APO Media Award: WIN $500 a month for one year, one lap top, one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of your choice and more

 

The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year, and the third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year

 

DAKAR, Senegal, June 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, announced today that entry is now open for the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward).

The first-place winner will be presented with $500 a month for one year, one laptop and one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of his or her choice as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.

 

The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year.

 

The third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year.

 

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APO Media Award celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa. The subject matter may comprise a single topic or a variety of subjects, including – but not limited to – business, economy, technology, agriculture, health, energy, gender, logistics, tourism, motoring, aviation, not-for-profit issues, diplomacy, environment, mining, entertainment and more.

 

APO Media Award is open to African journalists and bloggers, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story that has been broadcast or published in English, French, Portuguese or Arabic in the form of a printed publication, a television feature, a radio story, a website or a blog whose primary audience is based in Africa.

 

Stories must have been broadcast or published between January and August 2014.

 

Stories are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and community impact.

 

All stories must be submitted in electronic format:

a) Print: upload the scan(s) of the published article.

b) Radio: upload the SoundCloud link (SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that enables its users to upload and share sounds they have created themselves – https://soundcloud.com).

c) Website: upload the URL.

d) TV: upload the YouTube link.

 

TV material must first be uploaded to YouTube (www.youtube.com) and radio material to SoundCloud (www.soundcloud.com). If you are not a member of these sites, you will need to sign up in order to upload the video or radio material. Once you have obtained the link, you must enter it in this online entry form when inputting your story details.

 

Online Entry Form is available here:
http://www.apo-opa.com/apo_media_award.php?L=E

 

The deadline for entries is 1 September 2014.

 

The finalists will be announced on 15 September 2014.

 

The winners will be announced on 29 September 2014.

 

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Follow the hashtag: #APOMediaAward

 

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With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO has a media database comprising over 50,000 contacts and is the main online community for news relating to Africa.

 

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

 

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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

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

WHO Ebola Disease Outbreak News: Senegal


 

WHO Ebola Disease Outbreak News: Senegal

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Epidemiology and surveillance

 

On 30 August 2014, Senegal’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Affairs provided WHO with details about a case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) announced in that country on 29 August.

 

WHO has also received details of the emergency investigation immediately launched by the Government. Testing and confirmation of Ebola were undertaken by a laboratory at the Institut Pasteur in Dakar.

 

The case is a 21-year-old male native of Guinea, who arrived in Dakar, by road, on 20 August and stayed with relatives at a home in the outskirts of the city.

 

On 23 August, he sought medical care for symptoms that included fever, diarrhoea, and vomiting. He received treatment for malaria, but did not improve and left the facility.

 

After leaving the facility, he continued to reside with his relatives. Though the investigation is in its early stages, he is not presently known to have travelled elsewhere.

 

On 26 August, he was referred to a specialized facility for infectious diseases, still showing the same symptoms, and was hospitalized.

 

On 27 August, authorities in Conakry, Guinea, issued an alert, informing medical services in Guinea and neighbouring countries, that a person, who was a close contact of a confirmed EVD patient, had escaped the surveillance system.

 

That alert prompted testing at the Dakar laboratory, launched an investigation, and triggered urgent contact tracing.

 

Health sector response

 

WHO is treating this first case in Senegal as a top priority emergency. Key operational personnel were dispatched to Dakar today; others will follow.

 

The Government of Senegal has informed WHO of the urgent need for epidemiological support, personal protective equipment, and hygiene kits. These needs will be met with the fastest possible speed.

 

SOURCE 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

Political Tensions in Lesotho


 

Political Tensions in Lesotho

 

WASHINGTON, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

Jen Psaki

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

August 30, 2014

 

The United States is deeply concerned by clashes between security forces today in Lesotho, and calls upon government officials and all parties to remain committed to peaceful political dialogue and to follow democratic processes in line with the Lesotho Constitution and principles of the rule of law.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

UN Special Envoy Djinnit Meets with Congolese Leadership, Reaffirm Centrality of Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework as Linchpin for Stability and Shared Prosperity in the DRC and the Region.

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region (SESG), Said Djinnit completes his first two-day visit in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in a move to advance the objectives of a regional peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa in February last year. In Kinshasa, he met with a wide range of stakeholders including President Kabila, Government officials, the Diplomatic Corps, the United Nations family, and Civil Society. The DRC is at the heart of the PSC Framework and to me, it was important to come here at the outset of my first regional tour said Special Envoy Djinnit who is also scheduled to visit other signatory countries, including Rwanda and Uganda in the coming weeks.

 

SESG Djinnit discussed with President Kabila and the Congolese authorities on ways to collectively work to achieve progress under the PSC Framework Agreement, through the effective implementation of the commitments undertaken by the signatory States of the Agreement. They also discussed ongoing challenges that continue to impede stability in eastern DRC and the region. The Special Envoy and the DRC leadership paid a particular attention to the FDLR disarmament process, the repatriation of the former M23 combatants from Rwanda and Uganda and the importance of sustaining political will among the regional leaders to consolidate the gains achieved so far and meet all commitments under the PSC Framework.

 

In this regard, Special Envoy Djinnit expressed his appreciation to Congolese authorities and reaffirm the centrality of PSC Framework as the linchpin to stabilization and shared prosperity in the DRC and the region: I was encouraged by my meetings with the Congolese officials who showed support for my mandate and readiness to collaborate further. Djinnit said. He further highlighted the need to boost opportunities under the economic development pillar, in particular the upcoming Regional Consultation meeting on Private Sector Investment in the Great Lakes which will take place in Luanda, Angola on 9-10 September.

 

While in Kinshasa, Special Envoy Djinnit assured civil society representatives of his intention to engage closely with civil society, women, and youth groups throughout his mandate. He emphasized the important role that civil society groups have in monitoring the implementation of the PSC Framework.

 

The PSC Framework, a Framework of Hope, remains a strategic instrument, together with other existing regional mechanisms, to consolidate peace, stability and cooperation in the region. Mr. Djinnit said. I intend to work with signatory countries, regional organizations as well as international partners and civil society to overcome the remaining challenges for the full implementation of the Framework and ensure that peace dividends are delivered to all.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

France / Egypte / Agenda de Monsieur le président de la République


 

France / Egypte / Agenda de Monsieur le président de la République

 

PARIS, France, 1er septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Agenda de Monsieur le président de la République

 

MARDI 2 SEPTEMBRE

15H30 Entretien avec M. Sameh CHOUKRI, ministre des Affaires étrangères égyptien.

 

SOURCE 

Présidence de la République française


 

IMF Executive Board Completes the Fourth Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement for Tunisia and Approves US$217.5 Million Disbursement

 

TUNIS, Tunisia, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the fourth review of Tunisia’s economic performance under a 24-month program supported by a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). The completion of the review enables an immediate disbursement of SDR 143.25 million (about US$217.5 million), bringing total disbursements to SDR 716.25 million (about US$1.1 billion).

The two-year SBA in the amount of SDR 1.146 billion (about US$1.74 billion, or 400 percent of Tunisia’s quota at the IMF) was approved by the Executive Board on June 7, 2013 (See Press Release No. 13/202).

In completing the fourth review, the Executive Board approved the authorities’ request for modification of the end of September 2014 performance criteria.

Following the Executive Board discussion on Tunisia Mr. Naoyuki Shinohara, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, said:

“Tunisia is set to complete its political transition with the advent of elections in the last quarter of 2014. Progress in the transition is helping galvanize support from development partners.

“Nonetheless, the economic situation remains difficult. Growth is timid, unemployment remains high, and rising external imbalances are putting pressures on the exchange rate and reserves.

“Program implementation has been strong. All quantitative performance criteria have been met. In spite of the challenging domestic and regional environment, structural reforms have been progressing, and the authorities have made up for earlier delays in some areas.

