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WHO, DRC prepare to face corona virus outbreak

The World Health Organization has said it's working in collaboration with the Democratic Republic of Congo's government to prepare the country face any corona virus outbreak.
The DRC hasn't recorded any corona virus related case since the outbreak started in China few weeks ago, although people use to travel between the two countries for business and this has created fear among Congolese.
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AU delegation on Anti-Corruption visits SA

A delegation from the African Union Advisory Board on Anti-Corruption is on a working visit to South Africa to undertake an evaluation mission on the implementation of Anti-Corruption measures.
South Africa is a State Party to the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption. The Convention requires State Parties to pass legislation and adopt mechanisms and other measures in the fight against corruption and related offences. Members of the board are engaging with various stakeholders involved in anti-corruption work, as part of the implementation review of the Convention in South Africa.
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“Africa requires more than $2.5 trillion to achieve SDGs”

Economic experts have revealed Africa requires more than $2.5 trillion in order to achieve the SDGs in accordance with the African Union's Agenda 2063.
This was revealed at the 6th Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development taking place in Vic Falls, Zimbabwe. As the conference was slowly coming to an end, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA, made a plea for African leaders to be accountable.
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Malawi's ruling party, opposition form alliance ahead of may polls

Malawi's ruling Democratic Progressive Party -DPP, and the opposition United Democratic Front -UDF, have formed an alliance ahead of elections slated for May, which the winner is set to achieve a threshold of 50-plus-one majority of votes.
This comes after the Southern African country's parliament set May 19 as the date for fresh presidential elections, and after a constitutional court nullified last May's ballot results, which incumbent President Peter Mutharika narrowly won.
The leaders of the two parties-DPP's Peter Mutharika and UDF's Atupele Muluzi, say they are driven by common values to improve the quality of lives of Malawians.
Channel Africa spoke to Jimmy Kainja, Malawian Political Commentator and Human rights activist, who says it was necessary for the two parties to work together for the greater good of the country.
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US prepares detailed request of $8.5 billion dollars funding to combat coronavirus

Senate Democrats in the United States are preparing a detailed request of $8.5 billion in emergency funding to combat the coronavirus after complaints that the administration was caught flat-footed in its response to the epidemic.
While 57 cases have been confirmed in the United States with zero fatalities, the Centres for Disease Control has alerted Americans to begin preparing for the spread of the virus in the countries.
But President Donald Trump hit back at the criticism on twitter, saying the United States was in great shape.
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“Rwanda should ensure independent, transparent probe into Kizito’s death”

Human Rights Watch says the government of Rwanda should ensure a thorough, independent, and transparent investigation into the death in police custody of Kizito Mihigo a well-known singer and activist.
The organisation says Rwanda's international partners should also call for accountability for Mihigo's death before and during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to take place in Kigali in June 2020. It says Mihigos death adds to the list of disappearances, murders, and suspicious deaths of perceived critics and opponents of the Rwandan government, and the authorities' failure to deliver justice in these cases sends a deliberately chilling message. The Rwanda National Police announced last Monday that Mihigo had been found dead in his cell at the Remera Police Station in Kigali, the capital, in an alleged suicide.
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Cameroon describes French President criticism as irresponsible, unacceptable

Cameroon has described as irresponsible and unacceptable French President Emmanuel Macrons criticism of the central African states handling of the crisis that has killed over 3 000 people in its English speaking regions.
Emmanuel Macron said he was about to exert pressure on Biya to solve the crisis in Cameroons English speaking regions just as he exerted pressure on him to release Morice Kamto, the opposition leader who claims he won the October 7, 2018 presidential election and Biya stole his victory.
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African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development underway in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is hosting the 6th African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Vic Falls starting from February 24 to 27.
The forum, which is already over subscribed from 1500 to more than 3000 delegates from across, the globe will be focusing on all the 17 SDGs and how Africa is fairing or lagging behind.Climate change will be on the agenda and as such the United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mahomed is already in Zimbabwe assessing, some of the challenges the country is facing.
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MSF helps local hospitals in Iraq prepare for protest-related casualties

Mass anti-government demonstrations are continuing in Southern Iraq where mass casualties are a reality. Since December 2019, the global medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders or MSF has been supporting local hospitals to prepare for trauma and casualty incidents resulting from violence accompanying the protests. Eben Van Tonder is one of MSF's Southern Africa field workers who has just returned from an assignment in the country's capital Baghdhad.
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What's next for SA's failed HIV vaccine trial?

Researchers of the failed HVTN 702 trial are now concentrating on answering the big question on why the HIV candidate vaccine failed to prevent new infections. As they continue monitoring participants, scientists will be collecting blood samples to study the immune responses that are occurring in a person that has been vaccinated. An independent data and monitoring safety board found that the vaccine tested in the large-scale South African trial also called Uhambo, was ineffective, prompting the announcement of the trial's premature ending, earlier this month. Talking to Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata about the way forward, one of the lead researchers Dr Linda-Gail Bekker began by explaining the un-blinding process, where each participant is now getting to know if they were given the actual vaccine or a placebo which is an inactive ingredient.
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HIV ambassador speaks about importance of adherence to treatment

While South Africa is not doing too badly with regards to testing people for HIV and keeping them virally suppressed while on antiretroviral therapy, the main challenge is keeping people on treatment. Born with the virus in 1982, HIV Ambassador Ntimbwe Mpamba has an undetectable viral load because of his adherence to treatment. Undetectable levels mean that a person cannot transmit the virus to others, even though copies of the virus remain in the blood. Mpamba was in studio this week talking about how HIV treatment has helped prolong his life. He started by explaining his views on why those on treatment tend to default..
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Meet Africa's longest living person born with HIV

HIV Ambassador, Ntimbwe Mpamba is the longest living person who was born with the virus in Africa. The Zambian national currently residing in South Africa became an activist after publicly disclosing his status in 2010. Speaking to large numbers of people at various events including churches and schools, Mpamba continues to spread the awareness about the virus. He was in studio today talking to Jane Rabothata about living with HIV..

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