More than 150 trained Red Cross volunteers have been deployed as part of a first wave of response to the latest Ebola outbreak in the Équateur Province, in the western part of Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The African Development Bank granted Abidjan a funding of $13.55 million to support the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic within the Economic and Monetary Community Central Africa (CEMAC) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Evonik has agreed with Swedish manufacturer, Perstorp, that it will be the exclusive distributor of ProPhorce™ SR 130 in Southern Africa.
The African Development Bank approved an emergency project in favor of low-income countries members of ECOWAS for strengthening the health systems of The Gambia, Mali and Niger.
The Government of Tanzania and the French Development Agency (AFD) signed a financing agreement for a 70M€ concessional loan aiming at improving water supply and sanitation services for the residents of Morogoro Municipality.
The WFP in Niger welcomed an additional €24 million contribution from Germany to scale-up resilience building at a time when Niger is facing the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 health pandemic on food security.
Vodacom has become the first telco globally to zero-rate the lifesaving addressing technology, what3words, for its more than 43 million subscribers across South Africa.
Nu Menu Solutions has introduced two products which will help in ensuring the safety and health of individuals in public.
The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are strengthening their partnership through formalised technical cooperation to accelerate technology development in Africa.
Urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world's forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, according to the latest edition of The State of the World's Forests.
The World Bank has approved a $54 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to improve health service delivery to women, children, and adolescents in Liberia.
South African Basic Education Minister said schools will reopen on 1 June 2020 with Grade7, Grade 12 and small schools being the first learners to return to the classroom.
Tunisia has launched a contact-tracing mobile phone app that identifies and alerts users who may have had contact with others infected with the new coronavirus.
Villgro Kenya announced an investment of $50,000 to The Pathology Network, a digital referral platform for pathologists in Kenya.
With $9 million in philanthropic support, an international group of physicians and scientists is establishing a research network to evaluate promising therapies for COVID-19.
Orange Egypt announced its contribution to maintain and repair medical ventilators as part of the “Breathe” campaign in cooperation with the Egyptian Cure Bank and under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.
As businesses across the country start returning to work, the safety of employees and customers is of paramount importance; Vodacom has created specific digital solutions to support businesses as they navigate their return to work.
Every year, some nine million people worldwide – equivalent to the population of Austria – die of hunger or hunger-related diseases.
It is becoming clear that most – if not all – our major social, economic and political decisions over the next few years will be made through the prism of the coronavirus and the ripple effects of the pandemic.
Telkom Kenya customers will now have convenient and subsidised access to medical consultations through its partnership with Valentis Health, a doctor-founded healthcare service providing telemedicine.
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking $350 million to scale up hunger-fighting and livelihoods-boosting activities in food crisis contexts where COVID-19's impact could be devastating.
Khaltsha Cycles and Avalanche Bicycle Company have come together to launch the Heroes on Bikes campaign to raise funds towards supporting essential workers.
The South African Department of Health has announced the appointment of Dr Sandile Buthelezi as its Director-General.
COVID-19 will trigger a sharp drop in household incomes in Middle East and North African (MENA) countries that are fragile and in conflict situations, such as Afghanistan, Djibouti, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and Somalia.
Against the backdrop of a devastating pandemic, the global economy is projected to contract sharply by 3.2 per cent this year, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) mid-2020 report.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, it has become even more critical for organizations to properly manage the impact of a disaster.
Norway has pledged to do more to assist these countries strengthen their health systems and assist vulnerable people,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein.
The South African Minister for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development announced the outbreak of African Swine Fever at Amathole District Municipality in Eastern Cape.
Cigna Corporation, a global health services company, has appointed Jerome Droesch as Chief Executive Officer for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.
Germany has reaffirmed its commitment to the long-term improvement of livelihoods and food security in Mali through an EUR 11 million contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme’s life-changing activities in the country.
Liquid Telecom Zambia is supporting the Ministry of Health with free internet connectivity at COVID-19 quarantine centres.
More than 127 million pre-primary, primary, and secondary school students in Eastern and Southern Africa, who are supposed to return to school this week, remain at home, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The World Bank approved a $100 million grant for the Malawi Governance to Enable Service Delivery Project with the objective of strengthening Local Authorities’ institutional performance, responsiveness to citizens, and management of resources.
Safaricom will provide communication resources equivalent to 195 terabytes of data, 10 million voice call minutes and 33 million SMSs to critical Government healthcare workers for the next three months.