“Fiscal performance for the first half of the year has been strong, and continued fiscal consolidation remains essential to anchor macroeconomic stabilization. Fiscal measures to offset spending pressures are welcome, and recent increases in energy prices—together with the implementation of new programs to protect the poor— will help reduce vulnerabilities. Energy subsidy reform and a strict control of the wage bill will improve budget composition, which will also benefit from increased social and investment expenditures. Comprehensive revenue reforms, strengthened public financial management, and reform of public enterprises will support fiscal consolidation and help generate more inclusive growth.

“A tighter monetary policy would help counter inflationary pressures and reduce exchange rate pressures. Further exchange rate flexibility would help rebuild foreign reserve buffers, correct large external imbalances, and improve competitiveness.

“Important steps have been taken to reduce financial sector vulnerabilities, including through the historic adoption of public bank restructuring plans, which should be quickly implemented. Banking sector fragilities will be reduced further through the establishment of an asset management company, adoption of the bankruptcy law, completion of public bank audits, and upgrade of the regulatory framework.

“Accelerated implementation of structural reforms is needed to improve the investment climate and generate a stronger and more inclusive growth. Moving ahead with the competition law and the public private partnerships framework will help foster private sector development. The upcoming “Invest in Tunisia” conference should play an important role in this regard.”

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2014

Event Announcement: AfricaRice to host ‘Rice Innovations Fair’


 

Event Announcement: AfricaRice to host ‘Rice Innovations Fair’

 

COTONOU, Benin, September 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Innovative R&D products, tools and approaches developed by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and its partners to boost productivity in Africa’s rice farming will be showcased at the first ‘Rice Innovations Fair of Scalable Technologies’, 1-2 September 2014, in Cotonou, Benin.

 

The technologies on display will include, among others, new climate-smart ARICA rice varieties; SMART-valleys, a low-cost participatory and sustainable approach to develop inland valleys in sub-Saharan Africa for rice-based systems; mechanical weeders; power tillers; an energy-efficient rice parboiler; and RiceAdvice, a decision-support app for providing farmers with field-specific management guidelines.

 

The main objectives of the ‘Rice Innovations Fair’ are to raise awareness about the latest innovations as well as to identify with development partners, donors and researchers promising scalable technologies and define dissemination pathways.

 

The first day of the event will focus on the presentation of a set of eleven technologies, followed by discussions to define dissemination pathways for each innovation.

 

The second day will include a visit to the Ouinhi district in Benin, to see inland valleys that have been developed using the Smart-valleys participatory approach. These achievements are the result of AfricaRice’s partnership with the Benin extension agency called Cellule Bas-Fonds, under the Rural Engineering Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries.

 

The 2-days event is expected to be highly interactive in order to maximize knowledge exchange among participants and establish new contacts between researchers and representatives of the development sector.

 

 

Editor’s Notes:

 

AfricaRice is one of the 15 international agricultural research Centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium. It is also an intergovernmental association of African member countries.

 

The Center was created in 1971 by 11 African countries. Today its membership comprises 25 countries, covering West, Central, East and North African regions, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.

 

AfricaRice temporary headquarters is based in Cotonou, Benin; research staff are also based in Senegal, Nigeria, Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

 

For more information visit: http://www.AfricaRice.org

 

SOURCE 

Africa Rice Centre (WARDA)


 

IMF and the East African Community Launch Collaboration Program to Assist East African Partner States Develop Government Finance Statistics

 

ARUSHA, Tanzania, August 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the East African Community (EAC) this week launched a collaborative program to improve the compilation and dissemination of Government Finance Statistics (GFS) for Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The inaugural workshop was held in Arusha, Tanzania, from August 25-29, 2014.

The workshop provided an opportunity for statisticians and economists from the EAC region to identify the needs for technical assistance (TA) to strengthen GFS to be provided by the IMF. The program will assist the EAC Partner States to meet the fiscal data requirements associated with the East African Community Monetary Union (EAMU) protocol, signed by EAC Heads of State in November 2013.

Dr. Enos Bukuku, EAC Deputy Secretary in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, welcomed the opportunity to host the workshop and launch the GFS program. “The intervention is timely in facilitating production of robust statistical data required for the establishment of EAMU and transition to EAC single currency by 2024,” noted Dr. Bukuku. He added that GFS compiled in accordance with internationally agreed methodological standards would not only provide the EAC region with an important framework for comparing, analyzing and evaluating fiscal policy, but also an opportunity to improve government and public sector performance.

Mr.Barredo Capelot, Director of the Government Finance Statistics and Quality Directorate in Eurostat, said “solid and comprehensive fiscal statistics are essential for regional integration and preserving macroeconomic stability.”

Mr. Sukhwinder Singh, Coordinator at the IMF’s East Africa Regional Technical Assistance Center (East AFRITAC), noted that “as part of the collaboration program, the IMF will provide TA through hands-on sessions during visits by experts to participating countries, as well as regular workshops to provide practical training and allow countries to share experiences.”

During this inaugural workshop, country representatives from the EAC discussed their national fiscal data development plans that will guide the work of improving compilation and dissemination of regionally comparable GFS data in accordance with international standards. This is to be done by 2018, which is within the timeline of the EAMU protocol.

IMF staff shared their expertise in developing systems for compiling GFS and government debt statistics. TA needs were drawn up based on national priorities and work plans are also already underway. This work reflects the initiative and migration to the use of the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014 (GFSM 2014) methodology in reporting fiscal data related to the EAMU macroeconomic convergence criteria, which would be compatible with international standards and best practices and consistent with other macroeconomic statistical systems.

Background

East AFRITAC, located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is one of nine regional IMF technical assistance centers around the world, serving Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. It provides capacity-building assistance in core areas of expertise of the IMF such as: revenue administration; public financial management; macro-fiscal analysis; financial sector regulation; monetary policy and operations; and economic and financial statistics. Its Steering Committee, composed of the member countries, the IMF and representatives of the donors, oversees and provides guidance on the Center’s operations.

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2014

France / Afrique / Agenda du ministre des affaires étrangères


 

France / Afrique / Agenda du ministre des affaires étrangères

 

PARIS, France, 29 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Agenda du ministre des affaires étrangères du 1er au 6 septembre 2014

 

Mardi 2 septembre

 

12h – Entretien avec M. Sameh CHOUKRI, ministre des affaires étrangères égyptien, suivi d’un déjeuner de travail, d’une réunion économique et d’un point de presse, Quai d’Orsay

 

Samedi 6 septembre

 

Conférence “Investir en Tunisie/Start-up Democracy”, Tunis

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2014

France / Maroc


 

France / Maroc

 

PARIS, France, 29 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 29 août 2014

 

Q – Malgré la suspension de la coopération judiciaire avec Paris, est-il exact que le Maroc a donné son accord pour le transfèrement d’un groupe de prisonniers français ? Si oui, combien et sur quels critères ? Quelle est la position des autorités françaises par rapport aux autres détenus qui poursuivent une grève de la faim ?

 

R – La France se félicite de ces premières décisions de transfèrements.

 

Nous formulons le souhait que cette dynamique puisse se poursuivre.

 

Nous souhaitons résoudre au plus vite l’ensemble des situations individuelles en matière judiciaire.

 

Nos services consulaires sont mobilisés pour exercer notre protection consulaire en faveur des détenus français, notamment pour s’assurer de leurs conditions de santé. A cette fin, la France est naturellement disposée à travailler en liaison avec la commission spécialement créée par les autorités marocaines, avec lesquelles nous sommes en contact étroit.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2014

France / Egypte – Terrorisme


 

France / Egypte – Terrorisme

 

PARIS, France, 29 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ - Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 29 août 2014

 

La France condamne avec la plus grande fermeté le meurtre odieux et barbare de quatre personnes dans le Sinaï, revendiqué par un groupe terroriste. Elle adresse ses condoléances aux proches des victimes et exprime sa solidarité avec le peuple égyptien.

