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Joseph Magero: WHO doing untold harm to Africa’s desperate smokers

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is failing in its duty and Africans have particular reason to feel aggrieved. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Its latest attack on alternative nicotine products is unscientific, dogmatic and an effective death sentence for millions of smokers who are trying to quit cigarettes, particularly those in less affluent nations ...

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BirdLife lists threatened World Heritage Sites in Africa as UNESCO committee meets

Kavango Region

As the two-week extended 44th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee commenced on Friday, July 16, 2021, BirdLife International has raised global attention to some World Heritage Sites in Africa under threat. The Okavango, Region of Kavango, Namibia. Photo credit: Zairon The conservation body hopes that the intergovernmental body, which is responsible for making decisions regarding implementation of the ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 deaths increased by 43% in one week, says WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Africa recorded a 43 per cent week-on-week rise of COVID-19 mortality. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa This, however, increases hospital admissions, as countries face shortages in oxygen and intensive care beds. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, disclosed this during a virtual press conference on Africa’s COVID-19 update organised ...

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Climate change should be treated equally as COVID-19 pandemic, says study

PACJA Road to COP26 Conference

Climate change should be treated as an emergency in the same way as the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study led by Glasgow Caledonian University’s Centre for Climate Justice. A panel discussion session to launch the report of the impacts of COVID-19 on the implementation of NDCs in Africa The study, which focused on the experiences of policymakers in climate-hit ...

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How pre-COP26 global dialogue can deliver for Africa, by Mwenda

Mithika Mwenda

Executive Director, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Dr Mithika Mwenda, in a statement at the opening of the “Count Down to COP26” High-Level Meeting in Abuja on Monday, July 12, 2021, lists ways he feels the global dialogue leading to COP26 can deliver for Africa Executive Director of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Mithika Mwenda In the spirit ...

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PACJA launches new plan to position Africa’s climate voices

PACJA Road to COP26 Conference

A group of African civil society organisations (CSOs) on Monday, July 12, 2021 commenced a weeklong meeting in Abuja, Nigeria to deliberate on key issues touching on COVID-19 and its nexus with the climate change on the continent, especially issues that will flow into the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ...

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Africa records sharpest rise in hunger as 282m people are undernourished, says UN

David Beasley

Global hunger levels have skyrocketed because of conflicts, climate change and the economic impact of COVID-19 as between 720 and 811 million people in the world faced hunger in 2020. David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) The information is in a report on the “State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 (SOFI)”, jointly ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 cases resurge by 20%

Stéphane Dujarric

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Africa has marked its worst pandemic week ever, as cases rose for seven consecutive weeks since the start of the third wave in May. UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said this while briefing correspondents  at the UN headquarters in New York, on Thursday, July 8, 2021 on the ...

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Africa should collaborate to transform food, nutrition system – Ethiopian ex-PM

Hailemariam Desalegn

Former Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, has emphasised the need for African leaders to collaborate to transform the continent’s food and nutrition system. Former Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr Hailemariam Desalegn Desalegn said this at the opening of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2021 Summit Launch, held in a hybrid format on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.  The former Ethiopian ...

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Oral nicotine offers Africa new route on tobacco control


Africa is heading down the wrong road in its efforts to reduce its death toll from smoking. Tobacco Although the number of smokers on the continent may still be lower than North America and the East Mediterranean, that number is growing at the fastest rate on the planet. It can’t be denied that significant disparities in health statistics around the ...

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