TikTok will contribute US$ 10 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to support Gavi’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in lower-income countries in Africa.
UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP and the World Bank issued new guidelines on the safe reopening of schools amidst ongoing closures affecting nearly 1.3 billion students worldwide.
The African Union Member States will soon receive further medical supplies for their COVID-19 response after the arrival of the third batch from the Jack Ma Foundation.
The EAC Secretariat, CASSOA and AMREF Flying Doctors will offer emergency COVID-19 intervention trainings for staff at the 8 international airports in the 6 EAC Partner States.
Oxfam International, together with over 100 NGOs, activists, and academics, raised an alarm regarding the plummeting Somali remittances amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Franchise in Kenya and its bottling partner Coca-Cola Beverages Africa have contributed over Kshs 30 million worth of support in Covid-19 sensitization and relief in Kenya.
The World Bank approved $8.1 million in financing from the International Development Association (IDA) to help Togo combat COVID-19 (coronavirus) and better respond to public health emergencies.
Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to decelerate substantially in 2020 due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
The United Nations World Food Programme in Sudan received a contribution of US$1 million from Japan, for the treatment of acute malnutrition of 127,000 infants, mothers and pregnant women in Central and West Darfur states.
The World Bank approved $273 million for Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger to facilitate access to services for millions of people through the West Africa Unique Identification for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI) Program.
About 1.5 million more South Africans will from 1 May return to work as government begins to lift a fraction of COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
Liquid Telecom Zimbabwe has provided financial support, expertise and technology for a dedicated national toll-free ‘2023’ helpline and call centre recently launched by H.E President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The international health crisis caused by COVID-19 is unprecedented. Like the whole world, African countries have mobilized to face it and win this health war.
the United Nations is spearheading a digital hub to house information and knowledge resources to assist crucial development system partners in fighting the pandemic in Africa.
The COVID-19 pandemic could almost double the number of people suffering acute hunger, pushing it to more than a quarter of a billion by the end of 2020, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warns.
Kenya has sent over 300 bouquets of flowers to London, United Kingdom in a show of solidarity with a country that remains its prime floriculture market amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Facebook is expanding its Coronavirus Information Center to 24 more countries in Africa as part of its ongoing commitment to empowering people around the world with timely and accurate news.
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced a $3-million grant to complement continental efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Kenya doubles efforts to contain the spread of Corona virus that is increasingly shutting down the world, personnel in the medical and security dockets are arguably our first lines of defence.
Severe disruptions to insecticide-treated net campaigns and in access to antimalarial medicines could lead to a doubling in the number of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa this year compared to 2018, according WHO.
African Asset Finance Company receives $30 million from share offering to expand equipment leasing contracts in Africa
African Asset Finance Company Inc. has announced the final close of a $30 million redeemable preferred share offering, led by Roha II LP. The financing was completed in two equal tranches.
Naspers' first shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) has arrived in South Africa, following the company’s commitment of R 1,5 billion in emergency aid to the country.
Sasol, AngloGold Ashanti, Imperial partner to provide sanitisers to Gauteng hospitals in South Africa
Sasol, AngloGold Ashanti and Imperial have partnered to protect frontline medical staff and patients at four major Gauteng state hospitals by providing bulk supplies of hand sanitizers.
Ethiopian Airlines completed the flight and delivery of the second round shipments of life saving medical supplies to fight COVID-19 donated by Jack Ma to all African countries.
Ethiopian has been deploying its massive cargo capacity to facilitate the flow of essential cargo such as medical supplies wherever they are needed, in response to the growing demand for air cargo services following the spread of COVID- 19.
The Republic of Gabon signed the Treaty for the establishment of the African Medicine Agency (AMA), bringing the number of AU Member countries that have signed the AMA Treaty to sixteen.
Sanlam is donating US$2.3 million to support various initiatives to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus in all the markets that mirrors its business footprint both in Africa and other international markets where it operates.
The OPEC Fund for International Development has approved more than US$390 million of new funding to support operations in developing countries across the globe.
The Flour Mills of Nigeria has contributed N2 billion across the country in the fight against COVID-19. This money is made up of N1 billion in cash and another N1 billion in food relief materials and medical equipment.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) have unveiled an initiative to strengthen Africa’s data ecosystems in the face of COVID-19.
The World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund convened African leaders, bilateral partners, and multilateral institutions to spur faster action on COVID-19 response in African countries.
We are facing great uncertainty on the African continent. The global spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of coronavirus cases in Africa are fueling anxiety about negative economic growth.