 

Elle se tient aux côtés des autorités égyptiennes dans leur lutte contre le terrorisme.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2014

IOM Supports Community Efforts to Help Displaced People in Bangui Return Home


 

IOM Supports Community Efforts to Help Displaced People in Bangui Return Home

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In Bangui’s Third District a community association “Tournons la Page” (“Turn the Page”) is helping people displaced by the Central African Republic (CAR) crisis to return to their homes, supported by a pilot initiative of IOM’s EU-funded Community Stabilization Unit.

“Turn the Page” is working with IOM to provide cleaning and tool kits to displaced people who want to return to their homes in the Third District. The kits include shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes, cleaning and disinfectant products, carpentry equipment, and tools to trim overgrowth.

By receiving the kits, displaced people commit to returning home. Fifty kits are available each week. After one week people are expected to return them to the association in order to allow them to be given to other returnees.

The Third District was the site of some of the most intense violence in the CAR crisis. The situation has since improved, but continues to be unstable, as demonstrated by the widespread violence of August 20th, 2014. Hundreds of houses in the area have been damaged and many homes have been deserted for several months.

 

The most recent IOM return intention survey in July found that 50% of displaced people stated that “destruction of their homes” was the main reason for their displacement. Some 68% cited “lack of means” as the primary reason preventing them from leaving displacement sites.

Now in its second week, the programme has assisted 47 households to rehabilitate their houses in order to be able to return home. In total, the project aims to assist more than 200 households to clean and rehabilitate their homes.

“Turn the Page” also organizes communal street cleaning twice a week to encourage returned families to engage with their neighbours, and coordinates group transport from displacement sites back to homes in the Third District.

 

Recently, there has been a gradual return from displacement sites to homes in the Third District. Residents hope that support from IOM and “Turn the Page” will accelerate the process.

The president of “Turn the Page” Mansour Mangui said: “The process is going very well. We work together with all communities. The majority of displaced people from the Third District are at the Ledger [Mpoko airport displacement site]. Our dream is to be finished with the Ledger and end the conflict so we can live together in peace. IOM helped us with the return kits. Through these activities everyone can to return to the Third District in security to work on their houses. Our work motivates other people to come home.”

The two-month pilot initiative will continue through mid-October. IOM provides funding and technical advice for the community cleaning projects. The initiative is IOM’s first effort to facilitate durable return solutions for continuously displaced populations. IOM is actively seeking funding support for projects related to return solutions.

 

IOM’s EU-funded Community Stabilization Unit project: “Support to early recovery and community stabilization for communities at risk in Bangui” supports social cohesion and peaceful cohabitation among communities through economic revitalization, infrastructure rehabilitation, and grassroots events to promote reconciliation. The project is focused on Bangui’s Third and Fifth Districts.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2014

Deteriorating Security in Libya May Result in More Migrant Boats: IOM


 

Deteriorating Security in Libya May Result in More Migrant Boats: IOM

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM is concerned that the number of migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya by sea could increase in the coming weeks, as more people decide to opt for the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to escape ongoing fighting in the Libyan capital.

For the last six weeks, Tripoli has seen fighting between rival militias, including indiscriminate shelling of the main airport and surrounding areas. The increasing use of heavy artillery and missiles have caused an unknown number of casualties, many of them civilians.

The Libyan capital lacks petrol, diesel, electricity and gas, and the price of basic commodities is skyrocketing. Insecurity is preventing movement in the western part of the city and on roads to the Tunisian border, which many Libyans and foreign nationals are trying to reach. There are checkpoints along the main roads.

Insecurity is also preventing IOM’s 25 staff in Tripoli from moving freely. Many frequently have to work from home.

The Libyan authorities report that some 50,000 people have been forced to leave their homes and to move on safer areas in and around Tripoli. Many displaced families are living with local communities or in shelters provided by the Libyan Red Crescent.

Their most pressing needs include medicine, food and hygiene kits. If the situation continues to deteriorate, they will also need shelter, cooking utensils and sanitation facilities, according to IOM Tripoli staff.

IOM psychosocial experts have also highlighted the need for psychosocial support and protection for vulnerable groups, including children and migrants. Trainers are working with the Libyan NGOs and local councils to provide an intensive 6-day training course for some 40 frontline social workers helping displaced people and migrants.

Displaced migrants trapped in Tripoli have been particularly hard hit. Last Friday (22/8), ten Sudanese were killed when a stray missile destroyed a house in Tripoli’s Karmiya district. An estimated 15,000 Sudanese live in the district and the Sunday market area, which are under siege.

The situation of migrants in detention centers is also deteriorating. There are 18 detention centers for migrants, normally hosting between 4,000 to 6,000 people. Most of the centers are operational, but are experiencing shortages of calor gas for cooking, water and food. Some have released migrants, as they can no longer afford to provide adequate food and sanitation.

IOM staff have also identified some 2,000 Pakistanis who have found refuge in a school in central Tripoli. “The place is overcrowded and everyone is anxious to be repatriated. But in the meantime, they urgently need food and medical care,” says IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi.

IOM and the Libyan Red Crescent is working to improve sanitation at the site and arranging the delivery of food, water and hygiene kits.

IOM is also working with the Ethiopian Embassy in Cairo to provide travel documents and help a number of Ethiopian women detained at the Surman detention center for women to return home.

It has also received requests from Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam to help their citizens to leave Libya.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


 

U.S. Special Representative for Somalia, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, and EU Ambassador to Somalia Appeal for All Armed Forces to Withdraw from Saaxdheer, Sool Region.

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, August 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — United States Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty, UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay and European Union Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso express profound concern about the deployment of armed forces and the resultant conflict within Saaxdheer, Sool Region.

 

We call for the immediate withdrawal of forces from Saaxdheer, and the immediate release of all prisoners. We urge all parties to refrain from violence and make concerted efforts to de-escalate and resolve differences through peaceful means and dialogue. All parties should make immediate efforts to demonstrate genuine willingness to create the conditions necessary for long-term and durable stability in the region.

 

The U.S. Special Representative, the UN Special Representative and the EU Ambassador urge all parties in the affected region to engage peacefully and find constructive ways to address jointly the drivers of conflict. They express their commitment to help all parties to seek compromise and work towards durable peace and stability in the region.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

DÉCLARATION À LA PRESSE FAITE PAR LE CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ CONCERNANT L’HÉLICOPTÈRE DE LA MINUSS QUI A ÉTÉ ABATTU

 

NEW YORK, 29 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ On trouvera ci-après le texte de la déclaration à la presse faite aujourd’hui par le Président du Conseil de sécurité pour le mois d’août, M. Mark Lyall Grant (Royaume-Uni):

 

Les membres du Conseil de sécurité ont condamné dans les termes les plus vifs la destruction d’un hélicoptère MI-8AMT de la MINUSS abattu près de Bentiu, dans l’État de l’Unité (Soudan du Sud) le 26 août 2014 alors qu’il transportait une cargaison vers la zone avec un équipage de quatre membres russes, dont trois ont péri et le quatrième est gravement blessé.

 

Les membres du Conseil de sécurité ont adressé leurs condoléances attristées aux familles des membres de l’équipage décédés et au Gouvernement de la Fédération de Russie et ont souhaité un complet rétablissement au membre de l’équipage blessé.

 

Ils ont souligné que cette attaque constituait une violation grave de l’accord sur le statut des forces du 8 août 2011 et mettait en péril les opérations de la MINUSS.

 

Ils ont très instamment demandé à la MINUSS et au Gouvernement du Soudan du Sud de mener rapidement une enquête minutieuse et transparente sur cette attaque.

 

Les membres du Conseil de sécurité ont fortement insisté sur le fait que ceux qui sont responsables de cette attaque doivent répondre de leurs actes et que toutes les mesures nécessaires pour éviter de telles attaques à l’avenir doivent être prises.

