archives : October 2010


Panafrica - International
Counterfeit medicines are a serious problem afflicting some 90 countries worldwide, and they kill an estimated 700,000 people annually. The key to fighting the “pandemic” of counterfeit drugs is building partnerships among drug companies, pharmaceutical trade groups, law enforcement and customs officials worldwide. - Tuesday 19 October 2010

DR Congo - Rwanda
The Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda have vowed to augment efforts to rid the Great Lakes region of rebels and rebel activities. The two nations will continue the process of neutralization and gradual eradication of armed groups and remaining negative forces which still plunder East/Central Africa. - Tuesday 19 October 2010

Morocco - Spain - Israel
They are militant hackers who have attacked sites in Egypt, Morocco, Spain, Israel... Their screen messages have been likened to messages on banners hoisted by demonstrators in protest or support of political, social or even religious ideologies. The group is very active in Morocco, from where they have often hacked into sensitive security systems. - Monday 18 October 2010

After gas and fish, sugar seems to have disappeared from Cameroonian shelves. The depletion of stocks and as well as the absence of essential capital needed to revitalise the market have been singled out. However, after hitting a new low, the precarious water situation in the central African country’s capitals is yet to be addressed. - Monday 18 October 2010

Ivory Coast
Presidential campaign began on Friday in Côte d’Ivoire amid great expectations and deep concerns. After eight years of armed conflict that led the country to split into two, hopes of a return to civil peace are high. - Monday 18 October 2010

Mineworkers unions in Zambia have condemned the shooting of 11 Collum Coal Mine workers in Sinazongwe by Chinese managers after they allegedly protested over bad conditions of service. - Sunday 17 October 2010

South africa - Botswana - Zimbabwe
The southern African nation of Zimbabwe’s health infrastructure has come under the spotlight after a new outbreak of the deadly influenza H1N1, commonly known as swine flu, was detected in all 10 administrative provinces. - Sunday 17 October 2010

Africa is rising. The 2010 Ibrahim Index of African Governance reveals some very good news: 40 out of 53 African countries have made significant strides in terms of economic and human development indicators. The Millennium Development Goals Report of the United Nations show that the agricultural growth rate has become positive, a first in almost thirty years. Between 1990 and 2005, the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day declined from 58% to 51%. The proportion of undernourished people declined from 31% in 1990 to 26% by 2005-2007. The African Development Bank has published an upbeat African Economic Outlook that points to a bright future for the continent. - Saturday 16 October 2010

Panafrica - United States
A “paradigm shift” is needed in health care in Africa to include greater focus on the prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension and not just infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, health experts told the 2010 U.S.-Africa Private Sector Health Conference October 6. - Friday 15 October 2010

The date for a referendum vote to split the oil-rich Abyei region in Sudan has renewed tensions between northern Sudan and southern Sudan. The north says it was impossible to hold a referendum on the future of the disputed oil-rich region on time. And the south says it would be "unacceptable" to postpone the politically sensitive vote from the January 9 deadline. - Friday 15 October 2010

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