSF, the WFP and UNICEF, is also being considered.

 

At the international level, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is coordinating efforts to fight and prevent the spread of the Ebola epidemic. Switzerland’s total contribution to the WHO in 2014 amounted to approximately CHF 12 million.

 

SOURCE 

Switzerland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

Maroc – Accident de car en France


 

Maroc – Accident de car en France

 

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

 

A la suite de l’accident de la circulation dans lequel des passagers marocains d’un car ont été blessés, la France tient à exprimer sa solidarité aux victimes de cet accident.

 

Le ministère des Affaires étrangères et du développement international, en lien avec les autorités locales, travaille en étroite coordination avec les services consulaires du Maroc à Marseille, pour la prise en charge des blessés.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Point de presse de M. Laurent Fabius avec son homologue égyptien – Paris, 2 septembre 2014

 

PARIS, France, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ COMMUNIQUÉ TECHNIQUE

M. Laurent Fabius, ministre des affaires étrangères et du développement international, recevra M. Sameh Shroukry, ministre égyptien des Affaires étrangères, le 2 septembre au Quai d’Orsay.

 

Un point de presse conjoint est prévu à l’issue de la rencontre. Les journalistes, photographes et cameramen intéressés sont invités à se présenter, munis de leur carte de presse, à partir de 14h10, à l’entrée située au 1 rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Paris 7e (face à l’aérogare des Invalides).

 

N.B. : Ce communiqué ne constitue en aucune manière une annonce officielle. L’information qui est donnée ci-dessus est de nature strictement technique et ne vise qu’à aider le travail des journalistes.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Avenport Investment prend une participation stratégique dans Coco Up Ltd, le leader mauricien de l’eau de coco fraiche, et crée onlyone life

 

Avenport Investment confirme son ambition de créer un pôle “food” spécialisé dans les produits frais

 

PORT-LOUIS, Maurice, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Avenport Investment (http://www.avenport.com) annonce ce jour avoir pris une participation stratégique dans Coco Up Ltd, le leader mauricien de l’eau de coco fraiche.

 

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Déjà propriétaire de Samoa Water, la marque mythique d’eau artésienne des iles Samoa, distribuée aux Etats Unis par Pepsi et après avoir investi dans une ferme laitière à Salazie et créée la marque de lait frais Mia, Avenport Investment confirme son ambition de créer un pôle “food” spécialisé dans les produits frais.

 

Pour Eric Sériès, chairman d’Avenport: “Coco Up est une petite entreprise mauricienne qui a un très fort potentiel de développement à l’export. Arnaud Dalais, son fondateur, est un véritable entrepreneur et son atavisme familiale pour les bons produits et la qualité, se reflètent dans Coco Up. Le marché mondial de l’eau de coco en bouteille est en forte croissance car les consommateurs souhaitent des produits frais et meilleurs pour la santé. Il suffit de constater les difficultés rencontrées par le marché des boissons gazeuses aux Etats Unis et en Europe pour comprendre qu’une révolution pour une vie plus saine est en marche.

 

Afin de capitaliser sur notre ambition de créer un pôle alimentaire spécialisée dans les produits frais haut de gamme, nos investissements dans Samoa Water, Mia Milk, Coco Up et Tartinery la chaîne de restaurants à New York dont nous sommes actionnaires avec Alicia Rountree, sont regroupés sous le nom “onlyone life.”

 

Arnaud Dalais a dit: “La clé pour Coco Up était de trouver un partenaire stratégique qui non seulement va permettre à Coco Up de développer son projet, mais aussi de faire connaitre la marque en Europe, en Asie et aux Etats Unis. Avenport nous a déjà permis d’ouvrir le marché français avec un positionnement résolument haut de gamme chez Colette et nous sommes en discussion avec de nombreux palaces hôteliers à Paris. Nous espérons ouvrir Londres, Hong Kong et Singapour avant la fin de l’année.”

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Avenport Investment Group.

 

 

Contact:

Avenport Investment Group

info@avenport.com

 

A propos d’Avenport Investment

 

Avenport Investment (http://www.avenport.com) est un groupe familial mauricien qui détient des participations à l’international dans des secteurs variés tels que le transport, l’agriculture, l’environnement, le sport, l’immobilier et les nouvelles technologies. 