The East African Community (EAC) under the Mobile Laboratory Project has deployed nine mobile laboratories and Coronavirus test kits to all Partner States.
Kemin Industries has signed an exclusive agreement with Pacific GeneTech to license PGT's Salmonella vaccine for poultry.
UNICEF received a delivery of vital health supplies to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria on a flight funded by the Maersk Division APM Terminals.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the African Union (AU) and international partners described the food and agriculture system as an essential service that must continue to operate.
The Standard Bank South Africa has launched a chatbot on WhatsApp to keep its customers up to date with its services, debt relief offerings and other important information relevant during this COVID-19 period.
[South Africa] Vodacom to spend over R500 million in two months, add network capacity during national state of disaster
Vodacom South Africa will spend over R500 million over a two-month period to add network capacity and increase network resilience during the lockdown period and to help cope with any possible load shedding.
Agriculture Ministry, NEMA partner to deliver food to vulnerable citizens amid COVID-19 crisis in Nigeria
Nigerian Ministry of Agriculture has collaborated with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for seamless lifting exercise of the grains from designated 6 Silos for delivery to Nigerians.
The World Bank approved $7 million in immediate funding to support Malawi’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic under a new Malawi COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness project.
The World Bank approved a $13.95 million to prevent, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness in Niger.
Economic impact of COVID-19 on African cities likely to be acute through a sharp decline in productivity, jobs and revenues, ECA
As part of its analysis to inform COVID-19 policy responses, the ECA is calling for adequate consideration of the vulnerability of city economies.
Ghana has launced GH COVID-19 Tracker, an app that will be used to track COVID-19 cases in the country.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Regional Office for the East and Horn of Africa has launched a Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan COVID-19 appeal for USD 71.6 million.
MTN Group has announced details of its R250 million, approximately $14 million, relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facebook is expanding its Coronavirus Information Center to 17 more countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact globally, the African continent, while less affected, is preparing to undergo its own severe social and economic crisis.
The World Bank approved a $25.8 million International Development Association (IDA) 50 % grant and 50% credit to support Mali’s response to Covid-19.
The World Bank approved a $5 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) to respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness in Burundi.
The African Union Commission through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly designed a program to support on-going efforts in Africa.
The African Development Bank approved a $10-million equity investment in Razorite Healthcare Africa Fund 1 to help improve healthcare infrastructure delivery across the continent.
First UN solidarity flight to depart Addis Ababa carrying vital COVID-19 medical supplies to all African Nations
The first United Nations “Solidarity Flight” is scheduled to leave Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to transport vital medical cargo to all countries in Africa, where supplies are desperately needed to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Leading eCommerce platform Jumia donated 100,000 masks to Kenya's Ministry of Health to support community health workers, who are on the front line responding to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID19
The World Bank approved $14.25 million International Development Association (IDA) credit in immediate funding to support Rwanda’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic
The African Development Bank announced the creation of the COVID-19 Response Facility to assist regional member countries in fighting the pandemic.
The Cargo division of South African Airways, SAA Cargo, has for the first time in its history operated a passenger aircraft for a pure cargo uplift.
Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and is forecast to fall sharply from 2.4% in 2019 to -2.1 to -5.1% in 2020, the first recession in the region over the past 25 years, according to the World Bank.
Ilara Health, a health tech company has launched a readiness package that will allow Kenyan peri-urban clinics and pharmacies to be the first line of defense against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the disbursement of $109.4 million to be drawn under the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) to meet Rwanda’s urgent balance of payment needs stemming from the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
The African Development Bank’s “Fight Covid-19” social bond, the largest social bond to date to be issued in the capital markets, listed on London Stock Exchange and is now available through its Sustainable Bond Market.
The World Bank Group approved $47 million in financing from the International Development Association (IDA) to fund the emergency response to the COVID-19 epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Encouraging news regarding the corona crisis is coming from almost all of the hard-hit countries. In Italy, at the height of the crisis, 15 days ago, 6557 new corona infections were registered, which was 4316 yesterday
The World Bank approved a $20 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to support Senegal in its response to the threat of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Bank approved a $7.5 million International Development Association (IDA) grant to help Sierra Leone respond to the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak.
Mining companies have been affected by COVID-19 outbreaks, and global restrictions to encourage social distancing have meant that mining projects have either slowed or been put on hold until further notice.
The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) in support of the country’s fight against the deadly COVID-19 Pandemic, has donated over 3,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Healthcare sector.