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WFP State of School Feeding Worldwide report

One in two schoolchildren, or 388 million children worldwide, ate a nutritious meal in school every day until the COVID-19 pandemic closed classrooms and ended a decade of growth for school meals programmes. This is revealed in a new report by the United Nations World Food Programme released today. WFP is calling for global action to get coverage back to pre-pandemic levels. More on the findings of the State of School Feeding Worldwide report, from WFP Regional Programme Policy Officer, Kai Roehm
19
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7am

Update on Central African Republic humanitarian crisis

The Norwegian Refugee Council, NRC is appealing to all parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic to allow necessary goods and supplies to reach people in need. According to the NRC, the main route into the country is still largely disrupted, driving up food prices and hampering the timely delivery of humanitarian supplies. More than 200-thousand people have been displaced by the latest outbreak of violence in C.A.R which UN officials, rights groups, and local residents say is partly fueled by a culture of impunity in the country. For an update on the situation in the country Channel Africa's Zikhona Miso spoke to the NRC's country director David Manan
19
FEB
3am

South Africa releases class of 2020 matric results

The wait for the matric class of 2020 at South Africa's independent schools is finally over. The Independent Examinations Board has recorded a 98.07% matric pass rate for 2020, a slight drop compared to the previous year's 98.82%. Experts say the 2020 academic year will go down as one of the most difficult one since the dawn of democracy in South Africa due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown which had an unprecedented impact on the academic year, as well as the conduct, administration and management of the matric exams. St David's Marist Inanda, situated in Sandton north of Johannesburg, achieved a 100% pass rate, with a 97% bachelor degree pass. Luke Lawson is one of the top achievers with 8 distinctions.
17
FEB
3pm

MSF concerned about displaced population in Burkina Faso

The global medical aid agency, Doctors Without Borders or MSF is concerned about the humanitarian situation of more than one million people who are internally displaced in Burkina Faso. MSF says the arrival of those displaced in host areas has increased the demand for water, healthcare, food and shelter. The situation in the city of Barsalogho is said to be particularly severe. MSF's Deputy Program Manager, Ahmad Samro speaks about some of the challenges they face...
17
FEB
6am

WHO interim recommendations for AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine

The World Health Organization has issued interim recommendations for the use of the Oxford University and pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. The UN health body says the interim guidance has been developed on the basis of the advice issued by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, SAGE at its recent extraordinary meeting. To shed some light on this, Samora Mangesi spoke to Dr Joachim Hombach, Executive Secretary of SAGE at the WHO
12
FEB
4pm

The power of radio

With COVID19 disrupting schooling for billions of students across the globe, education ministries and NGOs have been scrambling to respond with alternative learning measures. Sadly, tens of millions of children will not be reached - because of lack of access to the internet and other resources, including a power supply. In marking World Radio Day -annually observed on 13 February, we reflected on how radio education has gained renewed importance as an effective reliable and highly personal medium for fueling learning. For more on this, Zikhona Miso spoke to Kristine Pearson of Lifeline Energy, an organisation that designs solar and wind up media players and radios for classroom and group listening
10
FEB
6am

E-commerce growth during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has put e-commerce at the forefront therefore accelerating digital banking. Economists say the growth of ecommerce has also contributed to an increase in digital financial services and consumers' banking and spending habits have had to rapidly evolve to navigate the landscape of a disrupted economy, which has necessitated the migration to digital consumption. Nhlanhla Mahlangu reports.
10
FEB
5am

TRIPS waiver debate continues

Since October last year, the World Trade Organisation has been debating a proposal initiated by India and South Africa to waive obligations under the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights or TRIPS agreement to make COVID-19 technologies, including vaccines, quickly accessible across the world. During the TRIPS council meeting last Thursday, developed nations like the US, Canada and the UK continued to oppose movement on the proposal. However, civil society organisations and health activists around the world have vowed to intensify their advocacy in support of the TRIPS waiver. Jane Rabothata reports..
10
FEB
5am

Online learning in public schools

The second wave of COVID infections and the postponement of school opening have once again fueled debate about online education in South Africa. It has also been reported that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is looking into regulations and policies it can follow to open online public schools. However, Keith Michaels, CEO of Lebone Litho Printers, believes the local education sector cannot entirely switch-off one method of learning and teaching to move to cyber classrooms. Michaels shares his views on how best can government integrate technology and education for the benefit of all of the country's learners.
10
FEB
5am

WHO reacts to SA suspension of vaccine rollout

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr Tederos Ghebreyesus has stressed the need to maintain adherence to COVID-19 public health measures to prevent the virus from spreading and mutating, which could possibly render vaccines ineffective. He was reacting to South Africa's announcement that it is suspending the rolling out of the AstraZeneca vaccine, after a study revealed that the drug was minimally effective at preventing mild to moderate disease caused by the new variant in the country. Ghebreyesus also says this development indicates the need to quickly scale up vaccinations before people are exposed to new varriants of the coronavirus. Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata reports.
03
FEB
3pm

Understanding TRIPS waiver motion for COVID response

The global medical organisation, Doctors Without Borders, and health activists are rallying behind South Africa and India's motion for a waiver on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. If granted by the World Trade Organisation, the custodian of the legal instrument, the TRIPS waiver will help open up access to COVID-19 vaccinces much easily even to poor nations. In support of the TRIPS waiver, activists this week delivered demands to embasies, target the opposing countries publicly and stressing on need for urgency in reaching consensus. The COVID concious protests comes at a critical time when the World Trade Organisation - the custodian of TRIPS is due to meet again tomorrow. For more on this issue Channel Africa's Jane Rabothata spoke to Rehad Desai of the C19 Coalition.
03
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3pm

WHO recommends vaginal ring for women to prevent HIV infection

HIV advocates will be intensifying their work to ensure that women and young girls have access to Dapivirine, a vaginal ring designed to prevent HIV infection. This, following recommendation by the World Health Organisation on the use of the ring as an additional prevention choice for women who are substantially at risk. The announcement came recently at the HIV Research for Prevention virtual conference. Jane Rabothata has been attending the conference dubbed HIVR4P and filed the following report.

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