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Report shows that progress to reduce extreme poverty is slow
19 September 2018

Report shows that progress to reduce extreme poverty is slow

In its annual report, the World Bank said that the rate of extreme poverty has only made a 1.4 percentage-point drop between 2015 and 2018, as opposed to previous years when the percentage was more than double that.

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As temperatures rise and hydropower dams dry out, scientists warn about impending blackouts
17 September 2018

As temperatures rise and hydropower dams dry out, scientists warn about impending blackouts

In recent weeks, outbreaks of communicable diseases such as cholera and Ebola have plagued nations around Africa. Now, the latest threat to the continent is impending blackouts as rising temperatures dry out hydropower dams.

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Education Response Plan to address “children’s crisis” launched in Uganda
17 September 2018

Education Response Plan to address “children’s crisis” launched in Uganda

This weekend, the government of Uganda, Partners in Development, UN agencies and NGOs launched the Education Response Plan (ERP) in the hopes of providing education to the hundreds of thousands of young refugees in Uganda. The ERP is the first plan of its kind, and if sufficiently funded, would be a positive step in addressing policy regarding refugee education around the world.

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State of emergency declared in Zimbabwe after cholera outbreak kills 20
12 September 2018

State of emergency declared in Zimbabwe after cholera outbreak kills 20

Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, has declared a state of emergency due to a recent cholera outbreak that has already claimed 20 lives. According to a report from Voice of America, there have been around 2,000 reported cases of waterborne diseases in the area including salmonella and typhoid, in addition to cholera.

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Mozambique wildlife park regeneration of environment and surrounding areas
10 September 2018

Mozambique wildlife park regeneration of environment and surrounding areas

In 2008, the Carr Foundation, a US non-profit organisation, signed a 20 year contract with the Mozambican government to rebuild Gorongosa, one of the country’s largest national parks. Now, 10 years later, the park is thriving as are many of the animal species that live there.

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Permaculture in Africa, a sustainable way to grow
05 September 2018

Permaculture in Africa, a sustainable way to grow

In a Huffington Post article, author John Vidal examines the garden and agricultural practices of Kristof and Stacia Nordin, former U.S. Peace Corps volunteers sent to Malawi in 1997. The Nordin’s are permaculturalists with a thriving 3.7-acre garden that boasts a 10 month growing season and produces over 200 types of crops.

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Relief efforts complicated as Ebola spreads to Oicha
03 September 2018

Relief efforts complicated as Ebola spreads to Oicha

Emergency food aid is being delivered to North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo after an Ebola outbreak was declared on the 1st August 2018.

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47 African countries commit to eliminating cholera by 2030
30 August 2018

47 African countries commit to eliminating cholera by 2030

African Health Ministers have announced a pledge to end cholera in the African region by 2030 and implement key strategies to facilitate this.

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Ebola has spread to conflict hit areas of DRC
29 August 2018

Ebola has spread to conflict hit areas of DRC

UNHCR has expressed concerns as Ebola has spread to the conflict effected area of Oicha in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There has been one confirmed case and one suspected case in the area surrounded by armed groups.

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African Union signs deal with the Copernicus Programme to gain access to satellite data
21 August 2018

African Union signs deal with the Copernicus Programme to gain access to satellite data

The African Union has signed a deal with the European Commission’s Copernicus Programme to provide access to an unprecedented amount of satellite data. The Copernicus programme is the world’s third largest data provider.

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Flash floods displace 9,000 families in Sudan
16 August 2018

Flash floods displace 9,000 families in Sudan

Flash flooding and heavy rain has caused widespread destruction in Sudan, with reports that 23 people have been killed, 61 injured and almost 9,000 families displaced.

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East Africa should prepare for more flooding, warns FEWS NET
15 August 2018

East Africa should prepare for more flooding, warns FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) has warned that East Africa is likely to experience further flooding throughout 2018.

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