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Interview with Lena Wahlhed, Director Alliance Development, HemoCue at AIDF Africa Summit 2016
21 September 2016

Interview with Lena Wahlhed, Director Alliance Development, HemoCue at AIDF Africa Summit 2016

HemoCue is a global leader in a field of near patient testing. Our solutions are being used in high end hospitals as well as in the most rural undeveloped villages – without compromising accuracy. They are being used in emergency situations, in standard routine care as well as in mobile screening programs and mobile hospitals – in any climate. We have been on the African continent since > 15 years.

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Foresight Africa 2016: Africa’s priorities for the year ahead
21 September 2016

Foresight Africa 2016: Africa’s priorities for the year ahead

According to the Foresight Africa report, by the Brookings Institution‘s Africa Growth Initiative, in 2016, African countries will have to react to many changes and challenges coming from outside the continent such as shifting dynamics in the global economy; potential adverse effects of China’s and other emerging economies’ economic slowdown; and decreasing commodity prices, all of which will require mitigation and policy reform.

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Addressing child mortality and transmission of polio virus in Nigeria
21 September 2016

Addressing child mortality and transmission of polio virus in Nigeria

Low routine immunization (RI) coverage rates remain a major problem in Nigeria. Over 40% of under-5 years old deaths in the country are attributable to vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). Furthermore, the country remains one of only three polio endemic countries in the world, alongside Afghanistan and Pakistan. Unless drastic measures are taken to improve coverage of routine immunization urgently, Nigeria cannot adequately reduce child mortality or accelerate progress to­wards the achievement of MDG 4 goal

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Where there is light, there is hope - how solar power can provide improved healthcare
19 January 2016

Where there is light, there is hope - how solar power can provide improved healthcare

At the AIDF Africa Summit 2016, NRS International will be participating in a conference panel session on Improving the Lives of Displaced People (3 February, 2.20pm). In this article we explore how solar power can provide IDPs and people living off-the-grid safe access to energy and light, and improved healthcare.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] WASH in Sub-Saharan East Africa
19 January 2016

[INFOGRAPHIC] WASH in Sub-Saharan East Africa

The AIDF infographic shows that 66% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to water and only 30% have access to sanitation. Poor sanitation leads to diarrheal diseases, which are responsible for 17% of all deaths of children under five. The Uganda country study showed that over 75% of the population lack a safe place to go to the toilet and 20% don’t have access to safe water. Furthermore, every year over 8,000 children die from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

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Kärcher Futuretech water treatment systems in use in Kathmandu
10 December 2015

Kärcher Futuretech water treatment systems in use in Kathmandu

According to information from the UN, around 4.3 million people were affected by the consequences of the two severe earthquakes in Nepal. To safeguard the population's supply of drinking water, mobile water treatment plants from Kärcher Futuretech were deployed very quickly after the first earthquake. With a 24/7 operational and technical hotline and drinking water experts on hand, Kärcher Futuretech also supported the Federal Agency for Technical Relief.

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International Volunteer Day
10 December 2015

International Volunteer Day

5th December was recognised as the International Volunteer Day (IVD) dedicated to celebrating the ongoing efforts of volunteers around the world and the importance of donating time and energy for the benefit of others. IVD was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly through Resolution 40/212 on 17 December 1985.

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Celebrating UN World Toilet Day with keynote confirmation from UNICEF
19 November 2015

Celebrating UN World Toilet Day with keynote confirmation from UNICEF

Today’s UN World Toilet Day highlights the largest international development challenges – ending the global water, sanitation and hygiene crisis. While access to improved drinking water sources has been mostly on track and 91% of the global population now have drinking water, access to sanitation is the most lacking target of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). According to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme report (2015), 2.4 billion people or 68% of the world’s population live without adequate sanitation and 946 million people who defecate in the open.

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[report] Mobile for Development: Transforming Global Healthcare
10 November 2015

[report] Mobile for Development: Transforming Global Healthcare

As technological changes and solution-based innovations forge ahead in near future, the mobile landscape will be transformed. The health sector is increasingly adopting mobile health interventions as it strives to meet patient demand. Once mHealth becomes integrated into public health systems, personalised medicine and population health management will become more desirable.

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[E-book] Best Practices and Lessons Learnt in Emergency Procurement
04 September 2015

[E-book] Best Practices and Lessons Learnt in Emergency Procurement

Looking ahead to the AIDF Global Disaster Relief Summit 2015, the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) has released the AIDF Guide to Emergency Procurement. Within disaster relief logistics, procurement accounts for 65% of total expenditures. The latest figures released by the United Nations Procurement Division found the total procurement of goods increased by $826 million, a jump of 12.1 percent. This reflects a stark trend: the last decade has seen a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters across the world.

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Humanitarian Aid and Trends in Procurement
31 August 2015

Humanitarian Aid and Trends in Procurement

AIDF has released an infographic that explores humanitarian aid and trends in procurement. Within disaster relief logistics, procurement accounts for 65% of total expenditures by the UN organisations. The latest figures released by the United Nations Procurement Division found the total procurement of goods increased by $826 million, a jump of 12.1 percent. This reflects a stark trend: the last decade has seen a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters across the world.

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Global Gathering in Washington D.C Drives Humanitarian Industry Forward
12 February 2015

Global Gathering in Washington D.C Drives Humanitarian Industry Forward

In November last year AIDF hosted its 6th annual Disaster Relief Summit in Washington, D.C. This year’s event brought together humanitarian experts from NGOs, UN and government, military and the private sector for two days of thought-provoking discussions on how to improve disaster response.

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