 

Ils ont également demandé à la MINUSS de prendre les mesures supplémentaires appropriées pour assurer la sécurité de ses opérations dans le Soudan du Sud et de faire rapport à ce sujet au Conseil.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2014

Sudan: ICRC signs country agreement with government

 

Sudan: ICRC signs country agreement with government

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today signed a newly revised country agreement. The legal document formalizes relations between the Sudanese authorities and the ICRC, and will replace a previous agreement dating from 1984.

 

The Sudanese authorities suspended the ICRC’s activities in Sudan on 1 February, citing technical issues, and asked the organization to review the country agreement that sets out its legal and diplomatic status in the country.

 

Currently, the ICRC is discussing with the Sudanese authorities the practical arrangements for restarting its humanitarian operations in the country. “Negotiations have been constructive in recent weeks, and the signing of a new country agreement is a positive and essential step towards resuming our humanitarian work in Sudan,” said Jean-Christophe Sandoz, who heads the ICRC delegation in Sudan. “We hope to conclude our dialogue with the authorities soon.”

 

“The revised agreement sets forth the ICRC’s legal and diplomatic status in the country and continues to recognize our organization’s mandate, which is to assist and protect victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence,” explained Mr Sandoz. “This type of agreement is not specific to Sudan; the ICRC has similar accords with about 100 other countries around the world.”

 

In 2013, about 1.5 million people in Sudan benefited from ICRC aid. “Our staff are eager to pick up where they left off, helping people in conflict-stricken areas,” said Mr Sandoz.

 

The ICRC has been working in Sudan since 1978 and extended its operations to Darfur in 2003. The organization’s mandate is set out in the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, to which Sudan, along with 194 other States, is party.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2014

Soudan : le CICR signe un accord avec le gouvernement

 

Soudan : le CICR signe un accord avec le gouvernement

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 28 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le ministère soudanais des Affaires étrangères et le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) ont signé aujourd’hui un accord nouvellement révisé. Le document juridique officialise les relations entre les autorités soudanaises et le CICR, et remplacera l’accord de 1984.

 

Les autorités soudanaises ont suspendu les activités du CICR au Soudan le 1er février, évoquant des problèmes techniques, et ont demandé au CICR de revoir l’accord qui définit le statut juridique et diplomatique de l’institution dans le pays.

 

Actuellement, le CICR discute avec les autorités soudanaises des modalités pratiques en vue de redémarrer ses opérations humanitaires dans le pays. « Les négociations ont été constructives ces dernières semaines et la signature d’un nouvel accord est une étape positive et essentielle vers la reprise de notre action humanitaire au Soudan », déclare Jean-Christophe Sandoz, qui dirige la délégation du CICR au Soudan. « Nous espérons conclure prochainement nos discussions avec les autorités. »

 

« Ce document juridique régit la coopération entre les autorités soudanaises et le CICR. Il renforce le statut juridique et diplomatique du CICR dans le pays, et continue aussi de reconnaître le mandat du CICR, qui est d’apporter assistance et protection aux victimes des conflits armés, explique M. Sandoz. De plus, ce type d’accord n’est pas spécifique au Soudan ; le CICR a conclu des accords similaires avec une centaine d’autres pays dans le monde. »

 

En 2013, près d’1,5 million de personnes au Soudan ont bénéficié de l’aide du CICR. « Nos collaborateurs sont impatients de reprendre leur travail et de venir en aide à la population dans les zones touchées par le conflit », explique M. Sandoz.

 

Le CICR travaille au Soudan depuis 1978. Il a étendu ses opérations au Darfour en 2003. Il tire son mandat des Conventions de Genève et de leurs Protocoles additionnels, auxquels le Soudan est partie, ainsi que 194 autres États.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


 

DHL Express fortalece as relações de África com as principais economias desenvolvidas

 

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Apesar do exigente ambiente económico global, os volumes de importação e exportação para a DHL Express da África Subsariana (http://www.dpdhl.com) continuam consistentes e prevê-se que cresçam. Isto segundo Charles Brewer, Diretor-Geral da DHL Express da África Subsariana, que acrescenta: “O primeiro semestre de 2014 revelou um crescimento sólido e contínuo nas três principais rotas de importação da DHL Express da África Subsariana: os Estados Unidos, França e China, enquanto as três principais rotas de exportação da África Subsariana foram a Grã-Bretanha, os Estados Unidos e França”.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/dhl_logo2.jpg

 

Photo Charles Brewer: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/charles-brewer-1.jpg
(Charles Brewer, Diretor-Geral da DHL Express da África Subsariana)

 

A Deutsche Post DHL revelou recentemente os seus resultados do segundo trimestre, que apontam para um aumento do lucro operacional de quase 11%, graças, em parte, à maior rentabilidade da sua unidade de negócio da DHL Express.

 

“O comércio em África continua a apresentar excelentes oportunidades, tanto para os mercados estabelecidos como para os mercados emergentes, e quanto mais fortes forem as ligações e relações comerciais estabelecidas entre a África Subsariana e o resto do mundo, suportadas por cadeias de abastecimento de logística inovadoras, mais rápido será o desenvolvimento económico de África”.

 

De acordo com o Índice de Conetividade Global da DHL, mesmo com o crescimento acelerado que se tem verificado no continente, África é o continente menos ligado a nível mundial, quando consideramos a facilidade de movimentação de pessoas, comércio, informações e finanças.

 

“No futuro, a integração regional continuará a desempenhar um papel essencial no desencadeamento do potencial de crescimento do continente. Algumas das áreas discutidas e em foco incluem uma zona de comércio livre continental, união aduaneira única, uma moeda comum, etc. Todas elas deveriam aumentar substancialmente o comércio intrarregional, que atualmente representa menos de 20%. Um bom exemplo disto é o recente progresso rápido da Comunidade da África Oriental (Quénia, Uganda, Tanzânia, Ruanda e Burundi) que está a trabalhar arduamente no desenvolvimento de uma série de áreas essenciais e que motivem o comércio, como projetos para melhorar estradas, portos, vias ferroviárias e, acima de tudo, o ambiente fronteiriço aduaneiro com a introdução recente de um visto comum para a região.”

 

“No caso da DHL Express da África Subsariana, o primeiro semestre de 2014 foi caracterizado pelo crescimento sólido no setor energético, especialmente graças à mobilização de novas campanhas por parte de empresas exploradoras em países como os Camarões, Congo e Gabão. O setor tecnológico continua a fornecer oportunidades para a DHL providenciar soluções inovadoras, especialmente através da colaboração transversal de unidades de negócio, à medida que os clientes procuram alinhar os seus requisitos internos no sentido de atingir eficácia e limitação de custos. Apesar de estarem sujeitos a pressão regulamentar e da concorrência, os serviços financeiros continuaram a crescer motivados principalmente pela necessidade de fornecer instrumentos financeiros aos seus clientes de forma rápida e eficaz.”

 

“Gozamos de uma posição de mercado excecional em África, um dos principais mercados emergentes a nível mundial, e apesar de a nossa presença ser inigualável, continuamos a investir em infraestruturas líderes de mercado por todo o continente e com planos para nos expandirmos em 2014 e nos anos seguintes.”

 

“As PME continuam a representar uma fatia importante da nossa história de crescimento e um ponto essencial é continuar a tornar a logística mais acessível. Até à data, a DHL Express possui mais de 3500 localizações de retalho em África, com mais 100 planeadas até ao final do ano.”

 

“Como dizemos na DHL, estamos presentes em África há 36 anos e a mudança de “continente esquecido” para “África em crescimento” tem sido uma viagem incrível. O futuro só pode ser excelente. Está na altura de África se concentrar, ligar e crescer”, termina Brewer.

