Tanzania: Dr Magufuli orders the closure of all private pharmacies around the Muhimbili National Hospital

President John Magufuli (second left) arriving at the Muhimbili National Hospital to have a view of the happenings.

Recently Tanzania’s President Dr John Magufuli ordered the closure of all private pharmacies around the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) on the pretext that they were overcharging patients whenever they buy medicines from such facilities. Already the construction of a Government controlled big pharmacy under the Medical Stores Department (MSD) has been completed. The prices are far below than those of private pharmacies which it is claimed that they belong to the same doctors within the MNH.

Liberia: Living Water Int’l dedicates Several WASH facilities in Montserrado

Representative Fahnbulleh, Assistant Minister Yarngo, Living Water Head Austin Nyaplue and other staff at the Duport Road Market latrine facility

Living Water International remains proactive in efforts to ensure access to improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities for Liberians and foreign residents. Living Water Int’l-Liberia is working assiduously, bringing relief to hundreds of communities and institutions in-need of better or adequate WASH services. The Christian Charity has made a generous contribution to District #4 in Paynesville, Montserrado County by constructing several modern WASH facilities.

Cyber Threats to Security in Africa

Cyber Threats to Security in Africa

Internet safety and freedom of expression is something easily taken for granted; if an individual lives in a country wherein access to the web is comparatively open and protected it’s easy to forget that 75% (2.1 billion) of all internet users in the world (2.8 billion) live in the top 20 countries. The other 178 countries - each representing less than 1% of total users – are steadily increasing their web presence, but there are often questions of adequate online protection and security.

AAPI Convenes 2nd Arts4Peace Forum in Addis Ababa

ARTS4PEACE

There is a growing consensus among young Africans in the continent and the Diaspora that the arts could orchestrate a lasting peace in Africa. The African Artists Peace Initiative (AAPI), a Pan African movement of artists and peace-makers in association with UNESCO, UNDP, UN Economic Commission for Africa and relevant partners from the African Union Commission is hosting its second Arts4Peace Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Zambia: Lusaka prodigy Shingongo releases debut

Jeromy Shingongo

After years of polishing his talent in the shadow of top billing artistes long time backing vocalist then a Lusaka prodigy Jeromy Shingongo has released his 10track debut album ahead to be officially launched in March next year. Titled, It’s my time, project feature many young and lesser known gospel stars who are backing the natural emergency of Shingongo on the Zambian music scene.

The Paris Outcome document is Unacceptable says Civil Society!

Augustine Njamshi of PACJA addressing the Press after the text was released

The much-awaited Paris draft text is out and it has raised serious concerns. Leading climate change activist Mithika Mwenda who coordinates the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) termed the text as unacceptable and reiterated the need for African countries to articulate their objections. “Particularly there is no mention of climate justice, in addition to other demands from civil society.” Mwenda says. “The mention of Africa in acknowledgement of its vulnerability has been replaced by Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States where countries like Kenya does not fall under”

Zimbabwe on Comedy Central

Carl Joshua Ncube

Great news as trailblazing Zimbabwean comedian Carl Joshua Ncube is set to achieve a major milestone for Zimbabwe comedy as he joins the cast on the BEST OF AFRICA GALA (which includes David Kau, Ndumiso Lindi, Salvado, Churchill) at the Comedy Central International Comedy Festival to be held in Johannesburg at Silverstar Casino from the 25th of November to the 5th of December.

Boston Scientific Opens Institute for Advancing Science in Johannesburg

IAS Simlab

Deepening its commitment to the African healthcare sector, Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today officially opened the South Africa branch of the Boston Scientific Institute for Advancing Science (IAS) in Johannesburg. The state-of-the-art facility will help train and further develop the skills and knowledge base of local healthcare professionals. With local thought leaders and experts as faculty, the facility will also help meet training needs of the other African nations. The opening marks the seventh Boston Scientific IAS globally, including sites in the United States, France, Japan and China. Another Institute is slated to open next month in Istanbul.

LIBERIA: WaterAid builds modern toilet for Old folks, Disable in Bassa

The latrine has a hand pump and hand washing facility

A modern toilet has been built and subsequently turned over to occupants of the Old Folks Home, persons with disabilities and residents of the Upper Buchanan Community in Grand Bassa County. The toilet has a hand pump and hand washing facility. The Disable Friendly Latrine Project was implemented by the United Youth for Peace Education, Transparency and Development in Liberia (UYPETDL) with funding from WaterAid in Liberia and Sierra Leone.