 

SOURCE 

Avenport Investment Group


 

République Démocratique du Congo – Nord Kivu / Après l’évasion d’une de ses collègues, MSF appelle à l’aide pour retrouver les trois autres membres de son équipe enlevés il y a plus d’un an.

 

PARIS, France, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Chantal, l’une des quatre membres de l’équipe MSF enlevée au Nord Kivu, a été retrouvée saine et sauve vendredi 29 août. Plus de treize mois après la disparition de ses collègues, MSF demeure toujours sans nouvelles de Philippe, Richard et Romy. MSF continue ses recherches et lance un nouvel appel à tous ceux qui ont autorité pour aider à leur libération.

C’est avec joie et une profonde émotion que les membres de MSF ont appris l’évasion de Chantal Kaghoma Vulinzole, enlevée avec trois de ses collègues le 11 juillet 2013 pendant l’attaque de Kamango attribuée au groupe armé des ADF Nalu. Infirmière originaire de Goma, Chantal faisait partie de l’équipe d’urgence disparue au cours d’une mission d’évaluation des structures sanitaires menée par MSF sur le territoire de Béni.

 

Après plus de treize mois de captivité dans des conditions difficiles, Chantal a réussi à s’enfuir à la faveur des opérations militaires menées en brousse contre les ADF Nalu. Affaiblie et amaigrie, notre collègue a été retrouvée vendredi et ramenée saine et sauve à Béni par les Forces armées congolaises.

 

« Pour sa famille, pour ses amis et pour tous ses collègues, c’est un immense soulagement de la savoir en vie et à nouveau parmi nous, réagit Mégo Terzian, Président de MSF. Nous voulons croire aussi au retour de nos trois autres collègues, dont nous sommes toujours sans nouvelles. Nous pensons à leur famille, et à tous les otages. Nous ne vous oublions pas. »

 

En dépit des efforts déployés et des ressources mobilisées, les pistes suivies en RDC et dans les pays limitrophes n’ont à ce jour pas permis à MSF d’entrer en relation avec les trois autres membres de son équipe congolaise. « Chantal était séparée de ses trois collègues et n’était plus en contact avec eux quand elle s’est enfuie, explique Benoît Leduc, coordinateur de la cellule de crise à Paris. Nous poursuivons désormais nos recherches dans un contexte où le groupe des ADF est disloqué, probablement désorganisé. »

 

A mesure que le temps passe, les portes s’ouvrent et se referment les unes après les autres, sans qu’il soit possible d’obtenir une preuve de vie ou un accès direct à ceux qui détiendraient nos collègues. « Des gens sont disposés à nous aider, souligne Benoît Leduc, mais à chaque fois qu’une démarche paraît sur le point d’aboutir, les interlocuteurs évoquent une entrave de dernière minute, ou l’on assiste à la volte-face de ceux qui auraient le pouvoir de libérer des otages. »

 

Plus d’un an après la disparition de ses collègues, MSF se réjouit du retour de Chantal et continue de se mobiliser pour retrouver Philippe, Richard et Romy. Face aux difficultés rencontrées, MSF réclame le concours de tous ceux qui détiennent des informations sur les membres de son équipe ou qui sont en mesure de l’aider à établir un contact avec eux. Afin de préserver la vie de tous les otages et d’apaiser la douleur des familles, MSF lance un appel à l’aide et demande à ceux qui les détiennent de les libérer au plus vite.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


 

One MSF staff member returned, three still missing in DRC / After the escape of one of our abducted colleagues, MSF asks for help to find the three other members of our team who were taken more than a year ago

 

PARIS, France, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On Friday, August 29, Chantal, one of the four members of the MSF team abducted in North Kivu, was found unharmed. However, MSF remains with no news about our colleagues Philippe, Richard, and Romy more than 13 months after they disappeared. We continue our search and issue a new call to anyone who may be in a position to help with their release.

