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Ebola hits South Kivu

A woman and her child were confirmed with Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu region this week, which outlines new challenges in defeating the outbreak.

Health officials expressed their concerns that the latest cases were registered more than 700 km south from the initial epicenter of the outbreak .

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the young woman (24) died, and her 7-month-old son, who is also confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus, is receiving a relevant treatment.

Ebola disease has killed at least 1,900 people in Congo over the past year.

Ebola fighters under attack

World Health Organization (WHO) said it feared continued ‚Äúintense transmission‚ÄĚ of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where deaths from a nine-month-old epidemic is 994 and expected to exceed 1,000 within hours.

The WHO plans to introduce an unlicensed new Ebola vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson, in addition to a Merck vaccine already being used, as ‚Äúanother tool in the toolbox‚ÄĚ, Dr. Michael Ryan,¬†Executive Director of the Geneva.WHO Health Emergencies¬†Programme, told a news briefing in¬†Geneva.

However security incidents continue to plague the response to the outbreak, including a would-be assault on a facility, slowing vaccination and daily checks on some 12,000 people potentially exposed to the virus,  Ryan underlined. Since January  there were 119 separate attacks, and 85 health personnel either injured or killed.

Ethiopia receives ‚ā¨89 million EU aid

EU announces new humanitarian package for those most in need in Ethiopia.

On an official visit to Ethiopia, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos¬†Stylianides¬†has announced today ‚ā¨89 million in humanitarian support for 2018-2019 whilst visiting EU aid projects in the Somali region in Eastern Ethiopia where many people have fled their homes due to internal conflict.

“Ethiopia is an important partner for the European Union. As the country undergoes profound positive political change, the EU will step up support for the most vulnerable Ethiopians. I have seen myself how crucial our EU humanitarian support is in the daily lives of displaced people. It helps them feed their children, provide them with medicines and send them to school. This is EU aid that save lives,”Commissioner¬†Christos¬†Stylianides¬†said¬†¬†speaking from the Quologi camp for internally displaced people near Jijiga, capital of the¬†Somali¬†region.

The EU funding will be used to address the needs of people displaced within Ethiopia, refugees from neighboring countries as well as tackling natural disasters such as drought. Currently there are close to three million people displaced within the country and around one million refugees from neighboring countries.

The Commissioner is holding various meetings with the Ethiopian authorities. He met Ethiopian President Ms Sahle-Work Zewde in Addis Ababa, where the Commissioner reiterated the EU’s strong partnership with Ethiopia and commitment to support the country’s reform process. In Jijiga he met with President of the Somali region, Mr Mustafa Mohammed Omar and with partners delivering aid on the ground to discuss the humanitarian situation.

The Commissioner is also due to meet representatives from the Government of Ethiopia, as well as the African Union.

Chairing rotating presidency of the European Union Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz visited the Quoloji camp earlier in December to provide additional two million euro for assisting children.

EU programmes for Horn of Africa

The European Commission has adopted eleven new programmes for the Horn of Africa under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.


“These new EU programmes, worth over ‚ā¨134¬†million in all, will help to create lasting solutions for refugees and internally displaced people, as well as support vulnerable host communities in a region that hosts the largest number of refugees in Africa ‚Äď 4.5¬†million. Our existing programmes have already yielded substantial results, but the Trust Fund’s resources are quickly depleting. If we want to keep delivering, its resources have to be replenished.” Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development¬†Neven¬†Mimica¬†said.

Six programmes, worth ‚ā¨65¬†million, have been approved to support the¬†Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework¬†of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. This initiative is being piloted by several countries in the region; it helps refugee populations become self-sufficient and supports host communities.