 

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Deutsche Post DHL.

 

 

Contacto para meios de comunicação social:

Megan Collinicos. Diretora: Publicidade e Relações Públicas, África Subsariana

DHL Express

Tel.: +27 21 409 3613 Telemóvel: +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

 

DHL – A empresa de logística para o mundo

A DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) é a líder mundial de mercado na indústria logística e de CEP e “A empresa de logística para o mundo”. A DHL aplica os seus conhecimentos especializados sobre transporte expresso internacional, entrega de encomendas nacional e internacional, frete aéreo e marítimo, transporte rodoviário e ferroviário, bem como sobre soluções relacionadas com contratos e comércio eletrónico em toda a cadeia de abastecimento. Uma rede global composta por mais de 220 países e territórios e com cerca de 315.000 colaboradores em todo o mundo que disponibiliza aos consumidores a melhor qualidade de serviço e conhecimento local para satisfazer os seus requisitos da cadeia de abastecimento. A DHL aceita a sua responsabilidade social ao apoiar a proteção ambiental, a gestão de catástrofes e a educação.

 

A DHL faz parte do grupo Deutsche Post DHL. O grupo gerou receitas superiores a 55 bilhões de euros em 2013.

 

Para obter mais informações: www.dpdhl.com

Imagens de stock disponíveis em: http://www.dpdhl.com/en/media_relations/media_library.html

 

SOURCE 

Deutsche Post DHL


 

DHL Express renforce ses liens en Afrique avec les plus grandes économies développées

 

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 28 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Malgré le ralentissement économique mondial actuel, DHL Express Afrique Subsaharienne (http://www.dpdhl.com) maintient ses volumes d’importations et d’exportations à un niveau élevé, et devrait encore les faire progresser. Telle est la teneur des déclarations de Charles Brewer, directeur général de DHL Express Afrique Subsaharienne, qui précise : « Au premier semestre 2014, DHL Express Afrique Subsaharienne a connu une progression forte et soutenue de trois grandes voies d’importation, à savoir celles en provenance des États-Unis, de France et de Chine, ainsi que de trois grands axes d’exportation vers le Royaume-Uni, les États-Unis et la France. »

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/dhl_logo2.jpg

 

Photo Charles Brewer: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/charles-brewer-1.jpg
(Charles Brewer, directeur général de DHL Express Afrique Subsaharienne)

 

Les résultats du deuxième trimestre récemment publiés par le groupe Deutsche Post DHL font état d’une augmentation du bénéfice d’exploitation global de près de 11 %, due notamment à une meilleure rentabilité au sein de son unité commerciale DHL Express.

 

« Les échanges commerciaux en Afrique continuent d’offrir d’immenses possibilités tant pour les marchés développés que pour les marchés émergents. De plus, le renforcement des contacts et des relations commerciales entre l’Afrique subsaharienne et le reste du monde, soutenu par des chaînes logistiques d’approvisionnement innovantes, aura pour effet d’accélérer le développement économique de l’Afrique. »

 

Malgré la période de croissance accélérée qu’elle connaît, l’Afrique est le continent le moins connecté du monde en termes de facilité des déplacements, d’échanges commerciaux, d’information et de finance. Tel est le constat de l’indice de connectivité mondiale de DHL.

 

« L’intégration régionale continuera de jouer un rôle essentiel pour libérer le potentiel de croissance du continent. Parmi les questions à l’ordre du jour figure notamment la création d’une zone de libre-échange, d’une union douanière et d’une monnaie unique sur le continent, autant de mesures qui auraient pour effet d’améliorer sensiblement les échanges commerciaux intra-régionaux qui totalisent actuellement moins de 20 %. Les progrès récents et rapides enregistrés par la Communauté de l’Afrique de l’Est (Kenya, Ouganda, Tanzanie, Rwanda et Burundi) illustrent bien cette évolution. Les États-membres de la CAE travaillent d’arrache-pied pour définir des mesures efficaces destinées à stimuler les échanges, dans le cadre, par exemple, de projets visant à améliorer les infrastructures routières, portuaires et ferroviaires, ainsi que les services frontaliers des douanes. Ces États viennent en outre d’instaurer un visa commun pour leur région. »

 

« Pour DHL Express Afrique Subsaharienne, le premier semestre 2014 s’est caractérisé par une forte croissance dans le secteur énergétique, due notamment au lancement de nouvelles campagnes des sociétés d’exploration dans des pays comme le Cameroun, le Congo et le Gabon. Le secteur technologique continue de fournir à DHL un fort potentiel pour la fourniture de solutions innovantes, en particulier par une collaboration intersectorielle qui répond au souhait des clients d’harmoniser leurs exigences internes pour une plus grande efficacité et une réduction des coûts. Malgré les pressions concurrentielles et réglementaires auxquelles il est soumis, le secteur des services financiers poursuit sa croissance, laquelle est portée essentiellement par la nécessité de fournir rapidement et efficacement des instruments financiers aux clients. »

 

« Nous jouissons d’une position exceptionnelle sur le marché africain, un des plus grands marchés émergents du monde. Tirant profit de notre implantation inégalée, nous continuons d’investir dans des infrastructures de pointe sur le marché, d’un bout à l’autre du continent, avec un programme d’expansion en 2014 et au-delà. »

 

« Tandis que les petites et moyennes entreprises continuent d’être un des vecteurs de notre croissance, un de nos principaux objectifs vise à faciliter encore l’accès à la logistique. À l’heure actuelle, DHL Express dispose de plus de 3 500 points de vente dans toute l’Afrique et prévoit l’ouverture de plusieurs centaines d’autres d’ici la fin de l’année. »

 

« Comme nous le répétons souvent chez DHL, nous sommes présents en Afrique depuis 36 ans et cela a été une aventure formidable que de voir le « continent oublié » connaître une renaissance si spectaculaire. L’avenir semble extrêmement prometteur. Il est temps que l’Afrique se concentre sur ses objectifs, qu’elle se connecte et poursuive sa croissance », conclut Monsieur Brewer.

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Deutsche Post DHL.

 

 

Contact médias :

Megan Collinicos. Responsable : Publicité et relations publiques, Afrique subsaharienne

DHL Express

Tél. : +27 21 409 3613 ; tél. portable : +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

 

DHL – Le Groupe de Transport et Logistique Mondial

Leader mondial des secteurs de la logistique, de la messagerie et des livraisons express, DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) est « le groupe de transport et logistique mondial ». Le groupe DHL met au service de ses clients ses compétences dans le domaine du courrier international, de la livraison de paquets nationaux et internationaux, du fret aérien et maritime ainsi que du transport routier et ferroviaire. Il leur propose également des solutions contractuelles et de commerce électronique d’un bout à l’autre de la chaîne d’approvisionnement. DHL bénéficie d’un réseau mondial couvrant plus de 220 pays et territoires et emploie près de 315 000 personnes à travers le monde, ce qui lui permet de proposer à ses clients une qualité de service supérieure et une connaissance du marché local, afin de satisfaire leurs exigences en matière de chaîne d’approvisionnement. DHL accepte sa responsabilité sociale en soutenant la protection de l’environnement, la gestion des catastrophes et l’éducation.

 

DHL fait partie du groupe Deutsche Post DHL. En 2013, le groupe a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de plus de 55 milliards d’euros.

 

Pour tout complément d’information : www.dpdhl.com

Catalogue d’images disponibles : http://www.dpdhl.com/en/media_relations/media_library.html

 

SOURCE 

Deutsche Post DHL


 

DHL Express strengthens Africa’s links with major developed economies

 

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Despite a challenging global economic environment, import and export trade volumes for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (http://www.dpdhl.com) remain strong and are forecast to grow. This is according to Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, who adds, “The first half of 2014, revealed strong continuing growth for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa’s top three import trade lanes: the United States, France and China while the top three Sub Saharan Africa’s export trade lanes were to Great Britain, the United States and France.”

