News & Updates
[infographic] Communicable Diseases in sub-Saharan East Africa
01 November 2016

[infographic] Communicable Diseases in sub-Saharan East Africa

The recent AIDF infographic provides a snapshot of the current health situation in sub-Saharan East Africa. Communicable diseases remain a major public health challenge in the African region, causing a significant burden of illness, disability and mortality. Contributing to the problem is the frequent occurrence of epidemic outbreaks driven by multiple factors, including: weak public health systems, natural disasters or civil unrest leading to displacement of populations and overcrowding, and poor environmental conditions favouring disease transmission.

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[infographic] WASH in sub-Saharan East Africa
27 October 2016

[infographic] WASH in sub-Saharan East Africa

​The Aid & International Development Forum has released an infographic that explores health and WASH in sub-Saharan East Africa. Safe and accessible water is important for public health. Improved water supply and sanitation, and better management of water resources, can boost regions’ economic growth as well as contributing greatly to poverty reduction. The infographic was created in time for the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit.

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Eastern Africa: Regional Humanitarian Snapshot
27 October 2016

Eastern Africa: Regional Humanitarian Snapshot

Although the El Niño weather event has passed its impact continues to be felt in the region: food insecurity doubled from 12 million in August 2015 to 23.4 million today. Humanitarian partners are targeting 1.25 million children under ve for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) this year, of which nearly 83 per cent are from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia. Violence and rising food insecurity in South Sudan and Burundi have displaced nearly 290,000 people (205,541 refugees and 84,459 internally displaced) in the last 3 months alone. Simultaneous disease outbreaks continue to affect the region, with cholera and acute watery diarrhea as biggest concern.

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United Nations Day
25 October 2016

United Nations Day

​United Nations Day is observed on the 24th October each year, 2016 marks the 71st anniversary of the United Nation’s creation in 1945. In his last United Nations Day message as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon highlighted the major progress that has been made towards a more sustainable future through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in addressing the threat posed by climate change, through the Paris Agreement, which will enter into force on 4th November.

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World Polio Day
24 October 2016

World Polio Day

The World Polio Day is marked on 24th October with polio eradication partners celebrating the successes to date and raise awareness for the additional support needed to eradicate the disease and keep the world polio free. Conflict limits consistent access to high-risk populations in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, which in turn hinders efforts to vaccinate every single child under five and compromises early warning systems. In Nigeria, UNICEF launched a vaccination campaign in response to a rising crisis in its north-east state of Borno. Aiming to immunise more than 41 million children and prevent current polio outbreak from spreading to neighbouring countries, nearly 39,000 health workers were deployed across Nigeria and neighbouring Chad, Niger, Cameroon and the Central African Republic.

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Top 15 technology solutions transforming humanitarian relief and development aid in Africa
19 October 2016

Top 15 technology solutions transforming humanitarian relief and development aid in Africa

Developed at the South Africa National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape, Hyrax Biosciences has created a HIV drug testing technology in the cloud based on an Amazon Web Services (AWS). Exatype tests HIV drug resistance with unprecedented speed and accuracy and at a fraction of the cost (previously it cost 300-500$ to complete a single resistance test).

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World Food Day: “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”
17 October 2016

World Food Day: “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”

​The right to food is a basic human right; however, some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy and active life. That equates to about one in nine people on earth. On Sunday 16th October, people around the world will come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, “the only acceptable number in the world is zero.” This year’s theme “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too” focuses on one of the most pressing issues related to climate change, food security.

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Global Handwashing Day: “Make Handwashing a Habit!”
14 October 2016

Global Handwashing Day: “Make Handwashing a Habit!”

​Global Handwashing Day, observed on the 15th October, is dedicated to spreading awareness and increasing understanding about the importance of washing hands with soap as an effective and affordable means of preventing disease and ultimately saving lives. Global Handwashing Day is endorsed by a wide array of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals; with over 200 million people being involved in celebrations in over 100 countries.

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Lessons learned from the recent drought response in Ethiopia
04 October 2016

Lessons learned from the recent drought response in Ethiopia

​Drought, worsened by El Niño effects, is having a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of 10.2 million Ethiopians. The lack of rainfall, and subsequent great drought, has caused a massive spike in humanitarian needs, which are expected to continue through the remaining of 2016 and well into next year. Close to 200 Government, UN, NGO and donor representatives visited affected communities across Ethiopia’s nine regions to assess humanitarian needs of the people affected by the crisis.

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Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016 Highlights
21 September 2016

Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016 Highlights

Gathering 250+ representatives from governments, UN agencies, NGOs, donors and private sector companies, the Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016 looked at how technological innovations and best practice can improve aid delivery and development strategy in East Africa. The AIDF Africa Summit provided comprehensive overview of the latest trends around humanitarian logistics, community health, WASH, security of aid workers and communities, camp management, mobile for development, financing, communication with communities and among aid agencies.

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Africa’s Mobile Money
21 September 2016

Africa’s Mobile Money

The importance of digital communication and finance is becoming increasingly important in Africa’s strides towards lifting the some of the poorest nations in Africa (and so by extension, the world) out of the extreme poverty they’ve come to know. Ericsson Ltd (telecommunications) has made the decision to establish the Emergency Wallet in order to supply African countries struggling with the cost of crises. Indeed, several African nations have benefitted greatly with the added economic growth; there approximately over 16 million active users with access to online banking services – with over two billion people with no online financial access, this is seen an area of vast potential.

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Sustainable water management in African agriculture
21 September 2016

Sustainable water management in African agriculture

In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where agriculture is predominantly rainfed, farmers’ access to water is often limited based on seasonal variation. Yet water scarcity in the region is not necessarily caused by a physical lack of water, but rather by an ‘economic water scarcity’. This implies that the necessary public investments in water resources and infrastructure are not substantial enough to meet water demands in an area where people do not have the means to make use of water sources on their own. In fact, in many parts of SSA there is plenty of water available.

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