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Stakeholders at World Health Assembly call for transparent markets and access to health products

Government delegations, health experts, policy makers, civil society groups and other stakeholders have wrapped up activities at the 72nd World Health Assembly held at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, with a resolution on improving the transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines and other health products in an effort to …

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Coca-Cola is only food and beverage brand in most admired brands in Africa 100 ranking

Three of Coca-Cola Company’s brands, namely coca-cola, fanta and sprite have appeared in the Brand Africa 100 ranking across the continent. Coca-Cola was also the only food and beverage brand ranked in the top five most admired brands in Brand Africa’s 7th annual Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands based …

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As Burkina Faso deposits instrument of ratification with AU on May 29, AfCFTA roll out is possible

On May 23, 2019, Zimbabwe became the 23rd African state to deposit its instrument of ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement with the African Union Commission (AUC). 22 countries are required to fulfill that requirement to bring the African Continental Free Trade Area into effect. On May 29, …

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Malaria control to be derailed without support to Global Fund

The need to step up domestic and international financing to fight malaria and also support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, would be the focus of stakeholders at the 6th Global Fund Replenishment Conference, scheduled for October this year, in France. Currently an additional $1.4 billion and …

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China-US trade friction can be resolved through mutual respect – Ambassador

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Shi Ting Wang, on Thursday said the Chinese Government believes that mutual respect and equality is the trump-card to resolving the China and the United States economic and trade friction. He said the Chinese Government was committed to truly resolving the trade hostilities through …

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Buhari to dissolve cabinet on May 28

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari gave the indication on Wednesday that his cabinet would be dissolved on May 28, ahead of the inauguration of a new government next week. At a valedictory cabinet meeting in Abuja, which Buhari acknowledged as the last for his first term in office, the president directed …

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REACH opens nominations to honour frontline health workers and innovators in disease elimination

Recognizing Excellence around Champions of Health (REACH) has opened nominations to recognize frontline health workers and innovators who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to eliminate global diseases. The Awards which was established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, will be presented …

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Germany hits Bosch with fine of €90m in diesel scandal

Automotive supplier Bosch must pay a fine of €90 million ($100 million) for its part in the cheat software used to suppress diesel emissions, prosecutors in the German city of Stuttgart announced on Thursday. The fine is considerably lower than those imposed on the Volkswagen Group’s VW, Audi and Porsche, …

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Billions of dollars funding gap likely to put at risk malaria control efforts

Around $6.5 billion is needed by 2020 to scale up intervention activities to ensure that malaria control targets and mortality and morbidity rates are kept down. An additional $680 million investment is also needed for new fighting tools, and research and development to fight the disease, which is responsible for …

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Users of cannabis in West Africa, higher than global numbers combined – UNODC

West Africa has been identified as the region with the highest maximum use of cannabis globally. The total number of people from West Africa who use cannabis are more than triple the global number, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has said in a press release copied to …

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