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/dhl_logo2.jpg

 

Photo Charles Brewer: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/charles-brewer-1.jpg
(Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa)

 

Deutsche Post DHL recently released their second quarter results, which saw the company achieve an increase in operating profit globally of almost 11%, thanks, in part, to increased profitability within its DHL Express business unit.

 

“Trade in Africa continues to present huge opportunities for both established and emerging markets and as stronger connections and trade relations are forged between SSA and the rest of the world, supported by innovative logistics supply chains, the faster Africa’s economic development will accelerate.”

 

Even with the accelerated growth that the continent has experienced, Africa is the world’s least connected continent, when considering the ease of moving people, trade, information and finance, according DHL’s Global Connectedness Index.

 

“Going forward, regional integration will continue to play a key role in unleashing the continent’s growth potential. Some of the areas being talked about and focused on include a continental free trade zone, single customs union, a common currency, etc. all of which should significantly improve intra-regional trade, which presently is less than 20%. A good example of this is the recent and rapid progress made by the East Africa Community (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) who are working incredibly hard on developing a number of critical and trade boosting areas such as projects to improve the roads, ports, rail and critically, the customs border environment and have recently introduced a common visa for the region.”

 

“For DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa, the first half of 2014 was characterized by robust growth in the Energy sector – particularly due to exploration companies mobilizing new campaigns in countries such as Cameroon, Congo & Gabon. The Technology sector continues to provide ongoing opportunities for DHL to provide innovative solutions, particularly through cross-business unit collaboration as customers look to align their internal requirements to achieve efficiencies and cost containment. Financial Services, although under competitive & regulatory pressure, has continued to grow – mainly driven by the need to provide customers with financial instruments quickly and effectively.”

 

“We have an exceptional market position in Africa, one of the world’s leading emerging markets, and whilst we have an unparalleled footprint, we continue to invest in market leading infrastructure across the continent, with planned expansion in 2014 and beyond.”

 

“SMEs remain an integral part of our growth story and a core focus is to continue making logistics more accessible. To date, DHL Express has over 3 500 retail locations across Africa, with 100’s more planned before the end of the year.”

 

“As we say within DHL, we have been in Africa for 36 years and the turnaround from the ‘forgotten continent’ to ‘Africa Rising’ has been an amazing journey. The future only looks great. It’s time for Africa to focus, connect and grow.” concludes Brewer.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.

 

 

Media Contact:

Megan Collinicos. Head: Advertising & Public Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa

DHL Express

Tel +27 21 409 3613 Mobile +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

 

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) is the global market leader in the logistics and CEP industry and “The logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

 

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenues of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

 

For more information: www.dpdhl.com

Stock images available: http://www.dpdhl.com/en/media_relations/media_library.html

 

SOURCE 

Deutsche Post DHL


 

flydubai atteint la barre des 80 destinations desservies en ajoutant 3 nouvelles destinations vers l’Afrique de l’Est

 

Avec la mise en œuvre de vols vers le Burundi, l’Ouganda et le Rwanda, flydubai desservira 9 destinations en Afrique

 

Dubaï, Émirats Arabes Unis, 28 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ flydubai (http://www.flydubai.com), compagnie aérienne établie à Dubaï, a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir ajouté 3 nouvelles destinations vers l’Afrique de l’Est, ce qui porte à 80 le nombre total de routes desservies dans son réseau. Avec la mise en œuvre, en septembre 2014, de vols vers Bujumbura au Burundi, Entebbe en Ouganda et Kigali au Rwanda, flydubai desservira 9 destinations en Afrique.

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

 

Photo 1: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1294
(La tour Burj Khalifa à Dubai)

 

Photo 2: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1295
(Le salon Business Class de flydubai)

 

Photo 3: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1296
(Les sièges Business Class de flydubai)

 

Photo 4:  http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1300
(Le personnel de cabine de flydubai)

 

Photo 5: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1297
(La flotte de flydubai)

 

Photo 6: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1298
(La Business Class de flydubai)

 

Télécharger l’infographie sur la Business Class de flydubai : http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1299

 

Télécharger la carte des routes du mois d’août : http://www.apo-mail.org/140813.pdf

 

Ghaith Al Ghaith, président-directeur général de flydubai, commente la mise en place de ces nouveaux itinéraires comme suit: « Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir vous annoncer la mise en œuvre de 3 nouvelles destinations en Afrique de l’Est, ce qui fait de flydubai le premier transporteur national des Émirats Arabes Unis à desservir le Rwanda et le Burundi, et souligne notre engagement à l’ouverture de marchés peu desservis. »

 

En opérant sur ces marchés émergents, flydubai permet à ses passagers de profiter d’un service fiable, direct et haut de gamme. La classe affaires (qui sera disponible pour la première fois sur le trajet Dubaï-Burundi) offrira aux passagers voyageant vers ces nouvelles destinations une expérience plus confortable et personnalisée.

 

« Nous avons annoncé 17 nouvelles destinations depuis le début de l’année 2014, ce qui correspond au nombre total de destinations que flydubai a mis en œuvre l’année dernière. Nous nous réjouissons de pouvoir continuer à étendre notre réseau tout en restant engagés à soutenir les secteurs du commerce et du tourisme de Dubaï », a précisé M. Al Ghaith.

 

Outre ces nouvelles lignes reliant Dubaï et les 3 villes précitées, flydubai s’est vue octroyer le droit de transporter des passagers entre l’Ouganda et le Burundi. 

 

Le Rwanda et le Burundi accueillent quelques lieux qui comptent parmi les plus riches en termes de biodiversité. Ces deux pays regorgent de volcans et de réserves naturelles et se partagent le deuxième lac le plus profond au monde ; par ailleurs, ils hébergent un tiers des populations de gorilles de montagne restantes au monde et un tiers de toutes les espèces d’oiseaux d’Afrique. Tandis que le tourisme est la principale ressource contribuant à l’économie du Rwanda et du Burundi, l’Ouganda est considéré comme l’une des économies qui connaît le plus fort essor en Afrique et s’avère devenir l’un des principaux centres économiques du continent.

 

Sur le territoire africain, flydubai propose actuellement des vols vers Alexandrie en Égypte, Khartoum et Port Soudan au Soudan, Juba au Sud Soudan, Addis-Abeba en Éthiopie ainsi que vers Djibouti, la capitale de Djibouti.

 

Détails des vols:

 

Entebbe, Uganda

 

flydubai opérera 7 vols par semaine entre Entebbe et Dubaï à partir du 28 septembre 2014.

Mardi, vendredi et dimanche:

 

FZ622 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international d’Entebbe à 01h30, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 08h05, heure locale.

 

 

Les lundis, jeudis et samedis FZ621 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 16h10, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international d’Entebbe à 20h30, heure locale.

 

Mardi et vendredi:

FZ624 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international d’Entebbe à 22h10, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 04h35, heure locale.

 

FZ623 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 12h20, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international d’Entebbe à 16h40, heure locale.

 

Dimanche:

FZ620 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international d’Entebbe à 15h15, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 21h50, heure locale.

 

FZ619 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 09h55, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international d’Entebbe à 14h15, heure locale.

 

Mercredi:

FZ620 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international d’Entebbe à 13h15, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 19h50, heure locale

 

FZ619 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 07h55, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international d’Entebbe à 12h15, heure locale

 

Tarifs aller-retour

Les tarifs aller-retour de la classe économique pour les vols Entebbe-Dubaï débuteront à 399 USD, 20 kg de bagages enregistrés compris, tandis que les tarifs aller-retour de la classe affaires débuteront à 1 200 USD, toutes taxes et 40 kg de bagages enregistrés compris.

 

Bujumbura, Burundi via Entebbe

 

flydubai opérera 2 vols par semaine entre Bujumbura et Dubaï via Entebbe à partir du 30 septembre 2014.

