Thousands of children in Tigray at risk of death from malnutrition

ETHIOPIA – More than 100,000 children in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray could suffer from life-threatening malnutrition in the next 12 months, a 10-fold jump over average annual levels, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said. UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado, speaking after returning from Tigray, said that one in two pregnant and breastfeeding women screened in the region were acutely malnourished, leaving them and their babies prone to sickness. “Our worst fears about the health and wellbeing of children in that conflicted region of northern Ethiopia are being confirmed,” she…

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Ethiopia receives over 450,000 J&J COVID-19 vaccines from The United States

ETHIOPIA – USA has announced a donation of 453,600 doses of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Ethiopia as part of the US government’s global efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. This donation will help protect the Ethiopian people from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus and begin reducing barriers to building back Ethiopia’s economy. The donated vaccines, which have already arrived in Ethiopia through the COVAX facility, are part of the U.S. pledge to initially provide 25 million doses to Africa of 80 million doses globally.  Earlier on,…

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COVID-19 tourism impact could top US$4 trillion loss in developing countries

AFRICA – The economic impact from the plunge in tourism since the pandemic emerged last year could top US$4 trillion, a UN report has said. The joint report by the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) found that the lack of widespread vaccination in developing countries was leading to mounting economic losses. “Tourism is a lifeline for millions, and advancing vaccination to protect communities and support tourism’s safe restart is critical to the recovery of jobs and generation of much-needed resources,” UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab…

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AI taking over the healthcare sector as more startups come up with tech innovations

WORLD – The healthcare industry is going the digital way, as more tech startups are springing up with healthcare related innovations that utilize AI to tackle the worlds key healthcare problems, from solving eradicating tropical diseases to enhancing mental health. In the recently concluded XPrice challenge organized by the tech giant IBM Watson, various startups battled it out for prize money worth US$5M through innovations that will solve humanity’s grand challenges using AI. ZzappMalaria and Aifred Health were among the startups within the healthcare scope that emerged winners from a…

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Ethiopia to vaccinate 2 million against cholera as a means of preventing catastrophic outbreaks

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia has officially launched a preventive oral cholera vaccination campaign targeting 2 million people aged 1 year and above in Tigray region in the north of the country to avert a potential outbreak. “The oral cholera vaccine is one of the proven preventive measures that can help avert needless sickness and death if done in a timely manner,” said Dr. Boureima Hama Sambo, WHO Representative in Ethiopia. The vaccination drive, which began on 10 June is being carried out alongside measures such as the provision of water purification…

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African Union COVID-19 Pass among the new requirements for transit in Ethiopia’s new travel advisory

ETHIOPIA – The continued surge of Covid-19 infections in some parts of the world has led to revised travel advisory by the government of Ethiopia. An African Union COVID-19 Pass will now be required as one enters or exits the country. Health screening at the borders has also been scaled up to secure long-term biosecurity. The country has witnessed a steady rise in Covid infections per day. Currently, Ethiopia is in the lead with over 270 thousand Covid cases in the Eastern Africa Region. So far, the country has recorded…

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