 

MSF members were deeply moved and delighted to learn of the escape of Chantal Kaghoma Vulinzole, who was kidnaped with three of her colleagues on July 11, 2013 during an attack on Kamango, blamed on the ADF-NALU. Chantal, a nurse originally from Goma, was a member of the emergency team that disappeared during a mission to evaluate the health facilities in Beni Territory.

 

After more than 13 months of captivity under difficult conditions, Chantal was able to flee and reach troops, taking advantage of military operations in the bush against the ADF-NALU. Our colleague was found, weak and thin, on Friday and was returned safely to Beni by Congolese armed forces.

 

“It is an immense relief for her family, her friends and all of her colleagues to know that she is alive and with us again,” said Mégo Terzian, President of MSF. “We also want to believe that our three other colleagues – about whom we have no information – will also return. We are thinking of their families and of all the hostages. We will not forget you.”

 

We have been unable to establish contact with the three other members of our Congolese team, despite our efforts, resources mobilised, and the trails we have followed in the DRC and neighbouring countries. “Chantal was separated from her three colleagues and was no longer in contact with them when she escaped,” explained Benoît Leduc, crisis cell coordinator in Paris. “Our search continues, with the ADF group now dispersed and, probably, disorganised.”

 

Over time, a series of doors has opened and closed but we have been unable to obtain proof of life or direct access to those holding our colleagues. “People are willing to help us, but each time we seem to be close, our contacts report a last-minute obstacle or the people who might have the power to free the hostages do an about-face,” said Leduc.

 

More than one year after our colleagues disappeared, MSF is thrilled that Chantal has returned. We continue our efforts to find Philippe, Richard, and Romy. Given the difficulties we have encountered, MSF calls for help from anyone with information on our team members or who can help us establish contact with them. To save the lives of all the hostages and ease their families’ pain, MSF is issuing a call for assistance and asks those holding the hostages to release them immediately.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

Central African Republic: Renewed violence in capital and throughout the country

 

Central African Republic: Renewed violence in capital and throughout the country

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Although security had apparently been improving in Bangui, fighting between international forces and armed men erupted in the Kilometre 5 district of the capital on 19 and 20 August. Among the many casualties was a Central African Red Cross driver and first-aid worker who was shot and killed while evacuating casualties.

 

“Throughout the country, civilians continue to bear a heavy burden because of the conflict and reprisal attacks aimed directly at them,” said Jean-François Sangsue, head of the ICRC delegation in the Central African Republic. “Once again, we are calling on all parties to the conflict and on the international forces in the country to take all feasible measures to spare the civilian population and to facilitate the work of Red Cross personnel striving to help the people of the Central African Republic.”

 

Tensions remain high in the capital, and there are concerns that further incidents could take place. Many displaced people in areas near Kilometre 5, fearing reprisals, have taken refuge within the Church of the Holy Saviour, where conditions were already very difficult. Fear is also being felt by displaced people accommodated in the city’s Central Mosque, which is situated in the area where fighting took place.

 

Tensions are also very high in Bambari, where fighting in the middle of the city between two factions of the same armed group resulted in many casualties on 25 and 26 August. Civilians, already traumatized by clashes that occurred in July, are filled with fear and alarm. At this point it would appear very difficult for things to return to normal. Those who had only recently returned to their residences quickly turned back to the sites accommodating displaced people. The removal of injured people has been made difficult by the tenuous security situation. The ICRC did however manage to provide the city’s hospital with fuel to help it to provide care for the wounded and the sick.

 

“People who are wounded or sick, whether they be civilians or combatants, and regardless of which side they belong to, must be protected by the parties to the conflict,” said Mr Sangsue. “In addition, the wounded and the sick must be safely evacuated and treated.”

 

The city of Batangafo, in the north-western part of the country, remains paralysed. All economic activity has been at a standstill since clashes between armed groups and fighting involving multinational forces took place on 30 July. Even the farmers are without access to their fields. On 26 August, ICRC staff went to Farazala to assess the situation of people displaced from Batangafo and determine what their needs are and what kind of aid should be provided.

 

In Boda, 115 kilometres west of Bangui, inter-community violence that has shaken the city since 21 August has resulted in casualties and in the displacement of hundreds of people.