 

Mardi et vendredi:

 

FZ624 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international de Bujumbura à 18h55, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 04h35, heure locale, avec une escale d’une heure à Entebbe.

 

FZ623 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 12h20, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international de Bujumbura à 17h55, heure locale, avec une escale d’une heure à Entebbe.

 

Tarifs aller-retour

Les tarifs aller-retour de la classe économique pour les vols Bujumbura-Dubaï débuteront à 399 USD, 20 kg de bagages enregistrés compris, tandis que les tarifs aller-retour de la classe affaires débuteront à 1 200 USD, toutes taxes et 40 kg de bagages enregistrés compris.

 

Entebbe-Bujumbura

 

flydubai opérera 2 vols par semaine entre Entebbe et Bujumbura à partir du 30 septembre 2014.

 

Mardi et vendredi:

 

FZ623 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international d’Entebbe à 17h40, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international de Bujumbura à 17h55, heure locale.

 

FZ624 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international de Bujumbura à 18h55, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international d’Entebbe à 21h10, heure locale.

 

Tarifs aller-retour

 

Les tarifs aller-retour de la classe économique pour les vols Entebbe-Bujumbura débuteront à 400 USD, 20 kg de bagages enregistrés compris, tandis que les tarifs aller-retour de la classe affaires débuteront à 900 USD, toutes taxes et 40 kg de bagages enregistrés compris.

 

Kigali, Rwanda via Entebbe

 

flydubai opérera 3 vols par semaine entre Kigali et Dubaï via Entebbe à partir du 27 septembre 2014.

 

Lundi, jeudi et samedi:

 

FZ622 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international de Kigali à 22h30, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 08h05, heure locale, avec une escale d’une heure à Entebbe.

 

FZ621 est prévu au départ de l’aéroport international de Dubaï, Terminal 2, à 16h10, heure locale, son arrivée à l’aéroport international de Kigali à 21h30, heure locale, avec une escale d’une heure à Entebbe.

 

Tarifs aller-retour

 

Les tarifs aller-retour de la classe économique pour les vols Kigali-Dubaï débuteront à 399 USD, 20 kg de bagages enregistrés compris, tandis que les tarifs aller-retour de la classe affaires débuteront à 899 USD, toutes taxes et 40 kg de bagages enregistrés compris.

 

Des billets sont disponibles dès aujourd’hui sur le site de flydubai (flydubai.com), depuis le centre d’appels de flydubai (600 54 44 45), via les agences de voyage ou les partenaires de voyage de flydubai. Vous trouverez des informations et détails supplémentaires relatifs aux services de location de voiture et d’assurance voyage proposés par la compagnie aérienne sur le site http://www.flydubai.com.

 

 

Contact en Uganda: +256-414-359-392

 

Contact au Rwanda: +250-252-575-867

 

Contact au Burundi: +257-7180-9819

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour flydubai.

 

 

Pour toute information complémentaire, veuillez contacter :

Houda Al Kaissi, attachée de presse principale; (+971) 56 683 0336; adresse électronique : houda.alkaissi@flydubai.com

Kareem Mahjoub, attachée de presse principale ; (+971) 55 635 6196 ; adresse électronique : kareem.mahjoub@flydubai.com

 

À propos de flydubai :

L’objectif du transporteur flydubai (http://www.flydubai.com) établi à Dubaï est de rendre plus accessible les déplacements et d’améliorer la connectivité entre les différentes cultures à travers son réseau qui est en constante expansion. Depuis le lancement de ses opérations en 2009, flydubai a :

•          créé un réseau de 80 destinations, dont 17 nouvelles annoncées depuis le début de l’année

•          lancé 54 nouvelles routes qui n’avaient pas encore de liaison directe vers Dubaï ou qui n’étaient pas desservis par un transporteur national des Émirats Arabes Unis en partance de Dubaï

•          constitué une flotte de plus de 39 nouveaux avions ; par ailleurs, une livraison de plus de 100 appareils est prévue d’ici la fin 2023, qui seront tous des Boeing 737-800.

En tant que jeune compagnie aérienne, flydubai a pu, grâce à sa souplesse et sa flexibilité, renforcer le développement économique de Dubaï en accord avec le gouvernement de Dubaï et la vision de celui-ci par la création de flux commerciaux et touristiques sur des marchés jusque-là mal desservis.

 

Pour plus d’informations sur les services offerts par flydubai, visitez http://www.flydubai.com.

 

SOURCE 

flydubai


 

WHO issues “roadmap” to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The World Health Organization is today issuing a “roadmap” to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa.

 

The aim is to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6–9 months, while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognizes the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader socioeconomic impact.

 

It responds to the urgent need to dramatically scale up the international response. Nearly 40% of the total number of reported cases have occurred within the past three weeks.

 

The roadmap was informed by comments received from a large number of partners, including health officials in the affected countries, the African Union, development banks, other UN agencies, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and countries providing direct financial support.

 

It will serve as a framework for updating detailed operational plans. Priority is being given to needs for treatment and management centres, social mobilization, and safe burials. These plans will be based on site-specific data that are being set out in regular situation reports, which will begin this week.

 

The situation reports map the hotspots and hot zones, present epidemiological data showing how the outbreak is evolving over time, and communicate what is known about the location of treatment facilities and laboratories, together with data needed to support other elements of the roadmap.

 

The roadmap covers the health dimensions of the international response. These dimensions include key potential bottlenecks requiring international coordination, such as the supply of personal protective equipment, disinfectants, and body bag.

 

The WHO roadmap will be complemented by the development of a separate UN-wide operational platform that brings in the skills and capacities of other agencies, including assets in the areas of logistics and transportation. The UN-wide platform aims to facilitate the delivery of essential services, such as food and other provisions, water supply and sanitation, and primary health care.

 

Resource flows to implement the roadmap will be tracked separately, with support from the World Bank.

 

SOURCE 

World Health Organization (WHO)


 

flydubai reaches milestone 80 destinations with addition of three new routes in East Africa

 

With the launch of flights to Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda, flydubai will fly to nine destinations in Africa

 

Dubai, UAE, August 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Dubai-based flydubai (http://www.flydubai.com) today announced the addition of three new East African routes, bringing the total number of destinations in the carrier’s network to 80. With the launch of flights in September 2014 to Bujumbura in Burundi, Entebbe in Uganda and Kigali in Rwanda, flydubai will fly to nine destinations in Africa.

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(flydubai Business Class seats)

 

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(flydubai cabin crew during onboard service)

 

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(flydubai fleet)

 

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(flydubai Business Class)

 

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Download the August RouteMap: http://www.apo-mail.org/140813.pdf

 

Commenting on the launch of these new routes, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of three new East African destinations which also sees flydubai become the first national carrier from the UAE to fly to Rwanda and Burundi, underlining our commitment to opening up underserved markets.”

 

flydubai’s operation to these emerging markets will provide passengers with a reliable, direct and high-quality service. Business Class, which is made available for the first time between Dubai and Burundi, will give passengers travelling to these new destinations a more comfortable and personalised travel experience.

 

“We have announced 17 new destinations since the start of 2014, matching the total number of destinations flydubai launched last year. We look forward to continuing to expand our network as we remain committed to supporting Dubai’s trade and tourism sectors,” continued Al Ghaith.

 

In addition to operating between Dubai and these three new cities, flydubai has obtained the rights to carry passengers between Uganda and Burundi.

 

Rwanda and Burundi are home to some of the most biodiverse places. Filled with numerous volcanoes, nature reserves and the second deepest lake in the world, the two countries also have one third of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas and one third of Africa’s bird species. While tourism is the largest contributor to Rwanda and Burundi’s economies, Uganda is considered one of Africa’s most progressive economies and is emerging as one of the leading commercial centres within Africa.

