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Voice of America Joins Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017
01 December 2016

Voice of America Joins Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017

John Lippman, Deputy for Language Programming, Voice of America will moderate a panel discussing latest mobile innovations to support community resilience. Dr Sharad Sapra, Director of Global Innovation Centre, UNICEF and Mathias Lardinois, Program Coordinator, Belgian Development Agency (BTC) will discuss the impact of mobile devices on development work and how to utilising mobile technology to better reach and engage communities. The panel will present case studies on mNutrition and mAgri programmes in Sub-Saharan East Africa as well as best practice and lessons learned for scaling mobile-based initiatives.

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World’s first malaria vaccine to be piloted in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018
25 November 2016

World’s first malaria vaccine to be piloted in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) has secured funding for the initial phase deployment of the world’s first malaria vaccine. The WHO has announced that the vaccine will piloted in sub-Saharan Africa with immunisation campaigns beginning in 2018. Malaria infects around 200 million people a year worldwide and killed an estimated 440,000 in 2015. The majority of malaria deaths are among children in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Ethiopian Government Aims to Mitigate Floods with New Dams
23 November 2016

Ethiopian Government Aims to Mitigate Floods with New Dams

The Ethiopian Government is planning to construct two new dams to mitigate Ethiopia’s devastating and recurring floods. The decision comes just a few months after flash floods ravaged the country, causing as many as one hundred fatalities and displacing tens of thousands of people. The construction, orchestrated by the Awash Basin Authority of Water Resources, Irrigation (ABA) and Energy Ministry, will take place in the Afar region and is estimated to cost 11.7 billion Birr.

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World Toilet Day: “toilets and jobs”
18 November 2016

World Toilet Day: “toilets and jobs”

World Toilet Day, observed on 19 November, raises awareness and inspires efforts to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet and almost one billion people that practice open defecation. This year’s theme, “toilets and jobs”, focuses on the impact that sanitation, or the lack of it, can have on livelihoods. Toilets play a crucial role in building a strong economy. Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of GDP.

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The Open Data Revolution to Achieve Zero Hunger
15 November 2016

The Open Data Revolution to Achieve Zero Hunger

In today’s evolving global landscape we face complex challenges. Populations are growing, climates are changing and markets are often unstable. As the world’s population grows to around 9 billion by 2050, global demand for food, feed and fibre is predicted to almost double. The number of people at risk of hunger is likely to increase from 881 million in 2005 to more than one billion. Alongside these challenges, however, come huge opportunities.

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[infographic] Global Healthcare Funding
09 November 2016

[infographic] Global Healthcare Funding

In 2014, total Development Health Assistance (DAH) amounted to $35.9 billion, a drop of 1.6% over the all-time high in DAH reached in 2013. The United States has continued to serve as the largest source of funds, providing $12.4 billion in 2014. The contribution of the United Kingdom increased 1.6% in 2014, with DAH sourced from the UK amounting to $3.8 billion. Sub-Saharan Africa continued to receive the largest share of DAH. Over 58% ($930 million) of the estimated $1.6 billion need for donor financing is for WHO’s African Region.

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Millions more children to be protected against disease thanks to UNICEF’s new vaccine deal
08 November 2016

Millions more children to be protected against disease thanks to UNICEF’s new vaccine deal

Millions more children in the world’s poorest countries will receive the pentavalent vaccination, preventing the infection of five life-threatening diseases after United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) negotiated a deal with six of its manufacturers to reduce the price of treatment by half. The price drop, now less than US$1 a dose, will allow UNICEF to buy 450 million doses which will be administered in 80 countries over the next three years.

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[infographic] Global Child Health and Available Healthcare in Sub-Saharan East Africa
07 November 2016

[infographic] Global Child Health and Available Healthcare in Sub-Saharan East Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, a number of adverse conditions have placed children at high risk, including persistent and worsening poverty, an alarming pace of economic change, rapid population growth, increasing urbanisation and growing numbers of orphaned refugees and displaced women and children. The infographic was created in time for the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit.

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Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017 moves to Kenya
04 November 2016

Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017 moves to Kenya

The Aid & International Development Forum would like to announce that the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit will be held in Nairobi, Kenya at Safari Park Hotel on the 28th February - 1st March 2017. The Aid & Development Africa Summit 2017 unites regional and global expertise offering a unique opportunity for cross-sector engagement between UN and government agencies, NGOs, donors and the private sector.

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[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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