 

People in other cities of the Central African Republic, especially in the Kaga Bandoro and Bambari areas, continue to live in fear of being attacked by armed men.

 

“Our staff are striving to respond to the most urgent needs,” said Mr Sangsue. “In addition, we are maintaining a dialogue with everyone involved in the hostilities, and also with community and religious leaders, with the aim of raising awareness of – and improving adherence to – the basic principles of international humanitarian law.”

 

Between 7 July and 20 August, in cooperation with the Central African Red Cross Society, the ICRC:

 

● provided curative care for more than 7,000 patients in Bangui and in the Kaga Bandoro area, and performed more than 130 operations in Bangui;

 

● evacuated 15 sick people and transferred four patients from the country’s interior to Bangui’s Community Hospital;

 

● upgraded two health-care centres in the Kaga Bandoro area;

 

● supplied clean drinking water every day to more than 20,000 displaced people at Bangui’s airport, and also to more than 11,000 people in Kaga Bandoro and nearly 20,000 in Bambari;

 

● delivered clean drinking water every day to Ndélé and its hospital for more than 10,000 people;

 

● provided household essentials for more than 18,500 people;

 

● supplied food aid for almost 25,000 displaced people in Bangui, and for more than 400 displaced people on the road between Bambari and Ippy;

 

● reunited with other family members six children who had been separated from them by the conflict;

 

● raised awareness of the basic principles of international humanitarian law among more than 400 members of various weapon-bearing groups and among nearly 150 community and religious leaders.

 

In addition, ICRC staff visited 560 detainees to make sure that the treatment they were receiving and the conditions in which they were being held met international standards.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

République centrafricaine : regain de violence à Bangui et dans le reste du pays

 

République centrafricaine : regain de violence à Bangui et dans le reste du pays

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Alors que les conditions de sécurité semblaient s’améliorer dans la ville de Bangui, des affrontements ont éclaté les 19 et 20 août dans le secteur du km 5, opposant les forces internationales à des hommes armés. Plusieurs personnes ont été tuées et de nombreuses autres blessées. Parmi les victimes figure un chauffeur-secouriste de la Société de la Croix-Rouge centrafricaine, touché par une balle alors qu’il procédait à l’évacuation de blessés.

 

« Dans tout le pays, les civils continuent de payer un lourd tribut au conflit et sont victimes d’actes de représailles qui les visent directement, déclare Jean-François Sangsue, chef de la délégation du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) en République centrafricaine. Une fois encore, nous lançons un appel à toutes les parties au conflit ainsi qu’aux forces internationales présentes dans le pays afin qu’elles fassent tout ce qui est en leur pouvoir pour épargner les civils et faciliter le travail du personnel de la Croix-Rouge qui s’emploie à venir en aide à la population centrafricaine. »

 

La tension reste vive dans la capitale et laisse craindre de nouveaux incidents. Par peur de subir des représailles, plusieurs personnes déplacées vivant dans des lieux proches du km 5 se sont réfugiées sur le site de l’église Saint-Sauveur, où la situation humanitaire était déjà très difficile. La peur est également palpable du côté des personnes déplacées à la Mosquée centrale, située dans le secteur où se sont déroulés les affrontements.

 

La tension est grande également à Bambari, où des combats en pleine ville entre deux factions d’un même groupe armé ont fait de nombreux morts et blessés les 25 et 26 août derniers. Les civils, déjà traumatisés par les affrontements de juillet dernier, vivent dans la peur et l’incertitude. À ce stade, tout retour à la normale semble très difficile. Ceux qui avaient regagné depuis peu leur domicile sont vite retournés sur les sites de déplacés. La précarité des conditions de sécurité rend difficile l’évacuation des blessés. Le CICR a néanmoins pu fournir du carburant à l’hôpital de la ville pour faciliter la prise en charge des blessés et des malades.

 

« Les personnes blessées et malades, civiles ou combattantes, quel que soit leur camp, doivent être protégées par les parties au conflit. Les blessés et les malades doivent en outre pouvoir être évacués et soignés en toute sécurité », insiste M. Sangsue.