 

Within Africa, flydubai currently operates flights to Alexandria in Egypt, Khartoum and Port Sudan in Sudan, Juba in South Sudan, Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa as well as Djibouti’s capital Djibouti.

 

Flight Details:

 

Entebbe, Uganda

flydubai will operate seven flights a week between Entebbe and Dubai starting from 28 September 2014.

 

Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays: FZ622 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 01:30hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 08:05hrs local time.

On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays FZ621 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 16:10hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 20:30hrs local time.

 

Tuesdays and Fridays: FZ624 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 22:10hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 04:35hrs local time.

FZ623 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 12:20hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 16:40hrs local time.

 

Sundays: FZ620 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 15:15hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 21:50hrs local time.FZ619 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 09:55hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 14:15hrs local time.

 

Wednesdays: FZ620 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 13:15hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 19:50hrs local time.

FZ619 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 07:55hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 12:15hrs local time.

 

Round trip fares

 

Economy Class return fares from Entebbe to Dubai will start at USD 399 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at USD 1,200 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.

 

Bujumbura, Burundi via Entebbe

 

flydubai will operate two flights a week between Bujumbura and Dubai via Entebbe starting from 30 September 2014.

 

Tuesdays and Fridays: FZ624 is scheduled to depart Bujumbura International Airport at 18:55hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 04:35hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.

 

FZ623 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 12:20hrs local time, arriving into Bujumbura International Airport at 17:55hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.

 

Round trip fares

 

Economy Class return fares from Bujumbura to Dubai will start at USD 399 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at USD 1,200 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.

 

Entebbe to Bujumbura

 

flydubai will operate two flights a week between Entebbe and Bujumbura starting from 30 September 2014.

 

Tuesdays and Fridays: FZ623 is scheduled to depart Entebbe International Airport at 17:40hrs local time, landing at Bujumbura International Airport at 17:55hrs local time.

 

FZ624 is scheduled to depart Bujumbura International Airport at 18:55hrs local time, arriving into Entebbe International Airport at 21:10hrs local time.

 

Round trip fares

Economy Class return fares from Entebbe to Bujumbura will start at USD 400 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at USD 900 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.

 

Kigali, Rwanda via Entebbe

flydubai will operate three flights a week between Kigali and Dubai via Entebbe starting from 27 September 2014.

 

Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays: FZ622 is scheduled to depart Kigali International Airport at 22:30hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 08:05hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.

 

FZ621 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 16:10hrs local time, arriving into Kigali International Airport at 21:30hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Entebbe.

 

Round trip fares

 

Economy Class return fares from Kigali to Dubai will start at USD 399 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at USD 899 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.

 

Flights can be purchased starting today from flydubai’s website (flydubai.com), its Call Centre (+971) 600 54 44 45, flydubai travel shops or through travel partners. Further information and details of the carrier’s car rental and travel insurance services can also be found on http://www.flydubai.com.

 

Uganda contact details: +256-414-359-392

 

Rwanda contact details: +250-252-575-867

 

Burundi contact details: +257-7180-9819

 

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

 

 

For further information, please contact:

Houda Al Kaissi, Senior Press Officer; (+971) 56 683 0336; Email: houda.alkaissi@flydubai.com

Kareem Mahjoub, Media Relations Officer; (+971) 55 635 6196; Email: kareem.mahjoub@flydubai.com

 

About flydubai:

Dubai-based flydubai (http://www.flydubai.com) strives to remove barriers to travel and enhance connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has:

•          Created a network of 80 destinations, with 17 new destinations announced so far in 2014.

•          Opened up 54 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.

•          Built up a fleet of more than 39 new aircraft and will take delivery of more than 100 aircraft by the end of 2023, all of which will be Boeing 737-800s.

In addition, flydubai’s agility and flexibility as a young airline has enhanced Dubai’s economic development, in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision, by creating trade and tourism flows in previously underserved markets.

 

For more information about flydubai services, please visit http://www.flydubai.com.

 

SOURCE 

flydubai

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2014

Ebola virus disease update – West Africa


 

Ebola virus disease update – West Africa

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Epidemiology and surveillance

•    The total number of probable and confirmed cases in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the four affected countries as reported by the respective Ministries of Health of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone is 3 069, with 1 552 deaths.

•    The outbreak continues to accelerate. More than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days. However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities.

•    The overall case fatality rate is 52%. It ranges from 42% in Sierra Leone to 66% in Guinea.

•    A separate outbreak of Ebola virus disease, which is not related to the outbreak in West Africa, was reported on 24 August by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is detailed in a separate edition of the Disease Outbreak News.

http://who.int/csr/don/2014_08_27_ebola/en/

 

Health sector response

 

A full understanding of the outbreak that will lead to improved response requires detailed analysis of exactly where transmission is occurring (by district level) and of time trends. This analysis is ongoing. Preliminary results show that cases are still concentrated (62% of all reported cases since the beginning of the outbreak) in the epicentre of the outbreak in Gueckedou (Guinea); Lofa (Liberia), where cases continue to rise; and Kenema and Kailahun (Sierra Leone). Capital cities are of particular concern, owing to their population density and repercussions for travel and trade.

 

WHO and its partners are on the ground establishing Ebola treatment centres and strengthening capacity for laboratory testing, contact tracing, social mobilization, safe burials, and non-Ebola health care.

 

WHO continues to monitor for reports of rumoured or suspected cases from countries around the world and systematic verification of these cases is ongoing. Countries are encouraged to continue engaging in active surveillance and preparedness activities. Cases of EVD have been reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The cases in DRC are not related to the outbreak in West Africa. Outside of the four affected countries in West Africa and DRC, no new cases have been confirmed in other countries.

 

WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions be applied 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 http://who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2014/ebola-20140808/en/

 

 

 

Disease update

 

As of 26 August 2014, the cumulative number of cases attributed to EVD in the four countries stands at 3 069, including 1 552 deaths. The distribution and classification of the cases are as follows: Guinea, 647 cases (482 confirmed, 141 probable, and 25 suspected), including 430 deaths; Liberia, 1 378 cases (322 confirmed, 674 probable, and 382 suspected), including 694 deaths; Nigeria, 17 cases (13 confirmed, 1 probable, and 3 suspected), including 6 deaths; and Sierra Leone, 1 026 cases (935 confirmed, 37 probable, and 54 suspected), including 422 deaths.

 

Confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and deaths from Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone

    Confirmed    Probable    Suspect    Totals

(by Country)

Guinea                   

Cases    482    141    25    648

Deaths    287    141    2    430

Liberia                   

Cases    322    674    382    1 378

Deaths    225    301    168    694

Nigeria                   

Cases    13    1    3    17

Deaths    5    1    0    6

Sierra Leone                   

Cases    935    37    54    1 026

Deaths    380    34    8    422

Totals                   

Cases    1 752    853    464    3 069

Deaths    897    477    178    1 552

 

 

 

Note: Cases are classified as confirmed (any suspected or probable cases with a positive laboratory result); probable (any suspected case evaluated by a clinician, or any deceased suspected case having an epidemiological link with a confirmed case where it has not been possible to collect specimens for laboratory confirmation); or suspected (any person, alive or dead, suffering or having suffered from sudden onset of high fever and having had contact with: a suspected, probable or confirmed Ebola case, or a dead or sick animal; or any person with sudden onset of high fever and at least three of the following symptoms: headache, vomiting, anorexia/loss of appetite, diarrhoea, lethargy, stomach pain, aching muscles or joints, difficulty swallowing, breathing difficulties, or hiccup; or any person with unexplained bleeding; or any sudden, unexplained death).

 

The total number of cases is subject to change due to ongoing reclassification, retrospective investigation, and availability of laboratory results. Data reported in the Disease Outbreak News are based on official information reported by Ministries of Health.

 

SOURCE 

World Health Organization (WHO)

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