  • In¬†Djibouti, an ‚ā¨8¬†million programme will help integrate refugees into the country’s social protection systems, which cover health, education and employment rights.
  • In¬†Kenya, a ‚ā¨17.8¬†million programme will boost asylum management, bolster economic self-reliance among refugees and host communities in Garissa County, and further support the development of the¬†Kalobeyei settlement.
  • A ‚ā¨10¬†million programme in¬†Sudan¬†will fund educational support for refugee children, most of whom come from South Sudan.
  • A second programme, worth ‚ā¨3¬†million, will provide assistance to¬†South Sudanese¬†refugees in the¬†Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • In¬†Uganda, an ‚ā¨18¬†million programme will improve people’s access to reliable information, training and to the justice system, including legal aid, counselling services and mobile courts.
  • In¬†Ethiopia¬†and¬†Uganda, an ‚ā¨8.2¬†million Urban Displacement Pilot will encourage regional exchanges of experience and expertise to tackle the rising challenge of urban displacement.

Four national programmes have also been approved.

  • A new programme in¬†Ethiopia¬†worth ‚ā¨33.5¬†million will make households, communities and local authorities better equipped to manage, respond and adapt to disasters like drought and conflict.
  • In¬†Sudan¬†we are working to link humanitarian and development activities closer together to respond better to protracted crises. A ‚ā¨10¬†million programme will support forcibly displaced people and host communities in West Kordofan, building on the Commission’s existing humanitarian activities.
  • Another ‚ā¨15¬†million programme will address nutrition and food security issues in¬†Sudan’s Red Sea State.
  • In¬†South Sudan, a ‚ā¨5¬†million programme will contribute towards building lasting peace and reconciliation in the country.

Last but not least, a new ‚ā¨5¬†million¬†regional¬†programme¬†will make better use of financial investigation and anti-money laundering tools to disrupt human trafficking and smuggling networks.

Two existing programmes have received additional funds: The¬†Research and Evidence Facility¬†will receive an additional ‚ā¨2.5¬†million, and an extra ‚ā¨3¬†million will be channelled into¬†budget support for Somalia.

The total number of programmes adopted since December 2015 for the Horn of Africa region now comes to 69, with an overall value of ‚ā¨1.28¬†billion.

Boko Haram killed aid worker

Boko Haram jihadists have killed another kidnapped aid worker in northeast Nigeria, the government said, the news came a month after one of her colleagues was murdered.

Information minister Lai Mohammed did not identify the victim but described her killing as “dastardly, inhuman and ungodly”, and vowed to push for the release of two remaining female captives — an aid worker and a 15-year-old girl — held since earlier this year.

Three female health workers were kidnapped during a Boko Haram raid on the remote town of Rann, in Borno state, on March 1, during the same raid three other aid workers and eight Nigerian soldiers were killed.

Russia assisting Africa energy projects

The African continent is in vital need of energy investments, and Russia could become one of its key partners, according to President Vladimir Putin attending #BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.¬†“I would especially like to underline that Russia is planning to step up its assistance in development of national energy in African states,”¬†said the Russian president during the BRICS-Africa Outreach panel.

According to Putin, Russia is in talks with Angola, Mozambique and Gabon on implementing promising oil and gas projects.¬†“In the field of nuclear energy, where Russia is the technological leader, we offer African partners to build an industry from scratch,‚Ä̬†the Russian president said. These projects are crucial for Africa since about 600 million people on the continent live without electricity.

Energy is not the only sphere where Russia and Africa could cooperate, according to Putin.¬†“Russian business shows interest in working with African partners in a wide range of areas, including agriculture, healthcare, the development of mass communications, geology and subsoil use,”¬†Putin said.

President Putin mentioned Angola, where Alrosa company is interested in mining diamonds, a joint venture between Russia and Burundi on the production of lighting products for exports to East Africa, and agriculture projects in Senegal.

Tajani insists on Marshall plan for Africa

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani insists on work with African partners to address the root causes of migration flows. Tajani also continues to promote a “true Marshall Plan”¬† to be part of the next EU budget in order to attract investment, infrastructure and to develop an industrial base while creating hope and prospects for the next generations of Africans. However he admits that only ensuring secure external EU borders one can keep Schengen legislation alive. Tajani also looks forward working with Austrian presidency of EU on challenges of migration from Africa. (Image: EP president Antonio Tajani – right, and Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz – left).

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