 

La ville de Batangafo, dans le nord-ouest du pays, reste paralysée ; les activités économiques sont à l’arrêt depuis les heurts qui se sont produits entre groupes armés et les affrontements qui ont impliqué les forces multinationales, le 30 juillet dernier. Même les cultivateurs n’ont plus accès à leurs terres. Le 26 août, une équipe du CICR s’est rendue à Farazala pour évaluer la situation humanitaire des personnes déplacées en provenance de Batangafo et pour déterminer leurs besoins et l’assistance à leur apporter.

 

À Boda (115 km à l’ouest de Bangui), les violences intercommunautaires qui secouent la ville depuis le 21 août ont fait des morts et des blessés et provoqué le déplacement de centaines de personnes.

 

Les habitants d’autres villes de la République centrafricaine, en particulier dans les régions de Kaga Bandoro et Bambari, continuent de vivre dans la crainte d’être attaqués par des hommes armés.

 

« Nos équipes s’efforcent de répondre aux besoins les plus pressants de la population, conclut M. Sangsue. Nous maintenons en outre le dialogue avec tous ceux qui participent aux hostilités ainsi qu’avec les chefs communautaires et religieux afin de faire mieux connaître et respecter les Principes fondamentaux du droit international humanitaire. »

 

Du 7 juillet au 20 août 2014, le CICR, en collaboration avec la Croix-Rouge centrafricaine, a :

 

•    effectué plus de 7 000 consultations curatives à Bangui et dans la région de Kaga Bandoro, et plus de 130 interventions chirurgicales à Bangui ;

•    évacué 15 malades et transféré 4 patients de l’intérieur du pays vers l’hôpital communautaire de Bangui ;

•    réhabilité deux centres de santé dans la région de Kaga Bandoro ;

•    fourni quotidiennement de l’eau potable à plus de 20 000 personnes déplacées à l’aéroport de Bangui, plus de 11 000 à Kaga Bandoro et près de 20 000 à Bambari ;

•    fourni quotidiennement de l’eau potable à la ville et à l’hôpital de Ndélé, pour plus de 10 000 personnes ;

•    distribué des articles ménagers de première nécessité à plus de 18 500 personnes ;

•    fourni une assistance alimentaire à près de 25 000 personnes déplacées à Bangui ;

•    fourni une assistance alimentaire à plus de 400 personnes déplacées sur l’axe Bambari-Ippy ;

•    réuni avec leurs familles six enfants séparés par suite du conflit ;

•    sensibilisé plus de 400 membres de différents groupes armés aux notions de base du droit international humanitaire et près de 150 leaders communautaires et religieux aux principes humanitaires.

Les équipes du CICR ont en outre visité 560 détenus afin de s’assurer que leurs conditions de détention et leur traitement étaient conformes aux normes internationales.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Lesotho


 

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Lesotho

 

NEW YORK, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General is concerned about the reported military takeover in Lesotho. He calls for respect for the constitutional order and democratic rule. He urges all parties to refrain from violence and work together towards a peaceful and lasting resolution of their differences.

 

The Secretary-General welcomes earlier efforts by SADC, the Commonwealth and other partners of Lesotho to support the restoration of trust among the members of the Coalition Government and urges all parties to continue to play an active role in the promotion of peace in Lesotho. He reaffirms the continued support of the United Nations to these efforts.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


 

Joint statement by the UN, IGAD and EU Envoys to Somalia International partners welcome reconciliation progress in Kismayo

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and European Union (EU) welcomed the agreement by Col Barre Adan Shire (Barre Hiiraale) to participate in a reconciliation process and for his irregular military forces to present themselves for screening and potential integration into the Somali National Army (SNA) with the support of the Federal Government of Somalia.

 

“We welcome this agreement between Col Barre Hiiraale and the Interim Jubba Administration brokered by the Federal Government of Somalia. It is an important step forward in the path towards peace- and state-building for all Somalis. We stand ready to support a reconciliation conference in the coming weeks and urge all parties to engage in constructive consultation and reconciliation involving all stakeholders, ensuring that the interests of all communities are protected. Somalia’s international partners remain committed to supporting the nation’s peace and state-building agenda”.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

How Movitel has changed the life of Mozambican people: From a house helper to a boss – one in many fairy tales created by Movitel

 

By Dang Phuong*

 

MAPUTO, Mozambique, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Antonio Edmundo, 23 years old, is currently the director of the Movitel’s district center island Ilha de Mozambique, Nampula province. Just two years ago, he was only a house helper in the office this business center of Movitel, SA – a joint venture between Vietnamese company Viettel and Mozambique’s SPI Company. Antonio’s journey from a house helper to a master might surprise many people; it’s just like a dream coming true!

