Tackling emerging antimalarial drug resistance

WHO is launching today a new strategy to respond to the urgent problem of antimalarial drug resistance in Africa. The strategy is being released during World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, a global annual campaign to improve awareness of the growing threat of resistance to antibiotics and other medicines.  In recent years, there have been reports from Africa of emerging parasite resistance to artemisinin – the core compound of the best available medicines to treat malaria. There are also worrying signs that […]

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Inflation, Weaker Currencies and Climate Change Top List of Concerns for African Economies, According to New Survey

45% of surveyed CEOs are worried by financial risks,of these, more than 60% are concerned about currency depreciation. The need to adapt to climate change was the second most pressing issue. New survey takes the temperature of business across Africa. Financial risks, including currency depreciation and inflation, is topping the list of challenges facing the 54 African economies in the year ahead. That’s according to a new survey of the continent’s leading insurance professionals, conducted by the pan-African reinsurer, Continental Reinsurance. […]

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Rethinking the Foundations of Export Diversification in Africa

Soaring food and energy prices are hitting African countries especially hard as they struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the war in Ukraine. To cope with current crises and insulate itself against future shocks, Africa must diversify its economies. The continent of 1.4 billion people is among the least diversified regions in the world with regard to exports. Download the full report Download the executive summary Commodities account for more than 60% of total merchandise […]

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Egypt and Nigeria medicines regulators achieve high maturity level in WHO classification and WHO launches list of regulatory authorities that meet international standards

Today, WHO announced that Egypt’s and Nigeria’s medical products regulatory agencies had reached maturity level 3. This means that these national bodies have been found to function well and that they could be eligible for inclusion into the transitional WHO Listed Authorities, a list that will comprise the world’s regulators of reference – that is, regulatory authorities that should be globally recognized as meeting WHO and other international standards. Egypt has reached maturity level 3 for vaccines regulation (locally produced […]

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WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at announcement “spokes” of mRNA technology transfer hub

Your Excellency President Macron,Excellency President Macky Sall,Excellency President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi,Excellency President Kenyatta,Excellency President Buhari,Excellency President Saied,Excellency President Michel,Excellency President von der Leyen,Excellencies, dear colleagues, and friends,Good morning, bonjour, it’s an honour to be here with you. It’s incredible to think that just over two years since COVID-19 began spreading, there are now multiple safe and effective vaccines against it, and more than 10 billion doses have been administered globally. The tragedy, of course, is that billions of people are […]

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BioNTech introduces first modular mRNA manufacturing facility to promote scalable vaccine production in Africa

Developing turnkey solution to enable mRNA-based vaccine production in modular and scalable sites installed by BioNTech Presidents of Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, the Director of the Africa CDC and the Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany met in Marburg to jointly discuss the infrastructure, regulatory and technological requirements to establish end-to-end manufacturing network for mRNA-based vaccines in Africa First manufacturing facility to become a node in a decentralized and robust African […]

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African Development Bank’s African Leaders for Nutrition lauded by African Union during Assembly declaration of 2022 as “African Union Year of Nutrition”

The African Leaders for Nutrition initiative, housed at the African Development Bank, has been honored by the African Union for progress made toward advancing investments in nutrition across the continent. At the conclusion of the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly on Sunday, an African Union summary decision commended “the African Leaders for Nutrition initiative in sustaining nutrition advocacy in the effort to ensure member states commit adequate financial resources to nutrition interventions.” The African Leaders for Nutrition […]

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Speech by Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina President, African Development Bank Group at the Twenty-Fifth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Addis Ababa, 5-6 February 2022

Mobilizing Financing for Africa’s Accelerated Economic Recovery, Development and Integration Your Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and Chairperson of the African Union Your Excellency Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Our Gracious Host Your Excellencies Heads of State and Government Your Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the Africa Union Commission Your Excellency Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Representing the Secretary General of the United Nations Your […]

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