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Additional EUR 59 million boost fight against malaria in Chad

N’Djamena, Chad - A new funding agreement, totaling EUR 59 million, has been signed between UNDP and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund). With a focus on young children, pregnant women, nomads and refugees, the grant will roll out community healthcare sites in Chad and intensify efforts to prevent and treat malaria, the leading cause of illness and death in the country. The new funding agreement will run until June 2018 in partnership with the Government of Chad, UNICEF, and national and international civil society organizations, including World Vision. 

Malaria is a serious public health threat in Chad where over 97 percent of the country’s 12.8 million people are at risk of contracting the disease.  Of the 1.27 million reported cases each year, more than 43 percent are children under the age of five and eight per cent are pregnant women. The grant supports the recently-adopted global Sustainable Development Goals, which, among its targets, aim to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under five years of age and to end the malaria epidemic by 2030.

Visiting drought-hit region of Ethiopia, Ban urges support to Government-led humanitarian efforts

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moonUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre), accompanied by World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin (right), visited drought-affected Ziway Dugda Woreda, Oromia Region in Ethiopia. UN Photo/ Eskinder Debebe31 January 2016 – The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to thecountry, before heading to the drought-stricken region of Oromia where he witnessed first-hand efforts under way to battle the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history.

“The people of this beautiful country are facing their worst drought in thirty years,” Mr. Ban told participants at a donors humanitarian round table convened in the Ethiopian capital in the margins of the 26th African Union Summit.

Later in the day, the Secretary-General visited the droughtstricken Oromia region with the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, and Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Saying that he was “very moved,” Mr. Ban visited a health post, a water borehole and a food distribution and cash transfer point.

Govt Set to Build Four Dams in Embu to Serve Four Counties

The Government will build four big dams in Embu County, in a bid to boost access to drinking and irrigation water in four counties.

Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said the government had already advertised tenders for three major dams, Rupingazi, which will serve Mbeere South, Thambana, which will irrigate Manyatta and Mbeti South, and Kamumu dam to serve parts of Mbeere North.

He said another tender for the construction of Thuci dam to serve Runyenjes and Siakago in Embu County and parts of Kirinyaga, Tharaka-Nithi and Kitui counties had been advertised.

Age of Aquaponics Dawns on Namibia

Namibia water shortageNamibia water shortageWindhoek — The worst water crisis ever facing the City of Windhoek saw the launch of the Namibia Future Farming Trust’s third aquaponics growing centre at Dagbreek School for the Intellectually Impaired in Windhoek recently.

With it came great enthusiasm to establish this ingenious way of farming countrywide.

A donation of more than N$2 million by the Finish Embassy and contributions by various other sponsors got the aquaponics ball rolling last year. Since then three growing centres have been established in Windhoek.

University of Rwanda’s Journalism School Water Supply Cut Off Over Debt

University of RwandaUniversity of RwandaThe Water and Sanitation  Corporation (WASAC) has cut off connection to University of Rwanda’s School of Journalism and Communication in Nyarugenge over unpaid bills accumulated over time.

The students have gone without water for nearly two weeks now.

WASAC Nyarugenge branch manager Bernard Byamugisha said the university owes them Rwf5.7 million accumulated over a period of two years.

“They have not paid a coin since February 2014, on top of other bills owed earlier,” said Byamugisha.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2