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Starting to work for Movitel from January 2012 as a house helper since the company opened stores in the district of Namialo, Antonio was highly appreciated by the district director of Namialo – Mr. Khanh, who hired him due to his enthusiasm, hard work and loyalty. Khanh had an intention to train him to be a store staff as working in the house, Antonio could capture all daily operations of the store, knowing where and how to store the merchandise, and understanding the work of each staff.

 

After some time, noticing the extremely agile and quick understanding of the “house helper”, Director Khanh assigned Antonio to manage a mobile sales team. Every morning, after a decent cleaning the entire store, from 8am, Antonio led the team to go out selling goods in remote areas. Until September 2012, Antonio was promoted as a salesman of the shop; however, he still took care of the house cleaning at the same time. But from that time on, Antonio’s work expanded. In addition to leading mobile teams, he was also in charge of managing and delivery goods to points of sale.

 

Step by step, Antonio had gained experience and raised up his dream of changing life until it coming true in February 2014, when he officially took over Mr.Khanh’s position as the director of the Ilha island. He is now a “real boss”, managing the entire business of the district center with 9 staffs and 01 technical team. So far, Ilha district ranks the second highest in term of mobile penetration in the branch with 21.5% (11 237 subscribers out of 52 202 people).

 

The story of Antoino is one among many other interesting stories in Movitel about the changes it brings to the staffs and people where it runs business.

 

After 2 years entering Mozambique’s telecom market, Movitel has achieved significant successful business and with a rapid revenue and subscriber growth rate over 120%/year to reach nearly US$155 revenue and 5 million subscribers in 2013, making up 32% market share. However, what people impressed most by this operator is its contribution to the society. Movitel has popularized telecom services in rural and underserved areas, significantly changing the communication landscape in Mozambique and contributing in various ways to enhance life of people here through many of its social programs.

 

In order to enable telecom services including mobile, fixed phone and Internet accessible to rural population, Movitel has invested in a network of 2,800 towers, 25,000km fiber optic cable covering 100% districts and highways, 80% population and a distribution channel to every village. Besides, it also provides service support and social programs including free Internet to schools, subsidizing handset cost for rural users, offering special package designed to support low-income users such as farmers or students. Movitel has provided free Internet to 2,500 schools, supported Mozambican government to implement e-government program. Nearly 600,000 people in at least 5rural districts have been covered and served telecom services for the first time in life. With Movitel, telecom services are now available to everyone, giving them opportunities to improve their living standard.

 

With a philosophy of integrating business development with social responsibility, Movitel has considerably took part in the sustainable development Mozambique and helped changing the life of people here, particularly the poor and the rural population. It has generated nearly 20,000 jobs in rural areas. After employing local people, the company will train them until they can independently handle the work themselves. After that, expert managers from headquarter shall be retreated, leaving the positions for the local people to take over. By doing this way, Movitel not only gives the people a means of living but also a dream to pursue. Antonio – District Director of Ilha de Mozambique is one such person.

 

As a result of their tireless effort, on July 8th 2014, Movitel was granted the “Best Mobile Innovations Award” – the most notable prize among the 18 others of the Mobile Innovations Awards for business across the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and became the only telecom operator in Africa winning 3 reputable prizes from prestigious and leading international organizations within only 2 years of business. Formerly, it won the Rural Telecom Award of the AfricaCom Awards in 2012 and the Competitive Strategy Leadership award by The American Research and Consulting firm Frost and Sullivan in 2013.

 

*Author: Dang Phuong – Reporter of Youth Newspapers – Vietnam.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Youth Newspapers – Vietnam.

 

SOURCE 

Youth Newspapers – Vietnam

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